27th USSR Chess Championship (Score Sheet)

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Author: Smyslov, Vasily Vasilyevich (1921- ) and Victor Korchnoi signed

Year: 1960

Publisher: USSR Chess Federation

Place: Lenningrad


1 page. (11 3/4" x 5 1/4) Original hand written score of the game between Vasily Smyslov(white) and Viktor Korchnoi (in Korchnoi's hand) ending in a 54 move win for Korchnoi. Signed by each player.

From Chess Magazine volume 25, page 178. "The 27th Soviet Championship has been won by 29 year old V Korchnoi, with fourteen points from nineteen games. Every-body seems to have been surprised at this result except, perhaps, Tal, who has invariably come to grief against Korchnoi. Geller and Petrosian finished half a point behind. Fourth was Bagirov from Azerbaijan, helped by Korchnoi losing to him through accidentally touching the wrong piece. This is another surprise; but rumors that he is to play a special match with Fukov can be discounted. Fifth was Polugayevsky with 11 1/2; he seems to specialize in fifth place. Petrosian led from many rounds but in the fifteenth, Korchnoi drew level. Both lost the next round ... The last three rounds decided ; Petrosian scored only two points, Korchnoi beating the hitherto undefeated Geller to notch 2 1/2.

Vasily Vasilyevich Smyslov (Russian: Васи́лий Васильевич Смысло́в) (born March 24, 1921, in Moscow) is a Russian chess grandmaster, and was World Chess Champion from 1957 to 1958.He was a Candidate for the World Chess Championship on eight occasions (1948, 1950, 1953, 1956, 1959, 1965, 1983, and 1985). Smyslov was twice equal first at the Soviet Championship (1949, 1955), and his total of 17 Chess Olympiad medals won is an all-time record. In five European Team Championships, Smyslov won ten gold medals.

Viktor Lvovich Korchnoi (also Korchnoy, Kortchnoy, Kortschnoi, etc.; pronounced in the original Russian as "karch NOY"; Ви́ктор Льво́вич Корчно́й, born March 23, 1931, in Leningrad, USSR) is a professional Swiss chess player and currently the oldest active grandmaster on the world tournament circuit. Korchnoi is also a chess author. Korchnoi is best known for playing three matches against Anatoly Karpov for the World Chess Championship. In 1974, he lost the Candidates final to Karpov, who went on to win the World championship by forfeit against Bobby Fischer. Then, after defecting from the Soviet Union in 1976, he won the Candidates twice to qualify for World Championship matches against Karpov in 1978 and 1981, losing both times.


Sheet is beginning to darken at edges, edge wear else a very good copy.