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USSR Championship Tournament

Efim Geller16/26(+11 -5 =10)[games]
Vasily Smyslov15/26(+7 -3 =16)[games]
Georgy Ilivitsky11.5/19(+5 -1 =13)[games]
Boris Spassky11.5/19(+7 -3 =9)[games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian11.5/19(+4 -0 =15)[games]
Mikhail Botvinnik11.5/19(+7 -3 =9)[games]
Mark Taimanov11/19(+7 -4 =8)[games]
Paul Keres11/19(+7 -4 =8)[games]
Vladas Mikenas10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[games]
Semyon Abramovich Furman10/19(+6 -5 =8)[games]
Vladimir Antoshin10/19(+6 -5 =8)[games]
Alexander Kotov9.5/19(+6 -6 =7)[games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko9/19(+4 -5 =10)[games]
Salomon Flohr9/19(+2 -3 =14)[games]
Yuri Averbakh8.5/19(+1 -3 =15)[games]
Georgy Lisitsin8.5/19(+4 -6 =9)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan7/19(+4 -9 =6)[games]
Vladimir Simagin6.5/19(+4 -10 =5)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi6/19(+1 -8 =10)[games]
Vitaly Sergeevich Sherbakov3.5/19(+1 -13 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1955)

The 22nd USSR Championship was held in Moscow from February 11 through March 15, 1955. It was certainly one of the strongest of the series, featuring four world champions and nine Soviet champions among its 20 players, and marked the final appearance of Mikhail Botvinnik in a Soviet championship. This tournament was also one of the Zonal events to select players eligible to play in the upcoming Gothenburg Interzonal (1955). 1 The illustrious cast of characters included:

Vladimir Antoshin, Yuri Averbakh, Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko, Mikhail Botvinnik, Salomon Flohr, Semyon Abramovich Furman, Efim Geller, Georgy Ilivitsky, Ilia Abramovich Kan, Paul Keres, Viktor Korchnoi, Alexander Kotov, Georgy Lisitsin, Vladas Mikenas, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Vitaly Sergeevich Sherbakov, Vladimir Simagin, Vasily Smyslov, Boris Spassky, Mark Taimanov.

Geller started quickly and stayed near the top all the way, but every time he got a bit of a lead he would lose, often through over-optimism. Botvinnik, Smyslov, and Spassky all took their turns, with Petrosian never far behind. Coming into the last round Geller had a half-point lead, but proceeded to lose yet one more time and produce the following crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Smyslov * 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 12.0 2 Geller 0 * 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 3 Ilivitsky 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 11.5 4 Spassky 1 * 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 11.5 5 Petrosian * 1 1 1 1 11.5 6 Botvinnik 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.5 7 Taimanov 1 1 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 11.0 8 Keres 0 0 1 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 9 Mikenas 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.5 10 Furman 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 10.0 11 Antoshin 1 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 10.0 12 Kotov 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 9.5 13 Borisenko 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 * 0 1 9.0 14 Flohr 0 0 * 1 0 1 9.0 15 Averbakh 0 0 1 0 * 8.5 16 Lisitsin 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 8.5 17 Kan 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 7.0 18 Simagin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 1 0 6.5 19 Korchnoi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 6.0 20 Sherbakov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 3.5

A play-off between Smyslov and Geller started with six straight draws before the latter prevailed in game seven, thus earning the gold medal. Those games have now been added.

1 Gino Di Felice, Chess Results 1951-1955, McFarland 2010, p. 480; Mark Weeks Zonal List at http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/zon...

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1955, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 2 of 8; games 26-50 of 197  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
26. Furman vs Korchnoi  ½-½281955USSR ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
27. Botvinnik vs V Sherbakov 1-0231955USSR ChampionshipA16 English
28. Simagin vs Keres 0-1401955USSR ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
29. Spassky vs Antoshin 1-0321955USSR ChampionshipA84 Dutch
30. Kotov vs Petrosian ½-½211955USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
31. G Borisenko vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½221955USSR ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
32. Keres vs Smyslov 0-1391955USSR ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
33. Lisitsin vs Furman  ½-½351955USSR ChampionshipE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
34. Kan vs Taimanov  1-0461955USSR ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
35. Geller vs Kotov 1-0291955USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
36. Petrosian vs Botvinnik ½-½201955USSR ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
37. V Sherbakov vs Spassky 0-1321955USSR ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
38. Korchnoi vs Flohr 0-1271955USSR ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
39. Antoshin vs Averbakh  ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
40. V Mikenas vs Simagin 1-0651955USSR ChampionshipA16 English
41. Smyslov vs V Mikenas 1-0641955USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
42. Kotov vs Kan  1-0361955USSR ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
43. Simagin vs Antoshin  0-1481955USSR ChampionshipA28 English
44. Averbakh vs V Sherbakov  ½-½331955USSR ChampionshipE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
45. Furman vs Keres 1-0701955USSR ChampionshipD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
46. G Ilivitsky vs Korchnoi  ½-½351955USSR ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
47. Taimanov vs G Borisenko  ½-½481955USSR ChampionshipA10 English
48. Flohr vs Lisitsin  ½-½211955USSR ChampionshipA15 English
49. Botvinnik vs Geller 0-1401955USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
50. Spassky vs Petrosian ½-½421955USSR ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
 page 2 of 8; games 26-50 of 197  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-17-13
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  Fusilli: Baby Korchnoi (24 at the time) got spanked in this one.
Dec-17-13
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  perfidious: <Fusilli>: A result due in no small part to this fiasco from the fourth round: Korchnoi vs Flohr, 1955.
Jan-27-14
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> Oh, yeah, I just looked at it. A blunder, but a pretty one. That would erode anybody's confidence.
Nov-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Amazing feat by Geller, winning the USSR championship even though he lost five games.
Nov-22-17
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  Marmot PFL: Good result for 18 year old Spassky.
Nov-26-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  rgr459: I wonder if smoking was allowed in the tournament hall.
Nov-26-17  ughaibu: rgr459: <I wonder if smoking was allowed in the tournament hall.>

Are you serious?

Mar-04-18  Retireborn: This was to be Botvinnik's last Soviet championship. Perhaps there's a story as to how he came to be in it. Surely a unique occurence, for the reigning World Champion to play in a zonal tournament!
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