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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 8 of 8; games 176-197 of 197  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
176. Botvinnik vs Lisitsin  ½-½491955USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
177. Petrosian vs Antoshin ½-½301955USSR ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
178. Kotov vs Keres  ½-½421955USSR ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
179. Furman vs Flohr  1-0331955USSR ChampionshipD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
180. Spassky vs Korchnoi 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipD87 Grunfeld, Exchange
181. V Sherbakov vs Petrosian 0-1361955USSR ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
182. Antoshin vs Geller 1-0811955USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
183. Korchnoi vs Averbakh  ½-½641955USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
184. G Ilivitsky vs Furman 1-0491955USSR ChampionshipA15 English
185. Lisitsin vs Spassky ½-½521955USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
186. G Borisenko vs Simagin 0-1591955USSR ChampionshipD08 Queen's Gambit Declined, Albin Counter Gambit
187. Keres vs Botvinnik 1-0271955USSR ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
188. Taimanov vs Smyslov  ½-½271955USSR ChampionshipE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
189. V Mikenas vs Kotov  1-0371955USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
190. Flohr vs Kan 0-1371955USSR ChampionshipD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
191. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½571955USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
192. Smyslov vs Geller ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
193. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½271955USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
194. Smyslov vs Geller 0-1341955USSR ChampionshipE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
195. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
196. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½551955USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
197. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½231955USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
 page 8 of 8; games 176-197 of 197  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Baby Korchnoi (24 at the time) got spanked in this one.
Dec-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Marmot PFL: Good result for 18 year old Spassky.
Nov-26-17  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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