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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Efim Geller16/26(+11 -5 =10)[view games]
Vasily Smyslov15/26(+7 -3 =16)[view games]
Georgy Ilivitsky11.5/19(+5 -1 =13)[view games]
Boris Spassky11.5/19(+7 -3 =9)[view games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian11.5/19(+4 -0 =15)[view games]
Mikhail Botvinnik11.5/19(+7 -3 =9)[view games]
Mark Taimanov11/19(+7 -4 =8)[view games]
Paul Keres11/19(+7 -4 =8)[view games]
Vladas Mikenas10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[view games]
Semyon Abramovich Furman10/19(+6 -5 =8)[view games]
Vladimir Antoshin10/19(+6 -5 =8)[view games]
Alexander Kotov9.5/19(+6 -6 =7)[view games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko9/19(+4 -5 =10)[view games]
Salomon Flohr9/19(+2 -3 =14)[view games]
Yuri Averbakh8.5/19(+1 -3 =15)[view games]
Georgy Lisitsin8.5/19(+4 -6 =9)[view games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan7/19(+4 -9 =6)[view games]
Vladimir Simagin6.5/19(+4 -10 =5)[view games]
Viktor Korchnoi6/19(+1 -8 =10)[view games]
Vitaly Sergeevich Sherbakov3.5/19(+1 -13 =5)[view 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 Jonovich 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 will be given at the end of this collection.

Notes

1 Di Felice, Gino "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 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 197  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½23 1955 USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. Smyslov vs Geller ½-½24 1955 USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½55 1955 USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
4. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½27 1955 USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
5. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½26 1955 USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
6. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½57 1955 USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Smyslov vs Geller 0-134 1955 USSR ChampionshipE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
8. Botvinnik vs V Mikenas ½-½29 1955 USSR ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Petrosian vs Kan 1-032 1955 USSR ChampionshipA08 King's Indian Attack
10. Spassky vs Keres  ½-½28 1955 USSR ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. Simagin vs Korchnoi 1-061 1955 USSR ChampionshipD77 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O
12. Kotov vs Antoshin  1-037 1955 USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Geller vs V Sherbakov 1-053 1955 USSR ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
14. Furman vs Taimanov  ½-½20 1955 USSR ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
15. Flohr vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½42 1955 USSR ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
16. Averbakh vs Lisitsin  ½-½57 1955 USSR ChampionshipA22 English
17. Smyslov vs G Borisenko 1-041 1955 USSR ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. Antoshin vs Botvinnik 0-149 1955 USSR ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
19. Taimanov vs Flohr  ½-½28 1955 USSR ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
20. Lisitsin vs Simagin 0-136 1955 USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
21. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½26 1955 USSR ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
22. V Mikenas vs Spassky  ½-½67 1955 USSR ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
23. Keres vs Averbakh  ½-½26 1955 USSR ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
24. V Sherbakov vs Kotov  ½-½99 1955 USSR ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
25. Kan vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½30 1955 USSR ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <perfidious> Oh, yeah, I just looked at it. A blunder, but a pretty one. That would erode anybody's confidence.
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