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🏆 USSR Championship (1955)

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

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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 will be given at the end of this collection.

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 1 of 8; games 1-25 of 197  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½231955USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. Smyslov vs Geller ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½551955USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
4. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½271955USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
5. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
6. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½571955USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Smyslov vs Geller 0-1341955USSR ChampionshipE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
8. Botvinnik vs V Mikenas ½-½291955USSR ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Petrosian vs Kan 1-0321955USSR ChampionshipA08 King's Indian Attack
10. Spassky vs Keres ½-½281955USSR ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
11. Simagin vs Korchnoi 1-0611955USSR ChampionshipD77 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O
12. Kotov vs Antoshin  1-0371955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Geller vs V Sherbakov 1-0531955USSR ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
14. Furman vs Taimanov  ½-½201955USSR ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
15. Flohr vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½421955USSR ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
16. Averbakh vs Lisitsin  ½-½571955USSR ChampionshipA22 English
17. Smyslov vs G Borisenko 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
18. Antoshin vs Botvinnik 0-1491955USSR ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
19. Taimanov vs Flohr  ½-½281955USSR ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
20. Lisitsin vs Simagin 0-1361955USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
21. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
22. V Mikenas vs Spassky  ½-½671955USSR ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
23. Keres vs Averbakh  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
24. V Sherbakov vs Kotov  ½-½991955USSR ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
25. Kan vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½301955USSR 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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