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🏆 USSR Championship (1955) Chess Event Description
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 ... [more]

Player: Mikhail Botvinnik

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Botvinnik vs V Mikenas ½-½291955USSR ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Antoshin vs Botvinnik 0-1491955USSR ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
3. Botvinnik vs V Sherbakov 1-0231955USSR ChampionshipA16 English
4. Petrosian vs Botvinnik ½-½201955USSR ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
5. Botvinnik vs Geller 0-1401955USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Kotov vs Botvinnik 0-1651955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Botvinnik vs Kan 1-0751955USSR ChampionshipA20 English
8. Botvinnik vs Spassky ½-½341955USSR ChampionshipA15 English
9. Averbakh vs Botvinnik 0-1651955USSR ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
10. Botvinnik vs Simagin ½-½1101955USSR ChampionshipB08 Pirc, Classical
11. Smyslov vs Botvinnik 1-0281955USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
12. Botvinnik vs Furman  1-0431955USSR ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
13. Flohr vs Botvinnik ½-½291955USSR ChampionshipA90 Dutch
14. Botvinnik vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½331955USSR ChampionshipE61 King's Indian
15. Taimanov vs Botvinnik  ½-½321955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Botvinnik vs G Borisenko ½-½611955USSR ChampionshipE62 King's Indian, Fianchetto
17. Korchnoi vs Botvinnik 0-1761955USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
18. Botvinnik vs Lisitsin  ½-½491955USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
19. Keres vs Botvinnik 1-0271955USSR ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
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  Fusilli: Baby Korchnoi (24 at the time) got spanked in this one.
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  perfidious: <Fusilli>: A result due in no small part to this fiasco from the fourth round: Korchnoi vs Flohr, 1955.
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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.
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  Fusilli: Amazing feat by Geller, winning the USSR championship even though he lost five games.
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  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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