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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: Mark Taimanov

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Furman vs Taimanov  ½-½201955USSR ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
2. Taimanov vs Flohr  ½-½281955USSR ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
3. G Ilivitsky vs Taimanov 0-1451955USSR ChampionshipE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
4. Kan vs Taimanov  1-0461955USSR ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
5. Taimanov vs G Borisenko  ½-½481955USSR ChampionshipA10 English
6. Korchnoi vs Taimanov  ½-½331955USSR ChampionshipA25 English
7. Taimanov vs Lisitsin  1-0391955USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
8. Keres vs Taimanov 1-0291955USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
9. Taimanov vs V Mikenas  1-0391955USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
10. Antoshin vs Taimanov 0-1401955USSR ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
11. Taimanov vs V Sherbakov ½-½711955USSR ChampionshipA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
12. Petrosian vs Taimanov 1-0241955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Taimanov vs Geller 1-0441955USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
14. Kotov vs Taimanov  0-1301955USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
15. Taimanov vs Botvinnik  ½-½321955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. Spassky vs Taimanov 1-0381955USSR ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
17. Taimanov vs Averbakh ½-½311955USSR ChampionshipD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
18. Simagin vs Taimanov  0-1571955USSR ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
19. Taimanov vs Smyslov  ½-½271955USSR ChampionshipE52 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6
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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.
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  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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