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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: Semyon Abramovich Furman

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Furman vs Taimanov  ½-½201955USSR ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
2. G Borisenko vs Furman  ½-½481955USSR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
3. Furman vs Korchnoi  ½-½281955USSR ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
4. Lisitsin vs Furman  ½-½351955USSR ChampionshipE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
5. Furman vs Keres 1-0701955USSR ChampionshipD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
6. V Mikenas vs Furman  ½-½221955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Furman vs Antoshin 0-1461955USSR ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
8. V Sherbakov vs Furman 0-1351955USSR ChampionshipC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
9. Furman vs Petrosian ½-½441955USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
10. Geller vs Furman 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
11. Furman vs Kotov 1-0371955USSR ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
12. Botvinnik vs Furman  1-0431955USSR ChampionshipE49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
13. Furman vs Spassky 1-0291955USSR ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
14. Averbakh vs Furman  ½-½721955USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
15. Furman vs Simagin  1-0581955USSR ChampionshipE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
16. Smyslov vs Furman  ½-½291955USSR ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
17. Furman vs Kan 0-1401955USSR ChampionshipD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
18. Furman vs Flohr  1-0331955USSR ChampionshipD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. G Ilivitsky vs Furman 1-0491955USSR ChampionshipA15 English
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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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