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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: Efim Geller

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 26  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs V Sherbakov 1-0531955USSR ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
2. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
3. Geller vs Kan 1-0441955USSR ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
4. Geller vs Kotov 1-0291955USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Botvinnik vs Geller 0-1401955USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. Geller vs Spassky 0-1311955USSR ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
7. Averbakh vs Geller  ½-½231955USSR ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
8. Geller vs Simagin 1-0421955USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
9. Smyslov vs Geller 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Geller vs Furman 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
11. Flohr vs Geller 0-1351955USSR ChampionshipA15 English
12. Geller vs G Ilivitsky ½-½411955USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
13. Taimanov vs Geller 1-0441955USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
14. Geller vs G Borisenko 0-1641955USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. Korchnoi vs Geller 0-1421955USSR ChampionshipE30 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad
16. Geller vs Lisitsin  1-0501955USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
17. Keres vs Geller  ½-½191955USSR ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. Geller vs V Mikenas 1-0241955USSR ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
19. Antoshin vs Geller 1-0811955USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½571955USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
21. Smyslov vs Geller ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½271955USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
23. Smyslov vs Geller 0-1341955USSR ChampionshipE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
24. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
25. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½551955USSR ChampionshipD18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
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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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