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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: Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Petrosian vs Kan 1-0321955USSR ChampionshipA08 King's Indian Attack
2. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
3. Kotov vs Petrosian ½-½211955USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
4. Petrosian vs Botvinnik ½-½201955USSR ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
5. Spassky vs Petrosian ½-½421955USSR ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
6. Petrosian vs Averbakh  ½-½141955USSR ChampionshipE14 Queen's Indian
7. Simagin vs Petrosian 0-1371955USSR ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
8. Petrosian vs Smyslov ½-½161955USSR ChampionshipD94 Grunfeld
9. Furman vs Petrosian ½-½441955USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
10. Petrosian vs Flohr  ½-½271955USSR ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
11. G Ilivitsky vs Petrosian ½-½731955USSR ChampionshipD29 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
12. Petrosian vs Taimanov 1-0241955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. G Borisenko vs Petrosian  ½-½271955USSR ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Petrosian vs Korchnoi ½-½501955USSR ChampionshipD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Lisitsin vs Petrosian  ½-½211955USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
16. Petrosian vs Keres ½-½691955USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
17. V Mikenas vs Petrosian ½-½221955USSR ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. Petrosian vs Antoshin ½-½301955USSR ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. V Sherbakov vs Petrosian 0-1361955USSR ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
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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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