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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: Alexander Kotov

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kotov vs Antoshin  1-0371955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. V Sherbakov vs Kotov  ½-½991955USSR ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
3. Kotov vs Petrosian ½-½211955USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
4. Geller vs Kotov 1-0291955USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Kotov vs Kan  1-0361955USSR ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
6. Kotov vs Botvinnik 0-1651955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
7. Spassky vs Kotov 0-1781955USSR ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
8. Kotov vs Averbakh 0-1391955USSR ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
9. Simagin vs Kotov  ½-½481955USSR ChampionshipB06 Robatsch
10. Kotov vs Smyslov  ½-½351955USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
11. Furman vs Kotov 1-0371955USSR ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
12. Kotov vs Flohr  ½-½851955USSR ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
13. G Ilivitsky vs Kotov  ½-½171955USSR ChampionshipA97 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky
14. Kotov vs Taimanov  0-1301955USSR ChampionshipE80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
15. G Borisenko vs Kotov 0-1571955USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
16. Kotov vs Korchnoi  1-0731955USSR ChampionshipA37 English, Symmetrical
17. Lisitsin vs Kotov  0-1631955USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
18. Kotov vs Keres  ½-½421955USSR ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
19. V Mikenas vs Kotov  1-0371955USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
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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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