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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: Yuri Averbakh

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Averbakh vs Lisitsin  ½-½571955USSR ChampionshipA22 English
2. Keres vs Averbakh  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Averbakh vs V Mikenas  ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
4. Antoshin vs Averbakh  ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
5. Averbakh vs V Sherbakov  ½-½331955USSR ChampionshipE75 King's Indian, Averbakh, Main line
6. Petrosian vs Averbakh  ½-½141955USSR ChampionshipE14 Queen's Indian
7. Averbakh vs Geller  ½-½231955USSR ChampionshipE94 King's Indian, Orthodox
8. Kotov vs Averbakh 0-1391955USSR ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
9. Averbakh vs Botvinnik 0-1651955USSR ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
10. Spassky vs Averbakh 1-0291955USSR ChampionshipC34 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Averbakh vs Kan  ½-½481955USSR ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
12. Averbakh vs Simagin  ½-½561955USSR ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
13. Smyslov vs Averbakh  ½-½371955USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
14. Averbakh vs Furman  ½-½721955USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
15. Flohr vs Averbakh  1-0641955USSR ChampionshipA15 English
16. Averbakh vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½451955USSR ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
17. Taimanov vs Averbakh ½-½311955USSR ChampionshipD36 Queen's Gambit Declined, Exchange, Positional line, 6.Qc2
18. Averbakh vs G Borisenko  ½-½411955USSR ChampionshipA12 English with b3
19. Korchnoi vs Averbakh  ½-½641955USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
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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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