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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: Paul Keres

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Spassky vs Keres ½-½281955USSR ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
2. Keres vs Averbakh  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
3. Simagin vs Keres 0-1401955USSR ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
4. Keres vs Smyslov 0-1391955USSR ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Furman vs Keres 1-0701955USSR ChampionshipD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
6. Keres vs Flohr  ½-½371955USSR ChampionshipD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. G Ilivitsky vs Keres 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
8. Keres vs Taimanov 1-0291955USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
9. G Borisenko vs Keres  0-1241955USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Keres vs Korchnoi  ½-½361955USSR ChampionshipB20 Sicilian
11. Lisitsin vs Keres  0-1541955USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
12. Kan vs Keres 0-1691955USSR ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
13. Keres vs V Mikenas 0-1511955USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
14. Antoshin vs Keres  ½-½361955USSR ChampionshipC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. Keres vs V Sherbakov  1-0291955USSR ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
16. Petrosian vs Keres ½-½691955USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
17. Keres vs Geller  ½-½191955USSR ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. Kotov vs Keres  ½-½421955USSR ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
19. Keres vs Botvinnik 1-0271955USSR ChampionshipC03 French, Tarrasch
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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.
Nov-26-17  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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