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USSR Championship Tournament

Efim Geller16/26(+11 -5 =10)[games]
Vasily Smyslov15/26(+7 -3 =16)[games]
Georgy Ilivitsky11.5/19(+5 -1 =13)[games]
Boris Spassky11.5/19(+7 -3 =9)[games]
Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian11.5/19(+4 -0 =15)[games]
Mikhail Botvinnik11.5/19(+7 -3 =9)[games]
Mark Taimanov11/19(+7 -4 =8)[games]
Paul Keres11/19(+7 -4 =8)[games]
Vladas Mikenas10.5/19(+6 -4 =9)[games]
Semyon Abramovich Furman10/19(+6 -5 =8)[games]
Vladimir Antoshin10/19(+6 -5 =8)[games]
Alexander Kotov9.5/19(+6 -6 =7)[games]
Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko9/19(+4 -5 =10)[games]
Salomon Flohr9/19(+2 -3 =14)[games]
Yuri Averbakh8.5/19(+1 -3 =15)[games]
Georgy Lisitsin8.5/19(+4 -6 =9)[games]
Ilia Abramovich Kan7/19(+4 -9 =6)[games]
Vladimir Simagin6.5/19(+4 -10 =5)[games]
Viktor Korchnoi6/19(+1 -8 =10)[games]
Vitaly Sergeevich Sherbakov3.5/19(+1 -13 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1955)

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 Gothenburg Interzonal (1955). 1 The illustrious cast of characters included:

Vladimir Antoshin, Yuri Averbakh, Georgy Konstantinovich Borisenko, Mikhail Botvinnik, Salomon Flohr, Semyon Abramovich Furman, Efim Geller, Georgy Ilivitsky, Ilia Abramovich Kan, Paul Keres, Viktor Korchnoi, Alexander Kotov, Georgy Lisitsin, Vladas Mikenas, Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian, Vitaly Sergeevich Sherbakov, Vladimir Simagin, Vasily Smyslov, Boris Spassky, Mark Taimanov.

Geller started quickly and stayed near the top all the way, but every time he got a bit of a lead he would lose, often through over-optimism. Botvinnik, Smyslov, and Spassky all took their turns, with Petrosian never far behind. Coming into the last round Geller had a half-point lead, but proceeded to lose yet one more time and produce the following crosstable:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Smyslov * 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 12.0 2 Geller 0 * 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 12.0 3 Ilivitsky 1 * 0 1 1 1 1 11.5 4 Spassky 1 * 1 0 1 0 0 1 1 1 1 11.5 5 Petrosian * 1 1 1 1 11.5 6 Botvinnik 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 11.5 7 Taimanov 1 1 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 0 1 11.0 8 Keres 0 0 1 1 * 0 0 1 1 1 1 1 11.0 9 Mikenas 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 1 10.5 10 Furman 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 10.0 11 Antoshin 1 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 10.0 12 Kotov 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 0 1 1 1 9.5 13 Borisenko 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 * 0 1 9.0 14 Flohr 0 0 * 1 0 1 9.0 15 Averbakh 0 0 1 0 * 8.5 16 Lisitsin 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1 8.5 17 Kan 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 7.0 18 Simagin 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 * 1 0 6.5 19 Korchnoi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 * 1 6.0 20 Sherbakov 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 3.5

A play-off between Smyslov and Geller started with six straight draws before the latter prevailed in game seven, thus earning the gold medal. Those games will be given at the end of this collection.

1 Gino Di Felice, Chess Results 1951-1955, McFarland 2010, p. 480; Mark Weeks Zonal List at http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/zon...

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1955, by User: Phony Benoni.

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 47  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Smyslov vs Geller 0-1341955USSR ChampionshipE89 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox Main line
2. Antoshin vs Botvinnik 0-1491955USSR ChampionshipC18 French, Winawer
3. Lisitsin vs Simagin 0-1361955USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
4. Smyslov vs Lisitsin 0-1671955USSR ChampionshipA13 English
5. Simagin vs Keres  0-1401955USSR ChampionshipC46 Three Knights
6. G Ilivitsky vs Taimanov 0-1451955USSR ChampionshipE65 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav, 7.O-O
7. Keres vs Smyslov 0-1391955USSR ChampionshipC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
8. V Sherbakov vs Spassky 0-1321955USSR ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
9. Korchnoi vs Flohr 0-1271955USSR ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
10. Simagin vs Antoshin  0-1481955USSR ChampionshipA28 English
11. Botvinnik vs Geller 0-1401955USSR ChampionshipD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
12. Kotov vs Botvinnik 0-1651955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Geller vs Spassky 0-1311955USSR ChampionshipE26 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. Simagin vs Petrosian 0-1371955USSR ChampionshipB63 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack
15. Furman vs Antoshin 0-1461955USSR ChampionshipE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
16. Spassky vs Kotov 0-1781955USSR ChampionshipB12 Caro-Kann Defense
17. V Sherbakov vs Furman 0-1351955USSR ChampionshipC94 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer Defense
18. Kotov vs Averbakh 0-1391955USSR ChampionshipD97 Grunfeld, Russian
19. Averbakh vs Botvinnik 0-1651955USSR ChampionshipC15 French, Winawer
20. Korchnoi vs Lisitsin 0-1351955USSR ChampionshipA25 English
21. G Borisenko vs Keres  0-1241955USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. V Sherbakov vs G Ilivitsky  0-1261955USSR ChampionshipB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
23. Antoshin vs Taimanov 0-1401955USSR ChampionshipC70 Ruy Lopez
24. V Mikenas vs G Borisenko  0-1391955USSR ChampionshipA13 English
25. G Borisenko vs Antoshin  0-1411955USSR ChampionshipD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 47  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Baby Korchnoi (24 at the time) got spanked in this one.
Dec-17-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Fusilli>: A result due in no small part to this fiasco from the fourth round: Korchnoi vs Flohr, 1955.
Jan-27-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: <perfidious> Oh, yeah, I just looked at it. A blunder, but a pretty one. That would erode anybody's confidence.
Nov-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Amazing feat by Geller, winning the USSR championship even though he lost five games.
Nov-22-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.>

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