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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 3; games 1-25 of 53  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kotov vs Antoshin  1-0371955USSR ChampionshipD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
2. Smyslov vs G Borisenko 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
3. Petrosian vs Kan 1-0321955USSR ChampionshipA08 King's Indian Attack
4. Simagin vs Korchnoi 1-0611955USSR ChampionshipD77 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O
5. Geller vs V Sherbakov 1-0531955USSR ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
6. Spassky vs Antoshin 1-0321955USSR ChampionshipA84 Dutch
7. Botvinnik vs V Sherbakov 1-0231955USSR ChampionshipA16 English
8. Geller vs Kan 1-0441955USSR ChampionshipB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
9. Kan vs Taimanov  1-0461955USSR ChampionshipE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
10. V Mikenas vs Simagin 1-0651955USSR ChampionshipA16 English
11. Geller vs Kotov 1-0291955USSR ChampionshipC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
12. Furman vs Keres 1-0701955USSR ChampionshipD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
13. Smyslov vs V Mikenas 1-0641955USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
14. Kotov vs Kan  1-0361955USSR ChampionshipD12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
15. V Sherbakov vs Simagin 1-0541955USSR ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. Taimanov vs Lisitsin  1-0391955USSR ChampionshipE41 Nimzo-Indian
17. G Ilivitsky vs Keres 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipE45 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation
18. Botvinnik vs Kan 1-0751955USSR ChampionshipA20 English
19. Smyslov vs V Sherbakov  1-0411955USSR ChampionshipE70 King's Indian
20. Kan vs Korchnoi 1-0601955USSR ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
21. Geller vs Simagin 1-0421955USSR ChampionshipD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
22. Keres vs Taimanov 1-0291955USSR ChampionshipE21 Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights
23. Taimanov vs V Mikenas  1-0391955USSR ChampionshipA05 Reti Opening
24. Smyslov vs Geller 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Geller vs Furman 1-0411955USSR ChampionshipE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 53  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.
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