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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 4; games 1-25 of 97  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½231955USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
2. Smyslov vs Geller ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
4. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½271955USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
5. Geller vs Smyslov  ½-½551955USSR ChampionshipD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
6. Smyslov vs Geller  ½-½571955USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. Spassky vs Keres ½-½281955USSR ChampionshipD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
8. Botvinnik vs V Mikenas ½-½291955USSR ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Flohr vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½421955USSR ChampionshipD59 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower
10. Furman vs Taimanov  ½-½201955USSR ChampionshipA18 English, Mikenas-Carls
11. Averbakh vs Lisitsin  ½-½571955USSR ChampionshipA22 English
12. Korchnoi vs Smyslov ½-½171955USSR ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
13. V Mikenas vs Spassky  ½-½671955USSR ChampionshipE16 Queen's Indian
14. Petrosian vs Geller  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipA38 English, Symmetrical
15. Keres vs Averbakh  ½-½261955USSR ChampionshipB50 Sicilian
16. Kan vs G Ilivitsky  ½-½301955USSR ChampionshipB52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. Taimanov vs Flohr  ½-½281955USSR ChampionshipE56 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 7...Nc6
18. V Sherbakov vs Kotov  ½-½991955USSR ChampionshipB85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
19. G Borisenko vs Furman  ½-½481955USSR ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. Flohr vs G Borisenko  ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipA46 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Furman vs Korchnoi  ½-½281955USSR ChampionshipE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
22. Kotov vs Petrosian ½-½211955USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
23. Averbakh vs V Mikenas  ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
24. Lisitsin vs Furman  ½-½351955USSR ChampionshipE66 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno
25. Antoshin vs Averbakh  ½-½241955USSR ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 97  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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