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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Alexander Beliavsky9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Mikhail Tal9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky9/15(+5 -2 =8)[games]
Rafael Vaganian9/15(+6 -3 =6)[games]
Oleg Romanishin8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[games]
Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky8.5/15(+3 -1 =11)[games]
Lev Alburt8.5/15(+3 -1 =11)[games]
Yuri Balashov8/15(+3 -2 =10)[games]
Gennadi Kuzmin7.5/15(+2 -2 =11)[games]
Evgeni Vasiukov7/15(+4 -5 =6)[games]
Vitaly Tseshkovsky7/15(+3 -4 =8)[games]
Vladimir Savon6.5/15(+1 -3 =11)[games]
Karen Ashotovich Grigorian6/15(+2 -5 =8)[games]
Mark Taimanov6/15(+2 -5 =8)[games]
Boris Gulko6/15(+3 -6 =6)[games]
Viktor Kupreichik3.5/15(+3 -11 =1)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1974)

The 42nd Soviet Chess Championship was a category XII event played in Leningrad from November 30 to December 23, 1974. Sixteen of the Soviet Union's strongest grandmasters and masters competed, including (in order of ELO): Mikhail Tal (2635), Lev Polugaevsky (2630), Gennadi Kuzmin (2600), Mark Taimanov (2580), Vladimir Savon (2575), Evgeni Vasiukov (2560), Vitaly Tseshkovsky (2545), Yuri Balashov (2540), Rafael Vaganian (2540), Karen Grigorian (2520), Mark Dvoretsky (2495), Oleg Romanishin (2470), Alexander Beliavsky (2460), Viktor Kupreichik (2460), Boris Gulko (2435), and Lev Alburt (2420). The 21 year old Beliavsky won his first Soviet crown and Tal won his fifth as they tied for first place at 9.5/15, after Beliavsky defeated Tal in the penultimate round to draw level with him, with both drawing their last round games.

Leningrad, Soviet Union (Russia), 30 November - 23 December 1974

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 =1 Beliavsky * 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 9 =1 Tal 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 9 =3 Polugaevsky 1 1 * 0 1 0 1 1 9 =3 Vaganian 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1 9 =5 Romanishin 1 1 * 0 0 1 0 1 1 8 =5 Dvoretsky 0 * 1 1 1 8 =5 Alburt 0 * 1 1 1 8 8 Balashov 0 0 1 * 1 1 8 9 Kuzmin 0 0 * 1 1 7 =10 Vasiukov 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 0 0 7 =10 Tseshkovsky 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 7 12 Savon 0 0 * 1 0 6 =13 Grigorian 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 0 6 =13 Taimanov 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 6 =13 Gulko 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 1 6 16 Kupreichik 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 * 3

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1974, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 120  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Kuzmin vs Gulko 1-0321974USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
2. Savon vs Vaganian  ½-½231974USSR ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
3. Vasiukov vs Tseshkovsky  1-0401974USSR ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
4. Balashov vs Alburt  ½-½321974USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  ½-½451974USSR ChampionshipA36 English
6. Tal vs Polugaevsky 0-1611974USSR ChampionshipE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
7. Taimanov vs Kupreichik  ½-½521974USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
8. M Dvoretsky vs K Grigorian  ½-½421974USSR ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Beliavsky vs Taimanov  ½-½331974USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. Polugaevsky vs Balashov  ½-½271974USSR ChampionshipA17 English
11. Gulko vs Vaganian 0-1651974USSR ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. Kupreichik vs Savon  1-0641974USSR ChampionshipC10 French
13. Tseshkovsky vs Tal 0-1431974USSR ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. Alburt vs Romanishin  ½-½541974USSR ChampionshipA13 English
15. K Grigorian vs Vasiukov  ½-½521974USSR ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½221974USSR ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
17. Romanishin vs Polugaevsky  1-0411974USSR ChampionshipA15 English
18. Savon vs Beliavsky ½-½191974USSR ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. Vaganian vs Kupreichik 1-0221974USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Balashov vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½241974USSR ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. Tal vs K Grigorian  ½-½231974USSR ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. M Dvoretsky vs Gulko  1-0401974USSR ChampionshipA16 English
23. Taimanov vs Alburt  ½-½231974USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
24. Vasiukov vs G Kuzmin ½-½251974USSR ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
25. Polugaevsky vs Taimanov  1-0361974USSR ChampionshipA06 Reti Opening
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Kibitzer's Corner
Aug-25-14  ughaibu: A USSR championship with only one world champion competing. I guess there were a handful, in the 20s, without any.
Nov-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: The majority of the 1980s events didn't have any either.
Nov-06-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: "Without any champions" - do future champions count?

Anyway, here all Soviet championships without (past or future) world champions:

1923, 1924, 1925, 1934/5, 1937, 1948, 1965, 1980/1, 1984, 1985, (1986), (1987), 1989, (1990).

The three bracketed championships had no classical world champions, but the future FIDE champion Khalifman was there.

Nov-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: I guess technically you're right, but there's something about the words "world champion Alexander Khalifman" that kind of inspire a smirk and an eyeroll in me. YMMV, I guess.
Nov-08-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <Caissanist> Same as Kasimdzhanov, Ponomariov et al.

Noting the above, small wonder--sometimes seems as though all Karpov and Kasparov did was battle each other for the crown during the eighties. One of the toughest Soviet title bouts came in 1988 when both super GMs participated.

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