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USSR Championship Tournament

Alexander Beliavsky9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[view games]
Mikhail Tal9.5/15(+6 -2 =7)[view games]
Lev Polugaevsky9/15(+5 -2 =8)[view games]
Rafael Vaganian9/15(+6 -3 =6)[view games]
Oleg Romanishin8.5/15(+5 -3 =7)[view games]
Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky8.5/15(+3 -1 =11)[view games]
Lev Alburt8.5/15(+3 -1 =11)[view games]
Yuri Balashov8/15(+3 -2 =10)[view games]
Gennadi Kuzmin7.5/15(+2 -2 =11)[view games]
Evgeni Vasiukov7/15(+4 -5 =6)[view games]
Vitaly Tseshkovsky7/15(+3 -4 =8)[view games]
Vladimir Savon6.5/15(+1 -3 =11)[view games]
Karen Ashotovich Grigorian6/15(+2 -5 =8)[view games]
Mark Taimanov6/15(+2 -5 =8)[view games]
Boris Gulko6/15(+3 -6 =6)[view games]
Viktor Kupreichik3.5/15(+3 -11 =1)[view 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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. G Kuzmin vs Gulko 1-032 1974 USSR ChampionshipE12 Queen's Indian
2. Savon vs Vaganian  ½-½23 1974 USSR ChampionshipA29 English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto
3. Vasiukov vs Tseshkovsky  1-040 1974 USSR ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
4. Balashov vs Alburt  ½-½32 1974 USSR ChampionshipB02 Alekhine's Defense
5. Romanishin vs Beliavsky  ½-½45 1974 USSR ChampionshipA36 English
6. Tal vs Polugaevsky 0-161 1974 USSR ChampionshipE55 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation
7. Taimanov vs Kupreichik  ½-½52 1974 USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
8. M Dvoretsky vs K Grigorian  ½-½42 1974 USSR ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
9. Beliavsky vs Taimanov  ½-½33 1974 USSR ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. Polugaevsky vs Balashov  ½-½27 1974 USSR ChampionshipA17 English
11. Gulko vs Vaganian 0-165 1974 USSR ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
12. Kupreichik vs Savon  1-064 1974 USSR ChampionshipC10 French
13. Tseshkovsky vs Tal 0-143 1974 USSR ChampionshipC82 Ruy Lopez, Open
14. Alburt vs Romanishin  ½-½54 1974 USSR ChampionshipA13 English
15. K Grigorian vs Vasiukov  ½-½52 1974 USSR ChampionshipD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky  ½-½22 1974 USSR ChampionshipA44 Old Benoni Defense
17. Romanishin vs Polugaevsky  1-041 1974 USSR ChampionshipA15 English
18. Savon vs Beliavsky ½-½19 1974 USSR ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
19. Vaganian vs Kupreichik 1-022 1974 USSR ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Balashov vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½24 1974 USSR ChampionshipB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. Tal vs K Grigorian  ½-½23 1974 USSR ChampionshipB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
22. M Dvoretsky vs Gulko  1-040 1974 USSR ChampionshipA16 English
23. Taimanov vs Alburt  ½-½23 1974 USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
24. Vasiukov vs G Kuzmin ½-½25 1974 USSR ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
25. Polugaevsky vs Taimanov  1-036 1974 USSR 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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