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USSR Championship 1974
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 42nd Soviet Chess Championship was a category XII event played in Leningrad from November 30th to December 23rd, 1974. Sixteen of the Soviet Union's best 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). 21 year old Beliavsky won his first Soviet crown and Tal won his fifth as they tied for first place at 9.5/15.

The final standings and crosstable:

=1st Beliavsky 9.5/15 * 1 0 1 1 1 0 1 1

=1st Tal 9.5/15 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1

=3rd Polugaevsky 9/15 1 1 * 0 1 0 1 1

=3rd Vaganian 9/15 0 * 0 1 1 0 1 1 1 1

=5th Romanishin 8.5/15 1 1 * 0 0 1 0 1 1

=5th Dvoretzky 8.5/15 0 * 1 1 1

=5th Alburt 8.5/15 0 * 1 1 1

8th Balashov 8/15 0 0 1 * 1 1

9th Kuzmin 7.5/15 0 0 * 1 1

=10th Vasiukov 7/15 1 0 1 0 0 * 1 1 0 0

=10th Tseshkovsky 7/15 0 0 1 0 * 1 0 1

12th Savon 6.5/15 0 0 * 1 0

=13th Grigorian 6/15 1 0 0 0 0 * 1 0

=13th Taimanov 6/15 0 0 0 1 0 0 * 1

=13th Gulko 6/15 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 * 1

16th Kupreichik 3.5/15 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 *


Round One
Balashov vs Alburt, 1974
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Dvoretsky vs K Grigorian, 1974
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Kuzmin vs Gulko, 1974 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 32 moves, 1-0

Romanishin vs Beliavsky, 1974
(A36) English, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs Vaganian, 1974
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Kupreichik, 1974
(A04) Reti Opening, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Polugaevsky, 1974 
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 61 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs Tseshkovsky, 1974
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Two
Alburt vs Romanishin, 1974
(A13) English, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Taimanov, 1974 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Grigorian vs Vasiukov, 1974
(D16) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gulko vs Vaganian, 1974 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 65 moves, 0-1

Kupreichik vs Savon, 1974
(C10) French, 64 moves, 1-0

G Kuzmin vs M Dvoretsky, 1974
(A44) Old Benoni Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Balashov, 1974
(A17) English, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs Tal, 1974 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Three
Balashov vs Tseshkovsky, 1974
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Dvoretsky vs Gulko, 1974
(A16) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Romanishin vs Polugaevsky, 1974
(A15) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Savon vs Beliavsky, 1974 
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Alburt, 1974
(A04) Reti Opening, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs K Grigorian, 1974
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Kupreichik, 1974 
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1-0

Vasiukov vs G Kuzmin, 1974 
(C16) French, Winawer, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Four
Alburt vs Savon, 1974
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 71 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Vaganian, 1974
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 52 moves, 1-0

M Dvoretsky vs Vasiukov, 1974 
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 48 moves, 1-0

K Grigorian vs Balashov, 1974 
(A84) Dutch, 33 moves, 0-1

Gulko vs Kupreichik, 1974 
(B27) Sicilian, 56 moves, 1-0

G Kuzmin vs Tal, 1974
(B44) Sicilian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Taimanov, 1974
(A06) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 1-0

Tseshkovsky vs Romanishin, 1974
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
Balashov vs G Kuzmin, 1974
(B83) Sicilian, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs Beliavsky, 1974
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 48 moves, 0-1

Romanishin vs K Grigorian, 1974
(A14) English, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs Polugaevsky, 1974
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Tseshkovsky, 1974
(D94) Grunfeld, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs M Dvoretsky, 1974 
(E92) King's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Alburt, 1974
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Gulko, 1974 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Six
Alburt vs Kupreichik, 1974
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 57 moves, 1-0

M Dvoretsky vs Balashov, 1974
(B40) Sicilian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Grigorian vs Taimanov, 1974
(E38) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5, 28 moves, 1-0

Gulko vs Beliavsky, 1974
(E12) Queen's Indian, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Kuzmin vs Romanishin, 1974
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Vaganian, 1974
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs Savon, 1974
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Tal, 1974
(B40) Sicilian, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seven
Balashov vs Vasiukov, 1974
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Alburt, 1974
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs Polugaevsky, 1974 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 33 moves, 0-1

Romanishin vs M Dvoretsky, 1974
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs K Grigorian, 1974
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs G Kuzmin, 1974
(A28) English, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Gulko, 1974 
(A25) English, 71 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Tseshkovsky, 1974 
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 0-1

Round Eight
M Dvoretsky vs Taimanov, 1974
(B40) Sicilian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Grigorian vs Vaganian, 1974
(D92) Grunfeld, 5.Bf4, 35 moves, 0-1

Gulko vs Alburt, 1974
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Kuzmin vs Savon, 1974
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Beliavsky, 1974 
(A35) English, Symmetrical, 37 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Balashov, 1974
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 54 moves, 1-0

Tseshkovsky vs Kupreichik, 1974
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 40 moves, 1-0

Vasiukov vs Romanishin, 1974
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

Round Nine
Alburt vs Polugaevsky, 1974
(A15) English, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs Gulko, 1974
(E45) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Bronstein (Byrne) Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Tseshkovsky, 1974
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 64 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs K Grigorian, 1974 
(B99) Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line, 44 moves, 1-0

Romanishin vs Tal, 1974 
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs M Dvoretsky, 1974
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Vasiukov, 1974
(D56) Queen's Gambit Declined, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs G Kuzmin, 1974
(A15) English, 40 moves, 1-0

Round Ten
Balashov vs Romanishin, 1974
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

M Dvoretsky vs Vaganian, 1974
(C15) French, Winawer, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Grigorian vs Beliavsky, 1974
(E36) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gulko vs Polugaevsky, 1974
(A56) Benoni Defense, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Kuzmin vs Kupreichik, 1974
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Taimanov, 1974 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 37 moves, 1-0

Tseshkovsky vs Alburt, 1974
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Savon, 1974 
(C02) French, Advance, 37 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven
Alburt vs K Grigorian, 1974 
(A15) English, 30 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs G Kuzmin, 1974 
(B07) Pirc, 17 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs M Dvoretsky, 1974 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 26 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Tseshkovsky, 1974
(A21) English, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Gulko, 1974 
(B57) Sicilian, 61 moves, 1-0

Savon vs Tal, 1974
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Taimanov vs Balashov, 1974
(A21) English, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Vasiukov, 1974
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve
Balashov vs Savon, 1974
(A48) King's Indian, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

M Dvoretsky vs Beliavsky, 1974
(A36) English, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Grigorian vs Polugaevsky, 1974 
(A56) Benoni Defense, 61 moves, 1-0

Gulko vs Tseshkovsky, 1974
(D98) Grunfeld, Russian, 35 moves, 1-0

G Kuzmin vs Alburt, 1974
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Taimanov, 1974
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 42 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Vaganian, 1974
(E12) Queen's Indian, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Kupreichik, 1974
(B30) Sicilian, 56 moves, 0-1

Round Thirteen
Alburt vs M Dvoretsky, 1974
(E05) Catalan, Open, Classical line, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Vasiukov, 1974
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 41 moves, 0-1

Kupreichik vs Tal, 1974
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 47 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs G Kuzmin, 1974 
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Savon vs Romanishin, 1974
(B27) Sicilian, 53 moves, 0-1

Taimanov vs Gulko, 1974
(E43) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

Tseshkovsky vs K Grigorian, 1974
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 30 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Balashov, 1974 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

Round Fourteen
Balashov vs Kupreichik, 1974
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 72 moves, 1-0

M Dvoretsky vs Polugaevsky, 1974
(B40) Sicilian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Gulko vs K Grigorian, 1974
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Kuzmin vs Tseshkovsky, 1974
(D50) Queen's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Vaganian, 1974
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 33 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs Savon, 1974 
(A28) English, 34 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Beliavsky, 1974 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs Alburt, 1974
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 38 moves, 0-1

Round Fifteen
Alburt vs Tal, 1974 
(A43) Old Benoni, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Balashov, 1974
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Grigorian vs G Kuzmin, 1974
(E44) Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs Romanishin, 1974
(C45) Scotch Game, 37 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Vasiukov, 1974
(A80) Dutch, 41 moves, 1-0

Savon vs Gulko, 1974
(A15) English, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs M Dvoretsky, 1974
(A48) King's Indian, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Taimanov, 1974 
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 34 moves, 1-0

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