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USSR Championship 1975
Compiled by Phony Benoni
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The 43rd USSR Championship was held in Erevan from November 28 - December 22, 1975. It featured a powerful mixture of the generation that came up in the 1940s and 1950s with the newer kids on the block. If you're looking for details:

Lev Alburt Yuri Balashov Alexander Beliavsky David Bronstein Iossif Davidovich Dorfman Vladimir Doroshkievich Mark Izrailovich Dvoretsky Semyon Abramovich Furman Efim Geller Boris Gulko Janis Klovans Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian Lev Polugaevsky Oleg Romanishin Mikhail Tal Rafael Vaganian.

As so often happened in the Soviet Chamionship, an unheralded player sprung quickly out of the gate. This time it was Boris Gulko, who soard to a full 1.5 point lead on the rest of the field with only four rounds left.

He couldn't hold it. First, a crushing loss to Polugaevsky in round 12 cut into the margin. Then, in round 14, Petrosian won a protracted queen-and-pawn ending to go up by a half-point on Gulko, Romanishin, Tal and Vaganian. Petrosian took a quick draw in the last round, and watched while the others couldn't quite pull out the full point needed to catch him.

1 Petrosian 10.0/15 * 0 1 = 1 = = = = 1 = = 1 = 1 1

2 Romanishin 9.5/15 1 * 0 = = 1 1 1 0 = = 1 = 1 0 1

3 Gulko 9.5/15 0 1 * = 0 0 1 1 = = 1 1 1 = 1 =

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

5 Vaganian 9.5/15 0 = 1 = * 0 0 = 1 1 1 = 1 = 1 1

6 Polugaevsky 8.5/15 = 0 1 = 1 * = 0 = 1 0 = = 1 1 =

7 Geller 8.5/15 = 0 0 = 1 = * 1 = = = 1 = 1 = =

8 Balashov 8.5/15 = 0 0 = = 1 0 * 1 = = = 1 1 1 =

9 Bronstein 7.5/15 = 1 = 1 0 = = 0 * 1 = = 0 0 = 1

10 Beliavsky 7.5/15 0 = = 0 0 0 = = 0 * = 1 1 1 1 1

11 Dvoretsky 6.5/15 = = 0 0 0 1 = = = = * = 0 = = 1

12 Alburt 6.0/15 = 0 0 = = = 0 = = 0 = * 1 = = =

13 Dorfman 5.5/15 0 = 0 = 0 = = 0 1 0 1 0 * 1 0 =

14 Furman 5.0/15 = 0 = 0 = 0 0 0 1 0 = = 0 * = 1

15 Doroshkievich 4.5/15 0 1 0 0 0 0 = 0 = 0 = = 1 = * 0

16 Klovans 4.0/15 0 0 = 0 0 = = = 0 0 0 = = 0 1 *

Petrosian's play was so impressive that his only loss won Romanishin a prize for "Clever combinational play" (Romanishin vs Petrosian, 1975). Seriously, it was well deserving of the honor.

Round 1, Game #1
Vaganian vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(A48) King's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 1, Game #2
Romanishin vs Tal, 1975
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #3
Balashov vs I D Dorfman, 1975 
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 1, Game #4
M Dvoretsky vs J Klovans, 1975
(C26) Vienna, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 1, Game #5
Polugaevsky vs Doroshkievich, 1975
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 1, Game #6
Bronstein vs Geller, 1975
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #7
Petrosian vs Furman, 1975
(A04) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 1, Game #8
Gulko vs Alburt, 1975
(A14) English, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Game #9
Beliavsky vs Alburt, 1975 
(B05) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 20 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Game #10
Furman vs Gulko, 1975
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #11
Geller vs Petrosian, 1975
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #12
Doroshkievich vs Bronstein, 1975
(A84) Dutch, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #13 [Year is incorrect]
J Klovans vs Polugaevsky, 1975
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #14
I D Dorfman vs M Dvoretsky, 1975
(A15) English, 63 moves, 1-0

Round 2, Game #15
Tal vs Balashov, 1975
(A17) English, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 2, Game #16
Vaganian vs Romanishin, 1975
(A17) English, 80 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #17
Romanishin vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(B40) Sicilian, 79 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #18
Balashov vs Vaganian, 1975
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #19
M Dvoretsky vs Tal, 1975
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 41 moves, 0-1

Round 3, Game #20
Polugaevsky vs I D Dorfman, 1975
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3, Game #21
Bronstein vs J Klovans, 1975
(C96) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 3, Game #22
Petrosian vs Doroshkievich, 1975 
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 3, Game #23
Gulko vs Geller, 1975 
(D04) Queen's Pawn Game, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 3, Game #24
Alburt vs Furman, 1975
(A32) English, Symmetrical Variation, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Game #25
Beliavsky vs Furman, 1975
(B43) Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3, 84 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #26
Geller vs Alburt, 1975
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #27
Doroshkievich vs Gulko, 1975
(D90) Grunfeld, 27 moves, 0-1

Round 4, Game #28
J Klovans vs Petrosian, 1975 
(C11) French, 60 moves, 0-1

Round 4, Game #29
I D Dorfman vs Bronstein, 1975 
(A21) English, 43 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #30
Tal vs Polugaevsky, 1975
(A17) English, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4, Game #31
Vaganian vs M Dvoretsky, 1975 
(A13) English, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 4, Game #32
Romanishin vs Balashov, 1975
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 36 moves, 1-0

Round 5, Game #33
Balashov vs Beliavsky, 1975
(A48) King's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #34
M Dvoretsky vs Romanishin, 1975
(B27) Sicilian, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #35
Polugaevsky vs Vaganian, 1975
(A05) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 5, Game #36
Bronstein vs Tal, 1975 
(B44) Sicilian, 121 moves, 1-0

Round 5, Game #37
Petrosian vs I D Dorfman, 1975 
(A13) English, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 5, Game #38
Gulko vs J Klovans, 1975
(A15) English, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #39
Alburt vs Doroshkievich, 1975
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5, Game #40
Furman vs Geller, 1975
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 0-1

Round 6, Game #41
Beliavsky vs Geller, 1975
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #42
Doroshkievich vs Furman, 1975
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #43
J Klovans vs Alburt, 1975
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #44
I D Dorfman vs Gulko, 1975
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 38 moves, 0-1

Round 6, Game #45
Tal vs Petrosian, 1975 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6, Game #46
Vaganian vs Bronstein, 1975
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 51 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Game #47
Romanishin vs Polugaevsky, 1975
(A13) English, 36 moves, 1-0

Round 6, Game #48
Balashov vs M Dvoretsky, 1975
(B33) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #49
M Dvoretsky vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(A38) English, Symmetrical, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #50
Polugaevsky vs Balashov, 1975
(A17) English, 60 moves, 0-1

Round 7, Game #51
Bronstein vs Romanishin, 1975 
(B27) Sicilian, 54 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #52
Petrosian vs Vaganian, 1975 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 24 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #53
Gulko vs Tal, 1975 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 7, Game #54
Alburt vs I D Dorfman, 1975
(B14) Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #55
Furman vs J Klovans, 1975
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 7, Game #56
Geller vs Doroshkievich, 1975
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8, Game #57
Beliavsky vs Doroshkievich, 1975
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #58 [Year is incorrect]
J Klovans vs Geller, 1975
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8, Game #59
I D Dorfman vs Furman, 1975
(B40) Sicilian, 60 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #60
Tal vs Alburt, 1975 
(A14) English, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 8, Game #61
Vaganian vs Gulko, 1975
(A12) English with b3, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #62 [Prize for "clever combinational play"]
Romanishin vs Petrosian, 1975 
(A17) English, 30 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #63
Balashov vs Bronstein, 1975 
(C95) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer, 33 moves, 1-0

Round 8, Game #64
M Dvoretsky vs Polugaevsky, 1975 
(B40) Sicilian, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 9, Game #65
Polugaevsky vs Beliavsky, 1975
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 52 moves, 1-0

Round 9, Game #66
Bronstein vs M Dvoretsky, 1975
(B31) Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Game #67
Petrosian vs Balashov, 1975
(A17) English, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Game #68
Gulko vs Romanishin, 1975
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 38 moves, 1-0

Round 9, Game #69
Alburt vs Vaganian, 1975
(A15) English, 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Game #70
Furman vs Tal, 1975
(A31) English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation, 46 moves, 0-1

Round 9, Game #71
Geller vs I D Dorfman, 1975
(A22) English, 57 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9, Game #72
Doroshkievich vs J Klovans, 1975
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 42 moves, 0-1

Rouind 10, Game #73
Beliavsky vs J Klovans, 1975
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 82 moves, 1-0

Round 10, Game #74
I D Dorfman vs Doroshkievich, 1975
(D47) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 97 moves, 0-1

Round 10, Game #75
Tal vs Geller, 1975 
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #76
Vaganian vs Furman, 1975
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #77
Romanishin vs Alburt, 1975
(A14) English, 74 moves, 1-0

Round 10, Game #78
Balashov vs Gulko, 1975 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 25 moves, 0-1

Round 10, Game #79
M Dvoretsky vs Petrosian, 1975
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10, Game #80
Polugaevsky vs Bronstein, 1975
(E15) Queen's Indian, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #81
Bronstein vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 48 moves, 1-0

Round 11, Game #82
Petrosian vs Polugaevsky, 1975
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #83
Gulko vs M Dvoretsky, 1975
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 11, Game #84
Alburt vs Balashov, 1975
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11, Game #85
Furman vs Romanishin, 1975
(E13) Queen's Indian, 4.Nc3, Main line, 62 moves, 0-1

Round 11, Game #86
Geller vs Vaganian, 1975 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 26 moves, 1-0

Round 11, Game #87
Doroshkievich vs Tal, 1975 
(E77) King's Indian, 28 moves, 0-1

Round 11, Game #88
J Klovans vs I D Dorfman, 1975
(B32) Sicilian, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12, Game #89
Beliavsky vs I D Dorfman, 1975
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 12, Game #90
Tal vs J Klovans, 1975
(A00) Uncommon Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Round 12, Game #91
Vaganian vs Doroshkievich, 1975
(E97) King's Indian, 27 moves, 1-0

Round 12, Game #92
Romanishin vs Geller, 1975 
(C91) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 12, Game #93
Balashov vs Furman, 1975
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 48 moves, 1-0

Round 12, Game #94
M Dvoretsky vs Alburt, 1975 
(B03) Alekhine's Defense, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12, Game #95
Polugaevsky vs Gulko, 1975 
(A17) English, 28 moves, 1-0

Round 12, Game #96
Bronstein vs Petrosian, 1975
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Game #97
Petrosian vs Beliavsky, 1975 
(B36) Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 13, Game #98
Gulko vs Bronstein, 1975
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 12, Game #99
Alburt vs Polugaevsky, 1975
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Game #100
Furman vs M Dvoretsky, 1975
(A42) Modern Defense, Averbakh System, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13, Game #101
Geller vs Balashov, 1975 
(B96) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 13, Game #102
Doroshkievich vs Romanishin, 1975
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 52 moves, 1-0

Round 13, Game #103
J Klovans vs Vaganian, 1975
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 45 moves, 0-1

Round 13, Game #104
I D Dorfman vs Tal, 1975
(A13) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game #105
Beliavsky vs Tal, 1975 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 34 moves, 0-1

Round 14, Game #106
Vaganian vs I D Dorfman, 1975 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 14, Game #107
Romanishin vs J Klovans, 1975 
(D11) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 48 moves, 1-0

Round 14, Game #108
Balashov vs Doroshkievich, 1975
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Round 14, Game #109
M Dvoretsky vs Geller, 1975
(B51) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game #110
Polugaevsky vs Furman, 1975
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 59 moves, 1-0

Round 14, Game #111
Bronstein vs Alburt, 1975
(B02) Alekhine's Defense, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 14, Game #112
Petrosian vs Gulko, 1975 
(A17) English, 95 moves, 1-0

Round 15, Game #113
Gulko vs Beliavsky, 1975
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 59 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #114
Alburt vs Petrosian, 1975 
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #115
Furman vs Bronstein, 1975 
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 44 moves, 1-0

Round 15, Game #116
Geller vs Polugaevsky, 1975
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #117
Doroshkievich vs M Dvoretsky, 1975
(E62) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #118
J Klovans vs Balashov, 1975
(C45) Scotch Game, 49 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #119
I D Dorfman vs Romanishin, 1975
(C85) Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD), 35 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 15, Game #120
Tal vs Vaganian, 1975
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 72 moves, 1/2-1/2

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