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USSR Championship 1980/81
Compiled by suenteus po 147
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The 48th Soviet Chess Championship was a category XII event held in the city of Vilnius from December 25th, 1980 to January 21st, 1981. Eighteen of the Soviet Union's best grandmasters and masters participated in the round robin tournament, including (in order of ELO): Yuri Balashov (2600), Vitaly Tseshkovsky (2595), Alexander Beliavsky (2590), Rafael Vaganian (2590), Oleg Romanishin (2580), Efim Geller (2565), Evgeni Vasiukov (2545), Tamas Georgadze (2540), Valery Chekhov (2535), Sergey Dolmatov (2535), Viktor Kupreichik (2535), Lev Psakhis (2535), Gennadi Kuzmin (2530), Nukhim Rashkovsky (2520), Yuri Razuvaev (2515), Sergey Makarichev (2495), Artur Yusupov (2485), and Smbat Lputian (2445). Beliavsky and Psakhis finished shared first with 10.5/17 each. It was Beliavsky's second of an eventual four USSR championship victories, while it was the first of what would be two consecutive Soviet crowns for Psakhis. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 Psakhis 10.5/17 * 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 0

2 Beliavsky 10.5/17 0 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1

3 Balashov 10/17 1 * 1 1

4 Romanishin 10/17 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 1

5 Yusupov 10/17 0 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1

6 Dolmatov 9.5/17 1 * 1 1 0 1 0 0 1

7 Kupreichik 9.5/17 1 1 0 0 0 * 1 0 1 0 1 1 1

8 Kuzmin 9.5/17 0 0 1 0 * 1 1 1 1

9 Tseshkovsky 9.5/17 0 1 0 * 1 0 1 1 1

10 Vaganian 9/17 1 0 0 0 * 0 1 1 1 1

11 Rashkovsky 8.5/17 0 0 1 1 1 * 0

12 Vasiukov 8.5/17 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1 1 1

13 Makarichev 7.5/17 0 1 0 1 0 * 0

14 Geller 6.5/17 0 1 0 0 * 0 0

15 Georgadze 6.5/17 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 1 1

16 Lputian 6/17 0 0 0 0 1 0 * 0

17 Razuvaev 6/17 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * 1

18 Chekhov 5.5/17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 *

*This collection would not have been possible without the work and time of <Phony Benoni>. He has my eternal gratitude.

Round One
Vasiukov vs Razuvaev, 1980 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 30 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs Psakhis, 1980
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 35 moves, 1-0

Tseshkovsky vs Lputian, 1980
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Dolmatov, 1980
(B33) Sicilian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Kuzmin vs N Rashkovsky, 1980 
(B77) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 78 moves, 1/2-1/2

T Georgadze vs Yusupov, 1980
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 62 moves, 0-1

S Makarichev vs Romanishin, 1980 
(A25) English, 33 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Chekhov, 1980
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 29 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs Geller, 1980
(C90) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two
Razuvaev vs Geller, 1980
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chekhov vs Balashov, 1980
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Vaganian, 1980
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs S Makarichev, 1980
(E17) Queen's Indian, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Rashkovsky vs T Georgadze, 1980
(E15) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs G Kuzmin, 1980
(B09) Pirc, Austrian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Lputian vs Beliavsky, 1980
(E12) Queen's Indian, 38 moves, 0-1

Psakhis vs Tseshkovsky, 1980
(C41) Philidor Defense, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs Kupreichik, 1980 
(B50) Sicilian, 76 moves, 0-1

Round Three
Kupreichik vs Razuvaev, 1980 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 29 moves, 1-0

Tseshkovsky vs Vasiukov, 1980 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 52 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Psakhis, 1980 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

G Kuzmin vs Lputian, 1980
(C00) French Defense, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

T Georgadze vs Dolmatov, 1980
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 51 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Makarichev vs N Rashkovsky, 1980
(A16) English, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Yusupov, 1980
(D48) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 33 moves, 0-1

Balashov vs Romanishin, 1980
(A04) Reti Opening, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Chekhov, 1980
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 43 moves, 0-1

Round Four
Razuvaev vs Chekhov, 1980
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 34 moves, 1-0

Romanishin vs Geller, 1980
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Balashov, 1980
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Rashkovsky vs Vaganian, 1980
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs S Makarichev, 1980
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 30 moves, 0-1

Lputian vs T Georgadze, 1980
(E12) Queen's Indian, 35 moves, 0-1

Psakhis vs G Kuzmin, 1980 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 41 moves, 1-0

Vasiukov vs Beliavsky, 1980
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs Tseshkovsky, 1980 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Five
Tseshkovsky vs Razuvaev, 1980
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 43 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Kupreichik, 1980
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 40 moves, 0-1

G Kuzmin vs Vasiukov, 1980
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 41 moves, 1-0

T Georgadze vs Psakhis, 1980
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 35 moves, 0-1

S Makarichev vs Lputian, 1980
(C19) French, Winawer, Advance, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Dolmatov, 1980
(B10) Caro-Kann, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs N Rashkovsky, 1980
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Yusupov, 1980
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 58 moves, 0-1

Chekhov vs Romanishin, 1980
(D85) Grunfeld, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Six
Razuvaev vs Romanishin, 1980 
(D87) Grunfeld, Exchange, 41 moves, 0-1

Yusupov vs Chekhov, 1980 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 34 moves, 1-0

N Rashkovsky vs Geller, 1980
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs Balashov, 1980
(B83) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lputian vs Vaganian, 1980
(A36) English, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Psakhis vs S Makarichev, 1980
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs T Georgadze, 1980
(C41) Philidor Defense, 39 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs G Kuzmin, 1980
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs Beliavsky, 1980
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 0-1

Round Seven
Beliavsky vs Razuvaev, 1980
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 38 moves, 1-0

G Kuzmin vs Tseshkovsky, 1980
(E64) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

T Georgadze vs Kupreichik, 1980
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 28 moves, 0-1

S Makarichev vs Vasiukov, 1980
(A04) Reti Opening, 73 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Psakhis, 1980
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 39 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs Lputian, 1980
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Dolmatov, 1980
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chekhov vs N Rashkovsky, 1980
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 41 moves, 1-0

Romanishin vs Yusupov, 1980
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
Razuvaev vs Yusupov, 1980
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 56 moves, 0-1

N Rashkovsky vs Romanishin, 1980
(D85) Grunfeld, 26 moves, 1-0

Dolmatov vs Chekhov, 1980
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 41 moves, 1-0

Lputian vs Geller, 1980 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 1-0

Psakhis vs Balashov, 1980
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 60 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs Vaganian, 1980 
(C00) French Defense, 44 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs S Makarichev, 1980
(C42) Petrov Defense, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs T Georgadze, 1980
(C41) Philidor Defense, 29 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs G Kuzmin, 1980
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 25 moves, 1-0

Round Nine
G Kuzmin vs Razuvaev, 1980
(B10) Caro-Kann, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

T Georgadze vs Beliavsky, 1980
(E54) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Makarichev vs Tseshkovsky, 1980
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Kupreichik, 1980
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs Vasiukov, 1980
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Psakhis, 1980
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chekhov vs Lputian, 1980
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Dolmatov, 1980
(C18) French, Winawer, 30 moves, 0-1

Yusupov vs N Rashkovsky, 1980
(D38) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation, 79 moves, 0-1

Round Ten
Razuvaev vs N Rashkovsky, 1980
(E21) Nimzo-Indian, Three Knights, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs Yusupov, 1980
(C42) Petrov Defense, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Lputian vs Romanishin, 1980
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Psakhis vs Chekhov, 1980 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs Geller, 1980
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 41 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs Balashov, 1980
(B18) Caro-Kann, Classical, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs Vaganian, 1980
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs S Makarichev, 1980
(E15) Queen's Indian, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Kuzmin vs T Georgadze, 1980
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 22 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven
T Georgadze vs Razuvaev, 1980
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Makarichev vs G Kuzmin, 1980
(B07) Pirc, 38 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Beliavsky, 1980
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs Tseshkovsky, 1980
(C89) Ruy Lopez, Marshall, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Kupreichik, 1980
(A09) Reti Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

Chekhov vs Vasiukov, 1980
(A57) Benko Gambit, 31 moves, 0-1

Romanishin vs Psakhis, 1980
(A04) Reti Opening, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Lputian, 1980
(A13) English, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Rashkovsky vs Dolmatov, 1980
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Twelve
Razuvaev vs Dolmatov, 1980
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 57 moves, 1-0

Lputian vs N Rashkovsky, 1980
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 54 moves, 1/2-1/2

Psakhis vs Yusupov, 1980 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 64 moves, 1-0

Vasiukov vs Romanishin, 1980
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs Chekhov, 1980
(C77) Ruy Lopez, 41 moves, 1-0

Tseshkovsky vs Geller, 1980 
(C82) Ruy Lopez, Open, 43 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Balashov, 1980 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Kuzmin vs Vaganian, 1980
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 60 moves, 1-0

T Georgadze vs S Makarichev, 1980
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 37 moves, 1-0

Round Thirteen
S Makarichev vs Razuvaev, 1980
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs T Georgadze, 1980
(A13) English, 33 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs G Kuzmin, 1980
(E91) King's Indian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Beliavsky, 1980
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chekhov vs Tseshkovsky, 1980
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Kupreichik, 1980 
(A06) Reti Opening, 16 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Vasiukov, 1980
(A48) King's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Rashkovsky vs Psakhis, 1980
(E12) Queen's Indian, 42 moves, 0-1

Dolmatov vs Lputian, 1980
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen
Razuvaev vs Lputian, 1980
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 48 moves, 1-0

Psakhis vs Dolmatov, 1980
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vasiukov vs N Rashkovsky, 1980
(B53) Sicilian, 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs Yusupov, 1980 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 53 moves, 0-1

Tseshkovsky vs Romanishin, 1980
(B44) Sicilian, 86 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Chekhov, 1980
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1-0

G Kuzmin vs Geller, 1980
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

T Georgadze vs Balashov, 1980
(E55) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Gligoric System, Bronstein Variation, 75 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Makarichev vs Vaganian, 1980
(C16) French, Winawer, 49 moves, 0-1

Round Fifteen
Vaganian vs Razuvaev, 1980
(E15) Queen's Indian, 67 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs S Makarichev, 1980
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs T Georgadze, 1980
(E15) Queen's Indian, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chekhov vs G Kuzmin, 1980
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Beliavsky, 1980
(A06) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Tseshkovsky, 1980
(A48) King's Indian, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Rashkovsky vs Kupreichik, 1980 
(E73) King's Indian, 52 moves, 1-0

Dolmatov vs Vasiukov, 1980
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 65 moves, 1-0

Lputian vs Psakhis, 1980
(E12) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Round Sixteen
Razuvaev vs Psakhis, 1980 
(A65) Benoni, 6.e4, 26 moves, 0-1

Vasiukov vs Lputian, 1980 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 28 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs Dolmatov, 1980 
(C02) French, Advance, 35 moves, 0-1

Tseshkovsky vs N Rashkovsky, 1980
(C67) Ruy Lopez, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Yusupov, 1980
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 113 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Kuzmin vs Romanishin, 1980
(E15) Queen's Indian, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

T Georgadze vs Chekhov, 1980
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 49 moves, 1-0

S Makarichev vs Geller, 1980
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Balashov, 1980
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 40 moves, 0-1

Round Seventeen
Balashov vs Razuvaev, 1980
(A05) Reti Opening, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Vaganian, 1980 
(C04) French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Chekhov vs S Makarichev, 1980 
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs T Georgadze, 1980
(B33) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs G Kuzmin, 1980 
(A29) English, Four Knights, Kingside Fianchetto, 38 moves, 0-1

N Rashkovsky vs Beliavsky, 1980 
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 28 moves, 0-1

Dolmatov vs Tseshkovsky, 1980
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 51 moves, 0-1

Lputian vs Kupreichik, 1980
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Psakhis vs Vasiukov, 1980 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 43 moves, 1-0

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