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Pearls from the USSR Championships.
Compiled by syracrophy
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Tolush vs Kotov, 1945 
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 41 moves, 1-0

Makogonov's positional clash with Botvinnik.
V Makogonov vs Botvinnik, 1940 
(A93) Dutch, Stonewall, Botvinnik Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

Enterprising technique to win a ♕♖ middlegame.
Korchnoi vs Gurgenidze, 1959 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 65 moves, 1-0

Kholmov's classic punch-after-punch spectacle on great Keres.
Kholmov vs Keres, 1959 
(B30) Sicilian, 29 moves, 1-0

Boleslavsky's renowned combination with Queen sac.
Alatortsev vs Boleslavsky, 1950 
(A54) Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3, 27 moves, 0-1

Classic lesson of Knight outpost of d5 vs bad Bishop
Boleslavsky vs Lisitsin, 1956 
(B76) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 30 moves, 1-0

32.Qxe7+! with a mate-in-3 crowns a neat kingside attack.
Korchnoi vs A Petersons, 1965 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 32 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs V Mikenas, 1965 
(D25) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 38 moves, 1-0

Perhaps the most famous game of a USSR Championship.
Spassky vs Bronstein, 1960 
(C36) King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense, 23 moves, 1-0

Taimanov vs Smyslov, 1967 
(A21) English, 68 moves, 1-0

Tal vs Simagin, 1956 
(B06) Robatsch, 45 moves, 1-0

Averbakh vs Petrosian, 1959 
(B92) Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation, 40 moves, 0-1

I Zaitsev vs O Dementiev, 1970 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 20 moves, 1-0

Korchnoi vs Karpov, 1970 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 57 moves, 1-0

Averbakh vs Petrosian, 1960 
(E63) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Panno Variation, 43 moves, 1-0

Kholmov vs Taimanov, 1969 
(B44) Sicilian, 62 moves, 0-1

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