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TOURNAMENT STANDINGS
USSR Championship Tournament

Anatoly Karpov12/17(+8 -1 =8)[games]
Yuri S Balashov11/17(+6 -1 =10)[games]
Tigran V Petrosian10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky10.5/17(+6 -2 =9)[games]
Iossif Dorfman9.5/17(+6 -4 =7)[games]
Mikhail Tal9/17(+3 -2 =12)[games]
Vasily Smyslov9/17(+4 -3 =10)[games]
Efim Geller8.5/17(+4 -4 =9)[games]
Evgeny Sveshnikov8.5/17(+4 -4 =9)[games]
Oleg M Romanishin8.5/17(+7 -7 =3)[games]
Boris Gulko8/17(+5 -6 =6)[games]
Rafael Vaganian7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[games]
Karen Grigorian7.5/17(+4 -6 =7)[games]
Mark Taimanov7/17(+3 -6 =8)[games]
Nukhim N Rashkovsky7/17(+2 -5 =10)[games]
Alexander Zakharov6.5/17(+3 -7 =7)[games]
Vitaly Tseshkovsky6.5/17(+3 -7 =7)[games]
Viktor Kupreichik6/17(+5 -10 =2)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
USSR Championship (1976)

The 44th Soviet Chess Championship was a Category XII event played in the capital of Moscow from November 27th to December 23th in 1976. Eighteen of the USSR's best grandmasters and masters participated in the tournament, including (in order of Elo): Anatoli Karpov (2695), Tigran Petrosian (2635), Lev Polugaevsky (2635), Efim Geller (2620), Mikhail Tal (2615), Vassily Smyslov (2580), Oleg Romanishin (2560), Vitaly Tseshkovsky (2550), Rafael Vaganian (2550), Yuri Balashov (2545), Mark Taimanov (2540), Boris Gulko (2530), Evgeni Sveshnikov (2510), Viktor Kupreichik (2490), Karen Grigorian (2485), Nukhim Rashkovsky (2485), Alexander Zakharov (2435), and Josif Dorfman (2405). The world champion Karpov dominated the event, earning wins against almost half the field, and won with 12/17.

Moscow, Soviet Union (Russia), 27 November - 23 December 1976

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Pts 1 Karpov * 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 12 2 Balashov 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 11 =3 Petrosian ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 1 1 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 10½ =3 Polugaevsky ½ 0 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 10½ 5 Dorfman 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 0 0 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 0 1 9½ =6 Tal ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 9 =6 Smyslov ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 ½ 1 0 9 =8 Geller 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ * 0 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 8½ =8 Sveshnikov ½ 0 0 ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 8½ =8 Romanishin ½ 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 * 0 ½ 1 0 ½ 1 0 1 8½ 11 Gulko 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 1 8 =12 Vaganian 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 7½ =12 Grigorian 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 0 0 0 0 1 ½ * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 7½ =14 Taimanov ½ ½ ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 0 0 ½ * 0 1 ½ 0 7 =14 Rashkovsky ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 * 0 ½ ½ 7 =16 Zakharov 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 0 1 6½ =16 Tseshkovsky 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * 0 6½ 18 Kupreichik 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 ½ 0 1 ½ 0 1 * 6

Original collection: Game Collection: USSR Championship 1976, by User: suenteus po 147.

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Tseshkovsky vs Polugaevsky  ½-½211976USSR ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
2. N Rashkovsky vs Karpov ½-½211976USSR ChampionshipE17 Queen's Indian
3. Balashov vs A Zakharov  ½-½401976USSR ChampionshipD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Taimanov vs Gulko 0-1651976USSR ChampionshipA48 King's Indian
5. Romanishin vs Dorfman 0-1321976USSR ChampionshipB88 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin Attack
6. Geller vs Sveshnikov 0-1271976USSR ChampionshipD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
7. K Grigorian vs Vaganian  ½-½201976USSR ChampionshipD80 Grunfeld
8. Kupreichik vs Smyslov 1-0921976USSR ChampionshipC60 Ruy Lopez
9. Petrosian vs Tal 0-1281976USSR ChampionshipA15 English
10. Gulko vs Geller  ½-½171976USSR ChampionshipD00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Tal vs Kupreichik  1-0431976USSR ChampionshipB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. K Grigorian vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½251976USSR ChampionshipA57 Benko Gambit
13. A Zakharov vs Petrosian  ½-½211976USSR ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
14. Smyslov vs Romanishin 1-0381976USSR ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
15. Karpov vs Taimanov  ½-½271976USSR ChampionshipB44 Sicilian
16. Sveshnikov vs Balashov 0-1351976USSR ChampionshipC02 French, Advance
17. Polugaevsky vs N Rashkovsky  ½-½241976USSR ChampionshipA28 English
18. Vaganian vs Dorfman 0-1341976USSR ChampionshipA04 Reti Opening
19. Petrosian vs Sveshnikov  1-0281976USSR ChampionshipD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
20. Geller vs Karpov 1-0421976USSR ChampionshipC16 French, Winawer
21. N Rashkovsky vs K Grigorian  ½-½171976USSR ChampionshipD79 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line
22. Romanishin vs Tal 1-0301976USSR ChampionshipA35 English, Symmetrical
23. Tseshkovsky vs Vaganian  ½-½141976USSR ChampionshipC07 French, Tarrasch
24. Kupreichik vs A Zakharov 0-1291976USSR ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
25. Balashov vs Gulko  1-0361976USSR ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-17-18  ughaibu: Half of Karpov's wins were with black, I thought that wasn't meant to happen.
Aug-29-18  Joseph Blackcape: Karpov was really determined to win this one. A Soviet World Champion would not be taken seriously in Soviet Russia unless he would also win the Soviet Championship (which Karpov has never managed before), much less a WC that has not won the title in a match.
Mar-22-19  morphynoman2: USSR Chess Championship, 1976:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eja...
May-11-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Open Defence: Karpov managing to do a +8 -1 against this field and Balashov managing +6 -1 to finish ahead of Petrosian and Polugaevsky… but any idea what happened to Spassky ? Why didn't he play in this edition ?
May-11-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Open Defence> <Karpov managing to do a +8 -1 against this field and Balashov managing +6 -1 to finish ahead of Petrosian and Polugaevsky… but any idea what happened to Spassky ? Why didn't he play in this edition ?>

Might have been a bit awkward. :-)

<In 1976, Spassky emigrated to France with his third wife; he became a French citizen in 1978, and has competed for France in the Chess Olympiads.>

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boris...

May-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Open Defence: <keypusher> thanks! for some reason I thought he migrated in the 1980s! now its clear!
May-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Open Defence: <keypusher> thanks! for some reason I thought he migrated in the 1980s! now its clear!>

And that's understandable on your part, because Spassky didn't totally sever ties with the USSR until after he thought they mistreated him for finishing ahead of Karpov at some event in the early 80s...was it this one? Linares (1983)

For example, Spassky played the '77-'78 match against Korchnoi under the Soviet flag. Korchnoi called him a <one-legged defector>.

May-12-20  Damenlaeuferbauer: This was Tolya Karpov's first and deserved win of altogether three Soviet championships (1976, 1983, and 1988), but the undisputed best game of this tournament played Efim Geller in the third round against the champion.
May-12-20  Sally Simpson: Not only the best game of the tournament, the Geller v Karpov game was voted best game in the Informator Vol 22.

Geller vs Karpov, 1976

May-12-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Out of curiosity, I checked to see how often Karpov tried the French and was surprised to see the frequency with which it appeared, with the loss to Geller being the first time he responded with 1....e6 to 1.e4 in his mature praxis (a 1973 draw with Hecht transposing via 1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 etc):

https://www.chessgames.com/perl/che...

Oct-23-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  Chessdreamer: Wrong game here?

Tseshkovsky vs Geller, 1976, I think it should be: Tseshkovsky vs Geller, 1976.

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