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USSR Championship 1979
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The 47th Soviet Chess Championship was a category XII event held in the city of Minsk from November 29th to December 27th, 1979. Eighteen of the Soviet Union's best grandmasters and masters participated in the round robin tournament, including (in order of ELO): Mikhail Tal (2615), Yuri Balashov (2600), Alexander Beliavsky (2595), Rafael Vaganian (2570), Oleg Romanishin (2560), Vitaly Tseshkovsky (2560), Efim Geller (2550), Garry Kasparov (2545), Evgeni Sveshnikov (2545), Viktor Kupreichik (2540), Tamas Georgadze (2535), Sergey Makarichev (2500), Nukhim Rashkovsky (2500), Sergey Dolmatov (2495), Artur Yusupov (2490), Konstantin Lerner (2475), Yuri Razuvaev (2470), and Yuri Anikaev (2455). Geller, who had last won the USSR championship in 1955, finished clear first with six wins and eleven draws. He set a record for the longest number of years between winning Soviet crowns at 24 years. Alas, it was to be Geller's last hurrah at an event of this magnitude, but he showed he still had the goods even if it was well after his prime. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:

1 Geller 11.5/17 * 1 1 1 1 1 1

2 Yusupov 10.5/17 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 0

3 Kasparov 10/17 1 * 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0

4 Balashov 10/17 * 1 1 1

5 Makarichev 9.5/17 * 1 0 1 0 1 1

6 Georgadze 9.5/17 0 0 * 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 1

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

8 Vaganian 9/17 0 0 1 0 0 * 1 0 1 1 1 1

9 Lerner 8.5/17 0 1 0 0 0 * 1 1 1

10 Rashkovsky 8/17 0 * 1 0

11 Beliavsky 8/17 0 1 1 1 0 0 * 0 0 0 1 1

12 Razuvaev 8/17 0 0 0 1 * 1

13 Romanishin 8/17 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 * 1 1 0 1

14 Dolmatov 7.5/17 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 * 1 1

15 Tal 7.5/17 0 0 0 1 0 * 0 1 1

16 Sveshnikov 7/17 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 * 1

17 Anikaev 5.5/17 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 *

18 Tseshkovsky 5.5/17 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 *

Round One
Geller vs Dolmatov, 1979
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs T Georgadze, 1979 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

K Lerner vs Vaganian, 1979
(A15) English, 36 moves, 0-1

S Makarichev vs Kupreichik, 1979
(A10) English, 35 moves, 1-0

N Rashkovsky vs Tal, 1979
(A15) English, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Razuvaev vs Beliavsky, 1979
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Balashov, 1979 
(B46) Sicilian, Taimanov Variation, 37 moves, 0-1

Sveshnikov vs Yusupov, 1979 
(C49) Four Knights, 26 moves, 0-1

Tseshkovsky vs Anikaev, 1979
(B81) Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Two
Anikaev vs K Lerner, 1979
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs S Makarichev, 1979
(E53) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Tseshkovsky, 1979
(B07) Pirc, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs Romanishin, 1979 
(C55) Two Knights Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

T Georgadze vs N Rashkovsky, 1979
(D03) Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation), 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Vaganian, 1979 
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 52 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs Razuvaev, 1979
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

Sveshnikov vs Kasparov, 1979 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 43 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Geller, 1979
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Three
Geller vs T Georgadze, 1979 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 52 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Yusupov, 1979 
(C80) Ruy Lopez, Open, 41 moves, 1-0

K Lerner vs Beliavsky, 1979
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

S Makarichev vs Dolmatov, 1979
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 41 moves, 1-0

N Rashkovsky vs Sveshnikov, 1979
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Razuvaev vs Balashov, 1979
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Tal, 1979
(A04) Reti Opening, 57 moves, 1-0

Tseshkovsky vs Kupreichik, 1979 
(B64) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 29 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Anikaev, 1979
(D63) Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense, 57 moves, 1-0

Round Four
Balashov vs Tseshkovsky, 1979 
(B25) Sicilian, Closed, 28 moves, 1-0

Beliavsky vs Vaganian, 1979
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs Razuvaev, 1979
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 41 moves, 0-1

T Georgadze vs Romanishin, 1979
(E12) Queen's Indian, 53 moves, 0-1

Yusupov vs Anikaev, 1979
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs N Rashkovsky, 1979 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs K Lerner, 1979
(C87) Ruy Lopez, 43 moves, 1-0

Sveshnikov vs Geller, 1979 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs S Makarichev, 1979
(B62) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Five
Anikaev vs Beliavsky, 1979
(A06) Reti Opening, 47 moves, 0-1

Geller vs Kasparov, 1979
(B07) Pirc, 64 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Lerner vs Balashov, 1979
(E52) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with ...b6, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Makarichev vs T Georgadze, 1979
(B40) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Rashkovsky vs Yusupov, 1979
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Razuvaev vs Tal, 1979
(E15) Queen's Indian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Sveshnikov, 1979
(A06) Reti Opening, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs Dolmatov, 1979
(A04) Reti Opening, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Kupreichik, 1979
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 48 moves, 0-1

Round Six
Balashov vs Vaganian, 1979
(C00) French Defense, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs K Lerner, 1979
(B28) Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation, 65 moves, 0-1

T Georgadze vs Razuvaev, 1979
(E12) Queen's Indian, 69 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Beliavsky, 1979 
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Romanishin, 1979
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 45 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs Anikaev, 1979
(B82) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 42 moves, 1-0

N Rashkovsky vs Geller, 1979
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sveshnikov vs S Makarichev, 1979
(A18) English, Mikenas-Carls, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Tseshkovsky, 1979 
(A15) English, 43 moves, 1-0

Round Seven
Anikaev vs Balashov, 1979
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 99 moves, 0-1

Beliavsky vs Kupreichik, 1979
(E88) King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.d5 c6, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Yusupov, 1979
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Lerner vs Tal, 1979
(E15) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Makarichev vs Kasparov, 1979
(A04) Reti Opening, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Razuvaev vs Sveshnikov, 1979
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs N Rashkovsky, 1979
(A49) King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs T Georgadze, 1979
(C41) Philidor Defense, 88 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Dolmatov, 1979
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Eight
Balashov vs Beliavsky, 1979
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dolmatov vs Anikaev, 1979
(C42) Petrov Defense, 49 moves, 1-0

Geller vs Romanishin, 1979 
(C03) French, Tarrasch, 40 moves, 1-0

T Georgadze vs K Lerner, 1979
(D37) Queen's Gambit Declined, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Kupreichik, 1979
(E80) King's Indian, Samisch Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Razuvaev, 1979
(D85) Grunfeld, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Rashkovsky vs S Makarichev, 1979
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sveshnikov vs Tseshkovsky, 1979
(B06) Robatsch, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Vaganian, 1979 
(A34) English, Symmetrical, 53 moves, 0-1

Round Nine
Anikaev vs Tal, 1979
(A28) English, 31 moves, 0-1

Beliavsky vs Dolmatov, 1979 
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 56 moves, 0-1

Kupreichik vs Balashov, 1979
(C45) Scotch Game, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Lerner vs Sveshnikov, 1979
(D43) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 28 moves, 1-0

S Makarichev vs Geller, 1979
(A15) English, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Razuvaev vs N Rashkovsky, 1979
(E84) King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Yusupov, 1979
(A04) Reti Opening, 66 moves, 0-1

Tseshkovsky vs Kasparov, 1979
(B44) Sicilian, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs T Georgadze, 1979
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 73 moves, 0-1

Round Ten
Dolmatov vs Kupreichik, 1979 
(B84) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 69 moves, 1/2-1/2

Geller vs Razuvaev, 1979 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 21 moves, 1-0

T Georgadze vs Anikaev, 1979
(D26) Queen's Gambit Accepted, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs Balashov, 1979
(A13) English, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs K Lerner, 1979 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 45 moves, 0-1

N Rashkovsky vs Tseshkovsky, 1979
(D80) Grunfeld, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs S Makarichev, 1979
(E12) Queen's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Sveshnikov vs Vaganian, 1979
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 45 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Beliavsky, 1979 
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

Round Eleven
Anikaev vs Sveshnikov, 1979
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 43 moves, 0-1

Balashov vs Dolmatov, 1979
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs T Georgadze, 1979
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 29 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs Tal, 1979 
(B97) Sicilian, Najdorf, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

K Lerner vs N Rashkovsky, 1979
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

S Makarichev vs Yusupov, 1979
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Razuvaev vs Romanishin, 1979
(E15) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs Geller, 1979 
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 54 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Kasparov, 1979 
(C41) Philidor Defense, 50 moves, 0-1

Round Twelve
Geller vs K Lerner, 1979
(B07) Pirc, 33 moves, 1-0

T Georgadze vs Kupreichik, 1979
(E92) King's Indian, 38 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Dolmatov, 1979
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kasparov vs Anikaev, 1979 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 68 moves, 0-1

S Makarichev vs Razuvaev, 1979 
(C29) Vienna Gambit, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Rashkovsky vs Vaganian, 1979
(A05) Reti Opening, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Tseshkovsky, 1979
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 41 moves, 1-0

Sveshnikov vs Beliavsky, 1979
(B06) Robatsch, 28 moves, 0-1

Tal vs Balashov, 1979
(E17) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Thirteen
Anikaev vs N Rashkovsky, 1979
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs T Georgadze, 1979
(A45) Queen's Pawn Game, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Kasparov, 1979 
(A73) Benoni, Classical, 9.O-O, 35 moves, 1-0

Dolmatov vs Tal, 1979
(B83) Sicilian, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs Sveshnikov, 1979
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 42 moves, 0-1

K Lerner vs Romanishin, 1979
(E15) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Razuvaev vs Yusupov, 1979
(E09) Catalan, Closed, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tseshkovsky vs S Makarichev, 1979
(C42) Petrov Defense, 87 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Geller, 1979
(D59) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fourteen
Geller vs Anikaev, 1979 
(B83) Sicilian, 27 moves, 1-0

T Georgadze vs Dolmatov, 1979
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 40 moves, 1-0

Yusupov vs Tal, 1979
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 58 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Kupreichik, 1979 
(D15) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 45 moves, 1-0

S Makarichev vs K Lerner, 1979 
(B40) Sicilian, 96 moves, 1-0

N Rashkovsky vs Beliavsky, 1979
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Razuvaev vs Tseshkovsky, 1979
(D85) Grunfeld, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Romanishin vs Vaganian, 1979 
(C16) French, Winawer, 23 moves, 0-1

Sveshnikov vs Balashov, 1979
(A14) English, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Fifteen
Anikaev vs Romanishin, 1979
(A28) English, 51 moves, 1-0

Balashov vs Kasparov, 1979 
(A43) Old Benoni, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs Geller, 1979 
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 38 moves, 0-1

Dolmatov vs Sveshnikov, 1979
(B45) Sicilian, Taimanov, 57 moves, 1-0

Kupreichik vs N Rashkovsky, 1979 
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 36 moves, 1-0

K Lerner vs Razuvaev, 1979
(E15) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs T Georgadze, 1979 
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 40 moves, 0-1

Tseshkovsky vs Yusupov, 1979
(C43) Petrov, Modern Attack, 84 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs S Makarichev, 1979
(E12) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Round Sixteen
Geller vs Kupreichik, 1979
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Yusupov vs T Georgadze, 1979
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 30 moves, 1-0

Kasparov vs Dolmatov, 1979 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 65 moves, 1-0

S Makarichev vs Anikaev, 1979
(A13) English, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

N Rashkovsky vs Balashov, 1979
(A43) Old Benoni, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Razuvaev vs Vaganian, 1979
(D86) Grunfeld, Exchange, 43 moves, 1-0

Romanishin vs Beliavsky, 1979 
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 36 moves, 1-0

Sveshnikov vs Tal, 1979 
(B22) Sicilian, Alapin, 75 moves, 1-0

Tseshkovsky vs K Lerner, 1979 
(B61) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, Larsen Variation, 7.Qd2, 58 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round Seventeen
Anikaev vs Razuvaev, 1979
(E15) Queen's Indian, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Balashov vs Geller, 1979
(C93) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense, 31 moves, 1/2-1/2

Beliavsky vs S Makarichev, 1979
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 44 moves, 1-0

Dolmatov vs N Rashkovsky, 1979
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 42 moves, 1-0

This is actually Georgadze-Sveshnikov
T Georgadze vs Sveshnikov, 1979 
(B30) Sicilian, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Kupreichik vs Romanishin, 1979
(C70) Ruy Lopez, 51 moves, 1-0

K Lerner vs Yusupov, 1979
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Tal vs Kasparov, 1979
(B83) Sicilian, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Tseshkovsky, 1979
(E17) Queen's Indian, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

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