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46th USSR Championship Tournament

Vitaly Tseshkovsky11/17(+6 -1 =10)[games]
Mikhail Tal11/17(+5 -0 =12)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky10/17(+4 -1 =12)[games]
Tamaz Giorgadze9.5/17(+2 -0 =15)[games]
Evgeny Sveshnikov9/17(+3 -2 =12)[games]
Efim Geller9/17(+3 -2 =12)[games]
Oleg Romanishin9/17(+6 -5 =6)[games]
Alexander G Beliavsky9/17(+5 -4 =8)[games]
Garry Kasparov8.5/17(+4 -4 =9)[games]
Boris Gulko8/17(+2 -3 =12)[games]
Gennadij Timoscenko8/17(+2 -3 =12)[games]
Vladimir Bagirov8/17(+1 -2 =14)[games]
Sergey Makarichev8/17(+1 -2 =14)[games]
Yuri Razuvaev7.5/17(+1 -3 =13)[games]
Vladimir Tukmakov7.5/17(+1 -3 =13)[games]
Adrian Mikhalchishin7.5/17(+3 -5 =9)[games]
Iossif Dorfman6.5/17(+1 -5 =11)[games]
Gennady Kuzmin6/17(+2 -7 =8)[games]
* Chess Event Description
46th USSR Championship (1978)

Crosstable: [rusbase-1]

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs Bagirov ½-½30197846th USSR ChampionshipB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
2. Tseshkovsky vs Bagirov  ½-½22197846th USSR ChampionshipB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
3. Bagirov vs Gulko  ½-½27197846th USSR ChampionshipA92 Dutch
4. Bagirov vs S Makarichev ½-½41197846th USSR ChampionshipA28 English
5. Bagirov vs Tukmakov ½-½37197846th USSR ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
6. G Kuzmin vs Bagirov 0-157197846th USSR ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
7. Bagirov vs G Timoscenko  ½-½41197846th USSR ChampionshipA01 Nimzovich-Larsen Attack
8. T Giorgadze vs Bagirov  ½-½36197846th USSR ChampionshipA17 English
9. Bagirov vs Razuvaev  ½-½57197846th USSR ChampionshipA33 English, Symmetrical
10. Beliavsky vs Bagirov  ½-½36197846th USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
11. Bagirov vs Dorfman  ½-½18197846th USSR ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
12. Bagirov vs Romanishin  0-123197846th USSR ChampionshipD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. Bagirov vs Tal  ½-½19197846th USSR ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
14. Geller vs Bagirov  ½-½30197846th USSR ChampionshipB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
15. Bagirov vs A Mikhalchishin  ½-½24197846th USSR ChampionshipA09 Reti Opening
16. Sveshnikov vs Bagirov 1-042197846th USSR ChampionshipB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
17. Polugaevsky vs Bagirov  ½-½49197846th USSR ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
18. Geller vs Tseshkovsky  ½-½41197846th USSR ChampionshipA34 English, Symmetrical
19. Geller vs T Giorgadze  ½-½52197846th USSR ChampionshipD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
20. Razuvaev vs Geller  ½-½19197846th USSR ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
21. Dorfman vs Geller  ½-½26197846th USSR ChampionshipE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
22. Gulko vs Geller  ½-½22197846th USSR ChampionshipD04 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Tal vs Geller ½-½30197846th USSR ChampionshipD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. Romanishin vs Geller  0-159197846th USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Tukmakov vs Geller  ½-½18197846th USSR ChampionshipD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 153  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
May-25-23  King.Arthur.Brazil: I would like to say an important word about the winner of this tournament. Since not being a World Champion anymore, one could say that Tal stopped in time. This is an outrage!

Looking at Tal's trajectory in the years 70, you will find: URSS Championships: (1971) 2nd/3rd with Smyslov 13,5/21 with +9 (wins), (1972) 1st with 15/21 with +9, (1973) bad, 9/12th 8/17 only +3; (1974) 1st/2nd with Beliavsky 9,5/16 with +6, (1975) 2nd/4th 9.5/15 +5; (1976) 6/7th with Smyslov 9/17; (1977) 5/7th 8/15 +4; (1978) 1st/2nd with Tseshkovsky 11/17 +5 and (1979) bad, only 14/15th (7.5/17) +3.

However, other victories were added to his carreer: Tallin (1971) 1st/2nd with P. Keres (his idol and friend) ; Tallin (1973) 1st 12/13; Hastings 73/74: 1st/2nd/3rd with Szabo and Timman, 10/15 +5; Simultaneous Liverpool 1974 (20.5/23, +20); Alekhine memorial (1975) 1st 8.5/11 +4; Las Palmas (1975) 2nd/4th 10/14 +8; Chingorin memorial (1977) 1st 11/15 +8; Keres memorial (1977) 1st 11/15 +10; Tallin (1978) 2nd/3rd with Vaganian 11.5/16 +8; Riga Interzonal (1979) 1st 14/17 +11; World Chess in Montreal (1979) 1st/2nd with Karpov 12/18 +6 being one of the topmost World stronger tournament, with ELO above 2620.

I guess these are impressive results of Mikhail Tal after being World Champion and show the special class of his great talent. More than being ex-Champion, he produced so much, on this decade.

Just to remember that Bobby Fisher, after winning from Spassky (1972), produced nothing worthwhile. This must be more one reason for us to give our homage to this big player. Tal beat Fisher (+4 -2, 5 tied) in the World's memory of Chess and in career production, that's my point.

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