The second Salzburg tournament used the same formula as in Salzburg (1942). The site was again the Mirabell Palace. Time control was 32 moves in 2 hours, then after adjournment 16 moves an hour.
Gosta Stoltz had gone back to Sweden and Klaus Junge had other obligations. They were replaced by Czechoslovakian master Jan Foltys and German champion Ludwig Rellstab.
Salzburg, Austria, 9-18 June 1943
Original collection: Game Collection: Salzburg 1943, by User: sneaky pete.
01 02 03 04 05 06
=1 Alekhine ** ½½ 1½ ½1 ½1 11 7½
=1 Keres ½½ ** ½1 11 ½1 1½ 7½
3 Schmidt 0½ ½0 ** 10 ½½ 1½ 4½
4 Bogoljubov ½0 00 01 ** 1½ ½½ 4
5 Foltys ½0 ½0 ½½ 0½ ** 10 3½
6 Rellstab 00 0½ 0½ ½½ 01 ** 3
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|1. P F Schmidt vs Foltys
||½-½||49||1943||Salzburg||E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
|2. Keres vs Bogoljubov
||1-0||32||1943||Salzburg||B81 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Keres Attack|
|3. Rellstab vs Alekhine
||0-1||69||1943||Salzburg||C91 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|4. Keres vs Rellstab
|| ||1-0||56||1943||Salzburg||B03 Alekhine's Defense|
|5. Bogoljubov vs P F Schmidt
||0-1||30||1943||Salzburg||D49 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran|
|6. Foltys vs Alekhine
|| ||½-½||46||1943||Salzburg||E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
|7. Rellstab vs Foltys
|| ||0-1||42||1943||Salzburg||B22 Sicilian, Alapin|
|8. P F Schmidt vs Keres
|| ||½-½||30||1943||Salzburg||C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred|
|9. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov
||½-½||44||1943||Salzburg||D30 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|10. Keres vs Alekhine
||½-½||38||1943||Salzburg||C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed|
|11. P F Schmidt vs Rellstab
|| ||1-0||55||1943||Salzburg||C41 Philidor Defense|
|12. Bogoljubov vs Foltys
|| ||1-0||35||1943||Salzburg||B45 Sicilian, Taimanov|
|13. Alekhine vs P F Schmidt
||1-0||65||1943||Salzburg||C78 Ruy Lopez|
|14. Rellstab vs Bogoljubov
|| ||½-½||61||1943||Salzburg||C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin|
|15. Foltys vs Keres
||½-½||31||1943||Salzburg||C86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack|
|16. Bogoljubov vs Keres
|| ||0-1||40||1943||Salzburg||E44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2|
|17. Alekhine vs Rellstab
|| ||1-0||35||1943||Salzburg||B55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack|
|18. Foltys vs P F Schmidt
|| ||½-½||30||1943||Salzburg||E17 Queen's Indian|
|19. Alekhine vs Foltys
|| ||1-0||33||1943||Salzburg||A45 Queen's Pawn Game|
|20. P F Schmidt vs Bogoljubov
|| ||0-1||31||1943||Salzburg||E29 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch|
|21. Rellstab vs Keres
|| ||½-½||33||1943||Salzburg||C79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred|
|22. Foltys vs Rellstab
||0-1||28||1943||Salzburg||B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern|
|23. Keres vs P F Schmidt
|| ||1-0||22||1943||Salzburg||B20 Sicilian|
|24. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine
||0-1||52||1943||Salzburg||A45 Queen's Pawn Game|
|25. Foltys vs Bogoljubov
|| ||½-½||33||1943||Salzburg||E64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System|
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|Mar-23-17|| ||visayanbraindoctor: Fittingly won by World Champion Alekhine and Almost World Champion Keres.|
This was probably Alekhine's last strong tournament. Keres managed to tie him for first, after failing to do so in three recent occasions.
AAA and Keres carried on a strong rivalry between them during WW2 in 1942 to 1943. They played together in
and in this tournament.
Alekhine dominated Keres, placing ahead of him in three out of four tournaments and beating him 3 - 0 with 3 draws. It was no fluke. If one goes over their games, one senses they were going for each other's throats but that Alekhine was outplaying Keres most of the time tactically, in just the area were Keres is considered one of the strongest in history.
At this time, Keres was the prime potential Challenger to AAA's Title, after having won
and beating former World Champion Euwe in a contest that was obviously designed to be a kind of Challenger's match in 1940.
Euwe - Keres (1939/40)
placing ahead of Botvinnik in
USSR Championship (1940)
and second to Botvinnik in
USSR Absolute Championship (1941)
Poor Keres. Even if he had gotten a match with Alekhine, he probably would have gotten beaten anyway. Alekhine was in his second peak. Later his chess probably deteriorated slightly as his country got re-annexed by the Soviets, and he had to play under the cloud of being a former Nazi collaborator in a country that hated fascists with a vengeance.
A part of me wishes that Estonia had become independent in the 1950s. Keres, playing with unbounded joy in his heart, would have been a monster. He may well have won the Title, and not just keep on placing second in the Candidates.
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