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🏆 Salzburg (1943)

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The second Salzburg tournament used the same formula as in ... [more]

Player: Alexander Alekhine

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Rellstab vs Alekhine 0-1691943SalzburgC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
2. Foltys vs Alekhine  ½-½461943SalzburgE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov ½-½441943SalzburgD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Keres vs Alekhine ½-½381943SalzburgC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
5. Alekhine vs P F Schmidt  1-0651943SalzburgC78 Ruy Lopez
6. Alekhine vs Rellstab  1-0351943SalzburgB55 Sicilian, Prins Variation, Venice Attack
7. Alekhine vs Foltys  1-0331943SalzburgA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Bogoljubov vs Alekhine 0-1521943SalzburgA45 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Alekhine vs Keres  ½-½281943SalzburgE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
10. P F Schmidt vs Alekhine  ½-½391943SalzburgC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-23-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Salzburg (1942)

Munich (1942)

1943 Prague

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

AVRO (1938)

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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