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Salzburg Tournament

Paul Keres7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Alexander Alekhine7.5/10(+5 -0 =5)[games]
Paul Felix Schmidt4.5/10(+2 -3 =5)[games]
Efim Bogoljubov4/10(+2 -4 =4)[games]
Jan Foltys3.5/10(+1 -4 =5)[games]
Ludwig Rellstab3/10(+1 -5 =4)[games] Chess Event Description
Salzburg (1943)

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

01 02 03 04 05 06 =1 Alekhine ** 1 1 1 11 7 =1 Keres ** 1 11 1 1 7 3 Schmidt 0 0 ** 10 1 4 4 Bogoljubov 0 00 01 ** 1 4 5 Foltys 0 0 0 ** 10 3 6 Rellstab 00 0 0 01 ** 3

Original collection: Game Collection: Salzburg 1943, by User: sneaky pete.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P F Schmidt vs Foltys ½-½491943SalzburgE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. Foltys vs Alekhine  ½-½461943SalzburgE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. Alekhine vs Bogoljubov ½-½441943SalzburgD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. P F Schmidt vs Keres  ½-½301943SalzburgC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
5. Keres vs Alekhine ½-½381943SalzburgC92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
6. Foltys vs Keres ½-½311943SalzburgC86 Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack
7. Rellstab vs Bogoljubov  ½-½611943SalzburgC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
8. Foltys vs P F Schmidt  ½-½301943SalzburgE17 Queen's Indian
9. Rellstab vs Keres  ½-½331943SalzburgC79 Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred
10. Foltys vs Bogoljubov  ½-½331943SalzburgE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
11. Alekhine vs Keres  ½-½281943SalzburgE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
12. Rellstab vs P F Schmidt  ½-½331943SalzburgA07 King's Indian Attack
13. Bogoljubov vs Rellstab  ½-½771943SalzburgD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. P F Schmidt vs Alekhine  ½-½391943SalzburgC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  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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