The first Max Euwe Memorial Chess Tournament was organized by the Verenigde Spaarbank in Amsterdam, the Netherlands from May 7th to the 14th, 1987. The format followed that of the Euwe Jubilee in Amsterdam (1976), where four of the world top grandmasters were invited to play a double round robin, with rest days coming after the third and fifth rounds. Adjourned games were completed on rest days. The playing hall was Singel 548, which was the main building of the bank. The participants were (in order of Elo):
ex-World Champion Anatoly Karpov (2710)
Swiss grandmaster Viktor Korchnoi (2625)
Dutch grandmaster Jan Timman (2590)
Dutch grandmaster John Van der Wiel (2590)
The average of the combined ratings of the players ranked this event as a Category XVI tournament. Just as he had in the Euwe Jubilee, in 1976, Karpov dominated, though this time he was joined by undeniable Dutch talent Timman. The final standings and crosstable are as follows:
The 2nd Euwe Memorial (1988) was the next tournament in this series.
1 Karpov ** ½½ ½1 1½ 4
2 Timman ½½ ** ½½ 11 4
3 Korchnoi ½0 ½½ ** ½½ 2½
4 Van der Wiel 0½ 00 ½½ ** 1½
Original collection: Game Collection: Amsterdam VSB 1987, by User: suenteus po 147.