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🏆 Estonia vs. Finland (1989)

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Mikhail Rytshagov, Jouni Yrjola, Iivo Nei, Alexander Veingold, Kalle Kiik, Yrjo A Rantanen, Heikki Westerinen, Joose Norri, Petri Kekki, Hillar Karner, Kimmo Valkesalmi, Rainer Raud, Erkki Lokotar, Eero J Raaste, Antti Nokso-Koivisto, Jaan Narva, Kari Juhani Sorri, Anto Remmel, Aarne Hermlin, Antti Pyhala Chess Event Description
Estonia vs. Finland (1989)
Finland and the Estonian SSR had played matches annually between 1959 and 1969, with Estonia winning every time.1 The tradition was revived after a nineteen-year break in December 1988, with the Estonians winning 11.5-8.5 in a two-round, ten-board match in the Finnish capital of Helsinki.1 The same format was used for the 1989 match, played on September 10 and 11 at the Tallinn Chess House (Tallinna malemaja) in the Estonian capital.2

Estonia's strongest player, Jaan Ehlvest, missed both the 1988 and 1989 matches, and Lembit Oll, who had played first board in 1988, was also absent.2 By contrast, Finland managed to field most of its top players and came within one game of avoiding defeat for the first time.2


Estonia took a two-game lead on the first day, scoring four wins and two losses. Finland fought back on day two with three wins and two losses, closing the gap to only one game; in the longest game of the round (A Nokso-Koivisto vs J Narva, 1989), Nokso-Koivisto developed a strong attack but missed the win (which would have tied the match) and eventually had to accept a draw in a worse position, conceding the match to Estonia.2

Veingold == / == Yrjölä Nei == / == Westerinen Rõtšagov 00 / 11 Pyhälä Kärner 11 / 00 Välkesalmi Kiik == / == Rantanen Narva 0= / 1= Nokso-Koivisto Raud 11 / 00 Norri Lokotar =0 / =1 Raaste Remmel 1= / 0= Kekki Hermlin 10 / 01 Sorri Estonia 10.5 / 9.5 Finland

Finland's first tie against Estonia had to wait until 1991, when a slightly different format (with eight men's boards, a women's board and a junior board) was used.3


(1) Eero Raaste: Viro voitti Suomen maaottelussa (Suomen Shakki 4/1989, p. 163) -; (2) Eero Raaste: Syksyn maaotteluissa niukat tappiot (Suomen Shakki 11/1989, p. 495) -; (3) Tasapeli Viroa vastaan (Suomen Shakki 6/1991, p. 269) -

Original collection: Game Collection: Estonia vs. Finland 1989, by User: SwitchingQuylthulg.

 page 1 of 1; 20 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J Yrjola vs A Veingold  ½-½301989Estonia vs. FinlandE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
2. Y Rantanen vs K Kiik  ½-½131989Estonia vs. FinlandB83 Sicilian
3. A Pyhala vs M Rytshagov  1-0371989Estonia vs. FinlandB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
4. J Norri vs R Raud  0-1211989Estonia vs. FinlandA44 Old Benoni Defense
5. I Nei vs H Westerinen  ½-½131989Estonia vs. FinlandC55 Two Knights Defense
6. J Narva vs A Nokso-Koivisto  0-1461989Estonia vs. FinlandD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
7. E Lokotar vs E Raaste  ½-½251989Estonia vs. FinlandE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
8. P Kekki vs A Remmel  0-1281989Estonia vs. FinlandE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
9. H Karner vs K Valkesalmi  1-0361989Estonia vs. FinlandD14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
10. A Hermlin vs K Sorri  1-0551989Estonia vs. FinlandD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. A Veingold vs J Yrjola  ½-½111989Estonia vs. FinlandA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
12. K Valkesalmi vs H Karner  0-1321989Estonia vs. FinlandA06 Reti Opening
13. K Sorri vs A Hermlin  1-0331989Estonia vs. FinlandA46 Queen's Pawn Game
14. M Rytshagov vs A Pyhala  0-1361989Estonia vs. FinlandC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
15. A Remmel vs P Kekki  ½-½101989Estonia vs. FinlandC01 French, Exchange
16. R Raud vs J Norri  1-0351989Estonia vs. FinlandC18 French, Winawer
17. E Raaste vs E Lokotar  1-0381989Estonia vs. FinlandB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
18. A Nokso-Koivisto vs J Narva  ½-½481989Estonia vs. FinlandB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
19. K Kiik vs Y Rantanen  ½-½81989Estonia vs. FinlandC50 Giuoco Piano
20. H Westerinen vs I Nei  ½-½261989Estonia vs. FinlandC15 French, Winawer
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