|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
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
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
(1) Eero Raaste: Viro voitti Suomen maaottelussa (Suomen Shakki 4/1989, p. 163) - http://www.suomenshakki.fi/arkisto/...; (2) Eero Raaste: Syksyn maaotteluissa niukat tappiot (Suomen Shakki 11/1989, p. 495) - http://www.suomenshakki.fi/arkisto/...; (3) Tasapeli Viroa vastaan (Suomen Shakki 6/1991, p. 269) - http://www.suomenshakki.fi/arkisto/...
Original collection: Game Collection: Estonia vs. Finland 1989, by User: SwitchingQuylthulg.
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|1. J Yrjola vs A Veingold
|| ||½-½||30||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||E32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical|
|2. Y Rantanen vs K Kiik
|| ||½-½||13||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||B83 Sicilian|
|3. A Pyhala vs M Rytshagov
|| ||1-0||37||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||B82 Sicilian, Scheveningen|
|4. J Norri vs R Raud
|| ||0-1||21||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||A44 Old Benoni Defense|
|5. I Nei vs H Westerinen
|| ||½-½||13||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||C55 Two Knights Defense|
|6. J Narva vs A Nokso-Koivisto
|| ||0-1||46||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||D55 Queen's Gambit Declined|
|7. E Lokotar vs E Raaste
|| ||½-½||25||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||E38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5|
|8. P Kekki vs A Remmel
|| ||0-1||28||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5|
|9. H Karner vs K Valkesalmi
|| ||1-0||36||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||D14 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation|
|10. A Hermlin vs K Sorri
|| ||1-0||55||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||D02 Queen's Pawn Game|
|11. A Veingold vs J Yrjola
|| ||½-½||11||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)|
|12. K Valkesalmi vs H Karner
|| ||0-1||32||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||A06 Reti Opening|
|13. K Sorri vs A Hermlin
|| ||1-0||33||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||A46 Queen's Pawn Game|
|14. M Rytshagov vs A Pyhala
|| ||0-1||36||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||C80 Ruy Lopez, Open|
|15. A Remmel vs P Kekki
|| ||½-½||10||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||C01 French, Exchange|
|16. R Raud vs J Norri
|| ||1-0||35||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||C18 French, Winawer|
|17. E Raaste vs E Lokotar
|| ||1-0||38||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||B17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation|
|18. A Nokso-Koivisto vs J Narva
|| ||½-½||48||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation|
|19. K Kiik vs Y Rantanen
|| ||½-½||8||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||C50 Giuoco Piano|
|20. H Westerinen vs I Nei
|| ||½-½||26||1989||Estonia vs. Finland||C15 French, Winawer|
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