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AVRO 1938
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In November 1938 a Dutch radio company AVRO (Algemeene Vereeniging voor Radio Omroep) organized and sponsored what was up to that time the strongest tournament ever held. AVRO (literally the General Association for Radio Broadcasting) brought together the World Champion and every one of his major challengers. It ran from the 6th of November to the 27th of November 1938 with the players based in Amsterdam and each successive round played in a different Dutch town. This tournament schedule proved to be tough for the older competitors and Capablanca and Alyekhin did not fare as well as might have been expected. In the end Keres and Fine finished in joint first place with Keres declared the winner as a result of a better tie-break score.

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1. Keres * * 1 1 1 2. Fine 0 * * 1 1 1 1 0 1 0 1 3. Botvinnik 0 * * 1 0 1 1 4. Alyekhin 0 0 0 * * 1 1 1 5. Euwe 0 1 1 0 * * 0 0 1 1 6. Reshevsky 0 0 1 0 1 * * 1 7. Capablanca 0 0 0 1 0 * * 1 8. Flohr 0 0 0 0 0 * *

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Round 1 Amsterdam 6th November
Euwe vs Keres, 1938
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Capablanca, 1938 
(D19) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Reshevsky, 1938 
(E20) Nimzo-Indian, 60 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fine vs Botvinnik, 1938  
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 31 moves, 1-0

Round 2 The Hague 8th November
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1938
(E17) Queen's Indian, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reshevsky vs Fine, 1938 
(E10) Queen's Pawn Game, 37 moves, 0-1

Capablanca vs Alekhine, 1938 
(E17) Queen's Indian, 48 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs Flohr, 1938 
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 3 Rotterdam 10th November
Flohr vs Keres, 1938
(E12) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Euwe, 1938 
(D14) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation, 41 moves, 1-0

Fine vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1938 
(A25) English, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 4 Groningen 12th November
Keres vs Reshevsky, 1938 
(C79) Ruy Lopez, Steinitz Defense Deferred, 44 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(D93) Grunfeld, with Bf4 & e3, 26 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs Fine, 1938 
(D30) Queen's Gambit Declined, 44 moves, 0-1

Flohr vs Alekhine, 1938
(E15) Queen's Indian, 23 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 5 Zwolle 13th November
Alekhine vs Keres, 1938 
(E58) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...Bxc3, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fine vs Flohr, 1938 
(C17) French, Winawer, Advance, 28 moves, 1-0

Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1938
(A13) English, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reshevsky vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E37) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 56 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 Haarlem 14th November
Keres vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 38 moves, 1-0

Euwe vs Reshevsky, 1938 
(D70) Neo-Grunfeld Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

Flohr vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(D84) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Fine, 1938 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 68 moves, 0-1

Round 7 Amsterdam 15th November
Fine vs Keres, 1938 
(C86) Ruy Lopez, Worrall Attack, 57 moves, 0-1

Botvinnik vs Alekhine, 1938 
(D41) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 51 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky vs Flohr, 1938 
(D81) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 44 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Euwe, 1938 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 40 moves, 1-0

Round 8 Utrecht 17th November
Keres vs Euwe, 1938
(A12) English with b3, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Flohr, 1938 
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 37 moves, 1-0

Reshevsky vs Alekhine, 1938 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 63 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Fine, 1938 
(C48) Four Knights, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 Arnhem 19th November
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1938
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fine vs Reshevsky, 1938 
(C97) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 55 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C05) French, Tarrasch, 35 moves, 1-0

Flohr vs Euwe, 1938
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 10 Breda 20th November
Keres vs Flohr, 1938 
(B10) Caro-Kann, 30 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs Alekhine, 1938 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Capablanca vs Fine, 1938 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(E46) Nimzo-Indian, 50 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 11 Rotterdam 22nd November
Reshevsky vs Keres, 1938
(E47) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3, 47 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 41 moves, 1-0

Fine vs Euwe, 1938 
(D39) Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation, 30 moves, 0-1

Alekhine vs Flohr, 1938 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 42 moves, 1-0

Round 12 The Hague 24th November
Keres vs Alekhine, 1938 
(B13) Caro-Kann, Exchange, 62 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flohr vs Fine, 1938
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 34 moves, 1-0

Capablanca vs Reshevsky, 1938 
(D83) Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 13 Leiden 25th November
Capablanca vs Keres, 1938 
(E42) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein), 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Reshevsky vs Euwe, 1938
(D54) Queen's Gambit Declined, Anti-Neo-Orthodox Variation, 33 moves, 1/2-1/2

Botvinnik vs Flohr, 1938
(D96) Grunfeld, Russian Variation, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Fine vs Alekhine, 1938 
(C72) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 5.O-O, 46 moves, 1-0

Round 14 Amsterdam 27th November
Keres vs Fine, 1938 
(C83) Ruy Lopez, Open, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Alekhine vs Botvinnik, 1938 
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 30 moves

Flohr vs Reshevsky, 1938 
(E34) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Euwe vs Capablanca, 1938 
(E18) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3, 39 moves, 1-0

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