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Paul Keres vs Jan Hein Donner
Bled (1961), Bled YUG, rd 19, Oct-03
Caro-Kann Defense: Panov Attack (B14)  ·  1-0


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  sneaky pete: Donner liked to sleep late. This last round game started a few hours earlier than usual, and he had to get out of bed before noon. Impossible. His wife tried in vain to arouse The Sleeping Giant, receiving only mutterings of "Let me sleep" and "Go away, woman".

Finally she gave up, disgusted, and started to leave the hotel to go for a walk with the Donner baby. There she was accosted by members of the organizing committee. "Did Mr. Donner know the game started earlier today?" Yes, but he was asleep and couldn't be woken up. "But if he doesn't appear in time, he will lose the game by forfeit."

Then Mrs. Donner spoke these wise words: "He must play against Keres, what difference does it make if he loses one way or the other?"

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  Sokrates: <sneaky pete:> Great anecdote - thanks! And in the essence Mrs Donner spoke the truth. That said, Donner's The King is by far the most erudite, entertaining book ever compilated on chess. Donner was a true phenomenon and you forgive him for all his shortcomings, most of them a suffering for himself only.
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