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Paul Keres vs Martin Villemson
Deutsche Schz 133/A corr (1932) (correspondence), Germany
Queen's Gambit Declined: Capablanca Variation (D30)  ·  1/2-1/2


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  whiteshark: <42.Rxb7?> allows Black to force a draw by threatening checkmate.

42.Rg8!+- would have won easily.

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  whiteshark: P.S.: cb corr database has put the following question in front of this game: "<Was it Paul or Martin Villemson?>"
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  whiteshark: In the second game between these two players, the annotator <Myers> has introduced the following:

"In September 1931, Paul Keres and <his friend <Martin Villemson>> registered to play in an open international tournament organized under the auspices of the Deutsche Schachzeitung. In October players were notified that Group 133-A would begin play on 12.10.1931.

This, according to [Keres' biographer] Valter Heuer, constituted the international correspondence chess debut of Paul Keres. He was not yet 16 years old."

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  whiteshark: And here is now - from my side as a last point - the aforementioned 2nd game:

[Event "Deutsche Schachzeitung 133-A corr"]
[Site "Germany"]
[Date "1931.10.12"]
[White "Villemson, Martin"]
[Black "Keres, Paul"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A13"]
[EventDate "1931.10.12"]
[EventType "tourn (corr)"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Qc2 b6 4. e4 d6 5. d4 Bb7 6. Bd3 Nbd7 7. Nc3 Be7 8. Bf4 Nh5 9. Bg3 g6 10. e5 Nxg3 11. hxg3 dxe5 12. O-O-O Bxf3 13. gxf3 exd4 14. Nb5 Nc5 15. Be4 Nxe4 16. Qxe4 c5 17. Qxa8 Qxa8 18. Nc7+ Kd7 19. Nxa8 h5 20. Nxb6+ axb6 21. Kc2 e5 22. a4 f5 23. Kd3 Rf8 24. Rd2 Kc6 25. Ra1 Bd8 26. Ra3 g5 27. Rb3 g4 28. Ke2 e4 29. f4 h4 30. Kf1 Re8 31. Kg2 hxg3 32. fxg3 Bf6 33. Kf1 d3 34. Rh2 Rd8 35. Ke1 e3 36. Kd1 Rd6 37. Rh5 Rd4 38. Rh1 Rxc4 39. Rxd3 Bd4 40. b3 Rb4 41. Rh5 Kd5 42. Ke2 c4 43. Rxf5+ Ke4 44. Rxd4+ Kxd4 45. bxc4 Rb2+ 46. Kd1 Ke4 47. Rb5 Rd2+ 48. Kc1 Rd6 49. a5 bxa5 50. Rxa5 e2 51. Re5+ Kf3 0-1


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