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World Championship tourney 1948
Compiled by kevin86
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highlights of the 50 game tournament to find the successor to the deceased Mr. Alekhine.

Mr Keres draws first blood
Euwe vs Keres, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 56 moves, 0-1

g3-Keres def Smyslov
Keres vs Smyslov, 1948 
(A15) English, 27 moves, 1-0

g4-Botvinnik def Euwe in rout
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 32 moves, 1-0

g5-Sammy R slows down Keres
Reshevsky vs Keres, 1948 
(A15) English, 41 moves, 1-0

g7-Smyslov wins over pathetic Euwe
Euwe vs Smyslov, 1948 
(C98) Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin, 42 moves, 0-1

g8-Botvinnik begins to domin8 the match
Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(E40) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, 32 moves, 1-0

g9-another collapse-to the Max
Reshevsky vs Euwe, 1948 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 41 moves, 1-0

g10-Botvinnik is now clear favorite in this match
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(A13) English, 58 moves, 0-1

g 13-Keres four pawns overwhelm Smyslov's bishop
Smyslov vs Keres, 1948 
(E02) Catalan, Open, 5.Qa4, 57 moves, 0-1

g18-Smyslov makes mincemeat of ex-champ
Smyslov vs Euwe, 1948 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 70 moves, 1-0

g19-quick knockout by Bottvinnik with rook sac v Keres
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1948 
(E28) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch Variation, 23 moves, 1-0

g21- Smyslov pulls it out with gread end game play
Smyslov vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C75) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 52 moves, 1-0

g22-Euwe humiliated again
Euwe vs Keres, 1948 
(C74) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, 25 moves, 0-1

g23-Euwe looks like Chaminade in the final four
Botvinnik vs Euwe, 1948  
(D49) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, Meran, 36 moves, 1-0

g25-Keres rallies to win this one
Reshevsky vs Keres, 1948 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 63 moves, 0-1

g26-open files lead to Botvinnik win vs Smyslov
Smyslov vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(B60) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer, 41 moves, 0-1

g27-this time,open file leads to upset of B by Sammy
Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(E29) Nimzo-Indian, Samisch, 42 moves, 0-1

g28-UPSET! Euwe's only victory in tournament
Euwe vs Smyslov, 1948 
(D99) Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov, 42 moves, 1-0

g29 Botvinnik def Keres in marathon...
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 72 moves, 0-1

g32-Euwe makes horrible error-loses to Keres
Keres vs Euwe, 1948 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

g33-Smyslov def Keres with pawn attack
Smyslov vs Keres, 1948 
(D51) Queen's Gambit Declined, 41 moves, 1-0

g37-looks like Euwe brought a cap pistol to a gunfight
Smyslov vs Euwe, 1948 
(C81) Ruy Lopez, Open, Howell Attack, 26 moves, 1-0

g38 Mike's exchange sac blows Sammy wide open
Reshevsky vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C18) French, Winawer, 47 moves, 0-1

g39-not really a sac-more like an exchange loan
Botvinnik vs Keres, 1948 
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 60 moves, 1-0

g40-Sammy wins this one by rook and crook
Euwe vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(E33) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 42 moves, 0-1

g42-yet another loss for Euwe-(yawn)
Euwe vs Keres, 1948 
(E32) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 35 moves, 0-1

g47-ex champ lays another egg
Euwe vs Smyslov, 1948 
(D99) Grunfeld Defense, Smyslov, 38 moves, 0-1

g48-another win for champ-to-be
Botvinnik vs Reshevsky, 1948 
(C49) Four Knights, 41 moves, 1-0

g49-upset win brings Keres to joint third place
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C15) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 1-0

g50-Euwe loses yet another-last game of tourney
Reshevsky vs Euwe, 1948 
(D32) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch, 36 moves, 1-0

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