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Eamonn Keogh vs Gideon Stahlberg
Tel Aviv ol (Men) qual-C (1964), Tel Aviv ISR, rd 5, Nov-07
Sicilian Defense: Scheveningen. Classical Variation General (B83)  ·  1-0



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  Domdaniel: This is a nodal game. Keogh still plays regularly in Ireland, though his rating has gradually declined to less than 2100. (Like the rating on the scoresheet, but they didn't have ratings in 1964: his playing strength then was higher.) Stahlberg also had a long career, but reaching back to 1920s giants such as Nimzowitsch. This single game links todays players to that era.
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  Domdaniel: Four days after the preceding post, I found myself playing Keogh - for the first time - in a weekend tournament.

These old guys can be dangerous. At least I lost to somebody who beat Stahlberg (45 years earlier) - who beat Nimzowitsch around 1930. That's over a century of chess, if you start with early Nimzo.

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  Domdaniel: Keogh: " There's a nice story behind this game. I was adjourned the exchange up against the Swedish number one, Ståhlberg. If I won the game Israel, the home team, would qualify for the top final section, but if I drew or lost, Sweden would qualify. That evening the entire Israel team visited my room to analyse the game. Everybody agreed, it was no problem. That's when I started getting nervous. I agonised over this game for several more hours and at 2 o'clock in the morning I phoned Stahlberg's room to offer a draw but there was no answer. So I just had to turn up the next day and beat him. "

- Irish Chess Union website,

Jan-28-15  jerseybob: Domdaniel: "Nice" he calls it; that's scary! What if Stahlberg had answered the phone?

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