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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Vancouver Open 1975-Keres

Paul Keres in Canada
The legend Paul Keres won his last tournament in Vancouver 1975. The subject of Keres in Canada came up on the chesstalk message board recently.

'Today an old picture was brought to Aurora Chess Club. It has own history. It is the Paul Keres simul in Hart House, Toronto, 1975. Can you name players?'-Egidijus Zeromskis Chesstalk Keres in Toronto 1975

Brief Bio
'His health declined the next year, and he did not play any major events in 1974. Keres' last major tournament win was Tallinn 1975, ahead of Spassky and Fridrik Olafsson, just a few months before his death. He died of a heart attack in Helsinki, Finland, at the age of 59. 
His death occurred while returning to his native Estonia from a tournament in Vancouver, which he had won. 

The Paul Keres Memorial Tournaments have been held annually mainly in Vancouver and Tallinn ever since.

Over 100,000 were in attendance at his state funeral in Tallinn, Estonia, where the leaders of Estonia were on guard of honour, and FIDE President Max Euwe, his old friend and rival, was also present.(more)-Wikipedia Paul_Keres

Keres giving a simul Toronto 1975
Photo posted by Egidijus Zeromskis on Chesstalk Keres in Toronto 1975

Here is a nice attacking game by Keres from the Vancouver Open 1975. Keres started his career as a ferocious attacking player and later rounded out his style to become a truly universal player.

Keres,Paul - Watson,John L
Torre vs. Queen’s Indian [A47]
Vancouver op Vancouver, 1975

Position 1
The kingside has been ripped open and now white is looking for the kill. What do you suggest for white?

White to Play

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