International Memorial Paul Keres Chess Tournament 1977
International Memorial Paul Keres Chess Tournament 1977
International Memorial Paul Keres Chess Tournament 1977
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International Memorial Paul Keres Chess Tournament 1977

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Author: signed by all but one participant

Year: 1977

Publisher: Tallinna Linna Kehakultuuri - Ja Spordikormitte

Place: Tallinn

Description:

86 unnumbered pages with tables and diagrams. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5 34/") bound in original publisher's stapled wrappers with original pictorial jacket. Original bulletins, 4 pages per round, plus 4 additional pages of adjourned games after rounds 3, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 15 and an additional 2 pages of adjourned games after round 5. Signed by all the participants on page one except Wolfgang Unzicker. First edition.

An annual international chess tournament has been held in Tallinn every other year since 1969. Keres won this tournament in 1971 and 1975. Starting in 1977 after Keres' death, it has been called the Paul Keres Memorial Tournament. From 1991, the tournament has been held yearly and changed into a rapid event. From 1999 this tournament also had a women's section. In the past twenty years, apart from this rapid tournament, several other memorial tournaments have been played in honor of Keres. The first memorial tournament, this one, was won by Mikhail Tal with a score of 11 a full point ahead of second place finisher Oleg Romanisin. Third was captured by Aivar Gipslis with 9 1/2 points. Tied for fourth through sixth was David Bronstein, Boriss Gulko and Wolfgang Uhlmann each with a score of 9. Seventh through tenth with scores of 8 were Laszlo Vadasz, Hillar Karner, Wolfgang Unzicker and Dragoljub Verlimirovic. Alone in eleventh was Livo Nei with a score of 6.5, and descending order were Josef Pribyl with 6, Pertti Poutiainen with 5.5, Axel Ornstein with 5, Harry Pohla with 4 and Valter Heurer with 3.5.

Condition:

Signed on page one. Slight wear to jacket with a indiscernible spot to front wrapper, some rust bleading through from staples else a very good copy in like jacket.