Paul Keres V: The 1948 World Championship by chess24 staff

Jan 9, 2017, 8:15 AM |

The death of Alexander Alekhine in 1946 left the chess world without a World Champion for the first time in 60 years. The question of what to do next was resolved with a five-player match-tournament held in The Hague and Moscow in 1948. On paper it was another chance for Paul Keres to fulfill his dream, but as Joosep Grent explains in his latest installment of the series on the Estonian genius, it wasn’t to be. Four losses in a row to Mikhail Botvinnik meant the “Patriarch” of Soviet chess became the 6th World Champion.



The participants of The Hague-Moscow World Championship of 1948 (from left to right): Euwe, Smyslov, Keres, Botvinnik and Reshevsky | J.D. Noske, Anefo, Dutch National Archives


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