GM Paul Keres

Full name
Paul Keres
Life
Jan 7, 1916 - Jun 5, 1975 (age 59)
Place of birth
Narva, Russian Empire
Federation
Estonia

One of the strongest chess players in history to never become world champion, Paul Keres was a wrecking ball against the best players of his day. Known as a “World Champion Killer”, Keres defeated an incredible nine (!) world champions in his lifetime. Despite missing out on his chance to play for the world championship a heartbreaking four consecutive times, Keres was one of the most talented players of his time and left a lasting legacy that is still felt in our day.

Paul Keres learned how to play chess from his father at a young age. In 1935, he became the champion of Estonia for the first time. His continued successes gained him attention from some of the best players at his time. Keres was invited to a strong tournament in 1937 where he faced off against players such as José Capablanca and Samuel Reshevsky. He won this tournament and in 1938 attempted to challenge for the world championship. Unfortunately, the match negotiations didn’t work out due to World War II starting around that time. Keres later missed out on other chances to challenge for the world championship and never got an opportunity. He was awarded the title of Grandmaster in 1950, one of the first players to be awarded the title. Later, Keres’ health got worse and he died of a heart attack on June 5, 1975 at the age of 59.

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White Pieces
Petrov's Defense (10) : C42 C43
Pirc Defense (11) : B08 B09 B07
Indian Game (9) : A46 E10
Vienna Game (6) : C26 C25 C29 C28
Alekhine Defense (17) : B05 B02 B04 B03
Queen's Indian Defense (20) : E14 E19 E17 E18
Semi-Slav Defense (15) : D46 D43 D47 D45 D48
Tarrasch Defense (5) : D32 D33 D34
Catalan Opening (21) : E01 E02 E00 E03
Torre Attack (9) : A48 A46
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
Modern Defense (4) : B06 A42
Old Benoni Defense (3) : A56 A44 A43
Benoni Defense (8) : A77 A57 A68 A56 A60
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (1) : A40
Giuoco Piano Game (7) : C53 C50 C54
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Four Knights Game (4) : C49
Philidor Defense (4) : C41
Bogo-Indian Defense (6) : E11
Italian Game (2) : C50
Old Indian Defense (8) : A54 A53
Nimzowitsch Defense (5) : B00
Queen's Pawn Opening (4) : D25 D03 D02
Queen's Gambit Accepted (9) : D25 D20 D26 D28 D22
London System (8) : A48
Scandinavian Defense (10) : B01
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D78 D73
Torre Attack with 3.Bg5 (2) : A48
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (1) : D44
King's Gambit Accepted (13) : C35 C34 C36 C33
Reti Opening (8) : A09 A06
King's Pawn Opening (1) : C40
King's Gambit Declined (6) : C30 C31 C32
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Budapest Defense (1) : A52
Bishop's Opening (1) : C26
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D70
King's Gambit (2) : C30
Scotch Game (1) : C45
Colle System (1) : D04
Black Pieces
Queen's Gambit Accepted (26) : D27 D20 D23 D25 D28 D24
King's Indian Attack (20) : A07
Queen's Indian Defense (62) : E12 E18 E15 E19 E14 E17 E16
Reti Opening (17) : A05 A09 A04 A06
Tarrasch Defense (15) : D34 D33 D32
Scotch Game (9) : C45 C44
Semi-Slav Defense (7) : D43 D45 D46 D49 D48
Catalan Opening (14) : E01 E02 E00
King's Pawn Opening (2) : C40 B00
Benko Gambit Declined (7) : A57
Vienna Game (4) : C25 C29 C27
Alekhine Defense (5) : B02 B05
Caro-Kann Defense (12) : B15 B13 B11 B18 B17
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (2) : B00
Nimzowitsch Defense (3) : B00
Three Knights Opening (12) : C46
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C50
Old Indian Defense (1) : A54
Queen's Pawn Opening (32) : D02 E00 A40 D03 D00
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Blumenfeld Countergambit (1) : E10
Torre Attack (2) : A46 A48
Bird's Opening (4) : A03 A02
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D71 D78 D73
Hungarian Opening (1) : A00
Philidor Defense (1) : C41
Four Knights Game (12) : C48 C49 C47
Colle System (3) : D04 D05
Benoni Defense (2) : A61 A63
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C39 C36
Polish Opening (1) : A00
Bogo-Indian Defense (8) : E11
Bishop's Opening (1) : C26
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense with 3...d5 (1) : D73
King's Gambit Declined (2) : C32 C31
Queen's Gambit Declined with 2...g6 (1) : D06
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Budapest Defense (2) : A51 A52
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Englund Gambit (1) : A40
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22

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