Remembering Paul Keres – FM Dennis Monokroussos

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Paul Keres January 7, 1916 – June 5, 1975, was an Estonian chess grandmaster and chess author. Keres was among the world’s top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s during which he narrowly missed a chance at a world championship match on five occasions.

Keres won the 1938 AVRO tournament, which led to negotiations for a title match against champion Alexander Alekhine. But, due to WWII the match never took place. After the war, Keres was runner-up in the Candidates Tournament on four consecutive occasions.

With numerous second placements, many chess historians consider Keres the strongest player never to become world champion and one of the greatest players in chess history. His fans nicknamed him “Paul the Second”, “The Eternal Second” and “The Crown Prince of Chess”.

Keres, along with Viktor Korchnoi and Alexander Beliavsky, defeated nine undisputed world champion which is more than anyone else in history. In this DVD Dennis analyses and explains one of Keres stellar games from every decade during his career.

Content: 143 minutes of instruction and analysis in a series of 5 lectures. PGN Included.

Recommended for: Intermediate Players.

Users rated this series: 4.00 out of 5

Chess Fans have said: Great Video!

FM Dennis Monokroussos is a 3-time Nevada State champion and won the Indiana State Championship in 2009. He taught philosophy at several universities, including the University of Notre Dame, and currently works as a chess coach for kids and adults, both in person and over the internet.

He was coach of a team that won the 1997/8 National K-8 Championship and came within half a point of repeating the next year as well. His individual students have been successful too, and include scholastic state champions and a participant in the World Youth Games.


Part I: The 1930s
Sicilian Defense
Keres vs. Winter
Run Time: 00:36:05

Part II: The 1940s
Ruy Lopez
Euwe vs. Keres
Run Time: 00:27:03

Part III: The 1950s
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation
Keres vs. Najdorf
Run Time: 00:27:29

Part IV: The 1960s
Nimzo-Indian Defense
Keres vs. Spassky
Run Time: 00:25:04

Part V: The 1970s
Keres vs. Westerinen
Run Time: 00:28:10

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143 minutes


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