Paul Keres

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About Paul Keres

Paul Keres (January 7, 1916 – June 5, 1975), was an Estonian chess grandmaster, and a renowned chess writer. He was among the world's top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. Keres narrowly missed a chance at a world championship match on five occasions. He won the 1938 AVRO tournament, which led to negotiations for a title match against champion Alexander Alekhine, but the match never took place due to World War II. After the war Keres was runner-up in the Candidates' Tournament on four consecutive occasions. Due to these and other strong results, many chess historians consider Keres the strongest player never to become world champion. He was nicknamed "Paul the Second", "The Eternal Second" and "The Crown Prince of Chess". Keres was the only player in chess history to defeat nine undisputed world champions. Paul Keres was born in Narva (then under supremacy of Russian Empire, now Estonia). Keres first learned about chess from his father and older brother Harald (afterwards a prominent physicist, who later told flendly jokes to his students: "I am not Pauls' brother; Paul is my brother.). With the scarcity of chess literature in his small town, he learned about chess

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