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Paul Keres beats nine world champions
Compiled by JoseTigranTalFischer
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Keres, though never himself champion, defeated nine other world champions in tournament play. He is the only player in history to have done this (so far). When Keres won multiple games against a champion, his first victory is given.

Keres vs. Capablanca: +1-0=5
Keres vs Capablanca, 1938 
(C09) French, Tarrasch, Open Variation, Main line, 38 moves, 1-0

Keres vs. Alekhine: +5-1=8
Keres vs Alekhine, 1937 
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 23 moves, 1-0

Keres vs. Euwe: +11-7=9
Keres vs Euwe, 1938 
(A09) Reti Opening, 41 moves, 1-0

Keres vs. Botvinnik: +3-9=9
Keres vs Botvinnik, 1948 
(C15) French, Winawer, 39 moves, 1-0

Keres vs. Smyslov: +9-9=22
Keres vs Smyslov, 1939 
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 33 moves, 1-0

Keres vs. Tal: +8-4=19
Tal vs Keres, 1954 
(E92) King's Indian, 43 moves, 0-1

Keres vs. Petrosian: +3-3=30(!)
Keres vs Petrosian, 1949 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Keres vs. Spassky: +3-5=19
Keres vs Spassky, 1955 
(E14) Queen's Indian, 30 moves, 1-0

Keres vs. Fischer: +3-4=3
Fischer vs Keres, 1959 
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 55 moves, 0-1

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