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Dieter Keller
Number of games in database: 88
Years covered: 1953 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2359
Highest rating achieved in database: 2410

Overall record: +20 -46 =22 (35.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (15) 
    B51 B50 B62 B65 B71
 King's Indian (4) 
    E95 E86 E76 E97
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (9) 
    C12 C03 C11 C00
 Nimzo Indian (7) 
    E53 E56 E58 E48 E40
 French (7) 
    C12 C11 C00
 Ruy Lopez (7) 
    C61 C92 C64 C65 C85
 Sicilian (4) 
    B50 B73 B93 B56
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Keller vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1968 1-0
   D Keller vs Smyslov, 1985 1/2-1/2
   Fischer vs D Keller, 1959 0-1
   Barbero vs D Keller, 1985 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Zurich (1959)

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(born Jul-19-1936, 83 years old) Switzerland

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Dieter Keller was Swiss Champion in 1958, 1960, 1961 and 1963 and was awarded the IM title in 1961.

Wikipedia article: Dieter Keller

Last updated: 2019-03-02 05:05:58

 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 88  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Siemms vs D Keller  0-1441953Wch U20 qual-AB50 Sicilian
2. D Keller vs E Reichel  ½-½261953Wch U20 qual-AE37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. R Persitz vs D Keller  1-0301953Wch U20 qual-AE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
4. Bengt Mellberg vs D Keller  0-1331953Wch U20 qual-AB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. D Keller vs Ivkov  0-1271953Wch U20 qual-AE86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
6. Panno vs D Keller  0-1511953Wch U20 qual-AE16 Queen's Indian
7. D Keller vs J Boey  0-1411953Wch U20 qual-AB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
8. F Olafsson vs D Keller  1-0351953Wch U20 qual-AE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
9. D Keller vs Y Barda  1-0251953Wch U20 qual-AA51 Budapest Gambit
10. Ivkov vs D Keller  1-0281953Wch U20 final-AC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. D Keller vs K Darga  0-1391953Wch U20 final-AC47 Four Knights
12. Larsen vs D Keller  1-0411953Wch U20 final-AB56 Sicilian
13. D Keller vs J Penrose  1-0641953Wch U20 final-AB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. J Sherwin vs D Keller  0-1381953Wch U20 final-AE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. F Olafsson vs D Keller  1-0221953Wch U20 final-AE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
16. D Keller vs Panno  ½-½401953Wch U20 final-AB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. D Keller vs Mednis  ½-½111955Wch U20 prel-CA90 Dutch
18. M Farre vs D Keller  1-0541955Wch U20 prel-CA04 Reti Opening
19. D Keller vs Tringov  0-1421955Wch U20 final-AE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
20. Mednis vs D Keller  ½-½421955Wch U20 final-AB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. D Keller vs Spassky  0-1471955Wch U20 final-AE97 King's Indian
22. M Farre vs D Keller  ½-½631955Wch U20 final-AA07 King's Indian Attack
23. D Keller vs Portisch  0-1481955Wch U20 final-AB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
24. Geller vs D Keller 0-1581956Moscow ol (Men) qual-AA34 English, Symmetrical
25. D Keller vs J Rejfir  ½-½291956Moscow ol (Men) fin-AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jul-10-05  aw1988: A Swiss champion, he is probably best known for his 1959 loss to Tal.
Jul-11-05  farrooj: that's not really nice. I wouldn't stand being known as the loser to a famous chess game
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  cu8sfan: <I wouldn't stand being known as the loser to a famous chess game> Well, isn't this better than not being known at all? (-:
Jul-11-05  mymt: <farrooj> I think you have to go to Tal vs D Keller, 1959 to see what he means.
Jul-11-05  farrooj: Oh, that's the game he lost? then I see what you mean
Sep-14-05  Runemaster: Keller should also be known for his win against Fischer.
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  Chnebelgrind: <Runemaster> Right! It was this one Fischer vs D Keller, 1959. Not to forget this Larsen vs D Keller, 1961 and this Geller vs D Keller, 1956
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Keller!
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  whiteshark: Vill Glück zum Geburri!
Jul-19-08  wolfmaster: What <whiteshark> said!
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  Benzol: <wolfmaster> Looks like your avatar is the original "Mod Squad".
Jul-19-08  wolfmaster: <Benzol> <Looks like your avatar is the original "Mod Squad".> Yep, favorite TV show as a teen.
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  wordfunph: A win over JH Donner in 1959 Zurich was remarkable..

May you enjoy you 73rd birthday IM Keller!

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  Peligroso Patzer: <wordfunph: A win over JH Donner in 1959 Zurich was remarkable. ***>

Keller defeated Fischer: Fischer vs D Keller, 1959 ...

… and played a marvelous game against Tal (Tal vs D Keller, 1959) at the same tournament.

Keller's game against Fischer was played in the penultimate round of the tournament and was critical to the final standings. Fischer's loss was largely due to trying too hard to win when the tournament situation required him to go all-out for the full point, but the game was still a fine achievement by the Swiss champion.

Jul-19-11  diagonal: Dr. Dieter Keller turns 75: happy birthday!

Keller who worked as a lawyer, always was an amateur, a very talented one, but he did not play much tournaments and missed many team events due to professional obligations, eg. after playing on board one for Switzerland at the Olympiads 1968 in Lugano, he had no further olimpic participation. Finally, in his holidays, he played at the first Team Chess Championship at Lucerne in 1985, and had still some nice games.

During the 60s he was (probably) no. 1 of Switzerland, even in the mid-to-late 80s, he again was no. 3 of his country.

Most famous are - as mentioned above - his win against Bobby Fischer in 1959 and his loss in an epic game against Tal in the same year.

At the 12th Olympiads at Moscow in 1956, Keller also beat Geller, in 1961 Keller won against Larsen.

Jul-19-11  WhiteRook48: happy birthday Dr. Keller!
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  HeMateMe: Helen could beat him blindfolded.
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  FSR: Why is this guy a Dieter? Is he overweight?
Jul-14-12  JoergWalter: <FSR> he received a lifetime supply of Toblerone for his achievement

Classical games: Dieter Keller beat Robert James Fischer 1 to 0.

Jul-19-16  diagonal: Let us honour International Master Dr. Dieter Keller who turns 80 years today:

Always an amateur player, he beat many greats of his time: <Fischer>, <Larsen>, <Geller>, <Donner>, <Pomar>... and at the World Junior Chess Championship, Copenhagen in 1953, Keller was the only player to win against the eventual Champion, Argentine legend <Oscar Panno> (game is missing in cg):

Wch-U20 Preliminaries, played in two groups as single round robin; in the final stage, again in a single round robin, their game was drawn. Panno and Darga took first place, Panno won the title on better tie-break score. Ivkov, the title defender from 1951, and Olafsson were shared third, Keller finished joint fifth, alongside with Larsen, amongst others. Those were the days.

Happy birthday and best wishes!

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