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Dieter Keller
Number of games in database: 71
Years covered: 1953 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2359
Highest rating achieved in database: 2410

Overall record: +15 -38 =18 (33.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (14) 
    B51 B50 B99 B78 B28
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (9) 
    C12 C03 C11 C00
 French (7) 
    C12 C11 C00
 Ruy Lopez (6) 
    C92 C61 C64 C85
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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
   D Keller vs J H Donner, 1959 1-0

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

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(born Jul-19-1936, 82 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.

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 71  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Panno vs D Keller  0-1511953Wch U20 qual-AE16 Queen's Indian
2. D Keller vs Panno  ½-½401953Wch U20 final-AB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
3. D Keller vs K Darga  0-1391953Wch U20 final-AC47 Four Knights
4. Larsen vs D Keller  1-0411953Wch U20 final-AB56 Sicilian
5. D Keller vs Tringov  0-1421955Wch U20 final-AE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
6. D Keller vs Portisch  0-1481955Wch U20 final-AB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
7. Geller vs D Keller 0-1581956MoscowA34 English, Symmetrical
8. Portisch vs D Keller 1-0301956OlympiadD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
9. Panno vs D Keller 1-0231956Moscow ol (Men) fin-AD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
10. D Keller vs Bronstein 0-1401956OlympiadC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
11. Ivkov vs D Keller 1-0401956MoscowC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
12. D Keller vs J Rejfir  ½-½291956Moscow ol (Men) fin-AE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. D Keller vs Niephaus ½-½241956Moscow ol (Men)E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
14. J Enevoldsen vs D Keller  ½-½191956Moscow ol (Men)E15 Queen's Indian
15. Wade vs D Keller  ½-½231956Moscow ol (Men)A17 English
16. K Darga vs D Keller  1-0271958Clare Benedict Cup 05thA25 English
17. Filip vs D Keller  1-064195813th olm qual. group 4E53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. D Keller vs Z Nilsson  ½-½32195813th olm qual. group 4A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
19. D Keller vs P Panagopoulos  ½-½59195813th olm qual. group 4B71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
20. D Keller vs P Trifunovic  ½-½15195813th olm qual. group 4D19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
21. D Keller vs L Joyner  ½-½45195813th olm qual. group 4E95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
22. F Olafsson vs D Keller  1-0511959ZurichA22 English
23. D Keller vs Blau  1-0611959ZurichC44 King's Pawn Game
24. A Dueckstein vs D Keller  0-1421959ZurichC45 Scotch Game
25. D Keller vs G Barcza  0-1421959ZurichB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 71  PGN Download
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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.

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  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.

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  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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