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|Jan-07-17|| ||Kamagong42: happy birthday!|
|Jan-07-17|| ||gars: This is from <tamar> on Jan-13-2016: Spassky held Keres in the highest regard and felt he was superior to Botvinnik.
from the Kingpin Interview
<Boris Vassilievich, whom could you single out as a personality among chess players?
Undoubtedly, Paul Keres. He was the greatest treasure of the chess world. Being a man of great modesty and tact, he possessed the highest chess and general culture. His tragic destiny reminds of the end of Alekhine’s life. And if we remember that for some time there was chess rivalry between Alekhine and Botvinnik, I’d rather resort to some literary comparison. Keres was the Gulliver among the Lilliputians, he was a real giant. Botvinnik, I believe, was the leader of the Lilliputians. And that is the crux of the matter. As simple as that.
You always expressed sympathy towards Keres openly, even in the most ‘silent’ times.
In 1965 I was giving a lecture in Novosibirsk and I was asked why Keres had not become World Champion. This is what I answered: ‘Just imagine a young man who is only 24, who is already a strong grandmaster and who loves his Estonia, his small country which within a short period of time changes hands – passing to Stalin, a bit later to Hitler and again to Stalin. What does he feel when all this is happening?’ After the lecture some komsomol leaders asked me why I was so anti-Soviet. ‘Did I tell you a lie?’ I reiterated. But it was too late; my KGB file had already been opened.> What else can I say? Thanks, <tamar> and Happy Birthday, GM Keres!
|Jan-07-17|| ||Absentee: <‘Did I tell you a lie?’ I reiterated.>|
No, you just didn't answer the question, Boris.
|Jan-07-17|| ||paavoh: My hat is off for Keres. Such a small country producing so much chessic talent. He will always be remembered, and it is a great gesture that Tallinn has erected a statue for him.
Happy to have found it on my last visit to that charming city.|
|Feb-14-17|| ||MissScarlett: Falkirk Herald, February 1st, 1939, p.11:
<Mr Meek notes in London “Evening News”:—The remarkable development of chess in Russia may be judged by a recent simultaneous display given by Keres against thirty Leningrad schoolboys. They put up such astounding opposition that the famous master won only 11 games, lost 11, and drew 8.
Capablanca, Flohr and other front-rank masters have had poor results in simultaneous displays against Russian clubs in past years, but for schoolboys to put up such a performance as they did against Keres - the prospective challenger for the next world championship match - is simply marvellous.">
|Feb-19-17|| ||thegoodanarchist: <gars> thank you for such a nice post.|
<Boris Vassilievich> might have been the most decent and admirable world champion ever.
His respect for Paul Keres shows not just in this interview, but in his (Spassky's) demeanor and conduct of himself as a chess professional.
Does anyone criticize Spassky?? Of course not! Spassky is beloved, and rightly!
|Apr-14-17|| ||Boomie: Having such an interesting history and one of the most impressive playing records in history, you would think the CG Biographers would try to produce a good biography. Instead we are presented with this totally inadequate one.|
|Apr-14-17|| ||zanzibar: <Boomie> duly noted - maybe you should also drop a note in over at the Bistro.|
|May-22-17|| ||Granny O Doul: I just learned that Keres is the fourth-most spoken language in New Mexico. I couldn't wait to share the good news here.|
|Sep-10-17|| ||drnooo: these two fine posters, very knowledgeable as they are...and they are...oddly enough miss the point, as most of the best do about Keres. I've posted this before. KERES WOULD HAVE LEFT AND NEVER COME BACK, ESCAPED TO THE EAST AND THEN.....PROBABLY CHANGED CHESS HISTORY FOREVER. It is recorded even with a photograph of him and his wife during the turmoil of the second world war, they were poised to escape by boat and missed at the last moments and he was plunged back into the mess and never had a chance for another shot.
The 48 championship was as rigged as the Clinton Sandars affair: he knew by 1945 it was hopeless, he barely escaped hanging as it was in 46
Look at his bloody stats. They very nearly rival Capas and Fischers.
In their prime I would only put Capa ahead of him. Only Capa, nobody else. Bronstein 3rd. And only then Botvinnik...and Reshevsky after that. Had Keres fled to the west...Fischers claim to be being the best player in the west would have folded under Keres domination and record...he would have beaten everybody and it would have taken the KGB to take care of him with either poison or a bullet.|
|Oct-02-17|| ||Stonehenge: From a 1946 simul:
|Oct-11-17|| ||ahmadov: Some years ago, I was playing chess online with a guy from Estonia. He asked me if I knew Keres. I said yes and he started speaking further about Keres and suggested sending me a book about Keres. Some days later I received the book and a banknote with Keres picture on it. Unfortunately, I lost that guy later. If he visits this page and remembers me, I would love to resume my contacts with him.|
|Dec-03-17|| ||tpstar: https://images.chesscomfiles.com/up...|
|Dec-11-17|| ||ahmadov: <tpstar>, exactly, this is the banknote I received :-)|
|Jan-07-18|| ||Sularus: happy birthday! RIP|
|Jan-07-18|| ||Magpye: Is there a good bio on Keres?|
|Jan-07-18|| ||botvinnik64: Happy 102 Paul!
|Jan-07-18|| ||transpose: I am surprised Keres never defeated Karpov, but then i only see two quick draws between the two. Too bad.|
|Jan-19-18|| ||Sularus: <transpose>
just in case you haven't, consider their age difference, the age of keres and karpov when those games were played. imho, those draws were already quite an achievement for keres.
|Jan-19-18|| ||Absentee: <drnooo: The 48 championship was as rigged as the Clinton Sandars affair>|
<Had Keres fled to the west...Fischers claim to be being the best player in the west would have folded under Keres domination and record...he would have beaten everybody and it would have taken the KGB to take care of him with either poison or a bullet.>
Counterfactuals aren't a very solid argument.
|Jan-19-18|| ||TheFocus: <drnoo> <<Had Keres fled to the west...Fischers claim to be being the best player in the west would have folded under Keres domination and record...he would have beaten everybody and it would have taken the KGB to take care of him with either poison or a bullet.>|
Fischer won his first two games played between them, and won four of the first 7 games.
Overall: Fischer had 4 wins, 3 losses, and 3 draws.
|Jan-22-18|| ||offramp: <Absentee: <drnooo: The 48 championship was as rigged as the Clinton Sandars affair>|
<drnooo> means that it wasn't rigged at all.
|Jan-22-18|| ||keypusher: <Clinton Sandars affair> Brain bleach, stat!|
|Jan-27-18|| ||diceman: Stonehenge: From a 1946 simul:
<Paul Keres holds a simultaneous game of chess on 40 boards with sailors of the Baltic fleet aboard the battleship "October Revolution", Tallinn, 1946.>
|Feb-08-18|| ||Senk: Great article series: https://chess24.com/en/read/news/pa...|
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