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Dieter Keller
D Keller 

Number of games in database: 146
Years covered: 1953 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2359
Highest rating achieved in database: 2410
Overall record: +41 -62 =43 (42.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (31) 
    B51 B50 B52 B30 B62
 Nimzo Indian (5) 
    E25 E48 E32 E37
 Caro-Kann (4) 
    B14 B18
 King's Indian (4) 
    E76 E97 E95 E86
 Ruy Lopez (4) 
    C76 C93 C64 C71
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (17) 
    C12 C11 C03 C02 C10
 Nimzo Indian (14) 
    E58 E53 E56 E32 E59
 French (11) 
    C12 C11 C10 C00
 Ruy Lopez (9) 
    C61 C64 C92 C85 C65
 English (5) 
    A14 A15 A17 A16 A19
 Sicilian (4) 
    B56 B93 B73 B50
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   D Keller vs A Pomar Salamanca, 1968 1-0
   Fischer vs D Keller, 1959 0-1
   D Keller vs Smyslov, 1985 1/2-1/2
   D Keller vs J H Donner, 1959 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship qual-1 (1953)
   Moscow Olympiad qual-1 (1956)
   World Junior Championship Final-A (1953)
   Zuerich (1961)
   Zuerich (1959)
   Hoogovens-B (1967)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-B (1968)
   World Team Championship (1985)

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(born Jul-19-1936, 87 years old) Switzerland

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International Master (1961). Dieter Keller was Swiss Champion in 1958, 1960, 1961 and 1963. In 1953, he tied for 5th-8th at the 2nd World Junior Championship in Copenhagen, handing the winner, Panno, his only defeat. He finished 12th at Zuerich (1959) (won by Tal), defeating Fischer in their game. He finished 2nd at Zurich 1960. At Enschede 1961, he tied for 1st-2nd with Carlos Guimard. He tied for 1st-3rd in the 1975 Zurich International.

Always an amateur player, he did not often play in international tournaments, and missed many team events due to professional obligations. Nevertheless, Keller beat many greats of his time, including Fischer, Larsen, and Geller.

Wikipedia article: Dieter Keller

Last updated: 2022-12-20 03:49:55

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 146  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. R Siemms vs D Keller  0-1441953World Junior Championship qual-1B50 Sicilian
2. D Keller vs E Reichel  ½-½261953World Junior Championship qual-1E37 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
3. R Persitz vs D Keller  1-0301953World Junior Championship qual-1E48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
4. B Mellberg vs D Keller  0-1331953World Junior Championship qual-1B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
5. D Keller vs Ivkov  0-1271953World Junior Championship qual-1E86 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox, 7.Nge2 c6
6. Panno vs D Keller  0-1511953World Junior Championship qual-1E16 Queen's Indian
7. D Keller vs J M Boey  0-1411953World Junior Championship qual-1B65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
8. F Olafsson vs D Keller  1-0351953World Junior Championship qual-1E49 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Botvinnik System
9. D Keller vs Y Barda  1-0251953World Junior Championship qual-1A51 Budapest Gambit
10. Ivkov vs D Keller  1-0281953World Junior Championship Final-AC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
11. D Keller vs K Darga  0-1391953World Junior Championship Final-AC47 Four Knights
12. Larsen vs D Keller  1-0411953World Junior Championship Final-AB56 Sicilian
13. D Keller vs J Penrose  1-0641953World Junior Championship Final-AB03 Alekhine's Defense
14. J Sherwin vs D Keller  0-1381953World Junior Championship Final-AE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. F Olafsson vs D Keller  1-0221953World Junior Championship Final-AE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
16. D Keller vs Panno  ½-½401953World Junior Championship Final-AB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
17. D Keller vs E Mednis  ½-½111955Wch U20 prel-CA90 Dutch
18. M Farre vs D Keller  1-0541955Wch U20 prel-CA04 Reti Opening
19. D Keller vs G Tringov  0-1421955Wch U20 final-AE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
20. E 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. D Keller vs J Gromek  1-0321956Moscow Olympiad qual-1B58 Sicilian
25. Y Barda vs D Keller  0-1281956Moscow Olympiad qual-1E59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 146  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
Jul-19-08  brankat: Happy Birthday Mr.Keller!
Jul-19-08  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.
Jul-19-09  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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