Grandmaster of Chess: The Early, Middle and Later Years of Paul Keres

Author: Keres, Paul Petrovich (1916-1975)

Publisher: Herbert Jenkins, Ltd

Location: London

Year: 1964-69



3 volumes: volume l, The early games of Paul Keres: x[11]+192 pages with diagrams, table and index; volume 2: Volume 2, The middle years of Paul Keres: viii[9]+208 pages with diagrams, table and index; Volume 3: The later years of Paul Keres: viii+183 pages with diagrams. Volumes 1 and 2 issued in red cloth with gilt lettering, volume 3 in black with gilt lettering. Translated from the Russian and edited by Harry Golombek. (Betts: 29-54, 29-56; Lusis: 1305) First British edition.

An autobiographical account of his chess career from 1929 to 1966. Keres not only analyzes possibilities, but gives practical and psychological reasons for the moves selected.

Paul Keres was an Estonian chess grandmaster and chess writer. He was among the world's top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. Keres narrowly missed a chance at a world championship match on five occasions. He won the 1938 AVRO tournament, which led to negotiations for a title match against champion Alexander Alekhine, but the match never took place due to World War II. After the war Keres was runner-up in the Candidates' Tournament on four consecutive occasions. Due to these and other strong results, many chess historians consider Keres the strongest player never to become world champion and one of the greatest players in history. Keres, along with Viktor Korchnoi and Alexander Beliavsky, defeated nine undisputed world champions—more than anyone else in history.


Jacket spine ends lightly chipped. A very good copy in like jackets.