Paul Keres as the best Estonian chess player of all time! New commemorative stamp by Estonian Post released!

January 11th, 2016

Paul Keres was an Estonian chess grandmaster, and a renowned chess writer. He was among the world's top players from the mid-1930s to the mid-1960s. 2016 was announced to be the year of this great chess player, as on January 7 people from around the world celebrate 100th birth anniversary of Paul Keres who has been nicknamed "The Eternal Second" in the chess world. is glad to introduce this interesting philatelic item to our readers'attention.

Paul Keres was born in Narva, graduated from the from the Pärnu Boys' Gymnasium and studied mathematics at in Tartu University. Chess engrossed him starting from a very young age; in 1935 he became the Estonian master and rose to the absolute peak in 1938, winning the AVRO tournament in the Netherlands. He played at more than 70 international tournaments and won numerous first places; he was the first Estonian chess grandmaster.

Keres is regarded to be one of the strongest chess player who did not manage to become world champion and therefore he has also been called the eternal second. Keres's style of playing was extraordinarily versatile; his games included effective combinations and great position play. He also stood also out as a chess theorist and problemist. Keres's achievements sports ethic and his firm sports ethic has influenced the whole chess world.