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2/9/2004 – Tonight is the second lesson by Dennis Monokroussos on ChessBase Radio. The subject is Paul Keres, one of the greatest players never to become world chess champion. The free audio lecture starts at 9 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (3 a.m. for European insomniacs) on the Playchess.com server. Here are the details...

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Dennis Monokroussos writes: "Monday's lesson will feature some highlights of Estonian great Paul Keres, one of the greatest players never to become world chess champion. I'll show a postal game from his early career, the win over Geller from the 1962 post-Candidates' Tournament playoff match, and if there's time, one of his wins over Bobby Fischer."

Dennis Monokroussos is 37, lives in South Bend, IN (the site of the University of Notre Dame), and is writing a Ph.D. dissertation in philosophy (in the philosophy of mind) while adjuncting at the University.

He is fairly inactive as a player right now, spending most of his non-philosophy time being a husband and teaching chess. At one time he was one of the strongest juniors in the U.S., but quit for about eight years starting in his early 20s. His highest rating was 2434 USCF, but he has now fallen to the low-mid 2300s – "too much blitz, too little tournament chess", he says.

Dennis has been working as a chess teacher for seven years now, giving lessons to adults and kids both in person and on the internet, worked for a number of years for New York’s Chess In The Schools program, where he was one of the coaches of the 1997-8 US K-8 championship team from the Bronx, and was very active in working with many of CITS’s most talented juniors.

When Dennis Monokroussos presents a game, there are usually two main areas of focus: the opening-to-middlegame transition and the key moments of the middlegame (or endgame, when applicable). With respect to the latter, he attempts to present some serious analysis culled from his best sources (both text and database), which he has checked with his own efforts and then double-checked with his chess software.

Dennis Monokroussos' lectures begin at 9 p.m. EST, which translates to 02:00h GMT, 03:00 Paris/Berlin, 13:00h Sydney (on Tuesday). Other time zones can be found here. You can use Fritz or any Fritz-compatible program (Shredder, Junior, Tiger, Hiarcs) to follow the lectures, or download a free trial client.



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