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Raymond Keene vs Jonathan Penrose
England (1974), rd 17
English Opening: Symmetrical Variation. General (A30)  ·  1-0


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Jun-22-04  weary willy: Great game ... from memory, this was Cambridgeshire vs Essex(?)
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  ray keene: correct-the funny thing is i also paralysed penrose in exactly the same light square way in the cambridge v essex match 1970. i knew penrose was a very strong player -he was 10 times british champion when i beat him for the second time-but i usuauly found him pretty easy to beat. we had a few draws which were basically games where the opening petered out -and the rest i won.
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  Benzol: <ray> Is there any opponent you have found to be your particular "Bete Noire".
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  ray keene: too many!!
petrosian 2 losses
smyslov 3 losses
karpov 2 losses
korchnoi 2 losses
timman one win but millions of losses
torre 3 losses
hort 3 losses i can think of
bronstein 2 losses
portisch 2 losses
quinteros 3 losses
kavalek 2 losses
and doubtless there were others

on the positive side-i scored against the following:

nunn 4 wins no losses
speelman 2 wins no losses
penrose 4 wins no losses
geller 1 win 1 draw no losses
botterill 2 wins no losses
IM andrew whiteley 13 wins 1 loss
IM basman 5 wins and 1 loss
GM tarjan 2 wins no losses
18 times champion of wales howard williams 5 wins and 1 loss and i had a plus score v miles -hartston wade yanofsky bellin and indeed most other british champions.

i had an equal score with keres reshevky euwe tal gligoric averbakh taimanov najdorf benko ...

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  ray keene: oh and three losses to bent larsen
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  Benzol: Considering that it looks like a who's who of the world elite, if it was me, I wouldn't feel too bad. Have you only played Spassky once?
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  ray keene: v spassky 1 draw lugano olympiad 1968 very boring

and one loss dortmund 1973 where i sadly allowed him to show me what he had prepared for fischer in the kings indian defence for their 1972 wcc which of course fischer being fischer smelled a rat and never used at that time. i never played fischer. oh and i forgot i have a plus score v botvinnik bagirov furman lombardy mednis and planinc who used to be a big name when he co won ibm in 1973-but he kind of lost the plot soon after.

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  ray keene: this is the other game i won against penrose by getting a n to e6 and throttling him
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  ChessDude33: <ray keene> Sir may i ask If in the variation 4...Nge7 5. e3 d5 6. cxd5 Nxd5 7. Bb5 how would white handle 7...Ndb4?
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Oct-24-09  jerseybob: I agree with GM Keene's remark about 2.b3 cutting out lines involving g6. It seems to me that if black wants to get in g6 against the English, he should play it right away, i.e. 1..g6, and then decide later what central pawns to move.
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