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Raymond Keene
Number of games in database: 1,670
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510
Overall record: +1019 -144 =463 (76.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      44 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (131) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (110) 
    E62 E63 E69 E94 E80
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E30 E41 E49 E42 E26
 English (57) 
    A15 A13 A12 A14 A18
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D76
 Queen's Gambit Declined (39) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (110) 
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B25 B27 B22 B30
 Pirc (78) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (60) 
    E83 E94 E73 E62 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    A40 A45 A41 A50 A46
 French Defense (50) 
    C18 C00 C19 C05 C16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keene vs Miles, 1975 1-0
   Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973 1-0
   Keene vs Robatsch, 1971 1-0
   Keene vs E Fielder, 1964 1-0
   S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1973 0-1
   E Jimenez Zerquera vs Keene, 1974 0-1
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 1-0
   Keene vs R Calvo, 1968 1-0
   J L Arnason vs Keene, 1981 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Teesside (1972)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   ANNOTATED GAMES by gambitfan
   franskfranz's 1. Nf3 by franskfranz
   Ray Keene's Best Games by KingG
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147
   ray keene's favorite games by ray keene
   English Annotated by Gmonster
   Hastings 1968/69 by suenteus po 147

   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006
   Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006

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(born Jan-29-1948, 67 years old) United Kingdom

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Raymond Dennis Keene was born in London. In 1971 he became British champion. He was awarded the title of IM in 1972. In 1976, a few months after Anthony Miles became the first British grandmaster, Keene became the second. He masterminded the 1993 World Chess Championship between Garry Kasparov and Nigel Short, and is co-founder of the Mind Sports Olympiad. He has written over 140 books, mostly on chess, and is the chess correspondent for The Times and The Spectator.

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 page 1 of 67; games 1-25 of 1,670  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
2. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1960 Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. H T Jones vs Keene  0-124 1960 Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-134 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
6. N Totton vs Keene 0-138 1960 Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-131 1960 MatchC16 French, Winawer
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-028 1960 Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-019 1960 Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-148 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1961 Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
12. J N Sugden vs Keene 1-026 1961 MatchA55 Old Indian, Main line
13. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-152 1961 Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
14. S Leff vs Keene 0-136 1961 Clapham Common CCA20 English
15. Keene vs L Bauer  1-027 1961 Clapham Common CCE10 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Roberts vs Keene 0-129 1961 London LeagueD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-021 1961 2nd Replay of Dulwich College ChampionsE72 King's Indian
18. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-015 1961 DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
19. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-138 1961 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
20. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-014 1961 BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
21. Keene vs A M Grayston 1-036 1961 Club matchD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
22. F A Winter vs Keene 0-151 1961 Minor Trophy team competitionC00 French Defense
23. R Irwin vs Keene  0-121 1961 National Schools ChC15 French, Winawer
24. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-130 1961 Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-016 1961 Match game 1, Dulwich CollegeA06 Reti Opening
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Aug-15-14  HeMateMe: Hello Ray. Do you have any thoughts on the recent Olympiad? China put quite a stamp on things!

What about Judit Polgar's retirement? Have you met her or either of her sisters? Have you by chance a favorite Judit game, something that sticks in your memory? She did have some Talesque combinations.

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  offramp: Ray, I thought you might like this great puzzle from the recent Olympics.

It is from Hon Ki Tsang vs R Singh, 2014, after 30...Kg5.

click for larger view

White to play and win.

The solution is at that other game page. (White missed it!)

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  offramp: The above position was in fact used in the Times of Saturday 4th October 2014.

Good puzzle!

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  MissScarlett: < times chess @Times_Chess Oct 13

My most popular tweet last week with 5577 individual views was that naming Dr Manahel Thabet and Prof Tony Buzan as my 2 favourite geniuses!>

That's not a Wikipedia article, it's a PR release.

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  thegoodanarchist: <ray keene: I am going to China but for the world memory championship in Hainan.>

Let me know if any of the participants forgot their plane tickets :)

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Raymond Keene!
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  Ron: More great stuff from Nigel Farange:

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  offramp: Ray, do you (or anyone) know when this year's Oxford v Cambridge chess match. I think it's on the seventh of March, a Saturday, but I'm not sure.

The internet seems to have no info.

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  MissScarlett: <Ray, do you (or anyone) know when this year's Oxford v Cambridge chess match.>


<The internet seems to have no info.>

That took 2 minutes to find. You're either incompetent or just plain attention seeking, possibly both.

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  MissScarlett: Since Ray became a <Knight of the Order of the White Swan> (or was it an <Officer of the Companionate of the White Swan>?), he no longer seems to have much time for our plebeian website.
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  offramp: <MissScarlett: <Ray, do you (or anyone) know when this year's Oxford v Cambridge chess match.> Wot?

<The internet seems to have no info.> >

Thank you!
I did see that, but the location was a bit vague:
<5. 133rd Varsity Match: 1st Varsity team (07.Mar), location: London>

Big place, London. I think it'll be at the RAC on Pall Mall.

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  MissScarlett: You mean, like it has been for the past few years, at least? After all that, are you actually intending to go?
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  offramp: <MissScarlett: You mean, like it has been for the past few years, at least? After all that, are you actually intending to go?>

Erm... Are you going?

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  ray keene: Varsity match is at RAC Pall Mall Saturday March 7. Starts around noon. I have written pieces with the info for The Sunday Times, The Times and The Spectator.
Feb-27-15  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Ray>
will you be writing a bit about "the crusties." ie John Nunn, Jon Speelman, Keith Arkell, Terry Chapman and the most self confessed senile of them all, Nigel Short? (World Senior Team Chp, 50+.)

So great to see that part of the silver Olympiad team back together.

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  Paint My Dragon: Hmmm, quite easy to construct a best 50+ squad, but what would England's best 65+ squad look like?

Keene, Hartston and Botterill come to mind instantly ... but if you had been compelled to play in Dresden this year Ray, which four over-65s would you have wanted alongside you?

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  offramp: I am there right now. In the St James Room. I'm wearing the gold and red Middlesex tie.
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  MissScarlett: I'm the big black guy sitting right behind you.
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  offramp: Michael Francis Stean was looking well.
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  MissScarlett: How was Ray looking?

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  Tabanus: Dear Mr. Keene, your forum is closed but perhaps you read this. BCM says you was the organizer of the London Docklands playoff in 1985. Hoping to promote Game Collection: London Candidates Reserve Playoff 1985, I wonder if you can remember: 1) who was/were arbiter(s), 2) the seconds of the players, 3) anything else you might want to add (or subtract).
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  ray keene: Over 65 squad ? Bill Hartston Michael Basman and George Botterill. Sadly Andrew Whiteley is no more. My selection wd be pretty much the same as our Bronze medal winning student team of 1967 which defeated USSR 3-1 !
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  ray keene: <Tabanus> Sorry I don't recall much about the 1985 reserves qualifier. Was there a BCM report? Maybe that wd help.
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  Tabanus: <ray keene> Okay, thanks. Yes there was a BCM report related to me by <Paint My Dragon>, but according to him it says nothing about arbiters and seconds. Here is the CG page as it is now: London Candidates Reserve Playoff (1985) - it can still be edited.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Ray> Thanks. Great result against the USSR in '67. I met Andrew Whiteley many years ago, but had no idea he'd defeated Boris Gulko!
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