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Raymond Keene
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Number of games in database: 1,677
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +1017 -147 =467 (76.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 46 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Reti System (129) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (110) 
    E62 E80 E94 E63 E69
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E30 E41 E49 E42 E26
 English (60) 
    A15 A13 A12 A14 A17
 Grunfeld (46) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (44) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (109) 
 Sicilian (102) 
    B32 B25 B30 B22 B78
 Pirc (81) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (61) 
    E83 E73 E62 E94 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    A40 A45 A41 A50 A46
 French Defense (50) 
    C18 C00 C05 C02 C09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keene vs Miles, 1976 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
   L De Veauce vs Keene, 1963 0-1
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   Hecht vs Keene, 1972 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?]
   K Players of Yesteryear by fredthebear
   ANNOTATED GAMES by gambitfan
   franskfranz's 1. Nf3 by franskfranz
   ray keene's favorite games by ray keene
   Ray Keene's Best Games by KingG
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147

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

   🏆 Simultaneous exhibition
   Keene vs A Pleasants (Aug-??-12) 0-1, exhibition

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(born Jan-29-1948, 70 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 68; games 1-25 of 1,677  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
3. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
5. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
9. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-1381961MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0151961DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. J N Sugden vs Keene  ½-½201961Match game 11, Dulwich CollegeC18 French, Winawer
14. Keene vs Bhuiya 1-0531961Clapham Common CCC71 Ruy Lopez
15. J Regruto vs Keene  0-1331961Clapham Common CC ChampsA47 Queen's Indian
16. Keene vs L Bauer  1-0271961Clapham Common CCA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
17. D Hamilton vs Keene 0-1281961Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
18. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-02519613rd match game, ClaphamC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
19. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0251961Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. B Henstock vs Keene 0-1251961Clapham Common CCE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
21. Keene vs A W Whitbread 1-0381961Clapham Common CCB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
22. Keene vs B Henstock  1-0411961Clapham Common CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. Patterson / Holman vs Keene  0-1321961Tandem simulC18 French, Winawer
24. Keene vs Orly 1-0101961Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
25. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-0141961BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
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  ray keene: <MissScarlett> you missed a stupendous show...packed houses every night and a standing ovation every night. The negative critics got it 100% wrong! There are some good comments posted on my Twitter site @times_chess. If a video comes out be sure to get it!
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  MissScarlett: Here's that <Metro> review:

Must every West End musical have a black woman in it!?

Jun-10-18  JimNorCal: <MissS>: "Must every West End musical have a black woman in it!?"

Yes. But it's a fashion not an eternal verity so it will pass with time.

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  offramp: <MissScarlett: ...Must every West End musical have a black woman in it!?>

I once saw an all-white Porgy & Bess.

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  Dr Winston OBoogie: Saw you post this on facebook yesterday Ray and I wondered who you were talking about?

<How low can a so called chess player adult found cheating against a nine year old girl! Just punishment for a betrayal of the spirit and ethics of chess!>

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  MissScarlett: <who you were talking about?>

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  ray keene: <capafischer1> thanks for the correction
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  ray keene: <MissScarlett> yes that's correct
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, my next foray into musical theatre will be <The Keene and I>:

Can't really complain about an ethnic lead here, I suppose.

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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, in <Howard Staunton: The English World Chess Champion> (BCM, 1975), can you confirm that it was your co-author, <R N Coles>, who was responsible for casting Morphy as <an incipient psychopath>?
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  ray keene: <MissScarlett> for the book on Staunton my role was limited exclusively to annotating the games.
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  MissScarlett: Hmmm, maybe Coles was acting under the influence of Cockburn's <Idle Passion: Chess and the Dance of Death>. Did you ever meet him? What does the <R N> stand for?
Aug-19-18  Retireborn: <MissS> Some info here, no idea if it's reliable:-

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  ray keene: R N Coles...charming guy...I think some of his books are still in print with Hardinge Simpole ...the info given below is largely accurate
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  MissScarlett: Are you familiar with John Townsend's research on Staunton? Do you think some legends about Staunton such as his being the illegitimate son of Frederick Howard may originally have been fostered by the man himself?
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  ray keene: Yes...I am not convinced
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  MissScarlett: Have you read both his <Notes on the life of Howard Staunton> and <Historical notes on some chess players>? Or have you discussed it with him personally?

Switching subjects, have you made any representations to FIDE/AGON to see whether you can get a gig at the London WC match? Or are you completely out of those circles now?

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  ray keene: Haven't spoken to him personally...yes I had a very good meeting a couple of days ago with Ilya Merenzon who is running the world championship. You can get my general updates on @times_chess on Twitter! Btw my pupil Shreyas Royal, whom I have been coaching along with Julian Simpole, has been invited to make the ceremonial first move in the match!
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  MissScarlett: Good to hear you may have some input into the big match - to my mind, a world championship in London wouldn't be the same without you! If need be, I'll dig you up for the next one....

Less pleased to hear about <Shreyas Royal> - frankly, I was hoping he'd be deported. No-one else on the British chess scene would say that - but I'm not like anyone else.

I'll get back to you on the Staunton question. I need to give it some more attention.

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  ray keene: An original take on the nine year old....we shd meet during the match!
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, your critics - yes, there's been a few - are upset at your name having been appended to a caption on the fabled chess board at Simpson's:

How and when did this come about? Do you know when the caption originally dates to?

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  Diademas: <MissScarlett:... The fabled chess board at Simpson's:>

For a moment I thought you were referring to this.

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  MissScarlett: <Sure to be a Collecting Dust Item>
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  Diademas: Well, Staunton did have some success with the chessmen bearing his name.

GM Keene might find a niche into immortality by promoting this merry band of misfits.

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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, in Staunton's <ILN> column of January 19th 1861, in reply to a correspondent:

<R.K. - The problem you have sent as original has been published a dozen times at least since it first appeared, four hundred years ago.> #justsaying #irresistible

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