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Raymond Keene
Keene 
Photograph copyright (c) 2003 Bo Zaunders
courtesy of keeneonchess.com.
 
Number of games in database: 1,673
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510
Overall record: +1017 -147 =463 (76.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      46 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Reti System (132) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (107) 
    E62 E80 E63 E69 E94
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E30 E41 E42 E49 E26
 English (58) 
    A15 A13 A12 A14 A18
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (39) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (111) 
    B06
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B25 B22 B30 B27
 Pirc (79) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (59) 
    E83 E73 E62 E94 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    A40 A45 A41 A50 A46
 French Defense (50) 
    C18 C00 C05 C19 C09
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keene vs Miles, 1975 1-0
   Keene vs Robatsch, 1971 1-0
   Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973 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
   Hecht vs Keene, 1972 0-1
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 1-0

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
   ray keene's favorite games by ray keene
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147
   English Annotated by Gmonster
   Hastings 1968/69 by suenteus po 147

GAMES ANNOTATED BY KEENE: [what is this?]
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006
   Kramnik vs Leko, 2004
   >> 407 GAMES ANNOTATED BY KEENE

RECENT GAMES:
   Keene vs A Pleasants (Aug-??-12) 0-1, exhibition

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RAYMOND KEENE
(born Jan-29-1948, 69 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 1,673  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Totton vs Keene 0-138 1960 Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
3. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-019 1960 Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
5. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-134 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
6. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1960 Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-131 1960 MatchC16 French, Winawer
8. H T Jones vs Keene  0-124 1960 Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
9. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-148 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-028 1960 Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-020 1961 U-14 ChampionshipA16 English
12. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-152 1961 Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
13. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-042 1961 Match game 9A35 English, Symmetrical
14. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-138 1961 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-034 1961 Match game 21, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
16. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-016 1961 Match game 1, Dulwich CollegeA06 Reti Opening
17. T Baldwin vs Keene  0-135 1961 Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
18. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-123 1961 DulwichB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
19. A Ogus vs Keene  ½-½37 1961 School matchC18 French, Winawer
20. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-035 1961 OlympiaA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
21. L Bauer vs Keene 0-123 1961 Clapham Common CCB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
22. S Leff vs Keene 0-136 1961 Clapham Common CCA20 English
23. Keene vs H Green  1-033 1961 London Clubs TournamentA56 Benoni Defense
24. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1961 Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
25. Keene vs Bhuyia 1-039 1961 Clapham Common CCA15 English
 page 1 of 67; games 1-25 of 1,673  PGN Download
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Dec-02-16
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  diceman: <Retireborn: I used to have an early edition of Ray's "Flank Openings" (an excellent book btw) which was pretty much the only British chess book printed in algebraic back then.>

Love that book.

Dec-03-16
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  ray keene: <MissScarlett> I am happy to delete my TV consultation game with Kasparov since it pushes up my percentage against world champions to 31.25 %
Dec-03-16
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  ray keene: <HeMateMe> I have just reposted my obituary of Korchnoi on my Times chess Twitter site @times_chess. A word of warning. As has been correctly noted, you will almost certainly have to subscribe to The Times in some form, eg online, epaper etc...before it's accessible. If you already subscribe there shd be no problem.
Dec-03-16
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  ray keene: <Keypusher> I think I missed the question about quality of play in Karpov v Korchnoi 1978 and Carlsen v Karjakin. It's hard to compare because the match conditions are so different...unlimited as compared to just twelve games, abolition of adjournments, quick play tie breaks etc etc.. Taking all those discrepancies into account I wd say the quality of play was similar. Quite often the quality of play in championship matches is surprisingly low, either because of the tension of the occasion or because the games attract greater attention and thus the errors are more mercilessly exposed. In my next post I will list my favourite matches for the title, though that does not necessarily mean that the QUALITY was higher, it's more a question of a distinct clash of ideas combined with memorable games!
Dec-03-16
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  ray keene: As I promised, these are the world title matches which are my personal favourites for reasons of creativity, distinct ideas, memorable games etc...

Staunton v St Amant 1843 a precursor
Alekhine v Bogolyubov 1929
1948 world championship match tournament
Botvinnik v Smyslov 1958
Botvinnik v Tal 1961
Petrosian v Botvinnik 1963
Petrosian v Spassky 1966
Kasparov v Karpov 1985
Kramnik v Topalov 2006

Dec-03-16  morfishine: Thank you GM Keene for your contributions to chess I've always admired the fact that you gained your final GM norm after the age of 27, which to me, showcases a "blue collar" basis to achieving this goal

I hope others will look at this for inspiration, not only with chess

I do

Happy Holidays GM Keene

Best, morf

*****

Dec-03-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Thanks for the info, Ray. I was a little too young to really follow the Fischer/Spassky match, but my friends and I were cutting the '78 Karpov/Korchnoi games and adjournments out of the local paper and trying to predict the next day's lines, following the adjournments.

We usually weren't too accurate, but it was a nice time during six weeks of that summer. I know you were a close member of the Korchnoi camp.

Dec-04-16
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  RookFile: I've been playing over Kramnik v Topalov 2006. Setting aside the off the board antics, the actual chess played is very exciting.
Dec-04-16
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  HeMateMe: I thought it was great too, the first match I followed on the internet.
Jan-29-17
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Raymond Keene.
Jan-29-17
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  Benzol: Another one ticks by. Happy birthday Ray. :)
Jan-29-17  JohnTal: Ray, I wish you had played Bobby Fischer at least once.

Happy Birthday!!!

Your analysis and notes are very informative and helpful!

Whom do you rate as your toughest opponent?

Also, what do you consider your greatest game?

Jan-29-17
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  Ron: Happy Birthday, GM Keene.
Jan-29-17
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
Jan-29-17
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  parisattack: Happy Birthday, GM Keene! I continue to enjoy and learn from many of your books.
Jan-29-17
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  moronovich: Happy Birthday <Ray> !
Jan-29-17  WorstPlayerEver: Happy Birthday!🎂
Jan-29-17
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  User not found: Happy Birthday Mr Keene :)
Jan-29-17  Sularus: happy birthday!
Jan-29-17  domradave: I love the book on Nimzovich. Ray, you certainly learned a lot from Nimzo and I have learned a lot from you and your books. Happy Birthday!
Jan-29-17  Paint My Dragon: Happy Birthday Ray!

Thanks for organizing some of the most monumental contests in chess history.

Jan-29-17
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  redlance: Happy Birthday!!!
Jan-29-17
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  redlance: Flank Openings an all time GREAT BOOK!!!
Jan-30-17  KlingonBorgTatar: Happy Birthday Ray!! Really really enjoyed your great books ( I lost count on how many I have in my library !! :D) But for me The Modern Defense stood out as the creme a la creme. I rank it as one of the landmark books of chess history and philiosophy.( Btw, it is also my yardstick in evaluating opening books!) It ranks with Reti's Modern Ideas in Chess and other milestones of Chess Literature. The Modern Defense did to a new style of play what Reti's did to the Hypermodern School. The Modern Defense proved itself to be the Gospel of the "Ultramodern School" and put into one volume the ideas of Suttles, Larry Day, Kotov , Ufimtsev etc etc and the British creative geniuses led by you. The Ultramoderns of our generation proved to be more dynamic and provocative than that of Reti's and possessed more guerilla tactics and strategies than Nimzovitch's.

To the Grand Scribe and Evangelist of the Ultamodern School , HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Feb-05-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: Wow! Thank you all so much for the Birthday greetings. Toughest opponent? I always had trouble with Timman Smyslov Petrosian Larsen, Torre and Quinteros. On the other hand I did Ok against Gligoric, Geller, Tal, Botvinnik, Nunn, Penrose, Miles and Speelman. And special thanks to <KlingonBorgTatar> for that amazing encomium!! Greatest game, probably Keene v Kovacevic IBM Amsterdam 1973.
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