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|Dec-04-16|| ||HeMateMe: I thought it was great too, the first match I followed on the internet.|
|Jan-29-17|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Raymond Keene.|
|Jan-29-17|| ||Benzol: Another one ticks by. Happy birthday Ray. :)|
|Jan-29-17|| ||JohnTal: Ray, I wish you had played Bobby Fischer at least once. |
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|| ||Ron: Happy Birthday, GM Keene.|
|Jan-29-17|| ||Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)|
|Jan-29-17|| ||parisattack: Happy Birthday, GM Keene! I continue to enjoy and learn from many of your books.|
|Jan-29-17|| ||moronovich: Happy Birthday <Ray> !|
|Jan-29-17|| ||WorstPlayerEver: Happy Birthday!🎂|
|Jan-29-17|| ||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|| ||redlance: Happy Birthday!!!|
|Jan-29-17|| ||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|| ||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.|
|Mar-22-17|| ||Octavia: Hi Ray,
Zanzibar thought you might know the answer to my question: Karpov wrote 'how to play the Engl opening' in Russian. But the Batsford book doesn't mention the translator. Could you find out for me? I know who translates his books into German. I can't believe that he or Evgeny Gik translated it themselves.
all the best, S
|May-01-17|| ||ray keene: <Octavia> sorry no idea about the translation. Often Russian translations are done by Ken Neat or Steve Giddins....but I have no firm information in this case.|
|May-01-17|| ||JimNorCal: I have two favorite bits of Keene writing. One is the wonderful book on Nimzo. Clearly a labor of love.
The other is a letter to the editor of the defunct publication Inside Chess. In it, GM Keene points to a plagiarized annotation. The way you prove the point is a tour de force. Is that letter online anywhere?|
|May-01-17|| ||zanzibar: <JimNC> have you looked?|
|May-01-17|| ||JimNorCal: From kingpin mag online. They don't display the page in question but in your imagination take the first letter of the first word on subsequent lines of annotations. Quite an intellectual effort, IMO.
"I attach a photocopy of page 21 of Inside Chess of my 4th March 1991. You have reprinted my notes verbatim. To prove this, I will let you into a little private joke, which only I know about. The game Larsen-King was played at Hastings. Hastings was the scene of the great battle in 1066 between the Saxons and the Normans. The Saxon King, Harold, was killed by means of an Norman arrow through his eye. To celebrate their victory, the Normans created the Bayeux Tapestry. Indeed Cathy Forbes refers to it in her report. The text of the Bayeux Tapestry is in Latin, the Lingua Franca of the civilized Europe of the day. At that moment in the Tapestry when King Harold is killed, the Latin text reads, “Rex interfectus est.” This means, “The king has been killed.” If you look at my notes to the game which Danny King lost, you will see that I have spelt out the sentence “Rex interfectus est” (as a homage to Hastings, the Bayeux Tapestry and the fact that King was the loser of the game) by using the initial letter of the first word in each consecutive note.
Thus “rarely”, “extra”, “xray”, spells Rex; “interestingly”, “not”, “the”, “engaging”, “rapidly”, spells Inter, and so on until the end of the game."
|May-01-17|| ||zanzibar: A bit involved - that British humour!|
|May-23-17|| ||JimNorCal: <zanzibar>: "that British humor"|
For me it's not the humor, it's the erudition. Also as you say the sense of playfulness to connect Hastings, kings, GM King and to manipulate the annotations to encode a fitting message
|May-24-17|| ||ray keene: <JimNorCal> thanks very much for your kind words about my modest joke in Latin.|
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