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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. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-131 1960 MatchC16 French, Winawer
2. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1960 Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-148 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. H T Jones vs Keene  0-124 1960 Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
5. N Totton vs Keene 0-138 1960 Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-019 1960 Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-028 1960 Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-134 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
11. G K Sandiford vs Keene 0-127 1961 Dulwich CollegeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-152 1961 Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
13. S Leff vs Keene 0-136 1961 Clapham Common CCA20 English
14. Keene vs L Bauer  1-027 1961 Clapham Common CCE10 Queen's Pawn Game
15. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-150 1961 English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
16. Keene vs D C French 1-060 1961 U.K. Schools ChampionsihpD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
17. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-015 1961 DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
18. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-014 1961 BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
19. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-129 1961 MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. Keene vs A M Grayston 1-036 1961 Club matchD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-020 1961 U-14 ChampionshipA16 English
22. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-130 1961 Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. Keene vs H Green  1-033 1961 London Clubs TournamentA56 Benoni Defense
24. R Irwin vs Keene  0-121 1961 National Schools ChC15 French, Winawer
25. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-016 1961 Match game 1, Dulwich CollegeA06 Reti Opening
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May-03-14  weary willy: "Radio Announcer (voice, as Raymond Keene Obe)" (sic).

Is it true you were lined up to play Obi-Wan Kenobi in the next Star Wars episode had Sir Alec Guinness been otherwise engaged? Or his brother, Ardee Keen-Obe?

May-03-14  HeMateMe: It still bothers me that Magnus turned down a role as an evil villain in the latest Star Trek move, the new stretch that has Chris Pine playing the Captain Kirk role. Star Trek! Hollywood! How could our young charge pass on such an opportunity? I can only guess they wanted to put weird makeup or prosthetics on him.


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  ray keene: OBE-WAN-KEENE-OBE please
May-23-14  RedShield: Ray, as one of your loyal <Times> readers, could you help us out, please? Yesterday, as your Winning Move puzzle, you gave the following position as a 'variation from' Ivanchuk vs Z Almasi, 2014

click for larger view

The solution is 1 Bd3! Qxd3 2 Qg7+ Rxg7 3 fxg7+ Kg8 4 Re8+ Bf8 5 Rxf8 mate.

But that's where the problems started. First, I noticed that, compared to the actual game, the Rh1 had been accidentally omitted. Then, I had trouble trying to recreate a plausible way in which this position could have reasonably developed from the game. Finally, I noticed that if there's a rook on h1, White can also win simply on material by 1.Qg7+ Rxg7 2.fxg7+ Kg8 3.Re8+ Qf8 4.gxf8=Q+ Bxf8. So, now I'm minded to think that you left out the Rh1 on purpose.

In light of this, wouldn't it be fairer to describe the above position as 'inspired by' the Ivanchuk-Almasi game, rather than a 'variation from'?

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  ray keene: <Redshield> yes inspired by wd be another valid way of putting it but I have been using variation-much like a musical cadenza-for decades, so I wd prefer to stick with that but thanks for the comment
Jun-20-14  HeMateMe: Ray, England has no points in the present world cup, in Brazil. Nada, zip, zero. You, being blessed with a Keen (no pun intended) eye, must have some idea of how the national football team can improve, and make it through to the knockout round, in subsequent World Cup play? Staticians say that England has only a 7.4% chance at this moment, 2014, of making it through, based on what other teams will do, and goals scored tiebreakers.

The team is in need of some serious middle game advice.

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  ray keene: football-i have actually devised a programme to instruct leading footballers in

1) strategic thinking

2) memory skills so they can remember what they have learnt

i hope to launch it in Mexico next year

in the Uruguay game I wd have gone for a very tight defence at all times with 3 strikers and long balls lobbed as frequently as possible down the pitch

a draw wd have been ok-a loss v Uruguay was a disaster-i wd have developed a Petrosian like stratgey for that game and then taught them to remember what they had decided to do

hope that helps

Jun-20-14  john barleycorn: <ray keene> I saw the video with Stephen Hawking lecturing on how England can do it this time. Seemingly, it was of no use at all. Just stay with the immortal words of Sepp Herberger: The ball is round and a game lasts 90 minutes. That is probably all they need to know.
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  offramp: In the last 2 world cup finals, Brazil and South Africa, the England team has scored only 5 goals in 6 games (so far). There seems to be a stasis that besets England players near the penalty box. There is also this desire to construct goals in some sort of time-honoured respectable way; building up slowly from goalie to midfield to wings to centre - right down to walking the ball onto the goal-line then heading it in, in playground fashion.

Teams like Holland score far more goals being freer with their play.

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  Paint My Dragon: <Offramp> Indeed, it's way too formulaic and outdated - and crossing the ball from the wings was shown many years ago to be not very successful at the top level. Statistical analysis of the goals scored by the teams reaching the final stages of these tournaments showed that they come mostly from intricate, tricky or varied plays on the central approach to the edge of the 'D' - for example a flick pass, a one-two, a lobbed pass, a flick to one side, combined with a snap shot, etc. The prime exponent of this type of play was hailed to be Bergkamp at the time of the study.

However, England remain blissfully unaware and yearn for another Beckham to put in even more ineffective crosses.

Jun-20-14  HeMateMe: Wasn't Becks involved in many goals for England, as a young player? Or, is that some sort of myth created by fans who thought the good old days were better than they really were?
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  Paint My Dragon: No, he made a positive contribution throughout his career ... I certainly wasn't being disparaging of Beckham, who was capable of goals from free kicks and accurate crosses that could tear apart weaker opposition. But as I implied above, that sort of game strategy is only good enough to get you there. Up against the best, you need a lot more in the locker - a few mavericks who are prepared to take risks and make something happen. Alas, England players/managers are mostly too scared of falling flat on their face and bruising their inflated egos / reputations / wage packets. The English media must also take some blame. They would be quick to demonize or scapegoat anyone who stepped out of line and tried something different, should it fail. Consequently, you end up with a strict adherence to the traditional old recipe that <offramp> describes.
Jun-21-14  HeMateMe: I don't know enough of the game to describe it accurately, but it seems like teams who try to dribble through a strong defense lose the ball. The distance kick, to a man advanced who will head it in or bicycle kick it seems to have a better shot than trying to advance the ball through a tangle of legs, kicked shins, and people pulling on your jersey.

Unless of course you are Diego Maradona, who could dribble like Houdini. Maybe the junior teams in the U.K. need to stress improved dribbling, if the Beckham long ball technique has it's limitations?

I guess the pubs will be full, either way, this weekend. Those who would have been cheering an advancement to the knockout will be drowning their sorrows in ale. Hopefully they won't be laughing, if the USA gets killed by Portugal on Sunday.

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  Paint My Dragon: Yes, of course, the whole dribbling thing is much less prevalent in the modern era. Defenders are stronger, fitter and faster than ever, and get away with a lot of shirt pulling, shielding, blocking etc. It's more about switching the play, staying unpredictable, doing everything at pace and having an end-product (to bundle up a few common clichés)!

There may well be some 'drowning the sorrows' this weekend. I was at the pub on Wednesday and surprised at how empty it was, considering how many large screens were dedicated to the world cup.

Jun-21-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Ray>

yep, a tighter defence was the ticket. Those test games v. Ecuador and Peru ought to have been warning enough for Roy.

Surprised you, an old Oxbridge alumini, would suggest Petrosian. I would suggest "Blackadder Goes Forth" -- ie. suggesting the boys XI have a couple of Vickers Machine Guns in the defence. :)

Jun-21-14  Refused: The way Costa Rica Italy ended, a draw would have been in all likelihood a ticket home, too.

Costa Rica would have been out of reach with 6 points, and if Italy manages to hold on to a point it would have been light's out, too. Realistically it was a do or die game.

Although I expected England to go home after three games, I did not expect Costa Rica to win that group. And in their first game England did much better than most people would have thought.

Maybe if more homegrown talents get playing time in the EPL and ECL, maybe then England will have a decent again in four to six years.

Jul-08-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Ray>

Sad news. Andrew Whiteley has passed on. I was wondering if you could share some of your memories since many users probably know precious little about him.

Jul-21-14  HeMateMe: Hello, Ray. Will you be participating in the upcoming World Mind Games in China? I think you were there last year?
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  ray keene: I am going to China but for the world memory championship in Hainan. My obituary for Andrew Whiteley appeared in The Times of July 19-its in The Times online archive.
Aug-05-14  Petrosianic: The World Memory Championship! I forgot all about that!
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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