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|Apr-15-19|| ||MissScarlett: <I have written my book on Staunton>|
But you said yourself, you only did the annotations. That's not what I have in mind. Maybe a collaborative effort with Townsend.
<it's not a commercial proposition.>
One writes a book like this for posterity, or one doesn't write at all.
<In any case it's on my list along with something on von der Lasa.>
Ray, time is short, #1 on your list must be your autobiographical games collection.
<I have the first Townsend book.>
Willing to sell? Name your price. I could send you photos of the Staunton chapter in the later work.
In short, Townsend makes a compelling case that during the 1830s, Staunton fathered two illegitimate children, and following the mother's death, supported them and probably kept in close contact. I don't call this tying up loose ends.
<Yes, Tony Buzan did play chess and represented the RAC in club chess.>
Any game to hand?
|Apr-15-19|| ||HeMateMe: Hello GM Keene. When I check the NYC library network for your books I find over 40 books available, although only a few can be checked out. That's because for some of your titles only one copy is available and when only one copy exists a book is tagged "For on site use only," to keep people (collectors) from checking out such books and keeping (stealing) them.|
I'd like to read this book you wrote:
<Fischer-Spassky II : the return of a legend >
but, it's for in-house use only. So many books, so little storage space...
under "Keene" I also get books written by Speelman and Krogius, for some reason.
Oddly enough, when I enter the name <Raymond Keene> in a library search here I also get DVDs for season 1-3 of a TV series called "Major Crimes." Hmm…..If I misspell your name and type in <Raymond Keane> I get an Irish bar/restaurant in Woodlawn, an Irish neighborhood in the Bronx, NY. I'm sure they have good food.
Cheers all around, Ray!
|Apr-15-19|| ||Paint My Dragon: <The same might be true of Golombek, though the Codebreaking aspect might make the difference. In any case it's on my list ...> |
Good to hear.
< ... along with something on von der Lasa.>
Also great news. Other than some short encyclopedia entries, Divinsky's BCM article, and some passing mentions in Sergeant's magnum opus, I can't say I've seen much written about him.
|Apr-17-19|| ||ray keene: Many questions:
I am currently in Shanghai so can't answer in full but here goes:
1) I am happy to present the Townsend book as a gift but need an address and I can't do it until I get back home after Easter.
2) ditto if I can locate a spare copy of my book on Fischer v Spassky 2
3) I don't recall writing with Speelman and Krogius etc....
4) I have inherited Prof Divinskys notes on von der Lasa and hope one day to convert to full book.
|Apr-17-19|| ||ray keene: Tony Buzan game? I published one in The Sunday Times in the 1990's v Karpov. Maybe a search in ST archives wd locate it.
I have written a chess biog Grandmaster Strategy. Shd be available under Hardinge Simpole on Amazon.|
|Apr-17-19|| ||HeMateMe: I think Ray's books on Kasparov v. Karpov would be excellent too. Perhaps used copies are available online.|
I thought <Five Crowns>, written by Seirawan was good, because the notes weren't too heavy. Been years since I read it, but I think it's about the fifth and final KK match.
In his book <No Regrets>, about the '92 Fischer/Spassky rematch he mentions that when he saw Fischer on a beach (off day) in Croatia during the match BF praised him heavily about a previous book written on a KK match.
GM Keene also has a book out about Fischer/Spassky II, but like many chess books it's for in house use only.
The NYC library system, a vast collection of books also has at least 40 books written by or about Alekhine, many of them in Russian, but you can't check them out.
|Apr-17-19|| ||MissScarlett: <1) I am happy to present the Townsend book as a gift but need an address and I can't do it until I get back home after Easter.>|
A generous offer which I am duty bound to accept. Plus, I really want that book! If you could see your way clear to signing the book, <Raymond Keene, Chairman of the Howard Staunton Society>, that would be an extra kindness.
|Apr-18-19|| ||ray keene: Sure....you also need to tell me where to send the book!!|
|May-04-19|| ||ray keene: <MissScarlett> you need to tell me where to send the book|
|May-04-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Ray>, I hadn't forgotten. My chosen conduit is presently engaged abroad and won't be free to facilitate matters until the end of May. I beg your indulgence. I will give you the nod. Naturally, I consider you sworn to absolutely secrecy in this affair.|
|May-29-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Ray>, run an eye over Game Collection: GLC Chess Challenge 1986. Anything of import that's either mistaken or been omitted?|
|May-29-19|| ||Sally Simpson: ***
Hi Miss Scarlett,
Jim could be a good one to approach as well, User: Plaskett he played in it.
|Jun-12-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Ray>, let's do this thing. I need an email contact address.|
|Jun-21-19|| ||ray keene: <MissScarlett> email@example.com|
|Jun-30-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Ray>, the book's arrived. I should have my mitts on it within a couple of days. I'm going to love you forever.|
|Aug-20-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Ray>, dial in, the <cg.com> massive want to know that you're still with us!|
|Aug-24-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Ray>, come in, I know you're there...I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeddddddddddd your help with the game Tal vs Keene, 1964|
When was this played? It couldn't have been on the occasion of Tal's 24-board display at John Lewis’s in Oxford Street on January 9th, could it?
Winter has a page (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...) devoted to the games of this occasion, but one is conspicuously absent, and by a process of elimination, it is a game lost by Tal....
|Aug-24-19|| ||Dionysius1: Easy up <MissScarlett> :-) . It's a bank holiday weekend; GM Ray Keene is a family man in his 70s. Priorities, eh?|
|Aug-25-19|| ||MissScarlett: Relax, every week's a bank holiday for <Ray>!|
Anyway, I think I've worked it out.
Tal's last game in Hastings was on the 8th of January: L Lengyel vs Tal, 1964
On the 9th, he's at <John Lewis> playing the Middlesex county team.
On the 11th, he's playing in Birmingham: Tal vs P N Wallis, 1964 and on the 12th he was flying onto Reykjavik (1964).
What I'd missed in one of the reports was that on the 10th, he played 'a formidable team of London's best junior players.' This makes sense of something else I overlooked: Tal vs N J Kalton, 1964
So this, of course, is when Ray's game must have happened.
|Aug-25-19|| ||Dionysius1: Nice detective work!|
|Aug-28-19|| ||Sally Simpson: B.C.M. 1964 page 45.
They report on 10th January at Westminster city school Tal played 20 juniors winning 12, drawing 6 and lost 2. (Ray and D.H.Smith mentioned as winners - they give R.D.K. game.)
|Aug-28-19|| ||MissScarlett: Good work, Watson! Was mention made of <N J Kalton>?|
|Aug-28-19|| ||Sally Simpson: ***
I think the same report actually did mention Kalton, I was only in the club for about 10 minutes to access B.C.M. & CHESS looking for something else and remembered to check this out.
CHESS had this picture C.N. 4899 but scarce on details. (it says the Birmingham post has more information.)
BCM added that these two: N Gaprindashvili vs Gligoric, 1964 were also giving simuls in the London region at the same time (11th Jan) Gligoric (Croydon) and Nona Jan at the Athenaeum Chess Club.
|Oct-17-19|| ||FSR: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...|
|Oct-17-19|| ||Sally Simpson: ***
Think one needs to log onto or have a facebook account for that.
Here is the best photo-copy I could get, it's a wee bit small but readable, screen magnification should do it.
I often argued on Ray's behalf that it is impossible to acknowledge every source especially when noting up a game, and the editors cutting scissors may have been at work, leaving in the analysis but snipping the source.
But against full piece plagiarism there is no defence.
What I did find disappointing was Ray re-hashing word for word from another source the intro to the 2018 Carlsen - Caruana match.
Again in the past I defended Ray using 'his' own old material in his column. (emphasis on 'his') But this, on such a memorable occasion, especially on a match being held in London was a PR disaster. (though perhaps that dull match - 12 draws - got the book it deserved!)
The book was later withdrawn from sale.
OOPS! Nearly forgot. The photo-copy is from Private Eye, 18th-30th October 2019, No. 1507 (page 9).
(Hope Ray has been replaced for being naughty and it's not a health issue.)
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