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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. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-019 1960 Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-028 1960 Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
3. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-131 1960 MatchC16 French, Winawer
4. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
5. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1960 Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-148 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. H T Jones vs Keene  0-124 1960 Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
8. N Totton vs Keene 0-138 1960 Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
10. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-134 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
11. Keene vs Orly 1-010 1961 Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
12. Keene vs G K Sandiford  ½-½31 1961 4th match game, ClaphamC38 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Bhuyia vs Keene 0-124 1961 Clapham Common CCE41 Nimzo-Indian
14. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-123 1961 DulwichB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. Keene vs D Sutton  1-026 1961 Dulwich CollegeA15 English
16. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-021 1961 Match game 5A09 Reti Opening
17. Patterson / Holman vs Keene  0-132 1961 Tandem simulC18 French, Winawer
18. Keene vs G Fraser 1-032 1961 London Lge - Stock ExchangeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-034 1961 Match game 21, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
20. B Henstock vs Keene 0-125 1961 Clapham Common CCE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
21. Keene vs B Henstock  1-041 1961 Clapham Common CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
22. A Roberts vs Keene 0-129 1961 London LeagueD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
23. Keene vs D C French 1-060 1961 U.K. Schools ChampionsihpD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1961 Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
25. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-152 1961 Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
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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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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Raymond Keene!
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  Ron: More great stuff from Nigel Farange:

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  offramp: Ray, do you (or anyone) know when this year's Oxford v Cambridge chess match. I think it's on the seventh of March, a Saturday, but I'm not sure.

The internet seems to have no info.

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  MissScarlett: <Ray, do you (or anyone) know when this year's Oxford v Cambridge chess match.>


<The internet seems to have no info.>

That took 2 minutes to find. You're either incompetent or just plain attention seeking, possibly both.

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  MissScarlett: Since Ray became a <Knight of the Order of the White Swan> (or was it an <Officer of the Companionate of the White Swan>?), he no longer seems to have much time for our plebeian website.
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  offramp: <MissScarlett: <Ray, do you (or anyone) know when this year's Oxford v Cambridge chess match.> Wot?

<The internet seems to have no info.> >

Thank you!
I did see that, but the location was a bit vague:
<5. 133rd Varsity Match: 1st Varsity team (07.Mar), location: London>

Big place, London. I think it'll be at the RAC on Pall Mall.

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  MissScarlett: You mean, like it has been for the past few years, at least? After all that, are you actually intending to go?
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  offramp: <MissScarlett: You mean, like it has been for the past few years, at least? After all that, are you actually intending to go?>

Erm... Are you going?

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  ray keene: Varsity match is at RAC Pall Mall Saturday March 7. Starts around noon. I have written pieces with the info for The Sunday Times, The Times and The Spectator.
Feb-27-15  SimonWebbsTiger: @<Ray>
will you be writing a bit about "the crusties." ie John Nunn, Jon Speelman, Keith Arkell, Terry Chapman and the most self confessed senile of them all, Nigel Short? (World Senior Team Chp, 50+.)

So great to see that part of the silver Olympiad team back together.

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  Paint My Dragon: Hmmm, quite easy to construct a best 50+ squad, but what would England's best 65+ squad look like?

Keene, Hartston and Botterill come to mind instantly ... but if you had been compelled to play in Dresden this year Ray, which four over-65s would you have wanted alongside you?

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