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Raymond Keene
Number of games in database: 1,673
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510
Overall record: +1019 -147 =463 (76.8%)*
   * 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 (132) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (107) 
    E62 E80 E63 E69 E94
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E30 E41 E49 E42 E26
 English (58) 
    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 (111) 
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B25 B27 B22 B30
 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 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
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   E Jimenez Zerquera vs Keene, 1974 0-1
   Hecht vs Keene, 1972 0-1
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 1-0
   Keene vs R Calvo, 1968 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
   ray keene's favorite games by ray keene
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147
   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 1,673  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 0-134 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
5. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-131 1960 MatchC16 French, Winawer
6. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1960 Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-148 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. H T Jones vs Keene  0-124 1960 Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
9. N Totton vs Keene 0-138 1960 Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
11. A Ogus vs Keene  ½-½37 1961 School matchC18 French, Winawer
12. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-035 1961 OlympiaA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
13. L Bauer vs Keene 0-123 1961 Clapham Common CCB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
14. J N Sugden vs Keene  ½-½20 1961 Match game 11, Dulwich CollegeC18 French, Winawer
15. Keene vs Bhuiya 1-053 1961 Clapham Common CCC71 Ruy Lopez
16. Keene vs Orly 1-010 1961 Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
17. T Baldwin vs Keene  0-135 1961 Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
18. Keene vs G K Sandiford  ½-½31 1961 4th match game, ClaphamC38 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Bhuyia vs Keene 0-124 1961 Clapham Common CCE41 Nimzo-Indian
20. A Roberts vs Keene 0-129 1961 London LeagueD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-123 1961 DulwichB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. Keene vs D Sutton  1-026 1961 Dulwich CollegeA15 English
23. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-021 1961 Match game 5A09 Reti Opening
24. Keene vs G Fraser 1-032 1961 London Lge - Stock ExchangeD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. Patterson / Holman vs Keene  0-132 1961 Tandem simulC18 French, Winawer
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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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  offramp: I am there right now. In the St James Room. I'm wearing the gold and red Middlesex tie.
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  MissScarlett: I'm the big black guy sitting right behind you.
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  offramp: Michael Francis Stean was looking well.
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  MissScarlett: How was Ray looking?

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  Tabanus: Dear Mr. Keene, your forum is closed but perhaps you read this. BCM says you was the organizer of the London Docklands playoff in 1985. Hoping to promote Game Collection: London Candidates Reserve Playoff 1985, I wonder if you can remember: 1) who was/were arbiter(s), 2) the seconds of the players, 3) anything else you might want to add (or subtract).
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  ray keene: Over 65 squad ? Bill Hartston Michael Basman and George Botterill. Sadly Andrew Whiteley is no more. My selection wd be pretty much the same as our Bronze medal winning student team of 1967 which defeated USSR 3-1 !
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  ray keene: <Tabanus> Sorry I don't recall much about the 1985 reserves qualifier. Was there a BCM report? Maybe that wd help.
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  Tabanus: <ray keene> Okay, thanks. Yes there was a BCM report related to me by <Paint My Dragon>, but according to him it says nothing about arbiters and seconds. Here is the CG page as it is now: London Candidates Reserve Playoff (1985) - it can still be edited.
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  Paint My Dragon: <Ray> Thanks. Great result against the USSR in '67. I met Andrew Whiteley many years ago, but had no idea he'd defeated Boris Gulko!
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  BishopBerkeley: Interesting Harvard study just released, including:

"Ages at which different cognitive skills peak"

Cognitive processing speed: late teens
Learning/remembering names: early 20s
Short term memory: ages 25-35
Face-recognition memory: early 30s
Social understanding: ages 45-55
Verbal knowledge: age 65+

More on this interesting study in the Harvard Gazette:

Best wishes....


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  offramp: What does verbal knowledge mean?
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  Karposian: <offramp> I guess you'll find that out when you hit 65.
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  offramp: Forward look to it me!
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  Dionysius1: Hi GM Ray Keene. I read in your Times column today about your recent trip to N Ireland for a simultaneous display. I hope my compatriots treated you well and you enjoyed your stay
Apr-11-15  zanzibar: Having a little fun with Raymond.

Apr-15-15  MUNGOMYERS: MR Keene why if you have over 1000 wins dont we have ray keene's 100 best games i for one would love to study your games in a great book lots of other uk gm's have books miles short plaskett adams etc please it would be a great seller reading your thoughs would be great :-)
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  MissScarlett: Mr. Ray, I see you lurking, and I know you're always on the look-out for rare gems for your daily produce, so how about this:

Capablanca vs Lupe Requena, 1916

Unless Winter can prove otherwise, I say it hasn't seen print for 99 years. And you can sideswipe Nigel Short into the bargain!

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  ray keene: I have published three books of my games, Becoming a Grandmaster, Batsford out of print but doubtless available on Amazon. Also Grandmaster Strategy and Grandmaster Tactics which are in print with Hardinge Simpole Publishing. Northern Ireland was great. I met two former Lord Mayors of Belfast . Thanks for general best wishes, fotos interesting game etc..and happy St George's Day !
Apr-23-15  SimonWebbsTiger: Kingpin is a good resource for articles by "Raymondo" (aka the Penguin).

Amazing Ray has never sued.

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  MissScarlett: Celebrating St. George's Day:

Steinitz vs J Baker, 1868

May-07-15  ketchuplover: Mr. Keene will be holding a 20 player simul for MS on May 16th at 1pm in the maple room at fairfield halls park lane croydon
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