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Raymond Keene
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Number of games in database: 1,673
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +1017 -147 =463 (76.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 46 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, 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 E94 E69
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E30 E41 E49 E42 E26
 English (58) 
    A15 A13 A12 A14 A17
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (40) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (111) 
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B25 B30 B22 B27
 Pirc (80) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (59) 
    E83 E73 E94 E62 E92
 French Defense (50) 
    C18 C00 C05 C19 C02
 Queen's Pawn Game (48) 
    A40 A45 A41 A50 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keene vs Miles, 1976 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
   Hecht vs Keene, 1972 0-1
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 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?]
   K Players by fredthebear
   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

   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006
   Kramnik vs Leko, 2004

   🏆 Simultaneous exhibition
   Keene vs A Pleasants (Aug-??-12) 0-1, exhibition

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(born Jan-29-1948, 70 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 YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
2. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
3. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
6. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
7. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. S Leff vs Keene 0-1361961Clapham Common CCA20 English
12. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241961Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
13. Keene vs Bhuyia 1-0391961Clapham Common CCA15 English
14. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0211961Match game 5A09 Reti Opening
15. R Irwin vs Keene  0-1211961National Schools ChC15 French, Winawer
16. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1291961MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1301961Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. Keene vs D Sutton  1-0261961Dulwich CollegeA15 English
19. Keene vs Bhuiya 1-0531961Clapham Common CCC71 Ruy Lopez
20. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1501961English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0151961DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. J N Sugden vs Keene  ½-½201961Match game 11, Dulwich CollegeC18 French, Winawer
23. G K Sandiford vs Keene 0-1271961Dulwich CollegeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
24. T Baldwin vs Keene  0-1351961Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
25. D Hamilton vs Keene 0-1281961Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
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Oct-19-17  Muttley101: You're writing a book on Petrosian?

I hope it is up there with "Aaron Nimzowitsch- A Re-appraisal", because that book was magnificent.

Petrosian deserves the treatment you afforded Nimzo. Petrosian was magnificent and remains one of my favourite chess players. Looking forward to it.

Oct-22-17  Paint My Dragon: <Muttley101: You're writing a book on Petrosian?>

Ray's book on Petrosian was published in 2006. Where have you been? I guess those Wacky Races must have been a major distraction.

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  MissScarlett: <Giant penguin the size of a fully grown MAN baffles experts after being dug up in New Zealand

Standing 5ft 8ins and weighing 16 stone, the massive bird could give experts a new insight into the evolution of the lovable black and white creatures>

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  Penguincw: Happy Holidays <Raymond Keene>/<ray keene>.
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  ray keene: <penguincw> happy festive season and new year to you and all at
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  MissScarlett: <A man wearing a penguin costume was attacked on a train by a group of men after being asked if he supported Tottenham Hotspur.>

Jan-19-18  Elbajacisback: Hi Ray, I noticed you also played in the tournament featured in today's chess puzzle (Sax-Minic) in 1975. Can you recall the venue where the Rovinj stage was played please? I'm just interested as I spent a pleasant week there on holiday in 1982 with my late brother at the Hotel Eden. Best Regards
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  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday Ray. 70 today.
Jan-29-18  GBKnight: Yes, congratulations Ray, and thanks for all the games and instructive comments
Jan-29-18  Muttley101: <Paint My Dragon: <Muttley101: You're writing a book on Petrosian?>

Ray's book on Petrosian was published in 2006. Where have you been? I guess those Wacky Races must have been a major distraction.>

The date of the comment containing Keene's statement that he had a forthcoming book on Petrosian was September 2017. So I assumed it was not the earlier one but a new one, though on reflection there the date of the quote wasn't disclosed so could have been many years earlier, sure.

Anyway, you're right. "Wacky Races" and "Stop the Pigeon" took up a lot of time in those days.

Now, gimme a medal.

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  moronovich: Happy Birthday <Ray>!
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  ray keene: Thanks for all the birthday wishes!!
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  redlance: Happy Birthday Ray!!!
Feb-25-18  capafischer1: GM Keene, I was reading your excellent book Warriors of the mind and on the section on Bobby Fischer you have his record vs Keres as 3 wins each, but I know Fischer had a plus record vs Keres, so I looked it up in the database at, and it shows Fischer won 4 and lost 3, and all the games were in classical. Was it a misprint? Thanks , and keep up the good work.Warriors of the Mind was not only very entrrtaining, but also very instructive.
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  perfidious: Fischer won at Zurich 1959, they each had two wins in the candidates that year (Black won all four games between them in that event!) and they were 1-1 with two draws at Curacao in 1962.
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  offramp: Ray's chess column continues in The Times of London but he has lost a different column at the weekend.

He used to do a weekly puzzle with Byron Jacobs called Two Brains but the <Puzzles Editor> (what a job) decided upon a bouleversement this Saturday and some new, and very good, puzzles were brought in.

It's a standard change and I'm sure Ray won't be annoyed.

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  HeMateMe: <bouleversement > what is this? an advertisement, on the boulevard?
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  ChessHigherCat: <bouleversement> is French for getting bowled over, overturned = radical change.

<offramp> Do you know if any of his puzzles are online? I haven't done any "traditional" chess puzzles for ages.

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  zanzibar: Ray & offramp engaging in some mutual <bouleversement>...

<l'ordre de votre choix>


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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp>: Why yes, funny you should ask that CHC, "The Times" has greatly expanded its online coverage recently:

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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat: ...Do you know if any of his puzzles are online? I haven't done any "traditional" chess puzzles for ages.>

I didn't express myself clearly enough. Ray had two columns on Saturday: he has a standard chess column (which is normally one or two games and a chess puzzle), and he had a general knowledge quiz which was usually two questions of a lateral thinking type.

Ray also has a daily chess column, and it includes a chess puzzle.

Mar-04-18  FredGambit: <Do you know if any of his puzzles are online? I haven't done any "traditional" chess puzzles for ages.>

What other kinds do you do?

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  ChessHigherCat: <FredGambit: What kind of puzzles do you usually do?>

<CHC: Well, in my (limited) understanding, "traditional chess puzzles" are the kind that appeared in papers when I was a kid: "composed puzzles" that were incredibly intricate and/or spoilers (look simple but there is some diabolical catch) and/or are composed to illustrate a certain theme (smothered mate, how to avoid stalemate with a certain configuration of pieces, etc.) Puzzles like the ones posted on CG are drawn from games. That approach has certain advantages,of course, such as focusing on situations you are likely to encounter in a real game, but I kind of miss the fiendishly clever composed traditional puzzles ("which i call "traditional" if for no other reason that the people would have referred to the CG type "puzzle" as combinations rather than puzzles).

Of course there is some overlap because fiendishly clever combinations arise in games, too, but I just wondered where I can find some of the old-school puzzles on line.

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  ray keene: <chesshighercat> since the publication of the ECF article, the followers of @times_chess have increased to well over 10,000.
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  ray keene: <Elbajacisback> Rovinj 1975... I have a feeling it was a hotel but I don't recall exactly. I will let you know if it comes back to me.
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