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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 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 (40) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (111) 
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B25 B27 B22 B30
 Pirc (80) 
    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 C05 C19 C09
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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
   A A Pirc: Classical. Czech [Black] by chess.master
   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 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. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
2. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
3. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
8. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1291961MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
12. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-02519613rd match game, ClaphamC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
13. B Henstock vs Keene 0-1251961Clapham Common CCE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1501961English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. Keene vs A W Whitbread 1-0381961Clapham Common CCB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
16. Keene vs B Henstock  1-0411961Clapham Common CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0251961Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Patterson / Holman vs Keene  0-1321961Tandem simulC18 French, Winawer
19. G K Sandiford vs Keene 0-1271961Dulwich CollegeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. Keene vs G K Sandiford  ½-½3119614th match game, ClaphamC38 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Keene vs Orly 1-0101961Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
22. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-0141961BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
23. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-02119612nd Replay of Dulwich College ChampionsE72 King's Indian
24. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0201961U-14 ChampionshipA16 English
25. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-1521961Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
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  anilrinsesmare: But I no longer play chess for a long time and forget about everything.
Sep-28-17  Sally Simpson: Hi anilrinsesmare,

You remembered the title of the book and to open with 1.P-K4 that's a start, come back to the noble game.

These days it's 1.e4 and not 1.P-K4. I'm saying that because it's no longer allowed to use descriptive notation.

However you, me and other oldies may get away with it:

From The FIDE Rules:


Article 8.1 makes the use of Descriptive Notation illegal.

The nature of the event and age of the participant may determine what action, if any, is taken.

It will come down to the arbiter. I suspect if it's Zurab Azmaiprashvili we will both be called notation gypsies.

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  anilrinsesmare: Hi <Sally Simpson>. Well, I just mention "1.P-K4" because it was how the move written in the title. Way back in the 80s I also used the algebraic notations writing in the scoresheets though I can also read the descriptive notations (which most of the books then are still written, e.g. Modern Chess Opening (MCO), Chess Praxis, etc.).

By the way, I learned the algebraic notations through reading the "Chess Informant" (Sahovski Informator).

Good day.

Sep-28-17  Howard: Still remember the small "debate" that occasionally took place in Larry Evans' column back in the mid-70's as to which notation was superior.

For the record, I grew up with descriptive and still miss it sometimes. But, admittedly, algebraic was/is superior.

Sep-29-17  Sally Simpson: Hi anilrinsesmare,

I was in Germany at the start of '72 match so learning algebraic was forced on me. A German lad I used to play on Sunday in a pub/café or his home gave me a few Russian Magazine so I was into that as well.

Recall us browsing a Russian Chess Bulletin reporting on the Palma de Mallorca Interzonal (1970) showing 60+ games. They gave a Fischer win, a loss (obviously v Larsen), 5 draws and no cross table.

Thought of doing my own notation which was the same as algebraic but instead of a,b,c,d,e,f,g,h I was thinking of c,h,a,n,d,l,e,r but then I realised instead of 1.e4 (best by test) I'd be playing 1.d4 (which was not played on principle.)

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  Joshka: <Howard> I remember the very first time i ever saw a game score, was the first game of the match in 1972 and plastered right across the front page of our local newspaper. Was so surprised I could actually follow a chess game and reading descriptive notation was a really big help. Had they printed it in algebraic, it might not have been as much fun.
Oct-17-17  Moszkowski012273: Anyone seen that Keene book that Korchnoi wrote "traitor" in on top of one of his pictures?
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  HeMateMe: might be this one?


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  john barleycorn: might be this one?

Oct-17-17  Moszkowski012273: Thaaaaat's the one!
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  HeMateMe: because he occasionally speaks to kasparov? Because he, Keene, wrote a book about the match? I found it in a used book store or Goodwill books, years ago.
Oct-19-17  Paint My Dragon: <HeMateMe: because he occasionally speaks to kasparov? Because he, Keene, wrote a book about the match?>

No, not so much the book episode, or any association with Kasparov. The 'treachery' he spoke of in his autobiography, related to Keene's alleged befriending of Campomanes and therefore, in Korchnoi's eyes, defection to the Karpov camp.

I would like to hear Ray's side of the story though.

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
Jan-29-18  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!!!
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