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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 E42 E49 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 B27 B30 B22
 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 C19 C05 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
   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 Leko, 2004

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

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(born Jan-29-1948, 69 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 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
5. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
8. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-02119612nd Replay of Dulwich College ChampionsE72 King's Indian
12. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0161961Match game 1, Dulwich CollegeA06 Reti Opening
13. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0341961Match game 21, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
14. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1231961DulwichB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. J N Sugden vs Keene 1-0261961MatchA55 Old Indian, Main line
16. L Bauer vs Keene 0-1231961Clapham Common CCB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
17. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1291961MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
18. A Ogus vs Keene  ½-½371961School matchC18 French, Winawer
19. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0351961OlympiaA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
20. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1501961English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. S Leff vs Keene 0-1361961Clapham Common CCA20 English
22. G K Sandiford vs Keene 0-1271961Dulwich CollegeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
23. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241961Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
24. Keene vs Bhuyia 1-0391961Clapham Common CCA15 English
25. Keene vs D Sutton  1-0261961Dulwich CollegeA15 English
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Jan-29-17  Sularus: happy birthday!
Jan-29-17  domradave: I love the book on Nimzovich. Ray, you certainly learned a lot from Nimzo and I have learned a lot from you and your books. Happy Birthday!
Jan-29-17  Paint My Dragon: Happy Birthday Ray!

Thanks for organizing some of the most monumental contests in chess history.

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  redlance: Happy Birthday!!!
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  redlance: Flank Openings an all time GREAT BOOK!!!
Jan-30-17  KlingonBorgTatar: Happy Birthday Ray!! Really really enjoyed your great books ( I lost count on how many I have in my library !! :D) But for me The Modern Defense stood out as the creme a la creme. I rank it as one of the landmark books of chess history and philiosophy.( Btw, it is also my yardstick in evaluating opening books!) It ranks with Reti's Modern Ideas in Chess and other milestones of Chess Literature. The Modern Defense did to a new style of play what Reti's did to the Hypermodern School. The Modern Defense proved itself to be the Gospel of the "Ultramodern School" and put into one volume the ideas of Suttles, Larry Day, Kotov , Ufimtsev etc etc and the British creative geniuses led by you. The Ultramoderns of our generation proved to be more dynamic and provocative than that of Reti's and possessed more guerilla tactics and strategies than Nimzovitch's.

To the Grand Scribe and Evangelist of the Ultamodern School , HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

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  ray keene: Wow! Thank you all so much for the Birthday greetings. Toughest opponent? I always had trouble with Timman Smyslov Petrosian Larsen, Torre and Quinteros. On the other hand I did Ok against Gligoric, Geller, Tal, Botvinnik, Nunn, Penrose, Miles and Speelman. And special thanks to <KlingonBorgTatar> for that amazing encomium!! Greatest game, probably Keene v Kovacevic IBM Amsterdam 1973.
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  Octavia: Hi Ray,
Zanzibar thought you might know the answer to my question: Karpov wrote 'how to play the Engl opening' in Russian. But the Batsford book doesn't mention the translator. Could you find out for me? I know who translates his books into German. I can't believe that he or Evgeny Gik translated it themselves.

all the best, S

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  ray keene: <Octavia> sorry no idea about the translation. Often Russian translations are done by Ken Neat or Steve Giddins....but I have no firm information in this case.
May-01-17  JimNorCal: I have two favorite bits of Keene writing. One is the wonderful book on Nimzo. Clearly a labor of love. The other is a letter to the editor of the defunct publication Inside Chess. In it, GM Keene points to a plagiarized annotation. The way you prove the point is a tour de force. Is that letter online anywhere?
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  zanzibar: <JimNC> have you looked?
May-01-17  JimNorCal: From kingpin mag online. They don't display the page in question but in your imagination take the first letter of the first word on subsequent lines of annotations. Quite an intellectual effort, IMO. Bravo!
"I attach a photocopy of page 21 of Inside Chess of my 4th March 1991. You have reprinted my notes verbatim. To prove this, I will let you into a little private joke, which only I know about. The game Larsen-King was played at Hastings. Hastings was the scene of the great battle in 1066 between the Saxons and the Normans. The Saxon King, Harold, was killed by means of an Norman arrow through his eye. To celebrate their victory, the Normans created the Bayeux Tapestry. Indeed Cathy Forbes refers to it in her report. The text of the Bayeux Tapestry is in Latin, the Lingua Franca of the civilized Europe of the day. At that moment in the Tapestry when King Harold is killed, the Latin text reads, “Rex interfectus est.” This means, “The king has been killed.” If you look at my notes to the game which Danny King lost, you will see that I have spelt out the sentence “Rex interfectus est” (as a homage to Hastings, the Bayeux Tapestry and the fact that King was the loser of the game) by using the initial letter of the first word in each consecutive note. Thus “rarely”, “extra”, “xray”, spells Rex; “interestingly”, “not”, “the”, “engaging”, “rapidly”, spells Inter, and so on until the end of the game."
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  zanzibar: A bit involved - that British humour!
May-23-17  JimNorCal: <zanzibar>: "that British humor"

For me it's not the humor, it's the erudition. Also as you say the sense of playfulness to connect Hastings, kings, GM King and to manipulate the annotations to encode a fitting message

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  ray keene: <JimNorCal> thanks very much for your kind words about my modest joke in Latin.
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  perfidious: <ray keene....a lot of the whingeing about my style was from people like ritson morry who had their own axes to grind-i write about this in my forthcoming book on petrosian-in the context of the criticisms levelled against petrosian in the soviet press after the 1956 candidates tournament....>

My recollection is that the panning of Petrosian's tendencies began following his qualification from USSR Championship (1955) with a score of +4 =15, most of the drawn games being less than 25 moves in length.

As to Ritson-Morry's remarks in the above post from long ago, very clearly he was tilting at the windmills.

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  anilrinsesmare: Ah Ray Keene. Author of the book "Win with 1.P-K4" way back the 80s. I learned a lot as a beginner from that book. I really increased winning with the Ruy Lopez Opening.
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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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