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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: +1020 -143 =463 (77.0%)*
   * 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 (108) 
    B32 B25 B27 B22 B78
 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 (51) 
    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)
   Teesside (1972)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Bad Lauterberg (1977)

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   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
   White to play and win by mak2

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(born Jan-29-1948) 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. A prolific author, he has written over 140 books, mostly on chess, and still finds time to be 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 1-026 1960 Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
2. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-148 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1960 Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. H T Jones vs Keene  0-124 1960 Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
5. N Totton vs Keene 0-138 1960 Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
7. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-134 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-019 1960 Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-028 1960 Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
10. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-131 1960 MatchC16 French, Winawer
11. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1961 Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
12. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-152 1961 Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
13. S Leff vs Keene 0-136 1961 Clapham Common CCA20 English
14. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-150 1961 English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
15. Keene vs L Bauer  1-027 1961 Clapham Common CCE10 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-015 1961 DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-014 1961 BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
18. Keene vs A M Grayston  1-036 1961 Club matchD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. G K Sandiford vs Keene 0-127 1961 Dulwich CollegeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-130 1961 Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-021 1961 2nd Replay of Dulwich College ChampionsE72 King's Indian
22. R Irwin vs Keene  0-121 1961 National Schools ChC15 French, Winawer
23. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1961 MatchD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-016 1961 Match game 1, Dulwich CollegeA06 Reti Opening
25. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-138 1961 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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  HeMateMe: Best wishes!
Jan-29-14  TheTamale: Happy Birthday, GM Keene!
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  ray keene: thanks for all further birthday wishes-and I emphasise that I will be careful with this offer !
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  Paint My Dragon: Belated best wishes Ray. I hope there was a Simpsons' steak with your name on it!
Jan-30-14  RedShield: If the Kasperskis and the current pretenders to the House of Romanov ever join in union, they could be known as the Kasparovs. Imagine Putin's face when Crown Prince Garry of New York lays claim to the title of Tsar.
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  ray keene: actually it was a flamed monkfish at the RAC in Pall Mall
Jan-31-14  RedShield: I'm assuming the RAC in Pall Mall is not a service station. I'm a battered sausage and chips man myself; flaming monkfish sounds like something that the mighty Captain Pugwash might come out with:

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  Paint My Dragon: Well it certainly wouldn't come from the table of Captain Birdseye.

And no, not exactly a service station, the RAC Club ...

Hence, when their Chess Circle organises a simul, they don't do it in half measures ...

Actually, I'm convinced Ray uses this club as his secret training camp and will one day surprise us with a Houdini-prepared comeback!

Feb-03-14  JeffMieler: Do you have any remembrances of Gyula Sax. You played him a couple of times, and later he played in Grandmaster tournaments in London and Hastings. Thanks Ray.
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  ray keene: SAX-my main memory is making an unsound rook sac against him in 1972 when the position was pretty overwhelming for me without it !
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  WCC Editing Project: <GM Keene>

I was hoping you might shed more light on your victory at <Barcelona 1980>:

I am trying to make a full record of <Smyslov's> tournaments and matches- Game Collection: Smyslov's Tournaments and Matches 1935-1980- and the information on <Barcelona 1980> seems scant.

The <chessmetrics> article on the tournament seems a little bizarre, in that it shows each Grandmaster playing only 2 or 3 games?

If you can help me out I'd be grateful. A crosstable, or even just a list of the final placings, would be fabulous.

Best regards,
WCC Editing Project

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  ray keene: Barcelona 1980-seems to be a weird mix up here-Vassily Smyslov WAS NOT PLAYING in the event where I won- sharing first prize with Mednis and Tatai-others were Fernandez Rodriguez Rajkovic Sigurjonsoon Conesa Mestres and Tosan-maybe there was another event too that year in Barcelona!
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  ray keene: sorry-late here-typo in last post -shd be Sigurjonsson !!
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  WCC Editing Project:

<GM Keene>

Thank you sir. That clears matters up more than a little- now we know that this <chessmetrics> entry is mistaken:

Mar-16-14  HSOL: WCC Editing Project: 365chess and others(?) seem to have combined the scarce amount of games available from the Barcelona event which Keene won and the tournament in Bar played in October-November 1980 which Petrosian won on 10/13 ahead of Smyslov in 2nd on 9/13. (Source: Chess Informant #30 (the info of the Bar tournament))
Apr-04-14  JeffMieler: What was it like playing (and beating) Botvinnik?
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  offramp: Ray, have you heard any whispers about the November Anand-Carlsen march being brought to London?
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  ray keene: Beating Botvinnik- I have some notes on this site I recall-meanwhile I have heard nothing about the WCC match-tho it wd be great to have it in London !!
Apr-06-14  RedShield: Ray, are you aware that you could have played Kasparov in a tournament game?

Apparently, before being allowed, upon the intervention of Geydar Aliev, to attend Game Collection: Bugojno 1982, Garry had been offered an invite to the 'second-class' Dortmund event:

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  ray keene: NEAR MISS !
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Apr-17-14  Cuellar: Hello Master

My name is Pablo Cuellar from Panama, Republic of Panama, I just want to say hello to you. I played against you in Nice 1974 Olympiads. Of course, you beat me!!!

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  ray keene: hi-i think the game is on this website-nice to hear from you-I was in Mexico last week-happy Easter to you and everyone on the site !
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  Benzol: Keene vs P Cuellar, 1974


Apr-18-14  RedShield: Nice to know that the Internet finally made it to Panama.
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