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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 (39) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (111) 
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B25 B22 B27 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 C15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keene vs Miles, 1976 1-0
   Keene vs Robatsch, 1971 1-0
   Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973 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 Botvinnik, 1966 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
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147
   ray keene's favorite games by ray keene
   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

   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 Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. H T Jones vs Keene  0-124 1960 Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
2. N Totton vs Keene 0-138 1960 Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-134 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-019 1960 Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-131 1960 MatchC16 French, Winawer
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
8. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-148 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1960 Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-028 1960 Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1961 MatchD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
12. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-025 1961 3rd match game, ClaphamC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
13. B Henstock vs Keene 0-125 1961 Clapham Common CCE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
14. Keene vs A W Whitbread 1-038 1961 Clapham Common CCB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
15. Keene vs B Henstock  1-041 1961 Clapham Common CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
16. Keene vs H Green  1-033 1961 London Clubs TournamentA56 Benoni Defense
17. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-025 1961 Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. Patterson / Holman vs Keene  0-132 1961 Tandem simulC18 French, Winawer
19. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-014 1961 BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
20. Keene vs G K Sandiford  ½-½31 1961 4th match game, ClaphamC38 King's Gambit Accepted
21. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-021 1961 2nd Replay of Dulwich College ChampionsE72 King's Indian
22. Keene vs Orly 1-010 1961 Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
23. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-152 1961 Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
24. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-042 1961 Match game 9A35 English, Symmetrical
25. G K Sandiford vs Keene 0-127 1961 Dulwich CollegeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
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  ray keene: <MissScarlett> I am happy to delete my TV consultation game with Kasparov since it pushes up my percentage against world champions to 31.25 %
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  ray keene: <HeMateMe> I have just reposted my obituary of Korchnoi on my Times chess Twitter site @times_chess. A word of warning. As has been correctly noted, you will almost certainly have to subscribe to The Times in some form, eg online, epaper etc...before it's accessible. If you already subscribe there shd be no problem.
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  ray keene: <Keypusher> I think I missed the question about quality of play in Karpov v Korchnoi 1978 and Carlsen v Karjakin. It's hard to compare because the match conditions are so different...unlimited as compared to just twelve games, abolition of adjournments, quick play tie breaks etc etc.. Taking all those discrepancies into account I wd say the quality of play was similar. Quite often the quality of play in championship matches is surprisingly low, either because of the tension of the occasion or because the games attract greater attention and thus the errors are more mercilessly exposed. In my next post I will list my favourite matches for the title, though that does not necessarily mean that the QUALITY was higher, it's more a question of a distinct clash of ideas combined with memorable games!
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  ray keene: As I promised, these are the world title matches which are my personal favourites for reasons of creativity, distinct ideas, memorable games etc...

Staunton v St Amant 1843 a precursor
Alekhine v Bogolyubov 1929
1948 world championship match tournament
Botvinnik v Smyslov 1958
Botvinnik v Tal 1961
Petrosian v Botvinnik 1963
Petrosian v Spassky 1966
Kasparov v Karpov 1985
Kramnik v Topalov 2006

Dec-03-16  morfishine: Thank you GM Keene for your contributions to chess I've always admired the fact that you gained your final GM norm after the age of 27, which to me, showcases a "blue collar" basis to achieving this goal

I hope others will look at this for inspiration, not only with chess

I do

Happy Holidays GM Keene

Best, morf


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  HeMateMe: Thanks for the info, Ray. I was a little too young to really follow the Fischer/Spassky match, but my friends and I were cutting the '78 Karpov/Korchnoi games and adjournments out of the local paper and trying to predict the next day's lines, following the adjournments.

We usually weren't too accurate, but it was a nice time during six weeks of that summer. I know you were a close member of the Korchnoi camp.

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  RookFile: I've been playing over Kramnik v Topalov 2006. Setting aside the off the board antics, the actual chess played is very exciting.
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  HeMateMe: I thought it was great too, the first match I followed on the internet.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Raymond Keene.
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  Benzol: Another one ticks by. Happy birthday Ray. :)
Jan-29-17  JohnTal: Ray, I wish you had played Bobby Fischer at least once.

Happy Birthday!!!

Your analysis and notes are very informative and helpful!

Whom do you rate as your toughest opponent?

Also, what do you consider your greatest game?

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  Ron: Happy Birthday, GM Keene.
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
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  parisattack: Happy Birthday, GM Keene! I continue to enjoy and learn from many of your books.
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  moronovich: Happy Birthday <Ray> !
Jan-29-17  WorstPlayerEver: Happy Birthday!🎂
Jan-29-17  User not found: Happy Birthday Mr Keene :)
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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