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Raymond Keene
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
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      46 exhibition games, 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 (39) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (111) 
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B25 B27 B22 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 C02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keene vs Miles, 1975 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
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   E Jimenez Zerquera vs Keene, 1974 0-1
   Hecht vs Keene, 1972 0-1
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 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?]
   ANNOTATED GAMES by gambitfan
   franskfranz's 1. Nf3 by franskfranz
   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

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

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

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(born Jan-29-1948, 68 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. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
2. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-134 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1960 Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-131 1960 MatchC16 French, Winawer
5. H T Jones vs Keene  0-124 1960 Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
6. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-148 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
8. N Totton vs Keene 0-138 1960 Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-019 1960 Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-028 1960 Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1961 Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
12. Keene vs Bhuyia 1-039 1961 Clapham Common CCA15 English
13. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-021 1961 2nd Replay of Dulwich College ChampionsE72 King's Indian
14. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1961 MatchD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. J N Sugden vs Keene 1-026 1961 MatchA55 Old Indian, Main line
16. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-021 1961 Match game 5A09 Reti Opening
17. R Irwin vs Keene  0-121 1961 National Schools ChC15 French, Winawer
18. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-130 1961 Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. Keene vs D Sutton  1-026 1961 Dulwich CollegeA15 English
20. Keene vs H Green  1-033 1961 London Clubs TournamentA56 Benoni Defense
21. Keene vs Bhuiya 1-053 1961 Clapham Common CCC71 Ruy Lopez
22. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-015 1961 DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
23. J N Sugden vs Keene  ½-½20 1961 Match game 11, Dulwich CollegeC18 French, Winawer
24. D Hamilton vs Keene 0-128 1961 Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
25. J Regruto vs Keene  0-133 1961 Clapham Common CC ChampsA47 Queen's Indian
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Apr-15-15  MUNGOMYERS: MR Keene why if you have over 1000 wins dont we have ray keene's 100 best games i for one would love to study your games in a great book lots of other uk gm's have books miles short plaskett adams etc please it would be a great seller reading your thoughs would be great :-)
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  MissScarlett: Mr. Ray, I see you lurking, and I know you're always on the look-out for rare gems for your daily produce, so how about this:

Capablanca vs Lupe Requena, 1916

Unless Winter can prove otherwise, I say it hasn't seen print for 99 years. And you can sideswipe Nigel Short into the bargain!

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  ray keene: I have published three books of my games, Becoming a Grandmaster, Batsford out of print but doubtless available on Amazon. Also Grandmaster Strategy and Grandmaster Tactics which are in print with Hardinge Simpole Publishing. Northern Ireland was great. I met two former Lord Mayors of Belfast . Thanks for general best wishes, fotos interesting game etc..and happy St George's Day !
Apr-23-15  SimonWebbsTiger: Kingpin is a good resource for articles by "Raymondo" (aka the Penguin).

Amazing Ray has never sued.

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  MissScarlett: Celebrating St. George's Day:

Steinitz vs J Baker, 1868

May-07-15  ketchuplover: Mr. Keene will be holding a 20 player simul for MS on May 16th at 1pm in the maple room at fairfield halls park lane croydon
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  Joshka: Amazing, but Garry's Queen Sac against Kramnick in Munich, 1994...actually came form a position you had first in 1966 against A. Holaszek!! I'm sure you were aware, but?
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  ray keene: You are right. Of course neither of us at the time remotely considered giving up Blacks queen like Kasparov did!
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  Joshka: Thanks Ray, I guess I don't feel so bad when even you can admit, you hardly even gave it a thought. Now that's interesting for me cause I would ASSUME GM's/IM's....look at all kinds of variations, that patzer's like me, would not even waste their time on. For you to admit this makes me feel a bit better somehow:-)......Oh BTW.I'm sure about now a certain Christmas tune is playing all over Britain, and I always wondered WHY it was NEVER played here in America. It is just about one the catchiest tunes I have ever heard and I absolutely love it. As a Brit I thank you for your friendship/Shakin Stevens and The Beatles! Happy Christmas to you and your family:-)

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  ray keene: Happy Christmas to you and all at
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  redlance: Merry Christmas to you ,Sir !!!!
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  HeMateMe: Merry Xmas to you, Ray. When might we be seeing you in the world senior championships?
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  ray keene: Thanks so much for Christmas greetings. World Senior? Will think about it !
Dec-26-15  Howard: Well, Mr. Keene, are you still in practice? Otherwise, you'll probably have a tough time at the World Senior.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Raymond Keene!!
Jan-29-16  Karposian: I wish you a very Happy Birthday, GM Keene.
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  moronovich: Happy Birthday wishes from here !
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  ray keene: Thanks to everyone who wished me happy birthday. I then went as a guest to Tradewise Gibraltar. Now I am a guest at Bunratty where Nigel Short and Gawain Jones are competing, in my view as joint favourites.
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  MissScarlett: Belated felicitations, Ray. I trust you'll be joining me in throwing your not inconsiderable heft behind the Brexit campaign.

Maybe you could ask Nigel which way he's leaning.

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  Joshka: <ray keene> Hi Ray, would you be able to settle a name on a pic for us? It looks like Uhlmann to me, but Darga has also been mentioned, but I'll say no to Darga. The pic is Fischer/Tal from 1960 Leipzig Olympiad it's a pretty famous photo. The fellow is wearing a dark suit, standing to Bobby's left, leaning over. let me see if I can post it.

Fischer vs Tal, 1960

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  HeMateMe: Ray, any thoughts on the late Victor Korchnoi? I know you worked with him, in the 70s. He was one of a kind.
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  diceman: <Joshka: <ray keene> Hi Ray, would you be able to settle a name on a pic for us? It looks like Uhlmann to me, but Darga has also been mentioned, but I'll say no to Darga.>

Definitly not Uhlmann.
(there are pictures of him playing Fischer in this Olyimpiad)

Don't know what Darga looks like.

Also, most famous players are probably
playing for their team.

Just googled him, doesn't look like him either.

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  MissScarlett: <Olimpiu G. Urcan ‏@OlimpiuUrcan Jul 1

From page 30 of the Spring 2016 "Synapsia" (article by Raymond Keene). Does anyone believe his boasts?>

<I have, for example, challenged 107 opponents placed in a giant square around me, at Oxford 1973, and in three hours lost just one game, winning 101 and drawing 5. After the display I could remember all the moves of every single game.>

Ray, I was with you on Brexit, I believe in you now. I bet you can still reproduce all 107 game scores, even forty-three years on. Go on, my son, shut him up!

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  HeMateMe: stumbled across this while looking up something in the library:

"While on a hiking trip to reconnect with his son after the death of his wife, Ray Keene stumbles into a nightmare scenario of paid assassins and ex-military guns-for-hire lead by the mysterious Frank Cardin."

Probably just a coincidence?

from the film <>

Aug-28-16  Finnishplayer: Hi Raymond!

Glad to see you still actice and commenting on chess games! I have a few questions for you:

1. Do you think that you reached your full potential as chess player?

2. Do you think that you reached your full potential as chess writer?

3. What will happen in November in a match between Carlsen and Karjakin?

4. Who are the best endgame players at the moment?

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