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Raymond Keene
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Number of games in database: 1,677
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +1017 -147 =467 (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 (129) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (110) 
    E62 E80 E94 E63 E69
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E30 E41 E49 E42 E26
 English (60) 
    A15 A13 A12 A14 A17
 Grunfeld (46) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (44) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (109) 
 Sicilian (102) 
    B32 B25 B30 B22 B78
 Pirc (81) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (61) 
    E83 E73 E62 E94 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    A40 A45 A41 A50 A46
 French Defense (50) 
    C18 C00 C05 C02 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
   L De Veauce vs Keene, 1963 0-1
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   Hecht vs Keene, 1972 0-1

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 of Yesteryear by fredthebear
   ANNOTATED GAMES by gambitfan
   franskfranz's 1. Nf3 by franskfranz
   ray keene's favorite games by ray keene
   Ray Keene's Best Games by KingG
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1973/74 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 68; games 1-25 of 1,677  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
2. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
4. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
6. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
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. Keene vs A W Whitbread 1-0381961Clapham Common CCB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
12. Keene vs B Henstock  1-0411961Clapham Common CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
13. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0251961Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. B Henstock vs Keene 0-1251961Clapham Common CCE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. Patterson / Holman vs Keene  0-1321961Tandem simulC18 French, Winawer
16. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-02119612nd Replay of Dulwich College ChampionsE72 King's Indian
17. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0201961U-14 ChampionshipA16 English
18. Keene vs G K Sandiford  ½-½3119614th match game, ClaphamC38 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Keene vs Orly 1-0101961Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
20. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-0141961BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
21. J N Sugden vs Keene 1-0261961MatchA55 Old Indian, Main line
22. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-1521961Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
23. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0421961Match game 9A35 English, Symmetrical
24. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261961MatchD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0341961Match game 21, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,677  PGN Download
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  ray keene: Thanks for all the birthday wishes!!
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  redlance: Happy Birthday Ray!!!
Feb-25-18  capafischer1: GM Keene, I was reading your excellent book Warriors of the mind and on the section on Bobby Fischer you have his record vs Keres as 3 wins each, but I know Fischer had a plus record vs Keres, so I looked it up in the database at, and it shows Fischer won 4 and lost 3, and all the games were in classical. Was it a misprint? Thanks , and keep up the good work.Warriors of the Mind was not only very entrrtaining, but also very instructive.
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  perfidious: Fischer won at Zurich 1959, they each had two wins in the candidates that year (Black won all four games between them in that event!) and they were 1-1 with two draws at Curacao in 1962.
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  offramp: Ray's chess column continues in The Times of London but he has lost a different column at the weekend.

He used to do a weekly puzzle with Byron Jacobs called Two Brains but the <Puzzles Editor> (what a job) decided upon a bouleversement this Saturday and some new, and very good, puzzles were brought in.

It's a standard change and I'm sure Ray won't be annoyed.

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  HeMateMe: <bouleversement > what is this? an advertisement, on the boulevard?
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  ChessHigherCat: <bouleversement> is French for getting bowled over, overturned = radical change.

<offramp> Do you know if any of his puzzles are online? I haven't done any "traditional" chess puzzles for ages.

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  zanzibar: Ray & offramp engaging in some mutual <bouleversement>...

<l'ordre de votre choix>


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  ChessHigherCat: <offramp>: Why yes, funny you should ask that CHC, "The Times" has greatly expanded its online coverage recently:

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  offramp: <ChessHigherCat: ...Do you know if any of his puzzles are online? I haven't done any "traditional" chess puzzles for ages.>

I didn't express myself clearly enough. Ray had two columns on Saturday: he has a standard chess column (which is normally one or two games and a chess puzzle), and he had a general knowledge quiz which was usually two questions of a lateral thinking type.

Ray also has a daily chess column, and it includes a chess puzzle.

Mar-04-18  FredGambit: <Do you know if any of his puzzles are online? I haven't done any "traditional" chess puzzles for ages.>

What other kinds do you do?

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  ChessHigherCat: <FredGambit: What kind of puzzles do you usually do?>

<CHC: Well, in my (limited) understanding, "traditional chess puzzles" are the kind that appeared in papers when I was a kid: "composed puzzles" that were incredibly intricate and/or spoilers (look simple but there is some diabolical catch) and/or are composed to illustrate a certain theme (smothered mate, how to avoid stalemate with a certain configuration of pieces, etc.) Puzzles like the ones posted on CG are drawn from games. That approach has certain advantages,of course, such as focusing on situations you are likely to encounter in a real game, but I kind of miss the fiendishly clever composed traditional puzzles ("which i call "traditional" if for no other reason that the people would have referred to the CG type "puzzle" as combinations rather than puzzles).

Of course there is some overlap because fiendishly clever combinations arise in games, too, but I just wondered where I can find some of the old-school puzzles on line.

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  ray keene: <chesshighercat> since the publication of the ECF article, the followers of @times_chess have increased to well over 10,000.
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  ray keene: <Elbajacisback> Rovinj 1975... I have a feeling it was a hotel but I don't recall exactly. I will let you know if it comes back to me.
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  ray keene: I have updated my selection of favourite games to include a couple of masterpieces by Bobby Fischer , one of which was used in the recent revival on the London stage of CHESS the musical by ABBA and Sir Tim Rice.
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  MissScarlett: Ray, the Byrne and Benko games can't exactly be news to you, so it appears you'd like to pass comment on the musical. I was intending to go, but a negative review in the <Metro>, and a certain tendency toward indolence, dissuaded me.
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  ray keene: <MissScarlett> you missed a stupendous show...packed houses every night and a standing ovation every night. The negative critics got it 100% wrong! There are some good comments posted on my Twitter site @times_chess. If a video comes out be sure to get it!
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  MissScarlett: Here's that <Metro> review:

Must every West End musical have a black woman in it!?

Jun-10-18  JimNorCal: <MissS>: "Must every West End musical have a black woman in it!?"

Yes. But it's a fashion not an eternal verity so it will pass with time.

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  offramp: <MissScarlett: ...Must every West End musical have a black woman in it!?>

I once saw an all-white Porgy & Bess.

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  Dr Winston OBoogie: Saw you post this on facebook yesterday Ray and I wondered who you were talking about?

<How low can a so called chess player adult found cheating against a nine year old girl! Just punishment for a betrayal of the spirit and ethics of chess!>

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  MissScarlett: <who you were talking about?>

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  ray keene: <capafischer1> thanks for the correction
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  ray keene: <MissScarlett> yes that's correct
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, my next foray into musical theatre will be <The Keene and I>:

Can't really complain about an ethnic lead here, I suppose.

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