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|Dec-18-07|| ||HeMateMe: Hi, Ray. I guess you've been following the FIDE World Cup results.|
In the past two years (after a ten year break) Kamsky has a 3 win and two draw record against Anand. Overall, historically, they are almost dead even against each other.
I know this is very subjective, especially after only five recent games, but do you think it possible that Kamsky is more deserving to play a match against Kramnik than Anand?
|Dec-18-07|| ||whiskeyrebel: GM Keene, I'm halfway through your Petrosian book. It's so good I'm savoring it like a fine bottle. Having read your works on Stein and Nimzo I expected it would be a real treat. You have such a knack for helping we readers understand these giants through their play as opposed to mere analysis. Thanks!|
|Dec-31-07|| ||fred lennox: ill add to the compliment to the Petrosian book- very enjoyable. i remember schiller said he would rather be given new ideas on books rather than criticism on the ones he wrote. Makes sense to me, not that i have anything negative to say on your petrosian, so ill give it a swing. Over a few years ive heard chernev's book on capablanca's 50 great endgames complimented by players by simply passing by them. I wonder why this hasn't caught fire. Endgame books, even the best, do not escape a certain dryness, and this is a common objection. The richness and beauty of openings is easily demonstrative by how it influences the middlegame and even endgame. the beauty of chernev's book is that it takes the artifical and dryness out of endgames, because it includes the earlier part of the game. i know you know this, im just telling how the book gets praised. You may of noticed in the bookstore endgame books are more common than ever. the rod is hot for some such books- great endgames by the following players - Botvinnik, Smyslov, Petrosian Fishser or Karpov- Great endgames by world champions after Capa probably in two volumes. Ahlekine, Tal Kasparov may not have quite the reputation but this right away, i believe, underrates their endgame strength. or great endgames in the last 25 years and so forth. another interessting book is Kasparov playing the queen indian. I don't mean to be throwing stones at "the greatest" i simply find it odd- my impression which may be wrong- is the queen indian was a bit of a bug bear to Kasp despite the qi being the most complicated reply to d4. For example, Karpov beat Kasparov more times against the qi than any other opening. Ribli, whose whole game is orientated around the qi complex even against e4 never lost to Kasporav. Never won either. but this is no compliment to a Kasparov. Note, Kasparov had no difficulty with Anderssen. None of this may interest you from a practical viewpoint but i thank you for reading it.|
|Dec-31-07|| ||KingG: <fred lennox> <another interessting book is Kasparov playing the queen indian. I don't mean to be throwing stones at "the greatest" i simply find it odd- my impression which may be wrong- is the queen indian was a bit of a bug bear to Kasp despite the qi being the most complicated reply to d4. For example, Karpov beat Kasparov more times against the qi than any other opening. Ribli, whose whole game is orientated around the qi complex even against e4 never lost to Kasporav. Never won either. but this is no compliment to a Kasparov. Note, Kasparov had no difficulty with Anderssen.>|
My impression is that in the 80's Kasparov was something of a Queen's Indian killer. He scored a huge number of impressive wins using the Petrosian system, which became extremely popular mainly due to his influence. And in fact, in his whole career, Kasparov only lost twice in this variation, once to Petrosian(a game in which Kasparov had a winning postion), and once to Korchnoi(the only time Korchnoi has ever beaten Kasparov). In addition, Kasparov lost once to Karpov in a mainline 4.g3 QID(in their first match in 1984), and once in a Nimzo/QID hybrid. Among Kasparov's many brilliant wins in the Petrosian system, we can find:
Kasparov vs R Akesson, 1980
Kasparov vs Ulf Andersson, 1981
Kasparov vs Fedorowicz, 1981
Kasparov vs Najdorf, 1982
Kasparov vs Portisch, 1983
Kasparov vs Karpov, 1984
In addition, Kasparov also sometimes played the 4.g3 mainline, producting games like Kasparov vs Marjanovic, 1980. Here is a list of all Kasparov's wins in the QID: http://www.chessgames.com/perl/ches...
It's true that Kasparov never beat Ribli, but only two of their games resembled Queen's Indians, and they were both fairly short draws, so i'm not sure if that is enough evidence to go on. In comparaison, Kasparov played Andersson far more often.
I certainly agree that a book should be written on Kasparov's games in the Queen's Indian, but personally i think it should be about his brilliant victories rather than his few isolated defeats.
|Dec-31-07|| ||Ron: Kasparov discusses the Queen's Indian Defense in his book on opening developments: _Revolution in the 70s._|
|Dec-31-07|| ||fred lennox: well i was wrong on that. of course Kasparov was a great player with the Qi. That karpov beat him more times with it than any opening as white just struck me as odd but i put far too much weight on it. Anyways i would never suggest a book that wasn't favorable to the master, Kasparov or anyone else. If i did i apologies.|
|Jan-04-08|| ||HeMateMe: Hi Ray, the Hastings tournament is coming up. As a player and a spectator, I was just wondering if you had any particularly interesting memories of this event over the years.|
I remember reading somewhere that in the 60's and 70's, the Soviets would often send a pair of high level GMs to this event, a Korchnoi, a Karpov, et al. With the travel restrictions for players in the USSR, these participants were sort of "fish out of water." Do you remember anything particulary interesting about the Soviet participants during these times?
|Jan-05-08|| ||veigaman: Hi ray, what is your favourite chess piece and why? Thanks in advance|
|Jan-07-08|| ||talisman: when will your next book be coming out? and what will the title be?|
|Jan-10-08|| ||ray keene: no i think kramnik deserves to play anand for the title-but i think kamskys time will come-first he has to beat topalov|
|Jan-10-08|| ||ray keene: <whiskeyrebel> thanks very much for your kind words about my petrosian book-it took quite a long time to write! we-ie julian simpole and i-are very pleased with it.|
|Jan-10-08|| ||ray keene: <fred lennox> some interesting ideas for books there-i wd also one day like to write a book about the great masters use of the catalan-if ever i get time|
|Jan-10-08|| ||ray keene: hastings- memories include my wins against botvinnik, miles and timman and analysing with tal till late in the night in the hotel bar|
|Jan-10-08|| ||ray keene: favourite piece-probably a fianchettoed kings bishop|
next book-gm tactics- a sequel to gm strategy-includes games of mine against hubner geller tal korchnoi karpov and others
|Jan-10-08|| ||ray keene: <sitzkrieg> you are in violation of the guidelines and your comments shd be taken down-however i cant resist pointing out a couple of things-|
1 i have never knowingly purveyed any kind of falsehood in anything i have written
2 in the extract you quote winter seems to be unable to reconcile the facts that i sent off a telex message in the morning while elsewhere i refer to my message reaching moscow later that day-what he has forgotten -presumably because he does not get out and about much-is that moscow is three hours later in time than the uk, so it was perfectly possible to send a telex in uk morning time , while at the same time it was much later in the afternoon in moscow! that rather obviously explains why it was possible for me to know about events happening in moscow in their afternoon time while it was still morning time in london. this is so blazingly obvious i have never bothered to point it out before.
on top of that-in spite of winters desperate rearguard actions to defend the now defunct corrupt commie state- history has served its verdict on that disgraceful episode-if any umpire or arbiter in any other sport had halted the contest at the point campomanes did he wd have been lynched!
|Jan-10-08|| ||dexterious: <sitzkrieg> It is well-known that Keene is a dubious character. You should read some of the earlier posts, and you'll get a good idea of his behaviour. His typical response earlier has been to either scream for censorship at the chessgames staff, or threaten legal action (lol). |
Ultimately, a lot of posters here decided two things - 1. everyone knows of his pathetic actions, as does Keene himself, so there is no real need to embarass him further, 2. he does contribute something, however self-advertising, to chessgames, so let him be in his corner here. At least he doesnt go about other forums etc.
I'd suggest you ignore him.
|Jan-10-08|| ||whatthefat: <dexterious: It is well-known that Keene is a dubious character. You should read some of the earlier posts, and you'll get a good idea of his behaviour.>|
Going by <sitzkrieg>'s uniformly childish behaviour on this site, I'd say the same of him myself. Frankly, I think he's lucky to get a response from Keene at all.
|Jan-10-08|| ||whatthefat: But to write him off over this single issue is to overlook all the good that he has done for chess. He's certainly done more than any of us. It seems a little unfair to me.|
|Jan-10-08|| ||Jim Bartle: I've heard many things as well, but please, let's avoid these subjects here. Frankly I find it very uncomfortable, and don't think this is the place.|
As long as Mr. Keene does not attack others, which I haven't seen except as a response to direct criticism, we should avoid these subjects.
My opinion, others may disagree.
|Jan-10-08|| ||HeMateMe: Hi Ray, have you seen the movie "Dangerous Moves"? Its an early 80s movie with a chess theme, a young Russian GM defector, an established "Moscow approved" champion, with a WC match set in Geneva, Swit. The movie seems to be almost directly lifted from the Karpo--Korchnoi match and intrigue of '78 in Baguio City. The movie even has a Russian paranormal guy (Dr. Zhukov?) trying to hypnotize the defector GM. |
I was just thinking about this, because I had recently rented the movie, it was the first time I had seen it on the shelf.
I believe you were in Baguio as a second/analyst for the Korchnoi team. I was just wondering if you or your cohorts had noticed the similarites in this movie with the real life events of 1978...? Do you know of anyone who had worked on the movie as a consultant? The opening analysis and games in the movie seem pretty accurate, a nice change for a chess-themed movie!
|Jan-11-08|| ||ray keene: yes i have seen the movie-i think one of the characters is loosely based on me|
|Jan-11-08|| ||DrGrobb: Ray,you are the author of the best opening book of all time!!!Flank Openings!!! Any ideas of an upgrade. The way it was made makes it timeless,even if it never gets upgraded again.|
|Jan-11-08|| ||mmcarlos: Mr. Keene,
I need to buy one of your books named "D4 an openning repertoire for white". Would you be kind enough to tell me how to acquire that since I live in Brasil and I can't find it in Amazon.com ? answer to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Jan-11-08|| ||mmcarlos: But you can answer here , too , for your convenience. I simply can't find that book, it was published by Batsford (D4 an opening repertoire for white). Thank you!|
|Jan-14-08|| ||shakkiseepra: You propaby get this a lot and the question might be a little odd, but are you the Raymond Keene I suppose you to be? The Ray Keene who has written my book shelf?|
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