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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 (40) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (111) 
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B25 B30 B22 B27
 Pirc (80) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (59) 
    E83 E73 E94 E62 E92
 French Defense (50) 
    C18 C00 C05 C19 C02
 Queen's Pawn Game (48) 
    A40 A45 A41 A50 A46
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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
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   Hecht vs Keene, 1972 0-1
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 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
   ray keene's favorite games by ray keene
   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 67; games 1-25 of 1,673  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
2. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
6. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241961Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
12. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261961MatchD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Keene vs Bhuyia 1-0391961Clapham Common CCA15 English
14. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-1381961MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
15. Keene vs H Green  1-0331961London Clubs TournamentA57 Benko Gambit
16. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0211961Match game 5A09 Reti Opening
17. R Irwin vs Keene  0-1211961National Schools ChC15 French, Winawer
18. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1301961Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. Keene vs D Sutton  1-0261961Dulwich CollegeA15 English
20. Keene vs Bhuiya 1-0531961Clapham Common CCC71 Ruy Lopez
21. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0151961DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. J N Sugden vs Keene  ½-½201961Match game 11, Dulwich CollegeC18 French, Winawer
23. D Hamilton vs Keene 0-1281961Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
24. J Regruto vs Keene  0-1331961Clapham Common CC ChampsA47 Queen's Indian
25. Keene vs L Bauer  1-0271961Clapham Common CCA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
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  Domdaniel: <Ray> I'm fascinated to hear that you met Borges ... he was both an anglophile and a chess player, of course, so would undoubtedly have been happy to meet a bona fide [sic] English grandmaster.

Did you get to speak to him for long? Did he say anything about his great poem about chess, or the use of chess motifs in his stories?

Congratulations on the Staunton Memorial, by the way. To *really* go from the sublime to the ridiculous, Liza Minnelli embraced me in Simpsons, once upon a time.

Personally, I'd rather have met Borges.

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  ray keene: clarkes book on petrosian-also available in a hardinge simpole reprint-is in descriptive

the staunton memorial -which i just finished organising for this year-cost around £60k-i cant reveal individual fees but the prize fund was £6k 10% of the whole budget.the organisers were unpaid by the way-all voluntary-in eric schillers case we just paid expenses for example-so a bigger budget wd help!

borges-we talked a bit about chess and we did discuss faust-the origin of the word bungalow and goethe. he doesnt like (didnt like) german much and thought goethe presumptive to have rewritten marlowes faustus. i had to catch a plane-he didnt want me to leave-i was flattered-back in the spectator archives 78/79 i wrote a piece about the meeting-it might be possible to trace this--

Aug-19-07  vonKrolock: Marlowe's "Faust" is on-line in various versions

Worth mentioning that the Faust is a German legend! Here told circa 1580

and much more in a Faust doorway of links

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  whiteshark: <he doesnt like (didnt like) german much and thought goethe presumptive to have rewritten marlowes faustus.> LOL! Oh yes, it's so easy to assert without substance. So, I presume he was referring to Faust part II... :D
Aug-20-07  Ed Trice: <whiteshark> Were you ever on as "whiteshark" or maybe "ChicagoBulls"?
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  Domdaniel: <Ray> Thanks for that. Borges wrote some superb essays on Germany, which are collected in 'The Total Library'. He also learned Anglo-Saxon late in life. And I agree with him about the brilliance of Marlowe's version of Dr Faustus ("Why, this is hell...").

78-79 is close enough -- I should be able to track down your Spectator piece.

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  ray keene: what i failed to mention when writing about borges was that his opinion of goethe and faust was his opinion-not mine-in fact i disagree with him since i studied goethes faust parts one and two at trinity college cambridge and consider it to contain some of the greatest lines in world literature-also it makes more sense in many ways than marlowes which is corrupted by some very feeble comic scenes -probably not from marlowes hand. on the other hand some lines in marlowe-as pointed out-this is hell etc--was this the face-and this the man that in his study sits--are also world beaters-in fact my favourite opening line in world literature is from marlowe-egregious viceroys of these eastern parts-so on the whole i am grateful for both marlowe and goethe and very pleased that they both wrote a faust!
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  plang: Whatever happened to the hardinge simpole reprint of the book on the Spassky-Petrosian matches?
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  ray keene: its been held up after a dispute over who owned the copyright to the typesetting-it will appear but not for a while sadly
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  plang: Sounds like too many lawyers.

Thanks for the update!

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  whiteshark: Dear Mr. Keene!

Thank you very much for your additional, clarifying and very instructive words regarding on the subject of Faust.

Rereading chapter V of your <Reappraisal> I appreciated it in particular!

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  ray keene: of course-zwei seelen wohnen -ach-in meiner brust-die eine will sich von den andern trennen usw---sheer magic
Aug-28-07  euripides: Actually, that chapter was my first encounter with Faust, and the lines stayed with me. I didn't get to the rest of Faust 1 till about twenty years later, on a rooftop in Lamu.

Goethe feels more at home in his own language than any other poet I know.

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  Jim Bartle: Enquiring minds want to know:

In a 1991 Inside Chess, there's a photo of Mr. Keene at a restaurant with this caption: "The feeding of GM Ray Keene, a yearly highlight at the Hastings tournament." Details, please.

Aug-28-07  vonKrolock: Following is not from 'Faust', but a very strong chess-related quote <"Ich wollte lieber das Geheul der Totenglocke und ominöser Vögel, lieber das Gebell des knurrischen Hofhunds Gewissen, lieber wollt’ ich sie durch den tiefsten Schlaf hören, als von Läufern, Springern und andern Bestien das ewige: Schach dem König!"> I'm not finding a translation to English on-line
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  ray keene: <jim> sorry -no idea
Sep-01-07  Karpova: <vanKrolock>
I’d rather hear the howls of the death knell and ominous birds, rather hear the bark of the cantankerous guard dog’s conscience, rather want to hear them through the deepest sleep than the eternal “check” from bishops, knights and other beasts.

And it's indeed the conscience's bark.

I hope that helps but don't ask where I got it from :-)

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  whiteshark: <Karpova>: From where do you get it? :D Oddly enough the english 'Gutenberg' version doesn't contain this passage.
Sep-01-07  talisman: <ray keene> i wonder if anyone has put together a list of the references to books that do not exist by Borges? i wonder what it was like to meet him and i wonder what he was like.
Sep-02-07  Karpova: <whiteshark>
I know that. I just thought <vanKrolock> wanted to know what it was about. But you as a German speaking memeber - do you think it's correct (or at least partly)?
Sep-02-07  jamesmaskell: <Ray Keene> Im coming to the end of Petrosian vs The Elite, a very good book indeed. Are there any plans to do similar books on any other World Champions?
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  whiteshark: <Karpova> yes it's a good translation, but there is this tricky word 'Gewissen' which is not 'conscience'.

It's more an unsusual noun form of a verb, which is identical with the word 'Gewissen'=conscience, but with a completely different meaning. So it's a very subtle pun ...

Here is my try:

I’d rather hear the howls of the death-knell and ominous birds, rather want to <be assured> of snarling watchdog's bark, rather want to hear them through the deepest sleep, than [to hear] the eternal “check to the king” from bishops, knights and other beasts.

Sep-02-07  Karpova: So <Gewissen> in this case is <gewiss sein> or <wissen> and rather Old than contemporary German.
Sep-02-07  paladin at large: <Karpova> gewiss sein fits better in the initial text offered above. Gewissen does mean conscience. <whiteshark>'s translation is good.
Sep-02-07  Karpova: <paladin at large>
If you inserted <gewiss sein> into the initial text you'd have to change the whole sentence as it would have become grammatically incorrect.

<lieber des Gebells des knurrischen Hofhunds gewiss sein> (or what do you say, sharkie?)

But yes, I think I understood what <whiteshark> wanted to express and agree on his translation being better.

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