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Keene 
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Raymond Keene
Number of games in database: 1,670
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510
Overall record: +1019 -144 =463 (76.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      44 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Reti System (131) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (110) 
    E62 E63 E69 E94 E80
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E30 E41 E49 E42 E26
 English (57) 
    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 (110) 
    B06
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B25 B27 B22 B30
 Pirc (78) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (60) 
    E83 E94 E73 E62 E92
 Queen's Pawn Game (52) 
    A40 A45 A41 A50 A46
 French Defense (51) 
    C18 C00 C19 C05 C16
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keene vs Miles, 1975 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
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 1-0
   J L Arnason vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   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?]
   ANNOTATED GAMES by gambitfan
   franskfranz's 1. Nf3 by franskfranz
   Ray Keene's Best Games by KingG
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147
   ray keene's favorite games by ray keene
   Dortmund 1973 by suenteus po 147
   English Annotated by Gmonster
   Hastings 1968/69 by suenteus po 147

GAMES ANNOTATED BY KEENE: [what is this?]
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006
   Kramnik vs Topalov, 2006
   >> 407 GAMES ANNOTATED BY KEENE

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RAYMOND KEENE
(born Jan-29-1948, 66 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. A prolific author, he has written over 140 books, mostly on chess, and still finds time to be the chess correspondent for The Times and The Spectator.

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 page 1 of 67; games 1-25 of 1,670  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. H T Jones vs Keene  0-124 1960 Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
2. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-134 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
3. N Totton vs Keene 0-138 1960 Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
5. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-131 1960 MatchC16 French, Winawer
6. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-019 1960 Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-028 1960 Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-148 1960 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-026 1960 Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
10. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-024 1960 Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-138 1961 MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
12. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-015 1961 DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. F A Winter vs Keene 0-151 1961 Minor Trophy team competitionC00 French Defense
14. G K Sandiford vs Keene 0-127 1961 Dulwich CollegeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-014 1961 BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Keene vs A M Grayston 1-036 1961 Club matchD25 Queen's Gambit Accepted
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. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-150 1961 English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-016 1961 Match game 1, Dulwich CollegeA06 Reti Opening
21. T Baldwin vs Keene  0-135 1961 Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
22. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-129 1961 MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
23. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-025 1961 Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
24. Keene vs A W Whitbread 1-038 1961 Clapham Common CCB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
25. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-020 1961 U-14 ChampionshipA16 English
 page 1 of 67; games 1-25 of 1,670  PGN Download
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Feb-10-12  LoveThatJoker: <Ray Keene> I'm going to make it a point to look at 3 games in your top 12 list by the start of next week!

Thanks a lot GM Keene!

LTJ

Feb-10-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: i have a bit of a mental block about weakening moves like g4-in the middlegame position i dont like it but in the endgame position you are absolutely right-g4 just wins a piece-well spotted-if i ever do a second edition i will correct it!
Feb-10-12  AlphaMale: Ray, what are your feelers telling you about possible venues for the Candidates' Tournament! You'll be MCing, of course!
Feb-10-12
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  Domdaniel: <Ray> Thanks. I can understand your reservations about g4 -- make a habit of such things and you could turn into Mike Basman, which is the nearest thing in chess to lycantrophy.

White - Petrosian - has a completely won game anyway. I have a mental block about playing Bxa8 and giving up the light squares, but here White is simply winning thanks to Qf3.

The book is looking even better on a second reading, and the games are magnificent.

Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Paint My Dragon: Ray, another minor point about the Petrosian Book - unless I am mistaken, the tournament tables run chronologically, except at the very end ...

1979 - my sources indicate Tallin was Feb/Mar and Rio in Sep/Oct

1980 - I believe Las Palmas was June and Bar in Oct/Nov

Excellent book btw. Having read both this and the Nimzo book, I am keen to get hold of the Stein book next.

Feb-11-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: my book on stein is published by hardinge simpole-you cd be right about the table dates-london for the candidates wd be great but you all know as much as i do at this time
Feb-13-12
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  brankat: Good morning GM Keene.

It is well known that You are a literary expert, chess-wise and otherwise. That You have a fabulous collection (library?) of chess related books.

A question for You: I wonder if You know whether there is an English language edition of the late Colombian IM Boris De Greiff's book

"Las mil y una partidas" ((One thousand and one games).

Thank You Sir.

Feb-14-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Ray Keene's top 12 games of his career:

Kunsztowicz vs Keene, 1973

D King vs Keene, 1982

Keene vs M Basman, 1967

Keene vs A J Whiteley, 1965

Keene vs J Penrose, 1970

Keene vs Robatsch, 1971

Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973

Keene vs G Ligterink, 1981

J L Arnason vs Keene, 1981

Keene vs Miles, 1975

Keene vs Timman, 1973

I Farago vs Keene, 1981

Additional:

Keene vs D Lund, 1982

M Aaron vs Keene, 1984

Keene vs A J Mestel, 1981

Feb-14-12  LoveThatJoker: <Ray> As it relates to Keene vs A J Whiteley, 1965, I have a question for you:

From what I'm seeing 12. e4 is a positional pawn sac, am I correct? The idea being, 12...dxe4 13. dxe4 Nxe4 14. Nxe4 Bxe4 15. Ne5 Nxe5 16. Bxe4 with advantage.

LTJ

Feb-14-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Ray Keene's top 12 endgames of his career:

Karpov vs Keene, 1977

Keene vs J H Donner, 1968

Keene vs P H Donoso, 1976

C De Villiers vs Keene, 1973

Keene vs Nunn, 1970

H Weinhold vs Keene, 1969

Keene vs J Sloth, 1969

Keene vs E Mortensen, 1983

Keene vs Jansa, 1974

S Hutchings vs Keene, 1973

S Tatai vs Keene, 1972

Teschner vs Keene, 1971

Additional:

H MacGrillen vs Keene, 1968

Keene vs L Barden, 1967

Keene vs G Botterill, 1970 OR Keene vs G Botterill, 1970

Keene vs Wade, 1965

Feb-14-12  LoveThatJoker: <Ray> In Karpov vs Keene, 1977, you mentioned that White did well by not accepting the pawn via 48 Kxh6 Rd8 49 Kg5 Rg8+ 50 Kf4 Rg4+ 51 Ke3 Rxh4 52 Rxd6 Rh3+ 53 Kd2 Rxc3 54 Rxf6+ Kxf6 55 Kxc3 Ke5 where Black holds.

Is 55...Kxf5 not feasible in this line?

LTJ

Feb-14-12  LoveThatJoker: <Ray> One final question, in D King vs Keene, 1982, could you kindly explain the reasons you chose 26...Qh4 (i.e., the plan and the tactical motifs)?

Also, White played 27. Bd7, but that looks bad due to your excellent reply of sacrificing the exchange so as to control the light-squares.

What in your opinion was White's best 27th and what would have been your plan after that?

LTJ

PS. A fantastic finish and a game worthy of Petrosian's legacy.

Feb-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: boris de greiff-very talented master-i played him at capa memorial 1974-i know nothing about his book of games sadly
Feb-14-12
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  ray keene: keene -whiteley 1965 -you are right-the sac was first played in barcza v smyslov 1956 olympiad i think-sadly tho this is the wrong 1965 win v whiteley-there is a far more spectacular white win by me v whiteley from 1965 in a kings indian attack played at dulwich college in the national schools championship-that was the one i had in mind!
Feb-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: Thank You kindly Mr.Keene!
Feb-14-12
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  ray keene: keene v botterill-best endings candidate-the first one from the national club championship-the reti opening-not the varsity match game
Feb-14-12
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  ray keene: karpov v keene 55..kxf5 in note-yes you are right-i think ...ke5 is a typo!
Feb-14-12
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  ray keene: king v keene in my estimation white cd not defend his shattered king side-and i simply wanted to gather as many forces as possible around kings king! hence...qh4. i dont think white can defend anyway so bd7 in reply was a good try-but i think he had missed the force of ...re6!! after this the vultures swarm inexorably.
Feb-14-12  LoveThatJoker: GM Ray Keene's top 12 games of his career (Corrected):

Kunsztowicz vs Keene, 1973

D King vs Keene, 1982

Keene vs M Basman, 1967

Keene vs A J Whiteley, 1965 (Sunday Times Schools' Match 1965)

Keene vs J Penrose, 1970

Keene vs Robatsch, 1971

Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973

Keene vs G Ligterink, 1981

J L Arnason vs Keene, 1981

Keene vs Miles, 1975

Keene vs Timman, 1973

I Farago vs Keene, 1981

Additional:

Keene vs D Lund, 1982

M Aaron vs Keene, 1984

Keene vs A J Mestel, 1981

Feb-14-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: thanks to everyone for the most constructive comments and perceptive questions
Feb-14-12  LoveThatJoker: Thanks for the replies, Ray!

It's great to have some clarity on the Karpov game and nice to know where your idea in the first Whiteley game I posted came from.

I'm going to check out that Smyslov-Barcza game right now.

I'll do some engine checking on the King game so as to see what other options White had there. I'm sure he could have done something better.

I'll make sure to post the engine's analysis here.

LTJ

Feb-16-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: i am intrigued-did danny king have a better move than Bd7?
Feb-17-12  LoveThatJoker: Ray, I analyzed the game for 5 hours with stockfish and it gave a (+0.88) eval to White in the following line:

27. Qf3 Qe7 28. Ne2 Nxe2+ 29. Qxe2 a6 30. bxa6 Qd6 31. a7 Bb6 32. f4 exf4 33. Qh2 Rxa7 34. Bxf4 Rxa1 35. Rxa1 Qc6 36. Bd6 Rd8 37. Be7 Re8 38. Qd6 Qb7 39. Bd7 Rb8

To the game continuation it gave the following: (+0.92)

27. Bd7 Re7 28. Qg4 Qxg4 29. Bxg4 Rb8 30. Rxa7 Rxb5 31. Rea1 f6 32.Nf5 Bxf5 33. exf5 Kf7 34. Ra8 Rb8 35. Rxb8 Bxb8 36. Ra8 Bc7 37. Bxf4 exf4 38. Bh5+ g6 39. Bxg6+ Kg7 40. Kg2 Re1

I think your 27th though was truly a !! and as I said earlier, "worthy of Petrosian's legacy."

LTJ

Feb-17-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  ray keene: after 27Qf3 in my game with Danny King it wd never have occurred to me to retreat the Q from its attacking post on h4. I wd probably have played ...Re6 anyway tho ..Nh3+ is possible.
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