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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 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
3. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
5. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
8. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
9. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Keene vs H Green  1-0331961London Clubs TournamentA57 Benko Gambit
12. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0341961Match game 21, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
13. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0161961Match game 1, Dulwich CollegeA06 Reti Opening
14. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1231961DulwichB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. L Bauer vs Keene 0-1231961Clapham Common CCB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
16. A Ogus vs Keene  ½-½371961School matchC18 French, Winawer
17. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0351961OlympiaA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
18. S Leff vs Keene 0-1361961Clapham Common CCA20 English
19. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-02119612nd Replay of Dulwich College ChampionsE72 King's Indian
20. Keene vs Bhuyia 1-0391961Clapham Common CCA15 English
21. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241961Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
22. J N Sugden vs Keene 1-0261961MatchA55 Old Indian, Main line
23. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0211961Match game 5A09 Reti Opening
24. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1291961MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. R Irwin vs Keene  0-1211961National Schools ChC15 French, Winawer
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  HeMateMe: ...enjoyed reading your interview with new chess spark plug Andrew paulsen. The story (at Chessbase) mentions that the new Grand Prix will "be in world cities". London, Berlin and Moscow will participate. Was the United States considered for a tournament, perhaps NYC, D.C. or Chicago? Don't know if this had been a part of your conversations. Is the corporate sponsorship for chess in the USA so apathetic that the Grand Prix simply can't come to the USA? Seems sad--the dollars are here, they simply have to be redirected towards chess.

Do you have any specifics about Agon hosting world championship events? Does a WC bid from a city still have some sort of proviso that 10-20% of the prize fund be given to FIDE for "developmental" purposes?

Not to be a wet blanket, but can the owner of a media empire in Russia be completely objective? You have had a lot of contact with media over the years. If newspapers and televsion stations in Russia can be shut down, or some of their employess be fired for criticizing Medved/Putin, can this man Paulsen be completely fair in his chess dealings, or does he always have to worry about how the rulers in Russia will "see things"?

Did Kirsan actually play chess with the E.T.s, and do any game scores exist?

As always, thank you for your involvement in the royal game.

Mar-12-12  SimonWebbsTiger: I think it's rubbish until I see it.

Steve G, a mutual friend of Ray and me, tends to call the FIDE president names like "Illmaniac". Steve has a point after those ET stories freely admitted to by Kirsan.

Be very pushy in your interviews Ray. Simply ask: "Nobody really believes this because of past scandals. Why should anyone believe you or FIDE?"

Mar-12-12  SimonWebbsTiger: @<HeMateMe>

Kirsan's match against the ETs is an X-File. FBI property, alas.

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  HeMateMe: Well, any questions about Kirsan are meant to be light humour.

I am wondering if things have changed in WC chess if this company Agon is running things.

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  HeMateMe: Well, any questions about Kirsan are meant to be light humour.

I am wondering if things have changed in WC chess if this company Agon is running things.

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  ray keene: everything i know is in the interview-i am as ever an optimist-in fact the human brain is hardwired for optimism otherwise we would all have given up thousands of years ago!
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  HeMateMe: USA memory champ, who seems to use some techniques that Tony Buzan/Ray Keene have had some success with:


Mar-29-12  Paint My Dragon: Ray - Having just read 'Centre Stage and Behind The Scenes' by Averbakh and 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' by Bronstein, I noticed you got passing mentions in each.

Averbakh describes you as 'energetic and enterprising' when writing of the 1983 semi-final WC matches you arranged and raised sponsorship for in London.

Bronstein, on the other hand, was irked in 1995 by your writing (about his 1951 drawn WC match) that " ... he (Bronstein) would almost certainly have been no match for the Botvinnik of 1948". He questions how you arrived at this conclusion when their previous two encounters had resulted in a plus score for him.

I was therefore intrigued as to why you had held that belief and whether your opinion had since changed?

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  ray keene: THE botvinnik -bronstein match had some horrible mistakes in it, and in my opinion if botvinnik cd score 50% playing that badly, he shd have won if he had hit his peak so far of 1948. i think the 1951 match was the worst botvinnik played in world title contests, even worse than his losses in 1957, 1960 and 1963.
Apr-02-12  King Death: <Paint My Dragon> What do 2 games between players prove? How about the 5 games between Fischer and Spassky before Reykjavik or the fact that Alekhine never won a single game against Capablanca before Buenos Aires?
Apr-02-12  SimonWebbsTiger: Hi Ray

I played Cathy Haslinger at a tournament in Islington in 1987. No surprises when I say I lost; she had just won the World Championship for girls in her age group.

I've never heard of her since. What happened, do you know?

A related question. A Mrs. R.M. Bruce (from Plymouth) won the Girls' World Championship in 1935. The only reference I have ever seen of her is in "the Anglo-Soviet Radio Chess Match" by Klein and Winter (1947).

Britain can boast two girl world champions. But there is remarkably little, it seems, about those champs.

Apr-02-12  Paint My Dragon: Ray - thanks for the explanation. That makes a lot of sense; I would trust your assessment of those previous Botvinnik performances, as I know you have always taken a keen interest in the history of the world championship and will have studied the games.

I do wonder if Bronstein, always a very magnanimous sportsman in my opinion, felt bitter about this result, given the considerable psychological pressures he says he was under and yet, still putting up a great challenge.

Also a mystery for me, is his retelling of the story in a way that suggests he would never have wanted to be world champion anyway. Could he really have played that hard for a trophy he didn't want? Determination is usually such a vital ingredient at the top level.

<King Death> I don't think Bronstein was making out that a small plus over two games made him the better player - only that there was no evidence to conclude the opposite, particularly as Botvinnik had been unable to demonstrate any superiority over the course of a long match.

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  ray keene: elaine pritchard, rowena bruce and cathy haslinger have all done well for us but for various reasons they never quite got the recognition they deserved-meanwhile as far as bronstein is concerned i think his father had been arrested by Stalin and bronstein always felt under pressure for that reason-others may have deeper insights.imo the 1951 match was scrappy and unsatisfactory and had far too many horrible blunders by both sides.
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  chrisowen: I ensconced an elaine p once. Re busy blinker!

First too mature got big trouble in juniors an it wasn't a day eek to remember!

Getting to the point i bow ie to yur opine on the matter f6 in

rjb v pb 1963 too wet your wise preside.

Divided 14.qxg7 work?

Eine 19.rf6 feisty rivend i guess cal pal blo - rank it does in drag your memory as a candidate in good moves me gold 17.be6 db v rjf second craving f6? kind reg.

Apr-02-12  LoveThatJoker: <GM Keene> I'm sending you this note to tell you that I have been progressing along "Petrosian vs the Elite" quite well.

In regards to Games 11 and 23 from the 1969 WCC Match, I am in agreement with you that they artistically incredible achievements.

Three question for you:

1) What was the effect that these two games had on the Chess world back then?

2) Had anything of the sort been seen before?

3) What was the prevailing opinion of GMs during the 60's of Petrosian and his style?

Kindly permit me one final question: have you ever come across this gem?

R T Cardoso vs Petrosian, 1975

Thanks for reading and I look forward to your reply!


Apr-05-12  LoveThatJoker: PS. I apologize for some spelling mistakes and note that I am referring to games 11 and 20 of the 1969 WCC Match, and not 11 and 23!


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  ray keene: <chris owen> sorry-i am baffled!

<lovethatjoker> i think the primary impression was of spasskys overall victory not petrosians individual masterpieces-tho peter clarke did draw attention in the BCM to these two superlative creations. there is a precedent for the ..Rc4 sac used by Petrosian in the last st amant v staunton match game of paris 1843-a remarkably similar game. gms at the time respected petrosian but there was a general feeling - even with spasskys victory -that fischer was the coming man-yes and no as it turned out!

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  ray keene: cardoso v petrosian-no i hadnt seen it-its amazing but is it always ok for black-can someone with a strong computer inform us? btw there was a precedent for this too in fischer 0 v petrosian 1 caro kann candidates 1959-also with long black king walk and duckstein v petrosian varna 1962.
Apr-05-12  LoveThatJoker: <GM Keene> Thank you! :)


PS. Yes those two famous King-walk games are definitely tremendous companion pieces to this game versus Cardoso. Here is a modern one of this ilk that is also impressive and memorable: V Gashimov vs Grischuk, 2010

Apr-05-12  King Death: <ray keene> In "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" there's a picture of Bronstein with his parents that I saw years ago that was taken just after his father was released from the GULAG. He was middle aged but he looked well into his 60s.
Apr-05-12  Paint My Dragon: Cardoso v Petrosian: Yes, surprisingly, Houdini thinks it is always OK for Black. In fact, the deeper the Black king goes into enemy territory, the better it thinks Black is! One of those bizarre episodes when the gulf between intuition and cold calculation is at its widest. Perhaps Petrosian would have been an able opponent for Deep Blue?

Houdini did however think that White was better to play 36.Rxf6 when the plan is to advance the white pawn to g7 and play Bf8 - even so, the evaluation is still only equal, and not a line I would have felt confident playing, I must say.

Final position is Mate in 13.

Apr-05-12  veigaman: Hi ray, it has passed such a lon time since i wrote in this page!

Ray, in your opinion, what are the main weakness of:

1 petrosian
2 korchnoi
3 fischer

Thanks in advance

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  chrisowen: Ever the optimist ickle in ste6 and rf6 debate.

At in cycle had i sentry it just bobby's my hero!

Bar none could you bell it rope together in james' too all time best or

fondest one movers worth in picking?

Flash quick it safe in the wriggle ar too candidate ive gain knowledge

off really it horde in perdition square in be6 or cut ducky it rookf6?

Aghast in ghosting take stock i nearly it clarified in caper hoists

right said in be6, rf6 jack or another pleas

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  tpstar: <ray keene> User: chrisowen has a long history of posting garbled messages which are intentionally undecipherable. Some find it amusing, some find it quirky, most find it maddening. I guess part of the fun is trying to solve the riddle, but I wouldn't spend your time here like that. =)
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  ray keene: weaknesses of

korchnoi-time trouble

<chris owen> clearly trying to rewrite finnegans wake-not convinced this right forum for that!

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