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R Henley 
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Ron W Henley
Number of games in database: 152
Years covered: 1976 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2415 (2405 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2525
Overall record: +43 -34 =71 (53.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (12) 
    E45 E41 E32 E48 E47
 Queen's Pawn Game (11) 
    A46 D02 A41 E10 E00
 Queen's Indian (9) 
    E12 E16
 King's Indian (6) 
    E97 E90 E62 E75 E94
 Grunfeld (4) 
    D91 D90 D97
 Queen's Gambit Declined (4) 
    D37 D38 D30
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (10) 
    C07 C03 C00 C19
 French Tarrasch (8) 
    C07 C03
 Grunfeld (7) 
    D78 D98 D85 D79 D76
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A45 A40 D02 A46 E00
 Semi-Slav (5) 
    D43 D44 D49
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E15 E17 E12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Schmidt vs R Henley, 1983 0-1
   Yusupov vs R Henley, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Keene vs R Henley, 1981 0-1
   Fedorowicz vs R Henley, 1977 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1980)
   Lone Pine (1976)

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RON W HENLEY
(born Dec-05-1956) United States of America

[what is this?]
Ronald Watson Henley was born in Houston, Texas, USA. He was awarded the IM title in 1980 and the GM title in 1982. Anatoly Karpov hired him as one of his seconds.

Wikipedia article: Ron Henley


 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 152  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. R Henley vs Browne  0-141 1976 Lone PineA28 English
2. Seirawan vs R Henley 1-041 1976 USA-ch U18A28 English
3. Quinteros vs R Henley 1-039 1976 Lone PineA14 English
4. R Henley vs W Martz  ½-½11 1976 Lone PineA15 English
5. R Henley vs M Diesen  ½-½12 1976 Lone PineA38 English, Symmetrical
6. Rohde vs R Henley 0-129 1976 Lone PineB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
7. R Henley vs J L Watson  ½-½47 1976 Lone PineD02 Queen's Pawn Game
8. G Forintos vs R Henley  0-147 1976 Lone PineA24 English, Bremen System with ...g6
9. Fedorowicz vs R Henley ½-½35 1977 Lone PineA66 Benoni
10. K Frey Beckman vs R Henley  1-042 1977 Lone PineA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
11. C Garcia Palermo vs R Henley  ½-½54 1977 Lone PineA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
12. R Henley vs Rohde  ½-½14 1977 Lone PineD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
13. R Henley vs D J Strauss  1-085 1977 Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
14. R Henley vs R Kaimo  1-035 1977 TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
15. J Whitehead vs R Henley  1-044 1977 Lone PineB10 Caro-Kann
16. Bisguier vs R Henley  1-047 1977 Lone PineE70 King's Indian
17. R Henley vs J Grefe  0-128 1977 Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
18. R Henley vs W Martz 0-147 1977 Lone PineA03 Bird's Opening
19. Sahovic vs R Henley  1-067 1978 Lone PineA61 Benoni
20. Tarjan vs R Henley  0-159 1978 Lone PineE41 Nimzo-Indian
21. Christiansen vs R Henley ½-½50 1978 Lone PineA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
22. R Henley vs H Ree  ½-½50 1978 Lone PineA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
23. R Henley vs V Zaltsman  ½-½34 1978 Lone PineE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
24. N Weinstein vs R Henley  ½-½14 1978 Lone PineB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
25. R Henley vs L Shamkovich  ½-½27 1978 Lone PineE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 152  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-09-08  Strongest Force: Of all the different places to play, "The Flea House" in the heart of Times Square, right accross the street from where the ball drops on New Year's Eve was the best place to play. It was the most rundown and seedy club but all the legends of blitz played there. When this club went down the Game Room took over.

The game room was a very nice club. There was a bar with TV, a small kitchen that could "hook-up" a hamburger and fries, a dart board, many comfortable seats, 3 great owners who i helped to move twice including the last move from 104th street to The Beacon Theatre-basement club which was ultra modern. I remember introducing Max Dlugy (only 12) to 3 blitz legends: Asa Hoffman, Steve Brandwein, and late Russian master Yuckman who trained Tal. Max had long sessions with all 3 and i supplied him with enough food to keep him going. This was one of the great anonymous parts of chess history. Six years later, members of the club were excited and had cut-out articles from the New York Times reporting the progress of Dlugy who led the US Championship/FIDE Zonal tournament for most of the 1st half. Max tied for 3rd with another Game Room guy (John Fedorowicz) and won the playoff and went on to the interzonal where he narrowly missed qualifying for the candidates matches.

Dec-10-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  brankat: This is great stuff guys. Thank You so much for sharing Your memories. No doubt, three of You could co-operate on "NYC Chess Stories" :-)

<LIke most people, I think New York was a lot more interesting in the 70s and 80s, before the whole city became wall-marted and Trumped.>

<Amen.

Being born and raised in NYC I've seen more than a few changes, and most of them were not for the better....A lot of the character of the city has been washed away. >

Sadly, as I said before, the same is true for a number of other cities with rich Chess tradition. Both, in the States and Europe.

Of course, all this is equally relevant to other faucets of our traditions and history, not only chess-related ones.

Dec-10-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Indeed! I remember the first time I went into CBGBs, this narrow, sweaty, club on the Bowery, with combat netting hanging from the ceiling. There was a pack of skinheads outside. The amps were loud enough to blow the dirt off your skin. Sometimes you felt a little bit scared in there. Cult favies like Television, Richard Hell and the Voidoids and Kill All Mondays played there.

Fran Liebewitz said "I like the way Times Square used to be. There SHOULD be places the tourists are scared to go."

Now the family that owned CBGBs is fighting in court over sales of memorabilia.

What would Joey Ramone say?

Dec-10-08  Strongest Force: <HeMateMe> My musical taste run more to mainstream and so i never thought of going to CBGB until a chess-friend begged me to go. He was feeling bad because of a girlfriend break-up and sounded like he was a potential suicide case and i felt real bad about that. Mostly unknown bands played there but i think The Talking Heads started there... now they're in the rock hall of fame.
Jun-11-09  myschkin: . . .

Henley is now best known for his business associations. He is right-hand-man, second, analyst and trainer for former World Chess Champion Anatoli Karpov . This is especially surprising since Henley is not known to be able to speak any Russian.

source: http://dic.academic.ru/dic.nsf/enwi...

Sep-04-09  Pawn Ambush: Ron Henely plays Jp in speed chess winning 5-0.

Jp is a strong speed player who frequents Liberty Park in Manhattan, Ron works in the Wall st. area and occasionally stops by few a games during his lunch break.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iPsE...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tEJF...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lO14...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Btph...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuJ-...

Sep-04-09  JaneEyre: <He is right-hand-man, second, analyst and trainer for former World Chess Champion Anatoli Karpov . This is especially surprising since Henley is not known to be able to speak any Russian.>

Is Karpov known to speak any English?

Sep-04-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: <JaneEyre> <Is Karpov known to speak any English?>

I've seen interviews where Karpov is speaking in English.

Sep-04-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: He gave a half hour speech in english at a club some time ago, before doing a 30-board simul. He included Fischer references, as that was a popular topic for all gathered. I think he mentioned speaking to Fischer in Washington DC in 1980, about a possible match. Karpov may also have been in San Antonio in '72 and met Fischer, spoke of it, not sure. I think Petrosian was at that tournament. The USSR always sent two GMs to the foreign tournaments.

Does anyone know the club or occassion?

Sep-04-09  MaxxLange: I always wondered about the Russian/English problem. How did Henley, a kid from Texas, end up on Karpov's training group?

He could have been the computer expert OR an openings guy OR a board partner, none of which would require him really having to speak with Karpov in depth , especially since other Karpov personnel could do English/Russian interpretation as needed

I loved his "Powerplay" books. I have the ones on the Sicilian, and the Dragon, and the KIA. Are they still in print?

Sep-04-09  MaxxLange: I bet the connection was via that Church's Fried Chicken tournament in Texas back in the '70s. I am not making this up! Larsen, Karpov, and other very strong players competed in the Church's Fried Chicken Open. Some say that Fischer visited the tournament room one year, but did not stay long.
Sep-04-09  abcpokerboy: The connection may also have some financial implications. Henley made a fair amount of money stock trading, and that gives him access to such opportunities.

Henley was also a second to Walter Browne when Walter was in Interzonals. (Walter's a friend of mine) Henley produced some videos with top players in the mid to late 90's of their best or favorite games. Shirov, Karpov, Browne, as well as an analysis of the second Kasparov-Deep Blue match done with Seirawan.

Sep-04-09  MaxxLange: <HeHateMe> is referring to the same idea as me - San Antonio in '72 speculation

<abcpokerboy> I have heard it said that Karpov's main interest when he came to America was to make money, which was actually kind of reasonable, for a man in the social elite of the USSR. allowed to travel and to acquire foreign currency

Sep-05-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Just a guess, but Henley may have been the go-between in getting Karpov an endorsement deal with 'Excaliber', or one of the other stand alone chess machines that were popular before computers became lighter and much cheaper. I don't know if it was Excaliber, or some other chess machine, I do remember both Karpov and Kasparov both separately endorsed competing products. Fischer turned down a bundle to endorse one.

There is no reason to assume that Henley speaks Russian, Karpov speaks English well enough, and probably reads it better then he speaks it. There was a movie, I think called "The Great Chess Game" that detailed the Lone Pine Tournament of the mid 70s, in California. Karpov was at this particular year of that tournament, and was interviewed, and was speaing english ok.

Mar-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Here is a Henley victory not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1983.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Henley, Ron W"]
[Black "Dlugy, Maxim"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e5 4. Nc3 exd4 5. exd4 Nf6 6. Bxc4 Be7 7. Nf3 O-O 8.O-O Bg4 9. h3 Bh5 10. g4 Bg6 11. Ne5 c6 12. f4 b5 13. Bb3 b4 14. f5 bxc3 15.fxg6 hxg6 16. bxc3 Nd5 17. Qf3 Bf6 18. Ba3 Re8 19. Rae1 Bxe5 20. Qxf7+ Kh8 21.Rxe5 Rxe5


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22. Qf8+ Qxf8 23. Rxf8+ 1-0

23...Kh7 24.dxe5 Nb6 25.e6 Na6 26.e7 Nc7 27.g5

Source: Bill Wall, "500 Queen's Gambit Miniatures", Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1985

Jul-14-11  bartonlaos: This guy virtually dropped out of the scene in the mid-80's only to reappear in the late 90's. Now, in 2011 he's playing again - a few tournaments in Florida - which should be uploaded here - and a blitz at the National Open. He's still about 2500.

Back in the day he made Videos with GMs such as Karpov - and he's just come out with a new one:

http://shop.chesscafe.com/Foxy_Open...

Sep-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: from the book The Spanish Exchange! by Ron Henley & Paul Hodges..

<"Confidence is the key. Confidence and preparation. I knew I had a chance. I had done my homework, and I was ready. Everyone was surprised when I won the tournament except me. Of course, you can't know you're going to win a tournament, but it's important to believe you have a chance.">

- GM Ron Henley (after a surprise first place finish with 17.5/25 and a tie with GM Walter Browne in Surakarta-Denpasar 1982)

Dec-05-11  Penguincw: Hmm. He beat Keene. Not bad.
Dec-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Caissanist: Oh, he was better the Keene, at least when he was having his best results in the early eighties. As with many American players, his peak was high but short.
Sep-09-12  Llawdogg: Great stories guys! Thanks.
Sep-09-12  Everett: Looks quite slim in his youth.
Dec-27-12  Morphischer: Should add this game against Judit Polgar: http://www.youtube.com/watch?featur...
Oct-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  tjipa: I must say, I have a bit of a delicate dilemma. I play Sicilian Alapin, I know (have learned the hard way) I lack knowledge of many variations therein, and I want to improve, and I just noticed GM Henley is offering a 5 DVD set of lessons on it, AND I like the preview of it on Youtube, BUT here, on chessgames.com, I find just one Henley game with this system, a draw against not quite an elite opposition. SO - any suggestions, experiences? Does GM Henley knows what he is talking about in his lessons?
Oct-10-13  zoren: <tjipa:> I'm sure Ron knows his stuff in the Alapin, but my personal opinion is that you should heed advice from someone who has spent their entire career utilizing it, analyzing it, and beating world class players with it, because it shows their knowledge as well as confidence in the system. GM Tiviakov is a known specialist and you can definitely look at his scalps here on chessgames.

I'd recommend checking out the reviews for both Ron's DVD's and Sergei Tiviakov's DVD's before making a decision.

On a side note, Alapin depends a lot on "feel" I think, since many positions that appear very equal have loads of venom. It has less of a fisticuffs flavor compared to Open Sicilian and it can often peter out into nothing if you are not skilled at those types of positions. It might make some sense to not put too big priority on the theory, vs learning/studying to play out small advantage/dynamically equal positions if you are going to make the Alapin a mainstay.

Good luck.

Oct-10-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  tjipa: Thanks, zoren! I am aware of Tiviakov as an expert of this system. Actually, I turned to it, being fascinated by Sveshnikov games that are so full of interesting tricks. For me, what is more frustrating than losing in complications that sometimes happens, is getting totally drawn positions early on. Well, sometimes it works to draw against higher rated opponents, I even recently drew against Shirov with this in an informal blitz game (with huge time odds, though, he had 1 min.), yet one generally wants more with white, and I am looking around for instructions to avoid the drawish lines without having to study all the Dragons and Naydorfs!
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