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Raymond Keene
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Number of games in database: 1,677
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +1017 -147 =467 (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 (129) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (110) 
    E62 E80 E63 E94 E69
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E30 E41 E49 E42 E26
 English (60) 
    A15 A13 A12 A14 A16
 Grunfeld (46) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (44) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (109) 
 Sicilian (102) 
    B32 B25 B30 B22 B78
 Pirc (81) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (61) 
    E83 E73 E62 E94 E84
 French Defense (50) 
    C18 C00 C05 C02 C15
 Queen's Pawn Game (50) 
    A45 A40 A41 A50 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keene vs Miles, 1976 1-0
   Keene vs Robatsch, 1971 1-0
   Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973 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
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   L De Veauce vs Keene, 1963 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)
   Haifa Olympiad (Men) (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   K Players of Yesteryear by fredthebear
   ANNOTATED GAMES by gambitfan
   franskfranz's 1. Nf3 by franskfranz
   ray keene's favorite games by ray keene
   Ray Keene's Best Games by KingG
   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 68; games 1-25 of 1,677  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
2. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
3. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
7. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Keene vs G K Sandiford  ½-½3119614th match game, ClaphamC38 King's Gambit Accepted
12. Keene vs Orly 1-0101961Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
13. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-0141961BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
14. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-1521961Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
15. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0421961Match game 9A35 English, Symmetrical
16. T Baldwin vs Keene  0-1351961Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
17. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0341961Match game 21, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
18. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0161961Match game 1, Dulwich CollegeA06 Reti Opening
19. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1231961DulwichB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1291961MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. L Bauer vs Keene 0-1231961Clapham Common CCB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
22. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-1381961MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
23. A Ogus vs Keene  ½-½371961School matchC18 French, Winawer
24. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1501961English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
25. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0351961OlympiaA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
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  ray keene: An original take on the nine year old....we shd meet during the match!
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, your critics - yes, there's been a few - are upset at your name having been appended to a caption on the fabled chess board at Simpson's:

How and when did this come about? Do you know when the caption originally dates to?

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  Diademas: <MissScarlett:... The fabled chess board at Simpson's:>

For a moment I thought you were referring to this.

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  MissScarlett: <Sure to be a Collecting Dust Item>
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  Diademas: Well, Staunton did have some success with the chessmen bearing his name.

GM Keene might find a niche into immortality by promoting this merry band of misfits.

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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, in Staunton's <ILN> column of January 19th 1861, in reply to a correspondent:

<R.K. - The problem you have sent as original has been published a dozen times at least since it first appeared, four hundred years ago.> #justsaying #irresistible

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  ray keene: Everyone is invited to see my brand new website
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  ray keene: Many of the games there link back to
The best ever published record of my games
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  TheFocus: Nice site, GM Raymond Keene!
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  MissScarlett: Perfunctory, impersonal....badly done! If the idea is to sell more books, write new books, better books.
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  ray keene: <MissScarlett> no actually the main point was to create an archival record . It also links to my Twitter site where my up to date thoughts can be found. In fact I am working on a new book to cover the Carlsen v Caruana world championship at the invitation of Everyman Chess Publishing. Cheers!

<The Focus> Thanks for your compliment!

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  ray keene: On my new website
It's possible to link directly to my Twitter site @times_chess by pressing on the Twitter icon at the bottom of the home page.
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  Sally Simpson: Hi Ray,

A wee bit disappointed the site will not be doing a weekly or fortnightly take on chess things or making any comments at all.

I do not have a twitter account and if I was seen buying a copy of the Times in my neighbourhood I'd get slaughtered.

OK. Time to put you on the spot.

Carlsen v Caruana, who will win and go for a score. (just think of kudos you can sneak into the introduction of the Everyman book if you get it exactly right.)

My prediction...who cares what I think?....but Carlsen will win and it will all be over before Christmas.

Sep-24-18  Parachessus: Nice site, Ray! How about having a "Sargeant Pepper" album cover style collage in the background, with photos of all the chess greats and near-greats behind you? Also, you need to place a king to your right to create a formal balance.
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  ray keene: <Sally Simpson> Carlsen to win 6.5 to 4.5 That's my prediction
Oct-12-18  john barleycorn: <ray keene: <Sally Simpson> Carlsen to win 6.5 to 4.5 That's my prediction>

count me in on that one. where to place my bet?

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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, I haven't been able to get any tickets for the cheap seats. Any chance of smuggling me in, past security?
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  Sally Simpson: Thanks Ray,

You were very close with your 'Contenders for the Crown' written in 1994.

Anand and Kramnik made it, Gelfand and Shirov got within touching distance. A wee bit out on the strength of computers. You predicted another decade before a computer would beat a world champion.

In 1994 I would have said even later than that.

Good luck with the book and I too like the prediction. Looking forward to the match and hope to attend at least two of the games.

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  HeMateMe: Ray, the website looks great! Very regal, very...British! will this fellow be making an appearance?


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  Count Wedgemore: <ray keene: Carlsen to win 6.5 to 4.5>

I like that prediction.

Oct-13-18  john barleycorn: <MissScarlett: <Ray>, I haven't been able to get any tickets for the cheap seats. ...>

Try the stand up. and stop grinding benefits out of others.

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  diceman: GM Keene has an excellent record:

Overall record: +1017 -147 =467 (76.7%)

Nov-07-18  Caissanist: GM Keene--any remembrances you have of the late Eric Schiller would be quite welcome.
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  Joshka: Ray always loved your World Chess Championship books you published. Now that FIDE has disgraced itself with this terrible format, think they will change?? Your Karpov-Korchnoi account from 1978 started my addiction to the royal game!!! I also thank God above for long classical matches filled with drama and excitement!! Cannot for the life of me understand our present day nonsense! Living in a world I no longer understand!!
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Joshka,

I gave up trying to understand this planet years ago. We get by not trying to understand each other.

I'll get Ray's book as soon as it is out, Sadly no wins to get our teeth into but a few games will appear over my board and a few won't. (game 11).

I thought '78 was a well written classic. It could hardly fail with some great games and the off the board incidents described in a funny and wry manner.

I've seen the documentary about it. Worth seeing. All the young Edinburgh players (those born after '78) are gob smacked and loved it.


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