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Raymond Keene
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Number of games in database: 1,692
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +1017 -150 =479 (76.3%)*
   * 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 (130) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (111) 
    E62 E80 E94 E63 E69
 Nimzo Indian (64) 
    E30 E41 E42 E49 E26
 English (61) 
    A15 A13 A12 A16 A14
 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 (62) 
    E83 E73 E62 E94 E92
 French Defense (52) 
    C18 C05 C00 C16 C09
 Queen's Pawn Game (51) 
    A45 A40 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
   S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1973 0-1
   Keene vs E Fielder, 1964 1-0
   E Jimenez Zerquera vs Keene, 1974 0-1
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   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
   Hastings 1973/74 by suenteus po 147
   Dortmund 1973 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, 71 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 1,692  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
3. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
4. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
6. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0151961DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. J N Sugden vs Keene  ½-½201961Match game 11, Dulwich CollegeC18 French, Winawer
13. Keene vs Bhuiya 1-0531961Clapham Common CCC71 Ruy Lopez
14. J Regruto vs Keene  0-1331961Clapham Common CC ChampsA47 Queen's Indian
15. Keene vs L Bauer  1-0271961Clapham Common CCA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
16. D Hamilton vs Keene 0-1281961Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
17. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0201961U-14 ChampionshipA16 English
18. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-02519613rd match game, ClaphamC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
19. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0251961Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. B Henstock vs Keene 0-1251961Clapham Common CCE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
21. Keene vs A W Whitbread 1-0381961Clapham Common CCB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
22. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-02119612nd Replay of Dulwich College ChampionsE72 King's Indian
23. Keene vs B Henstock  1-0411961Clapham Common CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
24. Patterson / Holman vs Keene  0-1321961Tandem simulC18 French, Winawer
25. Keene vs Orly 1-0101961Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, let's do this thing. I need an email contact address.
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  ray keene: <MissScarlett>
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, the book's arrived. I should have my mitts on it within a couple of days. I'm going to love you forever.
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, dial in, the <> massive want to know that you're still with us!
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, come in, I know you're there...I neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeddddddddddd your help with the game Tal vs Keene, 1964

When was this played? It couldn't have been on the occasion of Tal's 24-board display at John Lewis’s in Oxford Street on January 9th, could it?

Winter has a page ( devoted to the games of this occasion, but one is conspicuously absent, and by a process of elimination, it is a game lost by Tal....

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  Dionysius1: Easy up <MissScarlett> :-) . It's a bank holiday weekend; GM Ray Keene is a family man in his 70s. Priorities, eh?
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  MissScarlett: Relax, every week's a bank holiday for <Ray>!

Anyway, I think I've worked it out.

Tal's last game in Hastings was on the 8th of January: L Lengyel vs Tal, 1964

On the 9th, he's at <John Lewis> playing the Middlesex county team.

On the 11th, he's playing in Birmingham: Tal vs P N Wallis, 1964 and on the 12th he was flying onto Reykjavik (1964).

What I'd missed in one of the reports was that on the 10th, he played 'a formidable team of London's best junior players.' This makes sense of something else I overlooked: Tal vs N J Kalton, 1964

So this, of course, is when Ray's game must have happened.

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  Dionysius1: Nice detective work!
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  Sally Simpson: B.C.M. 1964 page 45.

They report on 10th January at Westminster city school Tal played 20 juniors winning 12, drawing 6 and lost 2. (Ray and D.H.Smith mentioned as winners - they give R.D.K. game.)

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  MissScarlett: Good work, Watson! Was mention made of <N J Kalton>?
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  Sally Simpson: ***

I think the same report actually did mention Kalton, I was only in the club for about 10 minutes to access B.C.M. & CHESS looking for something else and remembered to check this out.

CHESS had this picture C.N. 4899 but scarce on details. (it says the Birmingham post has more information.)

BCM added that these two: N Gaprindashvili vs Gligoric, 1964 were also giving simuls in the London region at the same time (11th Jan) Gligoric (Croydon) and Nona Jan at the Athenaeum Chess Club.


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  Sally Simpson: ***


Think one needs to log onto or have a facebook account for that.

Here is the best photo-copy I could get, it's a wee bit small but readable, screen magnification should do it.

I often argued on Ray's behalf that it is impossible to acknowledge every source especially when noting up a game, and the editors cutting scissors may have been at work, leaving in the analysis but snipping the source.

But against full piece plagiarism there is no defence.

What I did find disappointing was Ray re-hashing word for word from another source the intro to the 2018 Carlsen - Caruana match.

Again in the past I defended Ray using 'his' own old material in his column. (emphasis on 'his') But this, on such a memorable occasion, especially on a match being held in London was a PR disaster. (though perhaps that dull match - 12 draws - got the book it deserved!)

The book was later withdrawn from sale.

OOPS! Nearly forgot. The photo-copy is from Private Eye, 18th-30th October 2019, No. 1507 (page 9).

(Hope Ray has been replaced for being naughty and it's not a health issue.)


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  Dionysius1: GM Ray Keene is retiring from his Times column at the end of November too.
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, you need to come back to us....whatever's passed has can't end like this...time may be short...don't die on us...
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  Dionysius1: Possibly GM Ray Keene's autobiography on retirement could be called "Keen on Chess", recognition of both his lifelong interest and of his way with misspellings?
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  Dionysius1: And as GM Ray Keene hangs up his quill at The London Times, I for one am wishing him a long and happy retirement.

Thanks, GM, for wearing the learning lightly so we could follow the flow of the games you analysed and we could remember that chess is human and not always mathematics. Go well!

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  HeMateMe: Congratulations on a looong run of chess writing, promo activities, and many fine games played, for the chess record. [The photo of you jogging with Viktor korchnoi is all time classic! What a serious match Second will do to get his guy ready!]


Ray was <moderately> buff in this photo. Let's be generous...

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  Count Wedgemore: <Dionysius1: Possibly GM Ray Keene's autobiography on retirement could be called "Keen on Chess", recognition of both his lifelong interest and of his way with misspellings?>

And the book after that can be called "Next of Keene".

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  Dionysius1: Nice one
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  Fusilli: <HeMateMe> Who's the other guy in the photo?
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  Fusilli: Didn't GM Keene run for FIDE president once? Was that against Campomanes?
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  Tabanus: <Fusilli> It's Michael Francis Stean. Here's one from the Korchnoi - Polugaevsky Candidates Semifinal (1977) :

Dec-02-19  Olavi: <Fusilli: Didn't GM Keene run for FIDE president once? Was that against Campomanes?> In 1986 Lincoln Lucena challenged Campo, with Keene as the General Secretary candidate.
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  HeMateMe: I gobble up every chess auto bio the NYC public library system gets. Unfortunately we never got the gligoric book "I play against pieces" or <breaking through> by the Polgar sisters.

A ray Keene auto bio would be a welcome addition to our shelves.

What next for raymond Keene? Well, shouldn't Parliament have at least one decent chess player in it's ranks? Dare I say RK MP? Make it so!

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