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Raymond Keene
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Number of games in database: 1,756
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +1017 -160 =533 (75.1%)*
   * 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 (137) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (114) 
    E62 E80 E94 E63 E69
 Nimzo Indian (65) 
    E30 E41 E49 E42 E26
 English (63) 
    A15 A13 A12 A17 A16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (47) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D80
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (113) 
 Sicilian (104) 
    B32 B25 B22 B30 B78
 Pirc (86) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (66) 
    E83 E73 E92 E62 E94
 French Defense (56) 
    C18 C05 C00 C09 C15
 Queen's Pawn Game (53) 
    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
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 1-0
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   Hecht vs Keene, 1972 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lugano Olympiad qual-1 (1968)
   Nice Olympiad qual-2 (1974)
   Dortmund (1980)
   Madrid op (1982)
   Siegen Olympiad Final-C (1970)
   Siegen Olympiad qual-2 (1970)
   Dortmund (1978)
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-B (1968)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-B (1972)
   Reykjavik (1976)
   Teesside (1972)
   First Lady Cup 1st (1982)
   Haifa Olympiad (1976)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   K Players of Yesteryear by fredthebear
   ANNOTATED+ GAMES by kafkafan
   ANNOTATED+ GAMES by Patca63
   franskfranz's 1. Nf3 by franskfranz
   ray keene's favorite games by kingscrusher
   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, 73 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
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 71; games 1-25 of 1,756  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
2. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
3. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 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. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
8. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. G K Sandiford vs Keene 1-02519613rd match game, ClaphamC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
12. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261961MatchD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0251961Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. B Henstock vs Keene 0-1251961Clapham Common CCE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. Keene vs H Green  1-0331961London Clubs TournamentA57 Benko Gambit
16. Keene vs A W Whitbread 1-0381961Clapham Common CCB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
17. Keene vs B Henstock  1-0411961Clapham Common CCC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. Patterson / Holman vs Keene  0-1321961Tandem simulC18 French, Winawer
19. Keene vs Orly 1-0101961Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
20. Keene vs P M Fayers 1-0141961BromleyC78 Ruy Lopez
21. Keene vs G K Sandiford  ½-½3119614th match game, ClaphamC38 King's Gambit Accepted
22. T Baldwin vs Keene  0-1351961Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
23. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-1521961Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
24. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-1381961MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0421961Match game 9A35 English, Symmetrical
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  HeMateMe: is there a site or page anywhere where Ray's past chess columns are available? I mean, aside from going to each newspaper edition is there a grouping somewhere?
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  MissScarlett: Winter's <Chess Notes> have a fair selection. Or unfair, depending on your point of view.
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  offramp: Does anyone else here follow GM Keene on Twitter? It's at @GM_RayKeene.
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  HeMateMe: <ray keene: This week's chess column deals with the role of chess in penal reform.>

Just curious, has anyone ever come out of jail and been a successful tournament player? I don't mean at the professional level, but just being a talented weekend swiss player?

Jan-24-21  Sally Simpson: ***

I use to take a team of six to prison to play v the inmates team, some were known to me through chess before they robbed a Post Office (5 years).

When they got out they picked up chess were they left, I never noticed any drastic improvement in them, however a few of the prison team who had never played seriously before became good/quite reasonable league players when they got released.

When I was in the army I did a few spells in the glasshouse (10 day stints for going AWOL - not returning from leave because I was having too much fun.) Not allowed a chess set and board but there was one in the guardroom and I played those on night shift duty.


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  Check It Out: <Sally> Great stories, thank you.
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  Paint My Dragon: <HMM: Just curious, has anyone ever come out of jail and been a successful tournament player?>

John Healy was one notable example:

<The Grass Arena> was his dramatized life story, but he also wrote <Coffeehouse Chess Tactics>.

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  MissScarlett: Ray, regarding your recent claim that Euwe, as FIDE President, offered to stop the 1978 WC match with the score tied 5-5, when did you first make this public?
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  ray keene: I believe I first mentioned the Euwe offer in 1985, after the good Dr had passed away. I am bringing out an anthology of my columns: Fifty Shades of Ray to be published by Hardinge Simpole.
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  Eggman: <<... Euwe, as FIDE President, offered to stop the 1978 WC match with the score tied 5-5 ...>>

Unfathomable. The uproar would have been ten times greater than what occurred in 1985.

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  MissScarlett: < I believe I first mentioned the Euwe offer in 1985>

Given the context of the termination of the 1984/85 match, the obvious place to look were your books, <The Moscow Challenge> and <Manoeuvres in Moscow>. I can't find any mention of Euwe in them. Please advise.

Regarding the nature of Euwe's proposition, did you form an opinion on whether this was a private initiative on his behalf, or had it already been discussed with -and endorsed by? - other FIDE bigwigs, the Filipino organisers (including Campomanes) and the Soviets? Was your conversation in person or by telephone?

Feb-10-21  JPLL: this dude sucks, jan lubek gave him idea to choose computer to play kramnik and lubek's computer was never invited for playoffs!
Feb-10-21  JPLL: lubek's cm-by2k is based on chessmaster 2000!
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  ray keene: Euwe's 1978 offer was in private face to face conversation. I had the impression that it was endorsed by all the powers that be. The motives for the 1978 offer and 1985 termination were, in my opinion, rather different.
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  HeMateMe: the Karpov/Korchnoi match was full of good, fighting chess, all the way to game 31. no reason to terminate play.

In contrast, Kasparov was just drawing quickly as white in his '84 match with Karpov, just hoping that Karpov's nerves would fail, as some fatigue set in.

Feb-12-21  Olavi: From the Karpov page: <carpovius: "Unfair to Karpov?" an article by GM Keene))>

The article gives the Anand - Karpov wins head to head as 11-5. I'm fairly sure it is 9-5, one of Anand's wins being from the Buenos Aires 1994 Polugaevsky Jubilee Sicilian theme tournament. This site makes the same mistake, considering a couple of rapid games as classical.

Anyone in possession of Keene's book on the 1978 match will recognize several passages. It's nice to meet old friends.

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  HeMateMe: Is that the strange book with very small type size? If so, it was very hard on the eyes, poor layout.
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, I've been looking over the old <BBC Master Game> tournaments which ran over six series from 1975 to 1981. Curious that you never took part when many other leading British players featured at least once. Were you ever invited?
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  Paint My Dragon: <Miss Scarlett>

Ray was a participant in series 7, which you seem to be missing:

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  MissScarlett: I'd forgotten about that! I was just going by the two BBC books which each cover three series. And I think I've seen that DVD; but series 7 was the last, wasn't it? There's a problem dating games, because it seems some series were played/recorded one year, and broadcast the next.

In which case, my question becomes: <Ray>, why didn't you appear in the first six series? Were the games all played in London and then filmed in Bristol? What was the money like - this is taxpayers' money, of course? Speak up, I know you're there!

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  Paint My Dragon: The recordings were usually October, with screenings the following January.

Must have taken a lot of editing what with the separately recorded commentary and state of the art graphics!

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  ray keene: They never invited me until 1981! I don't recall the prize money. It's probably given somewhere in the book
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  MissScarlett: James & Hartston seem to have monopolised the Beeb's coverage for a long time. Apart from Master Game, I think they must have covered all the world championship matches from 1978 to, say, 1986. Did you get any airtime, and if not, did it push you in the direction of Thames TV?
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  ray keene: I was invited for the 24th and final game of the 1985 world championship, but Thames and Channel 4 were the salvation of my tv chess career.
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  MissScarlett: Do you think Hartston's TV work may have negatively affected his chances of becoming a GM? He was writing quite a bit for the <BCM> around those years, as well. I don't know if he had a newspaper column or other media work on the go.
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