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Raymond Keene
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Number of games in database: 1,829
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510
Overall record: +1020 -165 =598 (74.0%)*
   * 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 (143) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (118) 
    E62 E80 E94 E63 E69
 Nimzo Indian (69) 
    E30 E41 E49 E42 E26
 English (67) 
    A15 A13 A12 A14 A16
 Grunfeld (50) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (47) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (117) 
 Sicilian (109) 
    B32 B25 B22 B30 B20
 Pirc (95) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (68) 
    E83 E73 E94 E92 E62
 French Defense (56) 
    C18 C05 C00 C16 C02
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    A45 A40 A41 A50 A46
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Keene vs Miles, 1976 1-0
   S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1973 0-1
   Keene vs V Kovacevic, 1973 1-0
   Keene vs Robatsch, 1971 1-0
   Keene vs E Fielder, 1964 1-0
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   E Jimenez Zerquera vs Keene, 1974 0-1
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 1-0
   H Hecht vs Keene, 1972 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Slater Young Masters (1968)
   Lugano Olympiad qual-1 (1968)
   British Championship (1971)
   Sydney IM (1979)
   5th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1981)
   Nice Olympiad qual-2 (1974)
   British Championship (1972)
   Manchester Benedictine Open (1981)
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   Esbjerg (1981)
   6th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1982)
   British Championship (1982)
   Stevenson Memorial (1965)
   Reykjavik (1976)
   First Lady's Cup (1982)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 46 by 0ZeR0
   0ZeR0's Favorite Games Volume 45 by 0ZeR0
   K Players of Yesteryear by fredthebear
   ANNOTATED HUMAN GAMES by Rickdudester
   ANNOTATED+ GAMES by Patca63
   ANNOTATED+ GAMES by kafkafan
   franskfranz's 1. Nf3 by franskfranz

   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, 75 years old) United Kingdom

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He won the British Chess Championship in 1971, and was the first player from England to earn a Grandmaster norm, in 1974. In 1976 he became the second Englishman (following Tony Miles) to be awarded the Grandmaster title, and he was the second British chess player to beat an incumbent World Chess Champion (following Jonathan Penrose's defeat of Mikhail Tal in 1961). He represented England in eight Chess Olympiads.

Keene retired from competitive play in 1986 at the age of thirty-eight, and is now better known as a chess organiser, columnist and author. He was involved in organising the 1986, 1993 and 2000 World Chess Championships; and the 1997, 1998 and 1999 Mind Sports Olympiads; all held in London. He was the chess correspondent of The Times from 1985 to November 2019, and is a prolific author, having written over 100 books on chess. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to chess in 1985.

Keene is a controversial figure in the chess world. He has been accused of plagiarism, and his business dealings and the quality of his chess books, columns and articles have also been criticised.

Chess career
Keene won the London and British Under 18 Championships (shared with Brian Denman) in 1964, and represented England at the 1965 and 1967 World Junior Chess Championships, held in Barcelona and Jerusalem respectively. At the latter event he took the silver medal, finishing behind Julio Kaplan. He was educated at Dulwich College and Trinity College, Cambridge (where he studied modern languages and graduated with an MA). Keene wrote his first chess book whilst studying at Cambridge, and won the British Chess Championship at Blackpool 1971. As a result, he was awarded the International Master title in 1972, the first English player to achieve this since Jonathan Penrose in 1961. In 1974, Keene married Annette, the sister of International Master David S. Goodman. They have one son, Alexander, born in 1991.

Keene was the second British player to meet the necessary requirements to become a Grandmaster. He was pipped to the post by a few months by Tony Miles, the first British Grandmaster in 1976. Both he and Miles won financial prizes for this feat.

Miles and Keene were at the forefront of the English chess explosion of the next 20 years, and they were followed by other British grandmasters such as Michael Stean, John Nunn, Jon Speelman and Jonathan Mestel.

Keene represented England for nearly two decades in international team events, beginning with the 1966 Chess Olympiad in Havana at age 18. He followed with the next seven straight Olympiads: Lugano 1968, Siegen 1970, Skopje 1972, Nice 1974, Haifa 1976, Buenos Aires 1978, and La Valletta 1980. His individual performances at Lugano and Haifa merited bronze medals (although individual medals were not, in fact, awarded at Haifa) and he was undefeated in three Olympiads – these two and Siegen. His later performances, though, were less impressive, with just two draws from four games at Buenos Aires and losses in both his games at La Valletta.

He represented England four times at the Students' Olympiad (Örebro 1966, Harrachov 1967, Ybbs 1968 and Dresden 1969) and four times at the European Team Championships (Bath 1973, Moscow 1977, Skara 1980 and Plovdiv 1983). At Skara he won both a bronze medal with the team and the individual gold medal for the best score on his board.

Keene won the 1971 British championship and shared second place on three occasions, in 1968, 1970 and 1972. His tournament victories include Hastings Challengers 1966, Slater Challenge Southend 1968, Johannesburg 1973, Woolacombe 1973, Capablanca Memorial (Master Group) 1974, Alicante 1977, Sydney 1979, Dortmund 1980, Barcelona 1980, Lloyds Bank Masters 1981, Adelaide 1983 and La Valletta 1985.

Playing style
Keene's playing style tended toward the strategically original and positional. Strongly influenced by Aron Nimzowitsch and Richard Réti, he accordingly preferred hypermodern openings such as the Modern Defence, Nimzo-Indian Defence and King's Indian Defence.

Chess-related work
Keene worked as a chess event organiser. He was the originator and organiser of the annual Staunton memorial chess tournaments, one of the few regular events for masters held in London. The Oxford Companion comments: "By a combination of ability and shrewdness, Keene has attracted considerable sponsorship and has proved himself capable of efficient and rapid organisation of chess events".p196

Keene brought Victor Korchnoi and Garry Kasparov together for their 1983 Candidates' semi-final match in London as part of the 1984 World Championship cycle; the semi-final match between Vasily Smyslov and Zoltán Ribli was also played at the same site. He organised the 1984 Russia (USSR) vs Rest of the World match in London within two weeks, enabling the event to go ahead on time after the previous plans had fallen through, described by John Nunn as "a magnificent organisational achievement at such short notice."

Keene has also been involved in organising several World Championship finals matches. He arranged for the first half of the World Chess Championship 1986 return match between Kasparov and Karpov in London. The match, however, made a loss for the British Chess Federation (BCF) and, for reasons never clarified, he resigned from his position in the BCF shortly afterwards. He organised the 1993 PCA World Championship match between Kasparov and Nigel Short in London, for which he was one of the official commentators along with Grandmasters Jonathan Speelman and Daniel King. He was the instrumental force behind 'Brain Games', which organized the World Championship match in 2000 between Kasparov and Vladimir Kramnik. Following the match, however, he retained the trophy in lieu of money he believed he was owed by the collapse of Brain Games: Kramnik did not receive it until 2008. Brain Games later collapsed in controversial circumstances.

Keene became the chess columnist of The Spectator in March 1977. His column was terminated in September 2019, when he was replaced by Luke McShane. Following the retirement of Harry Golombek, Keene was appointed the chess correspondent of The Times in 1985. In November 2019 he was replaced by David Howell. In December 1996 he became the chess columnist of the Sunday Times. In August 2017 he was replaced by David Howell.

Television personality
Keene has appeared on television. He covered the world championships of 1981, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1993, and 1995 for BBC 2, CHANNEL 4, and Thames TV. In the "Duels of the Mind" series which aired on the UK ITV network, Keene, along with South African author and civil rights campaigner Donald Woods, discussed and analysed what Keene regarded as the twelve best chess games ever played.

Magazine editor
From 1978 to 1982, Keene was the editor of Modern Chess Theory, a magazine on openings which included contributions from the Soviet world champions Mikhail Botvinnik, Vasily Smyslov, and Mikhail Tal.

Keene claims to be "the author of 140 books on chess". He was the Chess Advisor to Batsford. His early books such as Howard Staunton (1975, with R. N. Coles) often dealt with players with styles similar to his own. Aron Nimzowitsch: a Reappraisal (1974) is much admired and was revised and translated into Russian in 1986,1 with an algebraic edition published in English in 1999. In 1989, he and Nathan Divinsky wrote Warriors of the Mind, an attempt to determine the 64 best chess players of all time. The statistical methods used have not met with wide approval, but the player biographies and games were regarded by one book as providing a good overviewbut also incurred criticism for inaccuracy. Much of Keene's later work has attracted criticism for sloppiness, plagiarism and the habit of copying passages, including errors, from one book to another.

Allegations of plagiarism
Keene has on several occasions been accused of plagiarism. In 1993 John Donaldson accused Keene of committing plagiarism in The Complete Book of Gambits (Batsford, 1992). Donaldson wrote "Just how blatant was the plagiarism? Virtually every word and variation in the four and a half pages devoted to Lisitsin's Gambit in Keene's book was stolen." After Keene refused to pay Donaldson a requested $200 for the use of his material, Keene's American publisher Henry Holt and Company ended up paying Donaldson $3,000.

In 2008, Keene was accused of plagiarising a column by Edward Winter for a piece published in The Spectator and subsequently on the website Chessville and on page 129 of his book The Official Biography of Tony Buzan. More than a third of the article was taken directly from Winter's column.

In 2013, Winter reflected on plagiarism in chess: "a particularly sordid corner of the chess world which will never be eradicated without maximum public exposure". He went on: "The latest instance is the discovery by Justin Horton that material from the first volume of Kasparov's My Great Predecessors series has been misappropriated by Raymond Keene in The Spectator."

Private Eye describes the plagiarism as involving "substantial amounts of text lifted from chess books, mainly Kasparov's but also other authors". One case involves Keene's notes to a game between Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov, which he annotated for The Times on 8 December 2011 and The Spectator on 5 January 2013.

These alleged plagiarisms, which Edward Winter calls "eye-popping" are catalogued at "a convenient 'plagiarism index' which is being kept updated".

Tony Miles
In 1985, Keene received £1,178 from the BCF for being Tony Miles' second at the Interzonal in Tunis; however, he had not actually been Miles' second but accepted the money and shared it with Miles. Miles had initially agreed to this plan but eventually told the BCF about it in 1987. Two months later, Keene resigned his posts as BCF Publicity Director and FIDE delegate. Keene said that his resignation was for different reasons, and that he was "furious" at his treatment after organising numerous events from 1983 to 1987. Brain Games Network
In 2000, Keene's former brother-in-law David Levy accused him of deceiving the directors of their company Mind Sports Olympiad Ltd (MSO) by setting up a rival company, Brain Games Network plc (BGN), without their knowledge and using £50,000 of MSO Ltd money to do so. Levy further alleged that Keene changed his story several times as to the purpose of the payment and the reasons why the new company had been set up. He complained that shares in the new company were held by Keene and an associate (Don Morris) but not by the company for which they had been supposed to be working, nor any of its directors other than themselves. Levy wrote:

As one would expect, our original investors were equally astounded at the news and extremely angry at Keene. They had by now invested £1.5 million (approximately $2.25 million at that time) partly or largely on the basis of their faith in Keene and myself. Now they had learned that one of their two key consultants, the one with money-raising skills, had been working to set up a rival company.

Nothing, however, was proven against Keene (who had swiftly paid an identical sum, i.e. £50,000 to MSO, making the subsequent explanation that this constituted a personal loan from himself) and his new company went on to organise the world championship match later that same year. (It was at this time that Private Eye started referring to him as "The Penguin", a nickname he had first acquired in 1966.)

Levy further criticised Keene for selling three of his own companies to BGN for £220,000 despite their being "virtually worthless". The three companies had between them "a total capital and reserves of only £2,300". At much the same time, according to Levy, BGN purchased a web site and two domain names from Chess and Bridge Limited. However, they made the purchase in two stages. The first of these stages was its sale to Giloberg Finance Limited, owned by Keene's associate Alan Lubin: the second was the immediate sale of the same items, by Giloberg, to BGN. The first sale was for approximately £60,000 (in fact $100,000) and the second was for £290,000, hence making Giloberg "an instant profit of approximately £230,000" and raising the question of why BGN should have paid a sum much greater than the original vendors considered the items were worth.

BGN collapsed in controversial circumstances. Shareholders were unhappy that sums amounting to at least £675,000 had been paid to directors in "fees and payments" despite the company swiftly becoming insolvent. Investors were also unhappy that Keene and Lubin had acquired 88% of the company "for a song" even though the remaining 12% had been sold for around £3 million.

During the course of the 2000 Braingames World Championship Keene was accused of heavy-handed behaviour in having journalist John Henderson removed from the press room with the assistance of bouncers. Korchnoi
Viktor Korchnoi alleged that when acting as his second in the 1978 World Championship match, Keene broke his contract by writing a book about the match (which appeared three days after the match finished) having specifically signed an agreement "not to write, compile or help to write or compile any book during the course of the match". Korchnoi commented: "Mr Keene betrayed me. He violated the contract. It was clear that while Mr Keene was writing one book and then another, Mr Stean was doing his work for him."

Attempts to defend Keene were rebutted by Michael Stean's mother, who stated that she was in a position to know what was in Keene's contract since she herself had typed it. Keene, she claimed, had signed this despite having already negotiated a contract with Batsford to write a book about the match. She described "a premeditated and deliberate plan to deceive" and noted that Keene's conduct had come under suspicion during the match.

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 page 1 of 74; games 1-25 of 1,829  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
3. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
6. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
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. J N Sugden vs Keene 1-0261961MatchA55 Old Indian, Main line
12. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261961MatchD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Keene vs L Bauer  1-0271961Clapham Common CCA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
14. A Ogus vs Keene  ½-½371961School matchC18 French, Winawer
15. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0341961Match game 21, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
16. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1501961English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
17. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-1521961Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
18. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1291961MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
19. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1301961Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. T D Baldwin vs Keene  0-1351961Olympia ExhibitionC17 French, Winawer, Advance
21. G K Sandiford vs Keene 0-1271961Dulwich CollegeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
22. Keene vs Orly 1-0101961Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
23. J Regruto vs Keene  0-1331961Clapham Common CC ChampsA47 Queen's Indian
24. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-1381961MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0251961Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
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  Sally Simpson: Happy Birthday Ray.

By chance I was playing over S J Hutchings vs Keene, 1973 in 'Simple Chess' today. (I picked up an algebraic version yesterday to go with my descriptive version from long ago.) The combo (and the idea behind it) after 19...h5 though unplayed will one day appear in my 'Unheard Melody' feature where I rescue great tunes that never it to the turntable. Bravo!

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  ray keene: ray keene: Here is a message from my good friend and endgame expert Ray Cannon, about his most recent book. Battle of Endgames
1066 Stratagems for you to Conquer by Ray Cannon

Ray Cannon writes to me as follows:

Way back in 1972, Saturday 22nd January 1972, to be precise, Anatoly Karpov gave a 26-board simultaneous exhibition at the London Central YMCA in its temporary building in Endell Street. The future World Chess Champion had competed in the recently concluded Hastings international tournament tying for first with Victor Korchnoi on 11/15 in a 16-player round robin event.

It was traditional then following Hastings for Soviet International Grandmasters to give simultaneous exhibitions. After Anatoly’s first four displays he had scored a total of 90 wins, 8 draws without loss including a total wipe-out of 20 wins at one club. However, Centymca, as the club was also called, had a thriving and enthusiastic chess scene with several strong players. In the end AK could only score 17 wins and 4 draws even losing 5 times. I even managed to gain a draw on move 29 when the position had become totally blocked and, for the record, here is the game:

Anatoly KARPOV – Raymond CANNON

1 c4 Nf6 2 Nc3 e6 3 g3 d5 4 d4 c5 5 cxd5 Nxd5 6 Nf3 cxd4 7 Nxd4 Nxc3 8 bxc3 Qd5 9 Rg1 e5 10 Bg2 Qd7 11 Nb3 Qxd1+ 12 Kxd1 Nc6 13 Be3 Be6 14 Kc2 Ba3 15 Nc5 Bf5+ 16 Kb3 Bxc5 17 Bxc5 Be6+ 18 Kb2 0–0–0 19 Rgd1 Kc7 20 a4 b6 21 Bxc6 bxc5 22 Be4 f5 23 Bc2 e4 24 Rxd8 Rxd8 25 Rd1 Rxd1 26 Bxd1 Bc4 27 e3 Bd3 28 Bb3 c4 29 Bd1 a5 Now Karpov proposed a draw. ½-½

Afterwards, AK was interviewed by chess dynamo Mike Wills, in Russian, who had organised the event. Every club or organisation needs one for chess to flourish or even survive in their area. We are lucky nowadays to have Adam Raoof in the London area, organising and promoting chess and without him there would be far fewer opportunities to play serious chess.

In the interview one question among many asked was: Can you advise us what we must do to improve? AK: I don’t know what you do at the moment! What do we do really? We study openings a lot, we play a lot I suppose. AK: But endgames not very much – do the opposite study endgames!

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  ray keene: Anatoly Karpov gives very good advice and so this brings us to the real point of this article which is to introduce you all to my book on the endgame!

It wasn’t in my plans to write this book. Some chess players suggested I do so after seeing my sheets of 100 endgames containing mainly elementary puzzles in which only the first move and only correct move had to be found. I had produced 1200 (12 sheets of 100) in all. One player who very much urged me to do so was Ashok Damodaran, the father of Patrick Damodaran, the very talented young player who had won an adult tournament in 2018 at the age of five! That was in the under-135 section at Hampstead, another one of Adam’s tournaments.

I wanted a title which had some originality and so I used a play on words from an important date in English history. 1066 positions then had to be selected. The majority of these came from those 1200 but about another 200 were not. They all needed annotating so there was much to do. This happened during lockdown and many months onwards. It wasn’t my life’s work as someone has suggested though! However, I do possess many decades of newspaper cuttings on chess going back to the 1970’s, chess books in different languages, magazines likewise, websites, games I had witnessed and some compositions of mine to call upon etc.

When selecting my puzzles, my first port of call was Leonard Barden’s Evening Standardcolumn which appeared daily for many decades from Monday to Friday until a few years ago. Often a position was taken from a game that had only been recently played. Leonard’s various chess columns are nearly always topical and, in my opinion, the disappearance of this particular column this century was a great loss to chess.

In my book you will find many practical endgames of all sorts that occur frequently. If you get to obtain a copy, my advice is to set each position up on a board before solving. Chess is usually played in a three-dimensional setting except when you play online, of course! At Docklands in the November rapid-play event one online player told me that he enjoyed his first ever over the board game and found it exhilarating!

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  ray keene: Published and printed by Amazon in June 2021, it is also available from both Waterstones and Foyles on their websites. BATTLE OF ENDGAMES: 1066 Stratagems for you to Conquer, is not so much as a book of endgame studies but more of a book of basic endgame stratagems that should be studied. Containing 248 pages and priced at a modest £9.95, I think you will find it is good value for money.

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  Sally Simpson: Hi Ray,

Good advice about setting up the position. IMO only the very gifted can reproduce or recognise patterns OTB they have seen on screen.

I like all puzzle books, these books cannot fail as long as students of the game remember you get out of them what you put into them.

And endgames studies/puzzles are easy to setup OTB (like all chess players I'm bone lazy) and often contain cute moves. £9.95 is a fair price these days. I'll be getting a copy.

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  ray keene: The original coverage of Ray Cannon’s endgame book appeared on Adam Raoof's website The Chess Circuit and was published on 1st December, 2021. You can find the website here:

Adam has more than 3000 subscribers with many around the world.

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  Sally Simpson: I'm passing Waterstones tomorrow on my way to catch up on the Women's International being held in the Edinburgh Club, then off to the Edinburgh Park Weekend Congress.

I have a few Christmas Book tokens left. I'll order the book if it's not in. I'll review in my column but that will take time. I can never understand how regular reviewers do a new review once a week. (do they read the things or just accept their freebie and print the back of the blurb.)

It took me nearly six months to go through every game by Soltis on Carlsen. Good.

Me reviewing an Endgame Book! ha ha. My followers (most of whom hate me) won't believe it. I've said a thousand times to them if you are in ending that means you has misplayed the middle game. (thank you Tarrasch)

And I've put them off buying more than one book on endings - you only need one, nothing really new has been discovered since Stamma (and he died in 1755.)

Thanks again for the heads up.

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  ray keene: <Sally Simpson> very much looking forward to reading your review of Ray Cannon’s endgame book.
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, is this Goodman also David Goodman?
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, Staunton's gravestones in Kensal Green date from 1997. Do you know what state the grave was in beforehand? I assume there was a headstone, at least. Was it legible?
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  Sally Simpson: By the by. Waterstones could not get me that endgame book. They found it but said they could not stock it. They said I could order it online. I said something about no wonder High St shops are closing if you are telling us to go online.

Their chess book selection was meagre. I squandered my remaining book tokens on Sci-fi junk. Next Christmas I'm going to ask for charity shop vouchers, it's where I buy my books, CD's and clothes.

I'll review the book by just showing a picture of the cover. Probably something like if you don't have a book on the endgame then get it. If you do then read the one have, there will not be much difference.

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  MissScarlett: When's your Cochrane research going to see the light of day?
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  Sally Simpson: On hold, waiting for the good weather and a piece of luck. Every avenue has been explored. We need an untapped source. A new lead.

I tried a seance onboard The Victory (the Navy connection) but only succeeded in getting Horatio Nelson who wanted me to tell the world his last words were; 'Kiss Emma for me' the authorities not wanting their married hero's last words to be to his adulteress lover (Lady Emma Hamilton) changed it up to 'Kiss me Hardy' (done Horatio.)

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  MissScarlett: Where is Cochrane buried?
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  chancho: Looks well worth the price of purchase:

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  ray keene: Before we refurbished it at a cost of £10,000 Staunton’s gravesite was an unmarked mess, only identifiable through cemetery maps.
Apr-06-23  Cassandro: It's really a great ting that you did that. It's an important thing. In some countries with a rich chess culture it's a given to honor past masters, an obligation. But there are numerous examples of the opposite, unfortunately. Well done, <Ray>.
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  MissScarlett: For my part, I wiped some bird poop off the headstone with a bit of tissue.

Whose idea was the Henry VI quote on the memorial stone? I wasn't aware it was there.

<O, that I could but call these dead to life! It were enough to fright the realm of France: Were but his picture left amongst you here, It would amaze the proudest of you all. Give me their bodies, that I may bear them hence And give them burial as beseems their worth.>

I saw it repeated in a couple of online articles that Walker arranged to have La Bourdonnais buried only a 'stone's throw' from McDonnell's grave, but that's a touch of poetic licence. They're at least 5 minutes' walk apart. Staunton and La Bourdonnais are closer - about 90 seconds.

Apr-07-23  stone free or die: <Missy> it sounds simple enough, but there is guidance for the proper care and feeding of a headstone...

Next time, don't forget to bring a proper maintenance kit. And the D/2 biological, which I've seen recommended more than once.


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  MissScarlett: I should point out that the memorial stone (the one lying flat over the grave) also mentions that Frances is buried there, too.
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  ray keene: Staunton’s headstone : the Henry VI quote was my idea, referring, of course, to his match victory against St Amant in Paris 1843. I took the liberty of changing Shakespeare’s plural , to the singular. It was a choice between that quote and one from Julius Caesar : why man, he doth bestride the narrow world like a colossus. The plan was to combine Staunton’s chess prowess with his Shakespearean scholarship.
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  MissScarlett: <Grandmaster Ray Keene OBE @GM_RayKeene

Eley’s name disfigures the British Championship Trophy and shd be removed ! In fact Eley should have been in jail then along with those in officialdom who protected him. I now regard Dr Jonathan Penrose and myself as the legitimate British Champions for 1972.>

Belated congratulations, <Ray>, on consecutive British titles!

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  HeMateMe: Hello, GM Keene, just wondering if you had perused through a copy of Mathew Sadler's new book. He looks at 35 famous games (the usual suspects) and uses three different search engines (Stock, Komodo) to look at pivotal points in these games, where the engines attempt to improve on the play of chess giants.

The three engines produce different recommendations, which seems to be the premise of the book, computer v. computer in evaluating some well-known games.

I'm guessing you've met Sadler, either OTB or socially, just wondering if you had seen this book, any thoughts on it.

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  ray keene: Yes I will review the Sadler book in a forthcoming weekly column in The Article It’s excellent of course 😀😀😀✔️✔️✔️
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