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|Jun-12-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Ray>, let's do this thing. I need an email contact address.|
|Jun-21-19|| ||ray keene: <MissScarlett> firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Jun-30-19|| ||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.|
|Aug-20-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Ray>, dial in, the <cg.com> massive want to know that you're still with us!|
|Aug-24-19|| ||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 (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...) 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....
|Aug-24-19|| ||Dionysius1: Easy up <MissScarlett> :-) . It's a bank holiday weekend; GM Ray Keene is a family man in his 70s. Priorities, eh?|
|Aug-25-19|| ||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.
|Aug-25-19|| ||Dionysius1: Nice detective work!|
|Aug-28-19|| ||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.)
|Aug-28-19|| ||MissScarlett: Good work, Watson! Was mention made of <N J Kalton>?|
|Aug-28-19|| ||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.
|Oct-17-19|| ||FSR: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?...|
|Oct-17-19|| ||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.)
|Nov-04-19|| ||Dionysius1: GM Ray Keene is retiring from his Times column at the end of November too.|
|Nov-04-19|| ||MissScarlett: <Ray>, you need to come back to us....whatever's passed has passed...it can't end like this...time may be short...don't die on us...|
|Nov-17-19|| ||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?|
|Nov-30-19|| ||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!
|Dec-01-19|| ||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...
|Dec-02-19|| ||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".
|Dec-02-19|| ||Dionysius1: Nice one|
|Dec-02-19|| ||Fusilli: <HeMateMe> Who's the other guy in the photo?|
|Dec-02-19|| ||Fusilli: Didn't GM Keene run for FIDE president once? Was that against Campomanes?|
|Dec-02-19|| ||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.|
|Dec-02-19|| ||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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