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Raymond Keene
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Number of games in database: 1,694
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +1017 -152 =479 (76.2%)*
   * 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 E49 E42 E26
 English (61) 
    A15 A13 A12 A17 A16
 Grunfeld (46) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D80
 Queen's Gambit Declined (44) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (110) 
 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 C15
 Queen's Pawn Game (51) 
    A45 A40 A41 A50 D02
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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 kafkafan
   ANNOTATED+ GAMES by Patca63
   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, 72 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.

User: ray keene Wikipedia article: Raymond Keene

 page 1 of 68; games 1-25 of 1,694  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
2. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
3. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
4. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
5. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
6. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
7. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
8. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
9. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
10. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0281960Match game 1, ClaphamB23 Sicilian, Closed
11. A Ogus vs Keene  ½-½371961School matchC18 French, Winawer
12. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0351961OlympiaA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
13. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1501961English Boys U-14E40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
14. L Bauer vs Keene 0-1231961Clapham Common CCB16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
15. S Leff vs Keene 0-1361961Clapham Common CCA20 English
16. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-1381961MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
17. G K Sandiford vs Keene 0-1271961Dulwich CollegeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241961Match game 13, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
19. Keene vs Bhuyia 1-0391961Clapham Common CCA15 English
20. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1301961Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. Keene vs D Sutton  1-0261961Dulwich CollegeA15 English
22. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0211961Match game 5A09 Reti Opening
23. R Irwin vs Keene  0-1211961National Schools ChC15 French, Winawer
24. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0201961U-14 ChampionshipA16 English
25. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0151961DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
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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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  MissScarlett: Ray, I see you there lurking......cooooooome in......this is wicked of you not to!
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  ray keene: Thanks for all the nice comments. My columns now appear each month in The British Chess Magazine and the online edited by the well known journalist and writer Daniel Johnson.
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  ray keene: Btw my chess biography already exists entitled Grandmaster Strategy and published by Hardinge Simpole .
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>'s back in the hoooose.....everything's right with the world...welcome home!
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  HeMateMe: Ray, you need to do the right thing and mail a copy of your auto bio to the NYC public library system.
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  ray keene: NYC public library system. Is lodging a book there standard practice? Any advice on how to make it so?
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, your website lists your achievements including <Leon Mexico 2013, defeating 17 opponents simultaneously without sight of the boards or pieces>. Was this a fully kosher event? Were they all kids? What was the overall score? Any game scores?
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  redlance: Ray just ordered Grandmaster Strategy.
Look forward to this book!!!
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  Sally Simpson: ***

The articles in 'The article' (link above) are enjoyable - joined and following. Very slightly disagreeing about Steinitz and Prof Challenger (though you may well be correct.)

Liked this wee plug for this site in another article where you say you will not be using games scores but:

"Games will be made available by linking to a free website which not only gives you access to instantly replayable games onscreen, but also invites readers to contribute their own comments to the analytical debate. "

(you could have added after 'analytical debate' not only chess, we here also have all of the answers to all of the questions that are plaguing humanity.)


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  HeMateMe: Thanks for your response, Ray. I'll check with library people here about protocol. Most likely there's a clearing depository just outside of NYC or in the city itself. The library system here is huge, as is London's.

We have a lot of chess books in the original Russian, though one can't check those out. [collectors will keep the rare books, claim they were "lost"] they can only be examined at a research center.

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  thegoodanarchist: Hello GM Ray Keene,

I am curious about your comment from today's 'Game of the Day':

Keene vs E J Holt, 1971

You remarked: <my opponent was incredibly pissed off at the end of the game> a little over 14 years ago, here:

Keene vs E J Holt, 1971 (kibitz #3)

What I cannot understand is <why>? Why would he be so angry?

Did he give you a reason?

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  ray keene: <thegoodanarchist> I think my opponent was angry because he thought I had been taking the piss with my king peregrinations. Actually, I had a good reason for all of them !
May-24-20  cameosis: <ray keene> mr keene, greetings.

i have a favor to ask: recently, iíve come across two events that have been played in the late 1980s, james capel speed chess challenge (1988) and european speed chess championship (1989), both televised with your commentary.

is it possible to get the game scores and possibly dates for these tournaments somewhere, would you know how and where?

i have only found nunn v mestel (1988), kasparov v speelman (1989) and adams v speelman (1989) the drawn final game, so far.

thanks much in advance!

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