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Ron W Henley
R Henley 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 166
Years covered: 1976 to 1999
Last FIDE rating: 2414 (2385 rapid, 2392 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2525

Overall record: +49 -38 =75 (53.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 4 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (13) 
    E32 E46 E41 E45 E44
 Queen's Indian (10) 
    E12 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (10) 
    A46 D02 A41 E00
 King's Indian (5) 
    E97 E94 E62 E75
 Queen's Gambit Declined (5) 
    D37 D35 D30 D38
 Grunfeld (5) 
    D91 D90 D86 D97
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (11) 
    C07 C19 C03 C02
 Grunfeld (9) 
    D78 D85 D94 D79 D92
 French Tarrasch (8) 
    C07 C03
 Semi-Slav (6) 
    D43 D44 D49
 Queen's Pawn Game (6) 
    A45 A46 E00 A40 D02
 Queen's Indian (4) 
    E17 E16 E12 E15
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   W Schmidt vs R Henley, 1983 0-1
   L Christiansen vs R Henley, 1978 1/2-1/2
   Yusupov vs R Henley, 1981 1/2-1/2
   Tarjan vs R Henley, 1978 0-1
   Hebden vs R Henley, 1983 0-1
   R Henley vs K G Shirazi, 1984 1-0
   Timman vs R Henley, 1983 0-1
   Keene vs R Henley, 1981 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1981)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Lone Pine (1980)

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(born Dec-05-1956, 63 years old) United States of America

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Ronald Watson Henley was born in Houston, Texas, USA. He was awarded the IM title in 1980 and the GM title in 1982. Anatoly Karpov hired him as one of his seconds. He won the state of New Jersey championship in 1990.

References: (1), (2) Wikipedia article: Ron Henley (chess player)

Last updated: 2018-03-17 11:24:31

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 166  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Seirawan vs R Henley 1-0411976USA-ch U21A28 English
2. R Henley vs W Martz  ½-½111976Lone PineA15 English
3. G Forintos vs R Henley  0-1471976Lone PineA24 English, Bremen System with ...g6
4. Quinteros vs R Henley 1-0391976Lone PineA14 English
5. R Henley vs J L Watson  ½-½471976Lone PineD02 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Rohde vs R Henley 0-1291976Lone PineB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
7. R Henley vs Browne  0-1411976Lone PineA28 English
8. R Henley vs M Diesen  ½-½121976Lone PineA38 English, Symmetrical
9. R Henley vs R Kaimo  1-0351977TournamentA02 Bird's Opening
10. R Henley vs J A Grefe  0-1281977Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
11. Bisguier vs R Henley  1-0471977Lone PineE70 King's Indian
12. R Henley vs D J Strauss  1-0851977Lone PineA00 Uncommon Opening
13. C Garcia Palermo vs R Henley  ½-½541977Lone PineA77 Benoni, Classical, 9...Re8, 10.Nd2
14. R Henley vs Rohde  ½-½141977Lone PineD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
15. K Frey Beckman vs R Henley  1-0421977Lone PineA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
16. Fedorowicz vs R Henley ½-½351977Lone PineA66 Benoni
17. R Henley vs W Martz 0-1471977Lone PineA03 Bird's Opening
18. J Whitehead vs R Henley  1-0441977Lone PineA07 King's Indian Attack
19. Tarjan vs R Henley 0-1591978Lone PineE41 Nimzo-Indian
20. R Henley vs L Shamkovich  ½-½271978Lone PineE44 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation, 5.Ne2
21. L Christiansen vs R Henley ½-½501978Lone PineA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
22. R Henley vs V Zaltsman  ½-½341978Lone PineE59 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line
23. R Henley vs H Ree  ½-½501978Lone PineA75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
24. Sahovic vs R Henley  1-0671978Lone PineA61 Benoni
25. R Henley vs Panno  ½-½461978Lone PineE41 Nimzo-Indian
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  Benzol: <JaneEyre> <Is Karpov known to speak any English?>

I've seen interviews where Karpov is speaking in English.

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  HeMateMe: He gave a half hour speech in english at a club some time ago, before doing a 30-board simul. He included Fischer references, as that was a popular topic for all gathered. I think he mentioned speaking to Fischer in Washington DC in 1980, about a possible match. Karpov may also have been in San Antonio in '72 and met Fischer, spoke of it, not sure. I think Petrosian was at that tournament. The USSR always sent two GMs to the foreign tournaments.

Does anyone know the club or occassion?

Sep-04-09  MaxxLange: I always wondered about the Russian/English problem. How did Henley, a kid from Texas, end up on Karpov's training group?

He could have been the computer expert OR an openings guy OR a board partner, none of which would require him really having to speak with Karpov in depth , especially since other Karpov personnel could do English/Russian interpretation as needed

I loved his "Powerplay" books. I have the ones on the Sicilian, and the Dragon, and the KIA. Are they still in print?

Sep-04-09  MaxxLange: I bet the connection was via that Church's Fried Chicken tournament in Texas back in the '70s. I am not making this up! Larsen, Karpov, and other very strong players competed in the Church's Fried Chicken Open. Some say that Fischer visited the tournament room one year, but did not stay long.
Sep-04-09  abcpokerboy: The connection may also have some financial implications. Henley made a fair amount of money stock trading, and that gives him access to such opportunities.

Henley was also a second to Walter Browne when Walter was in Interzonals. (Walter's a friend of mine) Henley produced some videos with top players in the mid to late 90's of their best or favorite games. Shirov, Karpov, Browne, as well as an analysis of the second Kasparov-Deep Blue match done with Seirawan.

Sep-04-09  MaxxLange: <HeHateMe> is referring to the same idea as me - San Antonio in '72 speculation

<abcpokerboy> I have heard it said that Karpov's main interest when he came to America was to make money, which was actually kind of reasonable, for a man in the social elite of the USSR. allowed to travel and to acquire foreign currency

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  HeMateMe: Just a guess, but Henley may have been the go-between in getting Karpov an endorsement deal with 'Excaliber', or one of the other stand alone chess machines that were popular before computers became lighter and much cheaper. I don't know if it was Excaliber, or some other chess machine, I do remember both Karpov and Kasparov both separately endorsed competing products. Fischer turned down a bundle to endorse one.

There is no reason to assume that Henley speaks Russian, Karpov speaks English well enough, and probably reads it better then he speaks it. There was a movie, I think called "The Great Chess Game" that detailed the Lone Pine Tournament of the mid 70s, in California. Karpov was at this particular year of that tournament, and was interviewed, and was speaing english ok.

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  GrahamClayton: Here is a Henley victory not in the database:

[Event "?"]
[Site "New York"]
[Date "1983.??.??"]
[Round "?"]
[White "Henley, Ron W"]
[Black "Dlugy, Maxim"]
[Result "1-0"]

1. d4 d5 2. c4 dxc4 3. e3 e5 4. ♘c3 exd4 5. exd4 ♘f6 6. ♗xc4 ♗e7 7. ♘f3 O-O 8.O-O ♗g4 9. h3 ♗h5 10. g4 ♗g6 11. ♘e5 c6 12. f4 b5 13. ♗b3 b4 14. f5 bxc3 15.fxg6 hxg6 16. bxc3 ♘d5 17. ♕f3 ♗f6 18. ♗a3 ♖e8 19. ♖ae1 ♗xe5 20. ♕xf7+ ♔h8 21.♖xe5 ♖xe5

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22. ♕f8+ ♕xf8 23. ♖xf8+ 1-0

23...♔h7 24.dxe5 ♘b6 25.e6 ♘a6 26.e7 ♘c7 27.g5

Source: Bill Wall, "500 Queen's Gambit Miniatures", Chess Enterprises Inc, Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, 1985

Jul-14-11  bartonlaos: This guy virtually dropped out of the scene in the mid-80's only to reappear in the late 90's. Now, in 2011 he's playing again - a few tournaments in Florida - which should be uploaded here - and a blitz at the National Open. He's still about 2500.

Back in the day he made Videos with GMs such as Karpov - and he's just come out with a new one:

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  wordfunph: from the book The Spanish Exchange! by Ron Henley & Paul Hodges..

<"Confidence is the key. Confidence and preparation. I knew I had a chance. I had done my homework, and I was ready. Everyone was surprised when I won the tournament except me. Of course, you can't know you're going to win a tournament, but it's important to believe you have a chance.">

- GM Ron Henley (after a surprise first place finish with 17.5/25 and a tie with GM Walter Browne in Surakarta-Denpasar 1982)

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  Penguincw: Hmm. He beat Keene. Not bad.
Dec-05-11  Caissanist: Oh, he was better the Keene, at least when he was having his best results in the early eighties. As with many American players, his peak was high but short.
Sep-09-12  Llawdogg: Great stories guys! Thanks.
Sep-09-12  Everett: Looks quite slim in his youth.
Dec-27-12  Morphischer: Should add this game against Judit Polgar:
Oct-10-13  tjipa: I must say, I have a bit of a delicate dilemma. I play Sicilian Alapin, I know (have learned the hard way) I lack knowledge of many variations therein, and I want to improve, and I just noticed GM Henley is offering a 5 DVD set of lessons on it, AND I like the preview of it on Youtube, BUT here, on, I find just one Henley game with this system, a draw against not quite an elite opposition. SO - any suggestions, experiences? Does GM Henley knows what he is talking about in his lessons?
Oct-10-13  zoren: <tjipa:> I'm sure Ron knows his stuff in the Alapin, but my personal opinion is that you should heed advice from someone who has spent their entire career utilizing it, analyzing it, and beating world class players with it, because it shows their knowledge as well as confidence in the system. GM Tiviakov is a known specialist and you can definitely look at his scalps here on chessgames.

I'd recommend checking out the reviews for both Ron's DVD's and Sergei Tiviakov's DVD's before making a decision.

On a side note, Alapin depends a lot on "feel" I think, since many positions that appear very equal have loads of venom. It has less of a fisticuffs flavor compared to Open Sicilian and it can often peter out into nothing if you are not skilled at those types of positions. It might make some sense to not put too big priority on the theory, vs learning/studying to play out small advantage/dynamically equal positions if you are going to make the Alapin a mainstay.

Good luck.

Oct-10-13  tjipa: Thanks, zoren! I am aware of Tiviakov as an expert of this system. Actually, I turned to it, being fascinated by Sveshnikov games that are so full of interesting tricks. For me, what is more frustrating than losing in complications that sometimes happens, is getting totally drawn positions early on. Well, sometimes it works to draw against higher rated opponents, I even recently drew against Shirov with this in an informal blitz game (with huge time odds, though, he had 1 min.), yet one generally wants more with white, and I am looking around for instructions to avoid the drawish lines without having to study all the Dragons and Naydorfs!
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  Fusilli: He's currently playing the US Open in Orlando, making a come back. GM James E Tarjan is too!
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  James Demery: Isn`t his brother a member of the Eagles? ;)
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  Joshka: <fusilli> So how did Tarjan and Henley do at the Open??
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  perfidious: Tarjan finished with 7/9, one-half point behind a seven-way tie for first, same as <Fusilli>, while Henley scored 6.5.
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  Joshka: <perfidious> hey thanks for that info, and I didn't know you were a National Master!!
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  HeMateMe: I suppose a current photo isn't possible?

Ron Henley, an unlikely second for no less than...Anatoly Karpov?

Ron made more money in the private sector:

<As President of RWH Advisors, Henley acts as Special Consultant to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices.[4]

From 1985 through 2001, Henley was an American Stock Exchange Member, as a trader, market maker and specialist.[5] Henley traded extensively in Phillip Morris, Wells Fargo and Teva Pharmaceutical.

From 2001 to 2005, Henley was a founding partner and Head Trader of a statistical arbitrage family of hedge funds, with clients such as Bank of America, Gottex Fund of Funds and Aegon USA Insurance Company.[6]

Henley is an International Registered Financial Consultant, and went into business consulting where he joined the Board of Directors of several private companies including Quantum Genomics.[7] Henley is currently a member of the financial trading industry.[8]>

I wasn't aware that he had also worked with a young Irina Krush, or that he had dealings with Kasparov:

"Henley was appointed by Garry Kasparov and Anatoly Karpov as President of the World Chess Champions Council Inc, a New York nonprofit organization that promotes chess in schools.[12]

Champion Chess Trainer[edit]

Henley has been a second, analyst and trainer for former World Chess Champion Anatoly Karpov in several matches in the 1990s.[13][14]

Henley has served as a chess trainer and promoter of leading young women chess players, including Three Time US Women's Chess Champion Irina Krush.[15]"

Interesting fellow, multitalented.

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  MissScarlett: <<As President of RWH Advisors, Henley acts as Special Consultant to Ultra High Net Worth Individuals and Family Offices.[4]


Is that his Wikipedia page or a press release?

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