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Raymond Keene vs Karl Robatsch
"Smells Like Keene Spirit" (game of the day Oct-27-2010)
18th Clare Benedict (1971), Madrid ESP, rd 1, Mar-14
Catalan Opening: Closed Variation (E08)  ·  1-0



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  ray keene: <olimpbase> i dont think there was a bulletin though there was a report in the british chess magazine which i think i wrote!
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  OlimpBase: Where do you think I could find missing results and gamescores? The BCM report does not list all of them! Do you have your own games in your archives?
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  ray keene: i have a few but maybe not all-there were two decisive games v robatsch and pomar which i think i gave in my report-the others i played there were rather uneventful draws
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  ray keene: hang on a mo-i think a guy called <chnebelgrind> who kibitzes on has a site with all the clare benedict results -that shd do the trick!
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  OlimpBase: Unfortunately that will not work. Chnebelgrid's CB game collection: Game Collection: Clare Benedict is merely impreceptible compared to OlimpBase archives:
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  ray keene: i wasnt referring to <chnebelgrinds> cb collections here -i think he has a website with stacks of games from cbs-you might try to get a message thru to him about this-also i noted you are missing a lot of info from gstaad 1973-i even get referred to as "richard" keene there!! were there no games in the bcm to assist? i know anyway that my wins against micheli and schmid from gstaad are here on if you want to put them up. also i think i scored the same as lothar schmid on board 2.
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  ray keene: <chnebelgrind> come in <chnebelgrind> we have a query for you!!
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  OlimpBase: Richard Keene is how late GM Isaac Kashdan wrote it. That's a piece of history nonetheless! GM Schmid scored 4.5/6 compared to GM Keene 5/7 which is superior on point count but mere 71% compared to Schmid's 75%.

All your wins are in there, but not the draws - do you keep your scoresheets?

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  ray keene: i seem to recall that there was a mild controversy since i won the board prize because i had scored more points-or it might have been the other way round with gm lothar schmid winning it because he had a higher percentage. at this distance its hard to remember and i dont think anything was actually awarded -it was just an announcement-but i do recall not being that fussed one way or the other mainly because i was unbeaten and i defeated schmid in our individual game.maybe the bcm report throws more light.

as for the draws i am in the process of trying to compile all my games and get them up on so if i have them they will be here in due course

May-21-09  ToTheDeath: Quite a fantastic game and excellent notes also.
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  ray keene: thanks for the nice comment!
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  Chnebelgrind: <come in <chnebelgrind> we have a query for you!!> Hi Ray! I am honoured that you remember me! Sorry that I didn't answer before but it was only today that I found your message. <OlimpBase> is right. I don't have my own collection. I also don't have a website to this theme. But I have some news. It was just this Saturday, when in Zurich the new book from IM Richard Forster was presented`, a Swiss chess historian and author who wrote "Amos Burn - A Chess Biography" (Jefferson NC, 2004) and maintains a chess history website together with the famous chess historian Edward Winter( The book is called <<Schachgesellschaft Zürich 1809 bis 2009>> See P. 421 - 429 of the book are only about the Clare-Benedict-Tournament. The events which took place in Switzerland are presented in detail but also the results of the other tournaments are given, the last held in 1979 in Middlesbrough. There are also a dozen of games in it. The "Schachgesellschaft Zürich" is the oldest chess club in the world always alive. This year it celebrates its 200th anniversary. On this occasion on august 22 eight (8)former world champions (one of them vice champion) will give simuls in Zurich (Anand, Karpov, Kasparov, Topalov, Kramnik, Ponomariv, Spasski and Korchnoi)!
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  ray keene: thanks for the info-i really enjoyed the clare benedict events-i seem to recall that we won it twice in 1974 and 1979-i also won games i considered memorable in the cb against robatsch-above-schmid-bellon-glauser and twice against hans ree. did any of them make it to the book? also a memorable loss to hecht!
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  Chnebelgrind: the games are
Conel Hugh O'Donel Alexander vs Hans Johner mont Pèlerin, Vevey 1953

Schmid vs M Fuller, 1963

K Darga vs E Nievergelt, 1957

Farre vs Dieter Keller Chaumont 1958

Max Euwe vs Josef Kupper Chaumont 1958

Edwin Bhend vs Miguel Crues Albareda Lugano 1959

Edgar Walther vs Leonard William Barden Biel 1960

Hans Johner vs W Bialas Neuhausen 1961

Hecht vs Keene, 1966

Anton Kinzel vs William Hartston Adelboden 1969


Bertus F Enklaar vs Borge Andersen Gstaad 1973

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  Chnebelgrind: <ray keene> There is another of your (lost)games in the book (not from the Clare Benedict event)

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R.Keene-K.Langeweg Zurich 1975

The book also answered me a question a never was clear about: Clare Benedict was first planned as one team event in 1953 and one event for individual players. The latter took place in 1954 and was won by the 26 years old Lothar Schmid. This tournament was never held again, but the team event as known took place regularly the folloeing years.

In 1959 the Schachgesellschaft Zurich organized an international tournament to celebrate its 150th anniversary. It is the tournament where this game was played Tal vs Fischer, 1959

Sep-19-09  WhiteRook48: deflection pins
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  Stonehenge: I wish I could calculate like this. Maybe in my next life :)
Oct-27-10  jacklovecaissa: This is definitely will go to my collection. Love the comments. Very instructive. :)
Oct-27-10  twin phoenix: ok that's a good pun!
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  kevin86: White wins this one with a crossfire pin;the queen cannot move,but dares not remain in her spot.
Oct-27-10  rapidcitychess: Good morning:Great pun, great game, great annotations. Hats off to GM Keene!
Oct-27-10  howlwolf: What about the exchange sac 18 . . .Rxe3 19 fxe3 Bxe3+ 20 Kh2 Bxg5 21 hxg5 Qxg5? It blunts white's attack and gets two pawns plus the piece for the rook. 22.Rf5 doesn'twork because of Qh6+ and a possible perpetual. (playing either bh3 or walking the king to f1 both look dicey to me.)
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  ajk68: I don't understand the annotation on move 14. It refers to the possibility of d6. But that pawn was captured with Bxd5, wasn't it?
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  Sastre: The possibility of 15.d6 is in the event of 14...Nf6, not 14...Bxd5.
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  HeMateMe: Clearly, this was a Robatsch Test! Black thought the little dots were chess pieces.
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