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Raymond Keene vs Michael Basman
Preparation Tournament for Student Olympiad (1967), Bognor
Formation: King's Indian Attack (A07)  ·  1-0



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Oct-09-04  Pawsome: I stumbled on this website after being away from chess for a long time. How long? About twenty years, I think. The last chess book I purchased was the "Modern Defence" when it was still hot off the presses. Imagine my surprise when confronted with the electronic marvels available here. It felt like I'd just awakened from a deep sleep. All of the foregoing is a preface to my heartfelt thanks for co-authoring The Modern Defense, Ray Keene, I still have it in my chess library, which besides that book, consists of a beaten up copy of Flank Openings and the 1932 Edition of M.C.O. edited by Griffiths and White and revised by Reuben Fine. I especially enjoyed your discussion of Suttles and his Rats. As for the game vs. Basman. a fine attack flowing from a KID reversed. And as for Smyslov: is he still alive and well? Cheers Rob Brown
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  ray keene: smyslov is alive but his eyesight is very poor-he has retired from play now i think-delighted you enjoyed the modern defence
May-26-05  Knight13: Very interesting game played by Keene! Pow Pow!!
May-26-05  Heavy Metal Thunder: Very good annotation, keep it up.
May-26-05  Shokwave: Yes, annotations are always a treat. Thanks, Ray.
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  ray keene: overprotection rules-thanks nimzo!!
Nov-05-05  fred lennox: A brilliant attack!! Maybe Keene should of played e4 more often, though with most GMs it is one or the other. 18...d4 makes the e pawn an iso in effect, and exposes the white king more, creating some real drama.
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  IMlday: Good attacking game. It illustrates the 'modern' 1960's treatment of 1.e4 as a closed idea. If I were to look for an improvement for Black it would be something instead of 6..0-0?!. Why should Black give away his King's middle-game address when he has a raft of 'position-improving' moves like ..d6..Nbd7..Qe7..Bb6..a6..h6 even. He could have left White guessing by delaying the decision, Petrosian-style flexibility. 5..Bc5!? is creative and deserves more tests. Compare Benko vs L Day, 1968 with ..c5 transposing. The 'inspirational' seed for early ..b5: Petrosian vs Spassky, 1966 even Karpov tried it: Saidy vs Karpov, 1972
Nov-05-05  WMD: Yeah, great play, Ray. Do I get a certificate as well?
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  ray keene: yes-steinitz taught that committing the king prematurely in closed positions was an error-keene v franklin hastings 71 72 is a good example-i think its on the database-here black delayed 0-0 and i lost because i cdnt get at his king.
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  ray keene: the franklin game isnt on the database yet
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  IMlday: imo for the devoloping player premature castling is a major error that distinguishes experts from masters. Not castling, or playing to be able, in open games is so often fatal~the guy gets wiped out and the player programs early castling into his auto-pilot. But in a closed game the auto-pilot ought to be shut off, strategic decision and/or delaying the decision, that's often quite critical.
Nov-07-05  fred lennox: In a closed game flexibility is urgent. Castling can restrict the flexibility of the king, indeed the whole position, dangerously.
Nov-07-05  who: <IMlday> can you explain what you meant by "<Not castling, or playing to be able, in open games is so often fatal>".
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  IMlday: In an open game, pawns exchanged, the King has to get out of the 'line of fire' center quickly. Otherwise the King becomes a major weakness as tactics swamp strategy. Beginning players learn that quickly. There are lots of Morphy examples of 'King caught in the center', open games. Either castling, or being able to castle quickly if danger arises, are necessities in open game play. However, in closed positions, automatic castling can eliminate some fine strategies, Kingside pawn storms for example vs KID, Old Benoni or OID structures. Consider 1.e4 g6 2.d4 Bg7 3.c4 c5 4.d5 d6 5.Nc3 Nf6 6.Be2 0-0 7.Nf3 and if 7..e5 8.Bg5 seems to be better for White based on a number of Petrosian games. White's King still has its flexibility, it can go either way, long, short or neither. But after 7..e6 8.0-0 e5!? Black has lost a tempo, not too important in a closed game, but White has committed his King thereby eliminating the most dangerous variations. Ray had tried ..Nh5 which also has sensible points. We looked at the position on Alexander's magnetic set beside the water fountain in Ray's backyard rose garden, astonished at the mysteries of chess: The perfect paradoxical moment where losing a tempo provides great rewards. A key theoretical example is Ivanchuk vs Seirawan, 1990 where the WK goes long. A tempo is a small price to pay to avoid such. Compare: K Spraggett vs L Day, 1978 where Black's tempo loss and White's misplaced King cancel out.
Nov-07-05  Koster: In the Ivanchuk-Seirawan game I wonder if castling was the mistake, or could it have been trying to then play on the K side with h5, etc? That time could have been used to get going on the Q side with a6, Rb8, b5 and so on which might have given white some doubts about castling that way.
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  IMlday: Instead of ..g6 Yaz could have tried ..Kh8, ..Rg8, ..Nf8-g6~ a reasonable plan. But why 6..0-0 when 6..Nbd7 first was more flexible? At the very least, it would give White something to think about.
Nov-12-05  fred lennox: In closed games one isn't as quickly sure what files will open and this makes castling, problematic for the player lacking the initiative. The advantage to open a file away from the king is obvious. The plus in having a king adjacent to an open file is it protects 2 or three sqs. on the file making it harder to penetrate. In the keene game, black seemed to castled with the idea of opening up a queenside file. Not a bad plan but he left it in white's hands to do so. He allowed white to open or half open the d file, and twice the c file. White refused each time to his advantage. The first refusal weakened the king's protection, the second merely opened the useless b file and the third blocked the c and d file, blocking counterattack. Result, the f file becomes ripe to open. Ideally, one has some idea on the nature of the position's files to decide where the king is safest or most effective. Simply my thoughts.
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  ray keene: if i had to choose one game that was the best i played against basman it wd be this one
Aug-12-09  muwatalli: wow, this is a really great game for raymond keene, and the knight sac was quite difficult to see coming but worked out beautifully.
Oct-13-13  phil6875: Ray, after 19. c4 if Black had played 19...Qc8 with this possible continuation

19... Qc8 20. Nxf5 Bc7 21. Bh6 gxh6 22. Nxh6+ Kg7 23. Ng5 Ncxe5 24. Nf5+ Kg6 =

then the position was equal.

Did you consider 19. e6 with following possible continuation.

19. e6 Rxe6 20. Qxe6 fxe6 21. Bxc7 Bxc7 22. Ng5 g6 23. Rxe6 Nde5 24. cxd4 cxd4 25. Bd5 Kh8 26. Ngf3 Bc8 27. Rxc6 Nxc6 28. Bxc6

Oct-13-13  phil6875: Also, there was a stronger move than the text in 31. Rxh7+.

31. Rxh7+ Kg8 32. Rg7+ Kh8 33. Rff7 Nf8 34. Rxf8+ Qxf8 35. Rh7+ Kg8 36. Bxf8 Kxf8 37. Ne6+ Ke8 38. Nxc5

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  ray keene: I did not consider the latter at all since I saw a clear win and went for it. The alternative of an earlier e6 I did think about but with Basman I was always concerned about winning material but ceding the initiative to him in any way. Psychology rather than objectivity I guess. But what I played did seem to work, I wd say spectacularly!
Oct-13-13  parisattack: Wonderful game and very instructive annotations!

I also like the early ...b5 French/KIA. Black indeed does better leaving the KB on the K-side. Here Ivanchuk develops the Q-Side before doing anything on the K-side:

Bologan vs Ivanchuk, 2010

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  ray keene: THANKS !!
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