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Raymond Keene vs Derek Wanless
Simpsons-in-the-Strand (1995), London ENG
Italian Game: Evans Gambit. Mieses Defense (C52)  ·  1-0



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Nov-22-09  holy tramp: A cool game, and GM Keene is the real deal of course, but who the heck is Wanless?

Could it possibly be the infamous Sir Derek Wanless? This would be my guess because of the venue- Simpson's; the greatest restaurant in London PERIOD, and with a chess history as rich as a 28-day aged roast mutton.

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  ray keene: yes its sir derek wanless-we were at cambridge at the same time-the game was played as part of a feature about him for some magazine or other-he put down chess as a hobby so i was invited to play him-payment being a roast mutton lunch!
Nov-22-09  holy tramp: GM Keene- thank you much for the confirmation. Also great thanks for your chess contributions, for many excellent games and annotations.

One favorite is your subtle '73 game against Stuart Hutchings (a young gun but no slouch as he was Welsh Champion that same year I believe). That game was very instructive to me as there was no clear knockout punch, but an undeniable series of small advantages (I call it anaconda chess) where the conclusion is inevitable as the noose tightens.

I just returned to see the game again- love this combination which I'm sure I would have missed-- " The threat is now 21...Rxg3! 22 fxg3 Nb3+ 23 Kc2 Nxd2 24 Kxd2 Rxb2 +."

Hutchings caught it but it was already too late! Great stuff!!

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  ray keene: <holy tramp> thanks for your comments-i was very pleased with the game against hutchings-i also won a nice game against him at the barcelona zonal of 1975
Jan-05-10  holy tramp: <ray keene> I just studied your hutchings/barcelona zonal game once again. It really is a beauty and there can be no doubt that you are one of the very best annotators on chessgames period. I've learned much studying your notes and posts- thank you. Now I am certainly no GM, but I would never have taken your pesky knight on h6. With your reputation, I just simply would not open up the g file for you at that point- even if it does weaken your king's flank. It is fool's gold. But with the damage already done, I would probably have played more aggressively than hutchings did with(pls forgive me if I screw this up- am working from memory- can't type here and see the zonal game at the same time)- 20. g4, then 21. Rg1, then would bring my left flank rook over to the f file, then would work to advance my superior pawns on the my king's wing to take you on head to head. Yeah, you are up in development with your queen doubled up, plus your bishops are very strong, but what choice would I have except to go down swinging with an f/g file power play of my own? Exploiting and advancing my stronger pawn structure on the right side with every gun available behind them would have been my desperate strategy under the circumstances...
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  ray keene: thanks for the compliments-i will post a note on the hutchings barcelona game site in response
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  ray keene: Make the Evans Great Again
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  HeMateMe: It was his Wan song? Nice combination from Keene!
Sep-16-18  Granny O Doul: 27. Re4 looks a bit quicker--not much to be done against 28. Rh4.
Dec-21-19  gambitfan: 9 d5

1) -0.20 (22 ply) 9...♘b8 10.d6 cxd6 11.♗b2 d5 12.♕d4 f6 13.♗xd5+ ♔h8 14.♗b3 ♘bc6 15.♕d1 b6 16.♕e2 ♗b7 17.♘c3 ♘g6 18.♘d5 ♘ce5 19.♖fc1 ♗xd5 20.♗xd5 ♘f4 21.♕e3 ♘xd5 22.exd5 ♘xf3+ 23.♕xf3

2) +0.25 (21 ply) 9...♘b4 10.♗b2 d6 11.♕d4 f6 12.♕d2 c5 13.dxc6+ ♔h8 14.cxb7 ♗xb7 15.♗c3 ♘bc6 16.♘d4 ♘xd4 17.♗xa5 ♕e8 18.♗c3 ♘b5 19.a4 ♘xc3 20.♘xc3 ♖c8 21.♗e6 ♖c5

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  louispaulsen88888888: Wasp likes Keene’s move initially, then switches to 27.Q-B4 at 24 ply, then finally at 30 ply, chooses Granny O’Doul’s R-K4. But they all work! Nice combo. MEGA!
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  louispaulsen88888888: See what happens when you don’t have any wan?

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