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Raymond Keene
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Number of games in database: 1,767
Years covered: 1960 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2455
Highest rating achieved in database: 2510

Overall record: +1017 -160 =544 (74.9%)*
   * 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 (138) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (114) 
    E62 E80 E63 E94 E69
 Nimzo Indian (66) 
    E30 E41 E42 E49 E26
 English (64) 
    A15 A13 A12 A17 A16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (47) 
    D31 D35 D37 D30 D06
 Grunfeld (47) 
    D91 D85 D79 D74 D76
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (113) 
 Sicilian (104) 
    B32 B25 B30 B22 B78
 Pirc (88) 
    B09 B08 B07
 King's Indian (66) 
    E83 E73 E92 E62 E94
 French Defense (56) 
    C18 C05 C00 C09 C15
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    A45 A40 A41 A50 A46
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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
   Keene vs S Kerr, 1979 1-0
   M Basman vs Keene, 1981 0-1
   Keene vs Briant, 1988 1-0
   Hecht vs Keene, 1972 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lugano Olympiad qual-1 (1968)
   Nice Olympiad qual-2 (1974)
   Dortmund (1980)
   BCF-ch (1968)
   Siegen Olympiad Final-C (1970)
   Dortmund (1978)
   Hastings 1968/69 (1968)
   BCF-ch (1982)
   Hastings 1973/74 (1973)
   Lugano Olympiad Final-B (1968)
   FRG-ch International (1973)
   Reykjavik (1976)
   Skopje Olympiad Final-B (1972)
   First Lady Cup 1st (1982)
   Haifa Olympiad (1976)

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   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
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   Leko vs Kramnik, 2004
   Topalov vs Kramnik, 2006
   Kramnik vs Leko, 2004

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   Keene vs A Pleasants (Aug-??-12) 0-1, exhibition

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(born Jan-29-1948, 73 years old) United Kingdom

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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.

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 page 1 of 71; games 1-25 of 1,772  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1481960MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
2. H T Jones vs Keene  0-1241960Exhibition gameC55 Two Knights Defense
3. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0191960Dulwich CollegeB98 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Match game, ClaphamA12 English with b3
5. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261960Dulwich CollegeA12 English with b3
6. N Totton vs Keene 0-1381960Bromley tourneyE00 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Keene vs J N Sugden  1-0241960Match game 8B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1311960MatchC16 French, Winawer
9. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1341960MatchD22 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. J Regruto vs Keene  0-1331961Clapham Common CC ChampsA47 Queen's Indian
13. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0341961Match game 21, Dulwich CollegeA17 English
14. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0201961U-14 ChampionshipA16 English
15. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0351961OlympiaA67 Benoni, Taimanov Variation
16. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0251961Match game 6, Bognor RegisD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. Keene vs H Green  1-0331961London Clubs TournamentA57 Benko Gambit
18. J N Sugden vs Keene  0-1381961MatchD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0151961DulwichB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
20. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1301961Match game 6, BeckenhamE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
21. G K Sandiford vs Keene  0-1521961Match, game 5B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
22. Keene vs Orly 1-0101961Clapham Common CCB02 Alekhine's Defense
23. S Leff vs Keene 0-1361961Clapham Common CCA20 English
24. Keene vs J N Sugden 1-0261961MatchD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. J N Sugden vs Keene 0-1291961MatchE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, I've been looking over the old <BBC Master Game> tournaments which ran over six series from 1975 to 1981. Curious that you never took part when many other leading British players featured at least once. Were you ever invited?
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  Paint My Dragon: <Miss Scarlett>

Ray was a participant in series 7, which you seem to be missing:

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  MissScarlett: I'd forgotten about that! I was just going by the two BBC books which each cover three series. And I think I've seen that DVD; but series 7 was the last, wasn't it? There's a problem dating games, because it seems some series were played/recorded one year, and broadcast the next.

In which case, my question becomes: <Ray>, why didn't you appear in the first six series? Were the games all played in London and then filmed in Bristol? What was the money like - this is taxpayers' money, of course? Speak up, I know you're there!

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  Paint My Dragon: The recordings were usually October, with screenings the following January.

Must have taken a lot of editing what with the separately recorded commentary and state of the art graphics!

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  ray keene: They never invited me until 1981! I don't recall the prize money. It's probably given somewhere in the book
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  MissScarlett: James & Hartston seem to have monopolised the Beeb's coverage for a long time. Apart from Master Game, I think they must have covered all the world championship matches from 1978 to, say, 1986. Did you get any airtime, and if not, did it push you in the direction of Thames TV?
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  ray keene: I was invited for the 24th and final game of the 1985 world championship, but Thames and Channel 4 were the salvation of my tv chess career.
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  MissScarlett: Do you think Hartston's TV work may have negatively affected his chances of becoming a GM? He was writing quite a bit for the <BCM> around those years, as well. I don't know if he had a newspaper column or other media work on the go.
May-23-21  Albertan: Brain nutrition, Alzheimer’s, longevity and the power of memory by Raymond Keene

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  MissScarlett: It seems that Ray uses Alzheimer's as synonymous with dementia, but they're not - as, I trust, he knows - coterminous.

Just in the first paragraph, one could object to Lembit Oll's DOD being given as 2019 (1999 is correct) and Barnes' number of wins over Morphy reportedly number 8, not 3.

But I'm not that pernickety!

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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, seems it falls to me again, to put to you the questions the chess world want answering...

1) Whence this idée fixe that the Immortal Game was played at Simpson's in the Strand?

2) <‘A famous chess board and pieces situated at the top of the main staircase still commemorates the exploits on the 64 squares of such chessboard immortals as Howard Staunton, Adolph [sic] Anderssen, Paul Morphy and Emanuel Lasker. On my 50th birthday the genius loci Brian Clivaz ... invited me to play a couple of games on this hallowed chessboard turf, and generously inscribed my name on the plaque, along with the gods of the game.’>

How long has the board display been in its current position? Is the plaque original? If not, when was it added? Did it occur to refuse Mr. Clivas's offer to add your name?

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  ray keene: See this on TheArticle:

This column may be of interest. I now write every Saturday in

To answer recent questions. The Immortal Game is given by Elijah Williams in his Horae Divanianae , recording games played AT Simpson's. No idea about the plaque. It's been there at least since 1964 when I first visited Simpson's. I accepted Brian Clivaz offer without a second thought.

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  Joshka: <ray keene> <seven losses and thirty one wins against British champions> You have very right to be proud and boast!! Thanks for posting! Always have loved your books on the World Chess Championship Matches!!! These short mini matches do not get my interest. Miss the days of the long matches!!! In fact British Champion and US Champion both need to be determined through head to head match play!! First player to win four, draws not counting!!
Aug-12-21  Albertan: Grandmaster of life,the universe and everything:

Aug-12-21  Albertan: Fountain of Youth:chess prodigies from Capablanca to Mishra:

Aug-19-21  Albertan: Liés,hypocrisy and genius:The wizardry of chess:

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  Williebob: GM Keene, thank you for introducing me to the word, "haruspication".
Agreed with today's Article wholeheartedly. A smarter, kinder society must look like a dead end to those who endeavor to rule it!
Looking forward to more.
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  MissScarlett: <Before embarking into the minefield, I should mention that Garry Kasparov, World Chess Champion from 1985–2000, registered an IQ score of 136 on the Stanford-Binet Scale, with 132 being the entry threshold for MENSA, the high-IQ society.>

<From Deep Thinking by Garry Kasparov with Mig Greengard (New York, 2017) we quote a selection of passages which focus on autobiographical matters and chess lore (rather than computers, the central theme of the book):

‘Thanks to the Internet’s matchless ability to spread myths and rumors, I’ve found myself bombarded with all sorts of misinformation about my own intellect. Spurious lists of “highest IQs in history” might find me between Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, both of whom have probably taken as many proper IQ tests as I have: zero.’ (Pages 14-15)>

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  MissScarlett: <To answer recent questions. The Immortal Game is given by Elijah Williams in his Horae Divanianae , recording games played AT Simpson's.>

<C.N. 8862 reproduced the Immortal Game’s appearance on pages 171-172 of Horæ Divanianæ by Elijah Williams (London, 1852), and John Townsend now wonders to what extent that may be regarded as evidence that the Divan was the venue. The matter is not clear-cut because the title-page states that the work is an anthology of games ‘principally’ played at the Grand Divan, and the book does not specify which games were, at least in Williams’ belief, played elsewhere.>

So in the words of Paul Morphy: <It proves nothing!>

Isn't it also correct that Simpson's/Divan was rebuilt entirely in the early 20th century when the Strand was widended? How much of the existing restaurant even stands on the same site as before?

Following Townsend, it seems more likely that the Immortal Game was played at the St. George's club at 5 Cavendish Square.

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  optimal play: Hello GM Keene

I’ve been going over a few of the games from the 1979 Brisbane International in which you competed and finished second behind Anatoly Lein.

I’ve noticed there are a few of your games from that tournament in the database and I was interested to have a look at your game with Lein which is not in Chessgames, but have found a record of it elsewhere:

[Event "Brisbane International"]
[Site "Brisbane, QLD, Australia"]
[Date "1979.??.??"]
[Round "11"]
[White "Anatoly Lein"]
[Black "Raymond Keene"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[ECO "A05"]
[WhiteElo "2535"]
[BlackElo "2465"]
[PlyCount "?"]
[EventDate "1979.10.01"]

1. Nf3 Nf6 2. g3 b6 3. Bg2 Bb7 4. O-O c5 5. c3 e6 6. d4 Be7 7. Bg5 O-O 8. Nbd2 cxd4 9. cxd4 d5 10. Ne5 Nc6 11. Ndf3 Nxe5 12. Nxe5 Nd7 13. Nxd7 Qxd7 14. Bxe7 Qxe7 15. Qa4

May I ask, do you still have a record of this game and is this the complete score?

I only ask because it was played in the final round with Lein on 7/9 and yourself on 6/9 so a win would have given you a share of first place, so it seems unlikely the game would have been drawn so quickly.

Thanking you GM Keene in advance for your response.

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  ray keene: My game with Lein was a short draw. I thought it better to secure second prize than risk going for a win with Black and missing second.
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  optimal play: Thank you GM Keene for your response.

Yes, I notice that going into the last round Ian Rogers was on 5/9 and although he was up against Rico Mascarinas, he had white and it would not have been unreasonable to think he could win his game and finish on 6/10, which of course he did.

And btw I notice that Chessgames has just recently uploaded all the games from the 1979 Brisbane International and included it in the Tournament Index.

Perhaps they might do the same with the 1979 Sydney International, which immediately followed on from the Brisbane tournament, in which of course you finished equal 1st.

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  MissScarlett: <Ray>, in your position as <Chairman of the Howard Staunton Society>, do you think it quite seemly to provoke, some would say troll, Morphy supporters in the following way?

<After much negotiation, a proposal for a Staunton vs. Morphy challenge fell through, whereupon a certain fanatical journalist, by the name of Frederick Milns Edge, stirred up a quarrel, casting Staunton as the villain. Morphy, had, perhaps unwisely, signed some letters drafted by Edge, who liked to see himself as Morphy’s personal assistant, while Staunton, continuously harassed by Edge, was once incited to make a true but impolitely worded comment about Morphy. Generally, these two great masters behaved honourably, each holding the other in high regard; but Edge’s insinuations unfairly blackened Staunton’s reputation and the matter of the absence of a Staunton match remains a matter of controversy.>

One only has to recall the trouble Hooper & Whyld got into when they wrote something eerily similar in the <Oxford Companion>.

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  ray keene: Re Morphy: nobody else has mentioned it ? It wd be quite interesting to stir up a bit of controversy, currently entirely absent. The key observation is that Staunton could have beaten Morphy in that consultation game, which I only spotted recently. A Staunton win might have changed chess history.
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  MissScarlett: If Edge was fanatical about anything, it was getting Morphy to the board. How was he responsible for Staunton declining to play the match?
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