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by O.G. Urcan
Wed Jun 17, 2015 1:23 pm
Forum: Deaths & Obituaries
Topic: George Ellison RIP
Replies: 23
Views: 5746

Re: George Ellison RIP

My Twitter page (https://twitter.com/OlimpiuUrcan) mentions a book by George Ellison, Spike's Chess Primer, published in 1983.
by O.G. Urcan
Tue May 05, 2015 12:22 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Chess Royalty
Replies: 33
Views: 6280

Re: Chess Royalty

In March my Twitter page had suggestions about possible members of an "elite": Baron Columns, Seigneur Donationsfortunis, Emir Justforthegrub, Viscount Hewritehisownstuff and Shah Yourselfwithpraise.
by O.G. Urcan
Fri Mar 27, 2015 8:41 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

I suggest that three basic questions are worth consideration:

1) Is plagiarism wrong?

2) Does proof exist that Raymond Keene has plagiarized a substantial amount of material?

3) Is it proper for plagiarists' conduct to be brought to the public's attention?

My own answers are: yes, yes and yes.
by O.G. Urcan
Wed Mar 25, 2015 9:15 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

One difficulty with Ernie Lazenby's wish for no further discussion of Raymond Keene is that new transgressions keep coming to light. The latest exposé, from yesterday, is this . Mr Urcan and myself may have to differ on the meaning of the word `new`. The link refers to something that happened in 20...
by O.G. Urcan
Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:49 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

One difficulty with Ernie Lazenby's wish for no further discussion of Raymond Keene is that new transgressions keep coming to light. The latest exposé, from yesterday, is this.
by O.G. Urcan
Mon Mar 16, 2015 5:11 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

On 13 March Andrew Zigmond wrote of Raymond Keene: "At present it seems he can't show his face anywhere without the guns being drawn and players and benefactors being caught in the resulting crossfire; to the point where the event itself gets relegated to a sideshow." In fact, the relegation has bee...
by O.G. Urcan
Sun Mar 15, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

A reference by Christopher Kreuzer on 13 March ("Colin Crouch insults Justin Horton") reminds me that after Crouch made vague negative remarks about Horton in connection with Keene last November I wrote on Twitter: "Let's focus on the substance: are any of Horton's criticisms of Keene on that long l...
by O.G. Urcan
Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:29 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

On Twitter yesterday, Steve Giddins called the article at http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.c ... smell.html an "outrageous attack on the Varsity Match."
by O.G. Urcan
Thu Mar 12, 2015 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

It seems that the organizers of the Varsity match have no qualms about Raymond Keene's presence: http://streathambrixtonchess.blogspot.c ... smell.html
by O.G. Urcan
Wed Feb 04, 2015 12:50 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

Yes I know what you said because I read the note. You did not make reference to the quality of either book, I understand that. I made reference to the quality of the books to make the point that if both the books were good it was not surprising that both authors praised the other. Whether nine time...
by O.G. Urcan
Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:01 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

My brief note made no comment on the quality of either Nimzowitsch book but pointed out: (a) Raymond Keene and Steve Giddins' praise for each other's books, (b) the tone and frequency of Keene's praise for Giddins' book (in nine columns - and not "a few times", as Chris Rice wrote earlier today), an...
by O.G. Urcan
Tue Feb 03, 2015 8:39 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."

Another claim by Raymond Keene is that he is "the most widely read chess columnist in the world". With or without a paywall at "The Times", such a claim is unprovable (so why make it?). Yesterday, John Nunn's Chess Course won the Chess Café Book of the Year award for 2014, but what has Raymond Keene...
by O.G. Urcan
Sat Jan 10, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titl

Raymond Keene's wild claims are not just about himself, but also about his entourage. "Cuttings" quotes this classic passage by Keene about two associates of his, Lorraine Gill and Tony Buzan: "The association between Lorraine and Tony, practical thinker, philosopher, author, educator, sublime poet ...
by O.G. Urcan
Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:54 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titl

In a 1995 book Raymond Keene answered the question: "Have I ever competed in the world chess championship?". His reply was "Yes". See the "World championship competitor" section of "Cuttings" (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/extra/cuttings.html) for his basis for that claim. Two years later, a bo...
by O.G. Urcan
Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:33 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17532

Re: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titl

Matt Fletcher and Geoff Chandler suggest that the "22 national championship titles" claimed by Keene were not all necessarily for chess. But the context is clearly chess only, as Keene's claim is sandwiched between two other purely chess matters: "...has won numerous first prizes in international ch...