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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: 17770

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: 17770

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: 17770

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: 17770

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: 17770

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: 17770

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: 17770

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: 17770

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: 17770

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: 17770

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: 17770

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...
by O.G. Urcan
Tue Jan 06, 2015 11:56 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Keene's claim to have won "22 national championship titles."
Replies: 129
Views: 17770

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

On his webpage http://www.keeneonchess.com/about-ray/ Raymond Keene says that he "has won 22 national championship titles."

How many of the 22 can be identified?

Many thanks.

Olimpiu G. Urcan
by O.G. Urcan
Mon Jan 05, 2015 11:52 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 6015

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

Leonard Barden has confirmed that his on-line "Evening Standard" chess column has been saved: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/#9041._Mannerism

The column can be read at http://www.standard.co.uk/staticpage/chess/
by O.G. Urcan
Thu Jan 01, 2015 6:38 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Happy Birthday, Leonard
Replies: 27
Views: 6015

Re: Happy Birthday, Leonard

On 30 December Edward Winter reported in C.N. 9022 (http://www.chesshistory.com/winter):

"Mr Barden informs us that the Evening Standard has now agreed to prolong his chess column for a month, until the end of January 2015, to give time for a longer-term solution to be sought."
by O.G. Urcan
Mon Oct 20, 2014 11:14 am
Forum: General Chat
Topic: BCM anniversary article
Replies: 7
Views: 2580

Re: BCM anniversary article

The British Chess Magazine has still not corrected the online version of G.H. Diggle's article. Apart from the glaring errors in general layout (line-spacing), there are many textual mistakes, such as these: The second paragraph has 'Were' in the middle of a sentence, and at the end of the same para...