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Bad Chess Writing

Edward Winter has written a funny and perceptive piece about the faults of chess writers. The following review echoes many of his criticisms. The Brain Games World Chess Championship by Raymond Keene and Don Morris Everyman, 2000 Review by Steve Giddins   It is often…

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10 Seconds with Raymond Keene

This is the first in a series of interviews where Kingpin readers are invited to pose one question to a prominent figure in the chess world. Subscriber Gordon Clackett’s guest is the writer and impresario Raymond Keene. Gordon: Why do so many people consider you…

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Kingpin in Private Eye!

How delightful . . . to see a new website chronicling the Penguin’s career and reproducing many of the articles in which Lord Gnome revealed Keene’s unsavoury history as a chess impresario and businessman. The site – kingpinchess.net – is run by the magazine Kingpin,…

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Keene on . . .

Journalism ‘I tend to make the articles in The Spectator more wordy and The Times I make a little bit more lapidary in the style.’ Tunisgate ‘When I did my accounts after that event, I think I’d made eleven pounds profit.’ Being expelled from the…

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Private Eye on Brain Games

Between December 2002 and November 2003 the British satirical magazine Private Eye published six articles on the Brain Games scandal. We present them below, reproduced by kind permission of PRIVATE EYE magazine www.private-eye.co.uk. The current issue of Kingpin gives a full account of the scam.    …

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The Sincerest Form of Flattery?

This item deals with an accusation of plagiarism levelled against Raymond Keene in the magazine Inside Chess: May 3rd, 1993, pages 24-25; June 14th 1993, page 19 and February 7th 1994, page 3. We are grateful to Inside Chess, now owned by Chess Café, for…

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