Keene Number

Back-cover inscription by Korchnoi on a copy of Karpov-Korchnoi 1978 by R. Keene (Batsford, 1978) owned by Edward Winter.

In an attempt to rank the most honorable efforts to take a public stand against untruths, plagiarism and other transgressions, the list below features a “Keene number” ranging from 1 (excellent) to 10 (appalling)*:

  • Justin Horton (1)
  • Jonathan Manley (1)
  • Tony Miles (1)
  • Hugh Myers (1)
  • Private Eye (1)
  • Edward Winter (1)
  • John Donaldson (2)
  • Yasser Seirawan (3)
  • James Plaskett (5)
  • Baruch Harold Wood (5)
  • Lars Grahn (6)
  • William Hartston (6)
  • Lubomir Kavalek (6)
  • John Nunn (6)
  • Michael Stean (6)
  • Hans Ree (7)
  • ChessBase.com (8)
  • Richard James (8)
  • Jimmy Adams (9)
  • Leonard Barden (9)
  • Bernard Cafferty (9)
  • Tim Harding (9)
  • Malcolm Pein (9)
  • Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam (9)
  • John Watson (9)
  • Chessgames.com (10)
  • Stuart Conquest (10)
  • Mark Crowther (10)
  • Nigel Davies (10)
  • Leontxo García (10)
  • Dennis Monokroussos (10)
  • James Pratt (10)
  • John Saunders (10)
  • Jonathan Speelman (10)
  • Shaun Taulbut (10)
  • Stephen Giddins (100)**

* Gradings may change in the light of future developments.

** Tim Harding on Giddins: “…one of the last defenders of GM Ray Keene.” (Source: A Chess Mail links webpage). Giddins’ defence of Keene disregards plain facts. For example, see “Plagiarism Watch” on Kingpin‘s website.