Scrutiny of Raymond Keene’s published writings:
- The Sincerest Form of Flattery? by John Donaldson (Inside Chess and Kingpin on-line)
- Ray Keene plagiarism index – Justin Horton (The Streatham & Brixton Chess Blog) has been conducting a series of investigations into Keene’s columns for The Times and The Spectator. The amount of plagiarism now indexed on that blog has to be seen to be believed.
- Copying by Edward Winter
“As for David Levy and his blinding epiphany, where on earth was Levy when Korchnoi showed that Keene had broken his contract when working as his second at the 1978 world championship match? Where was Levy when Edward Winter presented irrefutable evidence of Keene’s misconduct on a whole variety of issues? Where on earth was Levy when GM Tony Miles told the world that he and Keene had jointly conspired and did in fact defraud the British Chess Federation? Wasn’t it this charge that brought a swift resignation and graceless exit from the BCF by Keene? Where was Levy when Keene was caught red-handed plagiarizing copyrighted material from Inside Chess magazine for one of his potboilers [The Complete Book of Gambits]? It seems that Levy has only recently seen the light.”
– Yasser Seirawan (Inside Chess Online, 17 May 2000)
On 5 September 2013, well before publication of Raymond Keene’s Little book of Chess Secrets, the publisher, HarperCollins, was sent an e-mail message headed “Chess plagiarism alert”. It read:
“Prior to possible publication please note carefully:
The company did not reply.
On 9 March 2014 Garry Kasparov confirmed in a Twitter message that he had been plagiarized by Raymond Keene:
@jeremyduns Is the greatest form of flattery, no?! I am aware, yes. Is for my publisher & lawyers to deal with such things.
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) March 9, 2014
Here is a tiny sample of plagiarized passages in Raymond Keene’s Times chess column, October/November 2019, as shown in keene-watchers tweets at the time: