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Monday 1st July, 1974
Chessman Raymond plays for cheque
RAYMOND KEENE’S success could turn out to be Jim Slater’s loss. But the wily financier, I am certain, will cheerfully dip into his pocket to produce the £5,000 Keene is so near to claiming.
It was last year that Slater, a keen chess player, offered the money to the first Briton to become a chess Grand Master.
Keene, 25, who shared a landing with Prince Charles at Trinity, Cambridge, is now half-way there.
He has just competed in the Jubilee Chess Olympics in Nice – where he became the first British player to achieve Grand Master results.
He has to achieve those results again in another international tournament to earn the title – and the money.
“I very much hope that I will manage the win I need before next summer,” Keene says. “If I get the £5,000 I shall throw a huge international party for all my chess friends across the world.”
As well as aiming for a financial checkmate on Mr. Slater, Keene also has a personal move to play. He is soon to marry ballernina Annette Goodman, 20.
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