Wednesday, 19 June 2013
From: Justin Horton
I telephoned your magazine today to make a complaint about plagiarism. I was requested to make that complaint via email, which I am therefore doing.
The complaint concerns the article "Great Alexander", written by your chess correspondent Raymond Keene, an article which appeared in your issue for 4 May 2013.
On looking at the game annotations in the article it became apparent that Mr Keene had copied them, essentially word-for-word, from another source. Specifically, this source is the book My Great Predecessors, Part One, published by Everyman in 2003 and written by the former world chess champion Garry Kasparov. I see no proper alternative to describing this as plagiarism and crude, blatant plagiarism at that.
I would invite you to read this short piece, which provides full details of Mr Keene's plagiarism.
[At this point in the email a link to Wednesday's post appears - ejh]
Obviously it is up to your magazine to decide what action you should take in this matter. I will only add that this is far from the first time that Mr Keene has engaged in plagiarism, nor even the first time he has done so in your magazine.
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UPDATE FRIDAY 1210 BST. Here's Ray's latest claim:
Anybody inclined to take this seriously might like to ask themselves:
- Why would anybody do this?
- Whose name is actually on the copyright notice?
UPDATE UPDATE FRIDAY 1645 BST. Curiously, all the recent postings have disappeared from Ray's Chessgames.com page. Which is what happened last time.
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