If you were just looking idly at the column you might notice the small curiosity that the player of the Black pieces has his name spelled one way in the introduction
and another way in the notes.
Can you think why this might be?
Course you can.
It's because only the introduction is original. The notes are plagiarised from a very familiar source.
Here's Alekhine-Bogolujubow in Garry Kasparov's My Great Predecessors, Part One (Everyman, 2003) where it appears on pages 410 to 412.
Let's go through it note by note.
1. White's move seventeen.
Plagiarised almost word-for-word, albeit Ray has substituted "the best way" for "the only way" and "a" for "the". (I assume Alekhine's notes are from his Best Games, which I don't possess.)
2. Black's move twenty-one.
Every word of Ray's is plagiarised from my Great Predecessors.
3. Black's move twenty-three.
My Great Predecessors:
4. White's move twenty-six.
This time "and represent the" steps in for "A worthy" and Ray omits the exclamation mark. Everything else, plagiarism word-for-word.
5. Black's move thirty.
There is an additional "finally", but other than that, it is as you see.
6. Black's move forty-four.
So there you have it. Ray doesn't just plagiarise wholesale in the Spectator. He does it in the Times as well.
But that's not all. This wasn't the first time that Ray had covered this Alekhine-Bogoljubow encounter in the Times. He also wrote about it on 28 May 2010.
All this looks terribly familiar, doesn't it? (We appreciate you may find scrolling a pain around here. We recommend you look at this in two windows, since seeing the same thing more than once is kind of our theme for today.)
There's an original note to White's seventh which doesn't appear in My Great Predecessors or the later Times article. After that, though, the déjá vu begins.
This note, for instance, to White's seventeenth, is the same as the plagiarised note above, except for having "c5-square" where he previously had "square c5".
And we already know this one (note: we're not running them in exactly the right order)
He's made a start on disguising the next one, but abandoned the attempt (except for changing "the" into "his") halfway through.
I say new, but only in the sense of we haven't seen this particular plagiarism above, since Ray didn't annotate White's twenty-second. Because it's not all that new.
His note to Black's twenty-third, meanwhile, lifts a slightly different selection of material to his choice above, but it's lifted all the same.
This leaves only the final note, where Ray's plagiarism, intriguingly, includes GK's improvement (45.Rg3) which he omitted in his plagiarism last month.
Mind you, although he includes the improvement, he omits GK.
This is pure plagiarism. Ray Keene knows this, since not only is Ray Keene a professional journalist, but one with a history of plagiarism.
He was at it last month. He was at it in 2010. How long, you may ask - particularly if you're new to Ray - has he been getting away with it?
The answer is that he's been getting away with it as long as anybody can remember.
More on Friday.
[Thanks to Sean and Jonathan]
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