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Glenn Flear
Number of games in database: 442
Years covered: 1977 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2490
Highest rating achieved in database: 2517
Overall record: +146 -111 =181 (54.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E46 E38 E59 E47
 King's Indian (31) 
    E76 E73 E97 E92 E90
 Modern Benoni (20) 
    A57 A71 A60 A56 A61
 Queen's Pawn Game (19) 
    E00 A40 A41
 Grunfeld (16) 
    D97 D96 D85 D91 D70
 Queen's Gambit Declined (15) 
    D31 D06 D38 D35 D36
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (49) 
    C78 C77 C80 C61 C82
 Semi-Slav (37) 
    D45 D43 D47 D48 D44
 Queen's Gambit Declined (19) 
    D30 D31 D37 D35 D36
 Giuoco Piano (18) 
    C50 C54 C53
 English (13) 
    A13 A11 A10
 Two Knights (12) 
    C55 C57 C58
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   S Collins vs Flear, 2001 0-1
   Flear vs Nunn, 1987 1-0
   J Gallagher vs Flear, 1990 1/2-1/2
   Flear vs Short, 1987 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Hastings 2002 (2002)
   British Championship (2007)
   83rd Hastings Chess Congress (2008)
   British Championship (2008)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Hastings Congress 2011-2012 (2011)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2012)
   100th British Championship (2013)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)

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GLENN FLEAR
(born Feb-12-1959) United Kingdom

[what is this?]
Glenn Curtis Flear was born in Leicester, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1987. He married Christine Flear at a tournament in London in 1986 and scored a fine win. He represented England at the Dubai Olympiad in 1986.

Wikipedia article: Glenn Flear


 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 442  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Short vs Flear 1-020 1977 BrightonC77 Ruy Lopez
2. S Taulbut vs Flear  1-057 1977 BCF-chC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Flear vs P Clarke  1-045 1977 BCF-chD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
4. A A Smith vs Flear  ½-½33 1978 Ayr British chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
5. Flear vs G Forintos  1-065 1978 Lloyds BankA10 English
6. Flear vs W A Linton  ½-½84 1978 Ayr British chA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
7. Flear vs N E Povah  0-140 1978 Ayr British chA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
8. S Bouaziz vs Flear  1-042 1978 Lloyds BankC78 Ruy Lopez
9. D J Findlay vs Flear  ½-½26 1978 Ayr British chC26 Vienna
10. G Lee vs Flear  1-071 1978 Ayr British chC41 Philidor Defense
11. J G Nicholson vs Flear  0-146 1978 Lloyds BankC78 Ruy Lopez
12. Flear vs D B Pritchard 1-065 1978 Ayr British chE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
13. Flear vs J Cooper  0-158 1978 Ayr British chE92 King's Indian
14. Flear vs A P Ashby  0-131 1978 Ayr British chA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
15. K Coates vs Flear  ½-½21 1978 Ayr British chC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
16. J Masculo vs Flear 1-023 1978 Lloyds BankA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
17. M Corden vs Flear  1-026 1978 Ayr British chC45 Scotch Game
18. Flear vs Arkell  0-136 1979 Leicester OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
19. D Maclean vs Flear  0-112 1979 OfordC78 Ruy Lopez
20. O'Brien vs Flear  0-1101 1981 Ramsgate (England)C54 Giuoco Piano
21. E Formanek vs Flear  1-044 1982 Philips&Drew KnightsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. Hebden vs Flear 0-119 1982 Lewisham ENGC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
23. Keene vs Flear  1-050 1982 BCF-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. N Murshed vs Flear  ½-½20 1983 Southport ch70-BCFA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
25. Flear vs Fedorowicz  0-132 1983 Chicago (USA)E92 King's Indian
 page 1 of 18; games 1-25 of 442  PGN Download
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Sep-26-05
Premium Chessgames Member
  acirce: You're also young, ambitious and will probably improve quickly, so they will definitely be useful. Try googling up some reviews to see what books in the series that seem most relevant for your needs.
Sep-26-05  Averageguy: <You're also young, ambitious and will probably improve quickly, so they will definitely be useful. Try googling up some reviews to see what books in the series that seem most relevant for your needs.> Will do. Thanks for the advice and compliments!
Feb-12-06  BIDMONFA: Glenn Flear

FLEAR, Glenn C.
http://www.bidmonfa.com/flear_glenn...
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Mar-02-06  waddayaplay: Chessmetrics event detail from London 1986

http://www.chessmetrics.com/CM2/Sin...

Feb-12-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sneaky: <Book Review> "Slav for the Tournament Player" is a great book, it got me started on the Slav. And like the name implies it really is for the tournament player.

For example, there is one line in particular "draw trap" in the Slav which is very well known to GMs:


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White to move, and it might seem as if the b7 pawn is hanging. But you rarely see a GM take it, because it only leads to a draw: Qxb7 Rb8; Qxa7 Ra8; Qb7 Rb8; Qa6 Ra8; etc. It's a "perpetual queencheck"!

As cute as this is, what good does that do me, playing in the under-2000 group against people who would happily gobble that pawn, oblivious to the draw? I don't want draws, I want wins!

So openings have to be regeared for the purposes of a weekend tourney, and Flear is good making that distinction between lines that are "theoretically correct" and the lines with good winning chances.

He also has a great section on the Exchange variation, he demystifies its drawish reputation, and offers some really neat ideas for mixing things up and turning it into a real fight.

All in all, I give "Slav for the Tournament Player" 4 stars out of 5.

May-12-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  SwitchingQuylthulg: <Averageguy on a pawn endgame book: I have it, just too let you know that it is quite instructive (especially the "common square", but also high on variations which have a very "fritzy" style to them, and there is also a lot of theoretical positions which need to be memorized. That said, it's a good book, just one that requires study.> A total disagreement. Firstly, it doesn't need thorough study; understanding of what pawn endgames are all about is more important than memorizing positions. Secondly, all the long variations are everything but fritzy. They are long, but logical, and easy for any human to come up with. I can actually prove that they have nothing to do with Fritz: every once in a while, Flear makes an analytical mistake, which he wouldn't have done if he had used a computer.
Sep-18-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: Anyone seen any review's of Flear's new book?

<Practical Endgame Play - Beyond the Basics - Glenn Flear

The definitive guide to the endgames that really matter.

The most common endgames you will ever encounter.

Examinations of material balances you will reach in almost half of your games.

Over 500 pages of grandmaster advice and analysis, assisted by the latest computer software.

Forget those books which just recycle established theory. Forget those books which concentrate on fantastical studies. Grandmaster and endgame expert Glenn Flear has created an in-depth book of all endgames which feature either two pieces for each side, or two pieces against one - an essential area of the game that has never before been comprehensively covered in one volume.

Why is this so important? Because these situations arise incredibly frequently in practical play. These are the endgames that matter. If you can handle such endgames well, your results will improve. This book shows you how.

Published by Everyman >

http://www.classicalgames.com/Merch...

Sep-18-07  pazzed paun: <notyetagm> Sorry but no!!! That is not a book review but a blurb from the publisher. definitely not the same thing.
Sep-19-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: <pazzed paun: <notyetagm> Sorry but no!!! That is not a book review but a blurb from the publisher. definitely not the same thing.>

Duh. I provided the book description so that people would know what book specifically I was talking about.

Sep-19-07  pazzed paun: oops! sorry!!
Oct-08-07
Premium Chessgames Member
  notyetagm: A review of GM Flear's new endgame book, by FM Steve Giddins at www.bcmchess.co.uk:

<Practical Endgame Play – Beyond The Basics by Glenn Flear, Everyman, 544 pages, £19.99.

Most endgame books deal primarily with positions where each player has only one piece – Q+R+Ps v Q+R+Ps, Q+B+Ps v Q+B+Ps, etc. But in practice many more of the endings which arise see more pieces than this on the board. In this huge volume, English grandmaster Glenn Flear deals at length with endings where one or both sides have two pieces. Thus we have detailed coverage of endings with rook versus two minor pieces, rook plus minor piece versus rook plus minor piece, queen and rook versus queen and rook, etc. In fact the book covers what Flear calls endgames and “NQEs” (pronounced “nuckies”), i.e. Not Quite Endgames – those indeterminate positions which are simplified (usually queenless), but which you will not find in Basic Chess Endings or other such textbooks.

Flear is a highly experienced player and author, and his chess has always been characterised by its conscientious professionalism. Nowhere is that more apparent than in this massive tome of 544 pages, with its hundreds and hundreds of carefully-analysed examples. Without doubt, a modern classic, not to be missed. Let’s be honest, now – even those of you who don’t like endings are not averse to a bit of nuckie, are you? SG. >

Oct-18-07  pazzed paun: IM Donaldson has reviewed the book at jeremy silman.com. He says that it will benefit titled players 2300+ ratings.
Nov-24-08
Premium Chessgames Member
  jamesmaskell: I bought it several months ago and have only recently sat down to play through it. Im really enjoying it, being very weak at the endgame. Its tough for me but its a very accessible if large tome to work through. It is worth it though.
Feb-12-09  Paraconti: Happy birthday, mate! I remember London '86. That glorious moment!
Feb-12-09  karnak64: Happy Birthday: love the endgame book!
Feb-12-09
Premium Chessgames Member
  swordfish: I also like Flear's endgame book (all I need now is more time to study). It seems practical and is also quite readable. Happy 50th, GM Flear.
Feb-12-09  WhiteRook48: wow, born on the same day as Lincoln!
Feb-12-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  wordfunph: happy birthday GM Glenn Flear! may you have many chess books to write..
Jul-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <WMD>The great success of his career was winning the GLC tournament in London in 1986. Brought in at short notice when Karpov declined to attend, he finished ahead of a field including Short, Chandler, Nunn, Portisch, Polugaevsky, Spassky and Larsen. He and Dlugy were the only IMs in attendance.

Unaware he would be competing, he was due to get married on the day of the ninth round. The organisers arranged for his game to start early.

<WMD>,
Here is the crosstable and report:

http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_klxcwTbD0...

Jul-28-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Flear is also a strong backgammon player. He has written a few BG books. I would guess that he makes money on the side, separating well to do BG enthusiasts from their money, much as the poker playing chess stars do.

You don't hear too many interviews about chess pros playing poker for money. Grischuk does, does quite well. But, in interviews, they don't generally talk about it. Such activities pay the rent, but I don't think that chess pros want people to know about this. I think Irina Krush and a number of other american players use internet poker tournaments to make money, but they won't talk about it to reporters.

Sep-05-10  Dredge Rivers: The only thing we have to Flear is Flear itself!
Feb-12-11  stanleys: Happy birthday Glenn!
Feb-12-12  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Flear!
Feb-12-12  karnak64: Happy Birthday to you and Abraham Lincoln!
Jan-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: We have nothing to fear but Flear himself.
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