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|Feb-12-07|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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 >
|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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||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|| ||wordfunph: happy birthday GM Glenn Flear! may you have many chess books to write..|
|Jul-28-10|| ||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.
Here is the crosstable and report:
|Jul-28-10|| ||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|| ||ketchuplover: We have nothing to fear but Flear himself.|
|Feb-12-15|| ||Nosnibor: Happy Birthday Glenn ! Do you remember this game from halcyon days? BCF Qualifying 29/11/1976.Kings Indian Defence,Smyslov variant.White: J K Robinson Black: G C Flear 1d4,Nf6.2c4,g6.3Nc3,Bg7.4Bg5,d6.5Nf3 0-0.6e3,Nbd7.7Be2,c6.80-0,e5.9h3,Qe7.10Qc2,h6.11-
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|Feb-12-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Glenn Flear.|
|Feb-12-18|| ||diagonal: <Phillips & Drew Kings>, biannually played in 1980, 1982, 1984, and 1986 as GLC Chess Challenge, was a series of chess tournaments, sonsored by the stockbroker firm Phillips & Drew and the Greater London Council (GLC). These were among the strongest chess tournaments ever played in London, United Kingdom.|
They were 14-player all-play-all tournaments over 13 rounds. The venue of the three Phillips & Drew Kings tournaments in 1980, 1982, and 1984 was County Hall, the meeting place of the GLC. The last tournament of the series was held at a different venue with changes in sponsorship, but still with the same format.
This fourth tournament in 1986, not involving Phillips and Drew, was called the <GLC Chess Challenge>, played now in the Great Eastern Hotel. It was the final event in the series, as the GLC itself had been abolished that same year.
Viktor Korchnoi won the inaugural tournament in 1980, together with Tony Miles, and Ulf Andersson. The second and third edition were captured by Anatoly Karpov, together with Ulf Andersson in 1982, and outright in 1984.
The final event of the series held in March 1986 caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of chess:
Glenn Flear, an International Master from Leicester, won as clear first in a field including former World Champion Boris Spassky, Bent Larsen, Lajos Portisch, Lev Polugaevsky, Rafael Vaganian, John Nunn and Nigel Short.
Flear was a last-minute replacement for Karpov and was not expected to score well in such a high class field (Flear and Dlugy were the only IMs).
<The participants 1986 (in rating order): Rafael Vaganian, Lajos Portisch, Boris Spassky, Nigel Short, Zoltán Ribli, John Nunn, Lev Polugaevsky, Bent Larsen, Jon Speelman, Maxim Dlugy, Murray Chandler, Jonathan Mestel, Glenn Flear, and James Plaskett.
For the sake of the legality of the things, it has to be said, that Kasparov, Karpov, Korchnoi, Timman, Hübner, Miles, Seirawan, Ljubojevic, Beliavsky, Tal, Yusupov, and A. Sokolov, then all ranked in the Elo Top-15 of the world (1986 / January-June list), were absent; Vaganian was the only player from the Elo top eight.
Final standings: Flear 8.5/13, Chandler, Short 8, Nunn, Ribli 7.5, Polugaevsky, Portisch, Spassky 7, Vaganian, Speelman 6, Larsen 5.5, Plaskett 5, Mestel, Dlugy 4 (14 players).>
Unaware he would be competing, Glenn Flear was due to get married on the day of the ninth round. As pointed out above, the organisers arranged for his game to start early. Seems like yesterday :)
Married to the multiple French Women’s Champion, Christine Leroy (now Flear), he decided to move to Montpellier in France.
Rather recent picture from 2012 of GM Glenn Flear: http://avinkha.skyrock.com/photo.ht...
|Feb-12-18|| ||perfidious: As Nunn noted in his collection of best games, Flear had not enjoyed a comparable success to London 1986 as of that writing (1994), but he had not been married since, either!|
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