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Glenn Flear
  
Number of games in database: 532
Years covered: 1977 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2439 (2437 rapid, 2450 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2517

Overall record: +178 -137 =211 (53.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 6 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (36) 
    E73 E76 E97 E75 E92
 Nimzo Indian (36) 
    E32 E47 E52 E59 E38
 Modern Benoni (28) 
    A57 A58 A60 A61 A71
 Queen's Pawn Game (23) 
    E00 A40 A41
 Queen's Gambit Declined (20) 
    D31 D06 D30 D38 D35
 Grunfeld (19) 
    D97 D85 D96 D70 D90
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C78 C77 C80 C61 C82
 Semi-Slav (39) 
    D45 D43 D47 D48 D44
 Queen's Gambit Declined (23) 
    D30 D31 D35 D37 D36
 Giuoco Piano (22) 
    C50 C53 C54
 English (17) 
    A13 A10 A11 A14
 Queen's Pawn Game (13) 
    D04 D02 D00 A40 A45
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Flear vs Short, 1987 1/2-1/2
   Flear vs Nunn, 1987 1-0
   S Collins vs Flear, 2001 0-1
   J Gallagher vs Flear, 1990 1/2-1/2
   Bronstein vs Flear, 1994 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   100th British Championship (2013)
   83rd Hastings Chess Congress (2008)
   British Championship (2007)
   British Championship (2008)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2013)
   Hastings Chess Congress 2015/16 (2015)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2014)
   Hastings Congress 2011/12 (2011)
   British Championships (2015)
   Hastings Chess Congress (2012)
   Hastings Masters (2016/17) (2016)
   London Chess Classic Open (2016)
   12th European Individual Championship (2011)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   French Team Championship (2015)

RECENT GAMES:
   B Purton vs Flear (May-01-17) 0-1
   Flear vs R Haria (Apr-30-17) 1-0
   Flear vs R Palliser (Apr-29-17) 1-0
   R Edouard vs Flear (Mar-05-17) 1-0
   Flear vs J Redmond (Mar-04-17) 1-0

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GLENN FLEAR
(born Feb-12-1959, 58 years old) 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. While still an IM, he shocked the chess world by winning London 1986 ahead of a field that included Short, Chandler, Nunn, Portisch, Polugaevsky, Spassky and Larsen. He married Christine Flear during that tournament. He represented England at the Dubai Olympiad in 1986.

Wikipedia article: Glenn Flear


 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 532  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Flear vs P Clarke  1-0451977BCF-chD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
2. S Taulbut vs Flear  1-0571977BCF-chC78 Ruy Lopez
3. Short vs Flear 1-0201977BCF-chC77 Ruy Lopez
4. Flear vs J Cooper  0-1581978BCF-chE92 King's Indian
5. G Lee vs Flear  1-0711978BCF-chC41 Philidor Defense
6. Flear vs N E Povah  0-1401978BCF-chA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
7. A A Smith vs Flear  ½-½331978BCF-chA45 Queen's Pawn Game
8. K Coates vs Flear  ½-½211978BCF-chC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
9. Flear vs D B Pritchard 1-0651978BCF-chE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
10. D J Findlay vs Flear  ½-½261978BCF-chC26 Vienna
11. Flear vs W A Linton  ½-½841978BCF-chA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
12. M Corden vs Flear  1-0261978BCF-chC45 Scotch Game
13. Flear vs A P Ashby  0-1311978BCF-chA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
14. J G Nicholson vs Flear  0-1461978Lloyds BankC78 Ruy Lopez
15. S Bouaziz vs Flear  1-0421978Lloyds BankC78 Ruy Lopez
16. Flear vs G Forintos  1-0651978Lloyds BankA10 English
17. J Masculo vs Flear 1-0231978Lloyds BankA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
18. D Maclean vs Flear  0-1121979OfordC78 Ruy Lopez
19. Flear vs Arkell  0-1361979Leicester OpenA44 Old Benoni Defense
20. O'Brien vs Flear  0-11011981Ramsgate (England)C54 Giuoco Piano
21. Hebden vs Flear 0-1191982Lewisham ENGC35 King's Gambit Accepted, Cunningham
22. E Formanek vs Flear  1-0441982Philips&Drew KnightsD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. Flear vs D Kopec  1-0411982Philips&Drew KnightsA79 Benoni, Classical, 11.f3
24. Keene vs Flear 1-0501982BCF-chD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
25. N Murshed vs Flear  ½-½201983Southport ch70-BCFA89 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with Nc6
 page 1 of 22; games 1-25 of 532  PGN Download
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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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Feb-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  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- Bh4,g5.12Bg3,Ne8.13b4,f5.14Rad1,e4.15Nd2,Ndf6.16-
c5,d5.17b5,Nh7.18bxc6,bxc6.19Qa4,Rf6.20Bh5,Bd7.2-
1Rb1,f4.22Bb2,g4.23Kh2,Rf5.26Bg4,Nef6.27Bxf5,Qxf-
5.28Rb7,Ng4+.29Kh1,Ng5.30Qb3,Rf8.31RXa7,Be6.32Rc-
7,Nf3.33NXf3,exf3.34Qd1,h2.35RXc6,Nxe5.36dxe5,Bl-
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Feb-12-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Glenn Flear.
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