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|Jun-25-08|| ||Ron: A chess column by Jonathan Speelman hasn't appeared in The Guardian in about two months. His column usually appeared weekly. Any information about this? Did The Guardian lay off Speelman like they did to Short?|
|Sep-24-08|| ||GrahamClayton: Speelman was the chess consultant for the movie "The Luzhin Defence".|
|Oct-11-09|| ||Bobsterman3000: Isn't this guy known as "Marathon Man" on playchess.com?|
|Feb-01-10|| ||mkirk: Speelman is having a good tournament in Gibralter, so far. Excellent.|
|Mar-01-10|| ||asianwarrior: As I was reading his biography, I noticed that he has a poor eyesight which was later corrected. I too have poor eyesight that I can't hardly see the whole chessboard. I wish he can allow me to know about his eye defect and how it was correxcted so as to help me not only in my playing chess but more on my job.|
|Mar-17-10|| ||wordfunph: According to Dominic Lawson, GM Jon Speelman was the only Grandmaster he met who actually feels sorry for his opponents when he beats them.|
|Oct-02-10|| ||rapidcitychess: Happy Birthday.
Speel your heart out!
|Oct-02-10|| ||wordfunph: "One of the secrets of winning is not to try too hard."|
- GM Jonathan Speelman
Happy Birthday GM Speelman!
|Oct-03-10|| ||Richard Taylor: My son bought "Best Games of Chess" Jon Speelman thinking (as I think the seller honestly thought it was) it was HIS games - however it is a lot of great games of famous players and others and is good - but be wary of that. |
That said, Speelman should do a book of his own games (he did put one of his own games in the collection). So "Best Chess Games 1970-80" by Jon Speelman is NOT his games (except for one) but it is very good. It is a great book.
Also, he gets confused with Rudolf Spielmann.
|Oct-03-10|| ||Gejewe: <Richard Taylor> He actually did, back in 1997. The title is "Jon Speelman's best games", published by Batsford ISBN 0-7134-6477-1. Great book with 38 annotated games. Last chapter "Blood on the board" ! I hope that you are still able to find it because my former teammate in the Dutch league is an original thinker and great chessplayer (and besides one of the kindest people among chessplayers..)|
|Oct-03-10|| ||Benzol: Game Collection: Jon Speelman's Best Games|
|Oct-04-10|| ||Richard Taylor: <Gejewe> Thanks. We can look for that. I sell books so I should know how to find it! My son had read about Speelman. I got him confused with Mestel who is in a book called "Play Better Chess" by Barden. But if he was in the top 4 at one stage he must have played some interesting games... Good to hear he is also considerate person - rare in chess. Mind you I (and Speelman!) are at least 2 exceptions that proves that rule!|
<Benzol> Thanks for the link.
|Jul-05-11|| ||xombie: I happened to own "Analysing the endgame " written by him, which I had chanced upon in Berkeley's half priced books. It is a singularly instructive book. I would even rate it as one of my best (though obviously, it would be a little too precise to call it my best ever). You just get sucked into it. |
In spite of being a relatively slim affair of 156 pages, it sort of contains enough to become an expert endgame player. Furthermore, there is a quality about it that oozes a depth of understanding, without being repetitive or boring.
|Feb-24-12|| ||AlphaMale: <Jonathan Spelman's Privacy Injunction Refused By High Court >|
Close but no cigar.
|Feb-25-12|| ||Paint My Dragon: Close, but no second 'e'.
Difficult to imagine why the real 'Spess' would need a privacy injunction.
To protect his 1978 analysis of a line in the Caro-Kann perhaps? Or maybe to prevent the Daily Mirror from discovering the extent and whereabouts of his fisherman's jumper collection? Someone's only going to spill the beans on Twitter, aren't they?
|Jul-19-12|| ||smurph: What does he work at now?What kind of a living would players like speelman make after they retire?|
|Aug-16-12|| ||Cemoblanca: Kasparov VS Speelman
Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgUg...
Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t06v...
|Oct-02-12|| ||LoveThatJoker: Happy Birthday, GM Speelman!
|Oct-02-12|| ||waustad: Happy B'day!|
|Dec-28-12|| ||wordfunph: "Jon Speelman was quite an unnerving opponent to play. His favourite habit was to insert a pen into his mouth so that it all but disappeared; apparently he retained a grip on the very tip. This made me incredibly nervous, as I always had the fear that if the pen slipped out of his grasp, I would need to respond instantly to the resulting medical emergency. Jon's
habits are entirely unconscious, and he would never intend to distract his opponents, but distracted they sometimes are."|
- GM John Nunn
|Oct-02-13|| ||Kikoman: <Player of the Day>
Happy 57th Birthday GM Jonathan Speelman! :D
|Oct-02-13|| ||Penguincw: Happy Birthday <POTD>: Jonathan Speelman.|
|Mar-07-14|| ||epistle: "Another reason chess is unlikely to take off (and the support of the ignorant couch potato plus know-nothing stadium-clogger are an important financial factor) is the variable charisma of those who play the game. If all players were as intelligent, voluble and linguistically assured as Gary Kasparov, the game could print its own cheque-books. But the truth is that pawn pushers <en masse> tend to belong to the train-spotter tendency. Anoraks, plastic bags, old sandwiches and an introverted excitement are some of their characteristics. Television did its chivvying best with the species: two of channel 4's resident grandmasters were Daniel King, whose shoulder-length hair and colourful shirts looked positively <vie de Boheme> in the context, and the bankerish figure of Raymond Keene (nicknamed 'the Penguin' for his well-lunched stomack and the rather Antarctic set of his head on his shoulders). The third, however, was the far more compelling--or, if you were a ratings-bothered television channel controller, uncompelling--figure of Jon Speelman.|
"...Speelman, for all his great savvy on the board, and the affectionate respect in which he is held, is never going to be the Agassi of the sixty-four squares. His name was once misprinted in <The Times> as Specimen, and the sobriquet is still remembered and apt. Tall, gawky and shy, with downcast eyes, thick-lensed spectacles and a circular shrubbery of comb-free hair, Specimen is the ultimate boffin version of the chess player. His other nickname, from the days when he had a wild beard as well, was Speelwolf. There exists a rare footage of him on the dance-floor after a chess olympiad. Unwinding is what he seems almost literally to be doing: a sort of frenetic, uncoordinated whirling response to all the self-imposed discipline of the previous days. Boadicea with knives on her chariot wheels cleared less space around her than the grandmaster on the dance-floor. Despite his regular appearances on television over a period of three months, it would be a fair bet that no clothing chain has subsequently approached him with the suggestion of a sponsoring deal. He is, in brief, a sports marketer's worst nightmare. This is, of course, all to the greater and more serious glory of the sport he takes part in. But the alarming and true presence of Specimen stands like an emblematic bar to the popularizer's dreams."
--Julian Barnes in an article about the Kasparov-Short WCC
|Mar-11-15|| ||Domdaniel: Speelman still writes a weekly column for the Observer newspaper, part of the Guardian group. It's perhaps my favourite chess column in the print media: he usually provides in-depth analysis of one or two recent GM games. Speelman is a superb analyst, whether of openings, middlegames, or endings. I agree with <xombie> that 'Analysing the Endgame' is a great little book.|
The Speelwolf also continues to play. In the past month he played for the top-seeded English team in the World Senior (over 50) team championships, along with Short and Nunn. Unfortunately, England were beaten by eventual winners Slovakia, and only finished 3rd.
|May-23-15|| ||TheFocus: <Chess is simply a medium through which concentration and a higher state of mind is achieved ...it is like contemplating your navel, only better> - Jon Speelman.|
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