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|Sep-17-07|| ||notyetagm: GM Speelman is working on a chess puzzle book for GAMBIT, due out in March 2008. For details, see http://www.gambitbooks.com/books/sp....|
|Oct-02-07|| ||keypusher: I lost in a simul to today's POTD in London in 1991 or so. Very pleasant man, then in the top 10 in the world, I think.|
|Jan-24-08|| ||manethos: Nice game against Nakamura today at Gibralter........|
|Jun-11-08|| ||suenteus po 147: For you Speelman fans, here's a collection of games from his book of best games: Game Collection: Jon Speelman's Best Games This collection includes some new games to the database from Speelman's early days.|
|Jun-11-08|| ||MichAdams: Does Jon say why he didn't include his win over Kasparov? You'd think his publisher would have insisted.|
|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
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