< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·
|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.|
|Oct-22-15|| ||offramp: Jon's latest Observer column mentions that normally TWIC has about 2000 games. Then he says that the latest one has over 6000!
http://www.theweekinchess.com/html/... (6055 games).
He says it's a time of huge activity for chess.|
|May-05-16|| ||Chessinfinite: This Speelman, having contributed nothing as a second to big guys, now writes columns with some of his usual nonsense and useless information, but maybe a bit better than the other Brit Daniel King, whose analysis is more like that of a 1700 player imo. |
Really, what did this mediocre player contribute as a second baffles me ? Maybe he should stick to mathematics, where i do not how he is doing .. one wonders.
|Aug-22-16|| ||Pyrandus: Le fils de Spielmann?|
|Oct-02-16|| ||TheFocus: Happy birthday, Jonathan Speelman.|
|Oct-02-16|| ||diagonal: Won: twice in Hastings: 1983-84 (joint with Lars Karlsson) and 1986-87 (joint with Bent Larsen, Smbat Lputian, and Murray Chandler), Dortmund 1981 (joint with Gennadi Kuzmin, who won on tie-break, and Lubomir Ftacnik), Banja Luka 1983 (joint with Krunoslav Hulak who won on tie-break, and Andras Adorjan), Brighton (Zonal) 1984 (joint with Nigel Short ahead of Jonathan Mestel), Bath (Zonal) 1987 (ahead of Glenn Flear), Beersheva 1987 (joint with Viktor Korchnoi), Moscow GMA World Cup Final Open 1990 (best on tie-break, <one of the strongest swiss system ever, with 26 players of Elo Top 50!>, including Tal, Polugaevsky, Beliavsky, Ivanchuk, Gelfand, Portisch, Sax, Seirawan, Miles), twice the London Lloyds Open: 1992 and 1993, Katrineholm (Sweden) 1999 (joint with Viktor Gavrikov, ahead of Ulf Andersson), London Simpsons 2003 (175th, Mini-Tournament of four players) outright, three times in a row the Staunton Memorial, London: 2003 as clear first, 2004 (joint with Daniel King) and 2005 (joint with Jonathan Levitt). He played the traditional Hoogovens at Wijk aan Zee once (1983), but was out of form.|
Co-Winner of the 1987 Subotica Interzonal (alongside with Sax and Short), maybe his biggest tournament success: http://www.mark-weeks.com/chess/889.... Speelman qualified thus for the Candidates' matches of 1988-89 where he beat Yasser Seirawan (+3=2-0), defeated Nigel Short (+2=3-0), but lost the semi-final to Jan Timman narrowly (+1=5-2). In the next Candidates cycle of 1991, he drew Short (+2=4-2) - but lost the rapid play-off (45’ first 60 moves) 0.5-1.5. Short won the cycle, advancing to challenge Kasparov (the notorious split title championship 1993).
British national Champion in 1978, 1985 and 1986, Vice Champion in 1981, 1982 and 1984. A participant in fourteen Olympiads in a row between 1980 and 2006 where he collected five medals.
His highest ever FIDE ranking was joint 4th in 1989 (January-June at ELO 2640, with Beliavsky). Best rating: ELO 2645 in 1988 (July-December, Jonathan Speelman was then ranked sole 5th).
He has been a second at the world championship for Nigel Short and Viswanathan Anand against Garry Kasparov in London 1993 and New York 1995 respectively.
Speelman has a highly original chess style often playing less obvious moves and a wide opening repertoire. He likes puzzles especially cryptic crosswords and killer sudokus.
Happy birthday, Grandmaster Speelman!
The chess community is looking forward to your next Agony Colummn, a series launched by Jon in ChessBase this year, shedding some light in the fog :)
|Oct-02-16|| ||Chessinfinite: Have a good day GM Speelman..
Well, even little guys in chess have a day they can celebrate ! your insignificant contributions to chess will be forgotten for a day :)
|Aug-28-19|| ||Chesgambit: 2737 ratinghttp://www.chessmetrics.com/cm/CM2/...|
|Oct-02-19|| ||halito27: Speelman is the author of one of my favorite chess quotes.|
In his book, "Best Chess Games, 1970-1980", he spends nearly two pages analyzing a complex, double-sided position from some GM game, going through variations and sub-variations. After showing all the possible permutations, his conclusion is epic: "Neither side can possibly hold."
I still love that line. Both sides are thoroughly busted! Haven't you ever been in a position in which you and your opponent are BOTH lost? :-)
|Oct-02-19|| ||Sally Simpson: ***
Jon stayed a while in Edinburgh and I would pick his brain about various aspect of the game.
One question was what the best way to prepare prior to a game, look at some openings, some endings, some blitz...his answer:
"Just get a good nights sleep."
'Neither side can possibly hold."
There is a chess note out there...somewhere.
My fading grey cells are tugging at Staunton though it is possibly from the pen of Tartakower.
"Both sides appear to be lost."
|Oct-03-19|| ||JimNorCal: A similar quote I've seen from an exhausting, hard fought, up and down battle went something like this:
"Both players are missing not only the point of their opponent's moves, but even the point of their own moves"|
|Oct-03-19|| ||halito27: Haha, I love these. Thanks to you both for a good chuckle.|
< Earlier Kibitzing · PAGE 3 OF 3 ·