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GLC Chess Challenge Tournament

Glenn C Flear8.5/13(+5 -1 =7)[games]
Murray G Chandler8/13(+5 -2 =6)[games]
Nigel Short8/13(+4 -1 =8)[games]
John Nunn7.5/13(+4 -2 =7)[games]
Zoltan Ribli7.5/13(+2 -0 =11)[games]
Lev Polugaevsky7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Lajos Portisch7/13(+3 -2 =8)[games]
Boris Spassky7/13(+1 -0 =12)[games]
Jonathan Speelman6/13(+1 -2 =10)[games]
Rafael Vaganian6/13(+3 -4 =6)[games]
Bent Larsen5.5/13(+3 -5 =5)[games]
Harold James Plaskett5/13(+5 -8 =0)[games]
Maxim Dlugy4/13(+1 -6 =6)[games]
Andrew Jonathan Mestel4/13(+2 -7 =4)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
GLC Chess Challenge (1986)

The GLC Chess Challenge was the fourth and last in the biannual series of tournaments which started with the Phillips & Drew Kings (1980). The Phillips & Drew company had pulled out as a sponsor and the tournament was bankrolled mainly by the Greater London Council (GLC). The GLC itself ceased to exist on 31 March 1986, so the venue had been moved from the County Hall to the Hamilton Room of the Great Eastern Hotel, near Liverpool Street station. The dynamic tournament directors under these circumstances were Raymond Keene and Stewart Reuben. The two had reserved a place for 1982 and 1984 winner Anatoly Karpov, but he preferred to play in SWIFT Brussels (1986) that began on March 23. Iossif Davidovich Dorfman agreed to take his place, but then he too pulled out. Glenn Flear, an IM at the time, given a few days notice was asked to play. Flear agreed provided he could have Saturday March 22 off, as he was getting married then to Christine Flear, the French women's champion. Which was accepted: "We'll adjust the timetable." The Round 9 game Flear vs Plaskett, 1986 was played one week earlier on Saturday March 15. There was no play on March 16 either as many of the contestants had to fly to Germany for the Bundesliga penultimate round.

Another distraction was that Short had a TV appearance planned for March 19. If his game vs Portisch ran on late, he would miss meeting fellow guest Samantha Fox. He reached liquidation in 34 moves, and this was apparently joked about in the bulletin (which was edited by William Nicholas Watson and Richard W O'Brien). Yet the great feature of the event was Flear's success. The IM from Leicester lost only one game, played seven draws against the stars, defeated top seed Vaganian and four others, and reached his GM norm with two rounds to spare. He won the 5,000 first prize, and being the next to lowest rated player he also picked up a 400 rating prize. It was the biggest upset since Harry Nelson Pillsbury won at Hastings (1895) and a hint of what love can do. The brilliancy price of 1000 went to Chandler for Chandler vs Vaganian, 1986. Plaskett should have had a prize too, if he did not have one, for his 13 decisive games.

Great Eastern Hotel, London, England, 11-27 March 1986

Age Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 Price 1 IM Flear 27 2485 * 0 1 1 1 1 1 8 5000 2 GM Chandler 25 2535 * 1 0 1 1 0 1 1 8 2500 3 GM Short 20 2585 0 * 1 1 1 1 8 2500 4 GM Nunn 30 2585 * 0 1 0 1 1 1 7 1250 5 GM Ribli 34 2585 * 1 1 7 1250 6 GM Polugaevsky 51 2575 1 0 * 1 0 1 7 700 7 GM Portisch 48 2610 1 1 * 0 1 0 7 700 8 GM Spassky 49 2610 * 1 7 700 9 GM Speelman 29 2560 0 * 0 1 6 450 10 GM Vaganian 34 2645 0 0 0 1 * 0 1 1 6 450 11 GM Larsen 51 2575 0 0 1 0 1 * 0 1 0 5 350 12 GM Plaskett 26 2435 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 * 0 1 5 300 13 IM Dlugy 20 2545 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 * 4 225 14 GM Mestel 29 2525 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 * 4 225

Category: XIII (2561). Chief arbiter: Robert Wade, assisted by Leslie Stephen Fraser Blackstock.

Sources

Wikipedia article: Phillips %26 Drew Kings
Wikipedia article: Great Eastern Hotel, London
CHESS magazine, April 1986 p. 29 and May 1986 pp. 60-65.
FIDE rating list January 1986 (http://www.olimpbase.org/Elo/Elo198...)
Jaque 196, 15 May 1986, pp. 258-260 (http://www.bartelski.pl/olimpbase/l...)
British Chess Magazine, pp. 178-179 (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_klxcwTbD0...)
Robert Eugene Byrne in The New York Times, 20 May 1986 (https://www.nytimes.com/1986/05/20/...)
Chess in the Attic, March 1986 by Roger H Coathup. In Chess Tales, 15 May 2007 (http://chesstales.blogspot.com/2007...)

Previous edition: Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)

Original collection: Game Collection: GLC Chess Challenge 1986 by User: Tabanus. Thanks to User: Paint My Dragon and User: Sally Simpson for help with the sources and the English. Round dates (March 11, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 23, 24, 25, 27) are from CHESS magazine.

 page 4 of 4; games 76-91 of 91  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
76. Speelman vs Plaskett  1-0321986GLC Chess ChallengeA43 Old Benoni
77. Ribli vs Nunn  ½-½141986GLC Chess ChallengeD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
78. Short vs Spassky  ½-½411986GLC Chess ChallengeC76 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation
79. Nunn vs A J Mestel 1-0241986GLC Chess ChallengeB78 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long
80. Vaganian vs Plaskett  0-1391986GLC Chess ChallengeE12 Queen's Indian
81. Larsen vs Flear ½-½661986GLC Chess ChallengeD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
82. Dlugy vs Ribli  ½-½161986GLC Chess ChallengeE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
83. Portisch vs Polugaevsky  ½-½131986GLC Chess ChallengeE15 Queen's Indian
84. Chandler vs Speelman  ½-½251986GLC Chess ChallengeC11 French
85. A J Mestel vs Dlugy  ½-½251986GLC Chess ChallengeB10 Caro-Kann
86. Plaskett vs Chandler 1-0361986GLC Chess ChallengeE12 Queen's Indian
87. Spassky vs Larsen  ½-½431986GLC Chess ChallengeA07 King's Indian Attack
88. Speelman vs Short  ½-½81986GLC Chess ChallengeA46 Queen's Pawn Game
89. Flear vs Nunn ½-½91986GLC Chess ChallengeE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
90. Polugaevsky vs Vaganian  ½-½151986GLC Chess ChallengeD55 Queen's Gambit Declined
91. Ribli vs Portisch  ½-½141986GLC Chess ChallengeE17 Queen's Indian
 page 4 of 4; games 76-91 of 91  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
Jun-26-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Still one of the biggest upset wins in international tournament history.
Dec-01-19  spingo: Aside from Flear's result, which I believe coincided with his marriage, Plaskett's performance was considered unusual by the chess press. Thirteen games, +5 -8 and no draws. The kind of results people had 100 years earlier.

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