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GLC Chess Challenge 1986
Compiled by Tabanus
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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 backed 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 G 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 a 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. He 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.

Round 1 March 11 (Tuesday)
Chandler vs Vaganian, 1986 
(C18) French, Winawer, 37 moves, 1-0

Dlugy vs G Flear, 1986
(E04) Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3, 67 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Speelman, 1986
(B11) Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4, 32 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nunn vs Spassky, 1986
(C71) Ruy Lopez, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Ribli, 1986
(D18) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch, 22 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs A J Mestel, 1986 
(E81) King's Indian, Samisch, 42 moves, 0-1

Short vs Plaskett, 1986 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 39 moves, 1-0

Round 2 March 12 (Wednesday)
Chandler vs Short, 1986 
(C01) French, Exchange, 58 moves, 1-0

G Flear vs Portisch, 1986
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 55 moves, 1/2-1/2

A J Mestel vs Polugaevsky, 1986 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 42 moves, 1/2-1/2

Plaskett vs Larsen, 1986 
(B30) Sicilian, 39 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Dlugy, 1986 
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 21 moves, 1/2-1/2

Speelman vs Nunn, 1986
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Ribli, 1986
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 3 March 13 (Thursday)
Dlugy vs Speelman, 1986
(E06) Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Chandler, 1986 
(A20) English, 46 moves, 0-1

Nunn vs Plaskett, 1986 
(C42) Petrov Defense, 26 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs G Flear, 1986 
(D44) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Spassky, 1986
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs A J Mestel, 1986
(A88) Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6, 29 moves, 1-0

Short vs Vaganian, 1986
(C07) French, Tarrasch, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 4 March 14 (Friday)
Chandler vs Nunn, 1986 
(C84) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

G Flear vs Ribli, 1986
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 10 moves, 1/2-1/2

Plaskett vs Dlugy, 1986
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 30 moves, 0-1

Short vs Larsen, 1986
(B63) Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 34 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Polugaevsky, 1986
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Speelman vs Portisch, 1986
(D12) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs A J Mestel, 1986
(E66) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav Panno, 28 moves, 1-0

Round 5 March 17 (Monday)
Dlugy vs Chandler, 1986 
(E15) Queen's Indian, 46 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Vaganian, 1986
(A15) English, 44 moves, 1/2-1/2

A J Mestel vs G Flear, 1986
(C59) Two Knights, 32 moves, 0-1

Nunn vs Short, 1986
(C42) Petrov Defense, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Polugaevsky vs Speelman, 1986
(E12) Queen's Indian, 27 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Plaskett, 1986 
(A17) English, 61 moves, 1-0

Ribli vs Spassky, 1986
(E91) King's Indian, 38 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 6 March 18 (Tuesday)
Chandler vs Portisch, 1986
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 36 moves, 0-1

Larsen vs Nunn, 1986 
(C24) Bishop's Opening, 43 moves, 1-0

Plaskett vs Polugaevsky, 1986
(E16) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 1-0

Short vs Dlugy, 1986
(B10) Caro-Kann, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs A J Mestel, 1986
(B20) Sicilian, 40 moves, 1/2-1/2

Speelman vs Ribli, 1986
(D02) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs G Flear, 1986
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 61 moves, 0-1

Round 7 March 19 (Wednesday)
Dlugy vs Larsen, 1986
(E15) Queen's Indian, 58 moves, 0-1

G Flear vs Spassky, 1986
(E59) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

A J Mestel vs Speelman, 1986
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nunn vs Vaganian, 1986 
(B04) Alekhine's Defense, Modern, 36 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Chandler, 1986
(E12) Queen's Indian, 28 moves, 1/2-1/2

Portisch vs Short, 1986 
(A16) English, 34 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Plaskett, 1986
(A15) English, 55 moves, 1-0

Round 8 March 20 (Thursday)
Chandler vs Ribli, 1986
(C92) Ruy Lopez, Closed, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Portisch, 1986 
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 28 moves, 1-0

Nunn vs Dlugy, 1986 
(B12) Caro-Kann Defense, 18 moves, 1-0

Plaskett vs A J Mestel, 1986
(B52) Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack, 42 moves, 1-0

Short vs Polugaevsky, 1986
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 45 moves, 1-0

Speelman vs G Flear, 1986 
(D31) Queen's Gambit Declined, 81 moves, 0-1

Vaganian vs Spassky, 1986
(E11) Bogo-Indian Defense, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Round 9 March 22 (Saturday)
Dlugy vs Vaganian, 1986
(D97) Grunfeld, Russian, 58 moves, 0-1

Ribli vs Short, 1986
(D58) Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

A J Mestel vs Chandler, 1986
(B90) Sicilian, Najdorf, 40 moves, 0-1

Polugaevsky vs Larsen, 1986
(E16) Queen's Indian, 29 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Nunn, 1986
(E92) King's Indian, 42 moves, 1-0

Spassky vs Speelman, 1986
(B17) Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation, 19 moves, 1/2-1/2

Flear married, played March 15
G Flear vs Plaskett, 1986
(A41) Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6), 46 moves, 1-0

Round 10 March 23 (Sunday)
Chandler vs G Flear, 1986
(C78) Ruy Lopez, 18 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dlugy vs Portisch, 1986
(E15) Queen's Indian, 24 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs Ribli, 1986
(A30) English, Symmetrical, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nunn vs Polugaevsky, 1986
(B80) Sicilian, Scheveningen, 20 moves, 1/2-1/2

Plaskett vs Spassky, 1986 
(A20) English, 38 moves, 0-1

Short vs A J Mestel, 1986
(B70) Sicilian, Dragon Variation, 58 moves, 1-0

Vaganian vs Speelman, 1986
(E12) Queen's Indian, 37 moves, 1-0

Round 11 March 24 (Monday)
G Flear vs Short, 1986
(E00) Queen's Pawn Game, 36 moves, 1/2-1/2

A J Mestel vs Larsen, 1986
(B56) Sicilian, 33 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Dlugy, 1986
(A09) Reti Opening, 42 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Vaganian, 1986
(D10) Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, 11 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Nunn, 1986
(D78) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Chandler, 1986
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 61 moves, 1/2-1/2

Speelman vs Plaskett, 1986
(A43) Old Benoni, 32 moves, 1-0

Round 12 March 25 (Tuesday)
Chandler vs Speelman, 1986
(C11) French, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Dlugy vs Ribli, 1986
(E19) Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3, 16 moves, 1/2-1/2

Larsen vs G Flear, 1986 
(D46) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 66 moves, 1/2-1/2

Nunn vs A J Mestel, 1986 
(B78) Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack, 10.castle long, 24 moves, 1-0

Portisch vs Polugaevsky, 1986
(E15) Queen's Indian, 13 moves, 1/2-1/2

Short vs Spassky, 1986
(C76) Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense, Fianchetto Variation, 41 moves, 1/2-1/2

Vaganian vs Plaskett, 1986
(E12) Queen's Indian, 39 moves, 0-1

Round 13 March 27 (Thursday)
G Flear vs Nunn, 1986 
(E67) King's Indian, Fianchetto, 9 moves, 1/2-1/2

A J Mestel vs Dlugy, 1986
(B10) Caro-Kann, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

Plaskett vs Chandler, 1986 
(E12) Queen's Indian, 36 moves, 1-0

Polugaevsky vs Vaganian, 1986
(D55) Queen's Gambit Declined, 15 moves, 1/2-1/2

Ribli vs Portisch, 1986
(E17) Queen's Indian, 14 moves, 1/2-1/2

Spassky vs Larsen, 1986
(A07) King's Indian Attack, 43 moves, 1/2-1/2

Speelman vs Short, 1986
(A46) Queen's Pawn Game, 8 moves, 1/2-1/2

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