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Jonathan Speelman vs Glenn C Flear
GLC Chess Challenge (1986), London ENG, rd 8, Mar-20
Semi-Slav Defense: Noteboom Variation (D31)  ·  0-1

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Aug-29-18  Sally Simpson: Josif Dorman was meant to play in this event but pulled out at the very last moment. (originally Karpov was meant to play but he opted to play in Belguim instead.) So Dorman agreed to take his place, but then he too pulled out. (see BCM link below which I have borrowed from Glenn Flear (kibitz #37))

Glen Flear, an IM at the time, given a few days notice was asked to play. Glenn agreed provided he could have Saturday the 22nd of March off as he was getting married to Christine Flear

This was agreed and Glenn won the tournament ahead of GM's Murray Chandler, Nigel Short, John Nunn, Zoltan Ribli, Lev Polugaevsky, Lajos Portisch, Boris Spassky, Jon Speelman, Rafael Vaganian, Bent Larsen, James Plaskett, Maxim Dlugy and Jonathan Mestel.

(although at the time Dlugy was still waiting for official confirmation that he was a GM. which arrived later that year.)

"Flear's game against Speelman commenced on Thursday 20th March and was twice adjourned, with the final session taking place on Sunday 23rd March. Hence Flear was a single man at the time of the first two sessions and a married man by the time of the third."

https://www.ecforum.org.uk/viewtopi...

more details:

CHESS May 1986, page 60 reports Glenn told the organisers he was getting married on the day of round 9. (Flear v Plaskett which is not on this D.B.) the organisers said: "We'll adjust the timetable." and report on page 63 that the Round 9 Flear - Plasket game was played one week earlier on Saturday March 15th. Glenn won it.

Glenn won £5,000 first prize and being the lowest rated player also picked up a £400 rating prize.

Sep-01-18
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  Dionysius1: Thanks <Sally Simpson>. It's good to see such a dramatic tournament get a good write up.

I wonder why Speelman played 73 ♖xd6. I grant you, the writing was on the wall but that was just a dramatic way of resigning, I think. Maybe it was a gesture somehow linked to Flear's amazing tournament performance or the timing of his marriage, but I don't see it :-)

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