Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Glenn Flear
G Flear 

Number of games in database: 1,005
Years covered: 1977 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2429 (2334 rapid, 2315 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2517
Overall record: +356 -236 =395 (56.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 18 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (74) 
    E32 E34 E52 E38 E47
 King's Indian (71) 
    E73 E76 E97 E92 E75
 Modern Benoni (54) 
    A57 A56 A58 A60 A70
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    E00 A40 A41 D02 E10
 Grunfeld (35) 
    D85 D97 D96 D82 D91
 Queen's Gambit Declined (33) 
    D35 D31 D30 D38 D06
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (111) 
    C78 C80 C77 C61 C68
 Semi-Slav (69) 
    D45 D43 D47 D44 D48
 English (39) 
    A13 A14 A10 A11 A15
 Queen's Gambit Declined (38) 
    D30 D31 D35 D36 D39
 Giuoco Piano (28) 
    C53 C54 C50
 Ruy Lopez, Open (28) 
    C80 C82 C81 C83
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Flear vs Nunn, 1987 1-0
   J Gallagher vs G Flear, 1990 1/2-1/2
   G Flear vs Short, 1987 1/2-1/2
   S Collins vs G Flear, 2001 0-1
   I Nicolas Zapata vs G Flear, 2014 0-1
   Bronstein vs G Flear, 1994 0-1
   J Gallagher vs G Flear, 1992 1/2-1/2
   G Flear vs A Summerscale, 1991 1/2-1/2
   I Snape vs G Flear, 2013 0-1
   G Flear vs Fedorowicz, 1987 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   GLC Chess Challenge (1986)
   British Championship (1988)
   British Championship (2002)
   British Championship (1986)
   Hastings 2007/08 (2008)
   British Championship (2013)
   British Championship (1985)
   9th Lloyds Bank Masters Open (1985)
   Hastings 2015/16 (2015)
   British Championship (2007)
   Valle d'Aosta Open (2002)
   British Championship (1990)
   Hastings 2011/12 (2011)
   British Championship (2015)
   Gibraltar Masters (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   GLC Chess Challenge 1986 by Tabanus

   🏆 Marseille Christmas IM
   M Materia vs G Flear (Dec-29-21) 1/2-1/2
   G Flear vs M Materia (Jun-27-21) 1/2-1/2
   G Flear vs S Milliet (May-21-21) 1/2-1/2
   A Vlachos vs G Flear (May-20-21) 0-1
   G Flear vs M A Maurizzi (May-20-21) 0-1

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Glenn Flear
Search Google for Glenn Flear
FIDE player card for Glenn Flear

(born Feb-12-1959, 64 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]

Glenn Curtis Flear was born in Leicester, England. He was awarded the IM title in 1983 and GM title in 1987. While still an IM, he shocked the chess world by winning the GLC Chess Challenge (1986) ahead of a field that included Short, Chandler, Nunn, Portisch, Polugaevsky, Spassky and Larsen. He married Christine Flear during that tournament. He represented England at the Dubai Olympiad in 1986. Flear is also a FIDE Trainer (2018).

Wikipedia article: Glenn Flear

Last updated: 2022-02-12 13:40:33

 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,005  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. B Cafferty vs G Flear  ½-½201977British ChampionshipD32 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
2. G Flear vs P H Clarke  1-0451977British ChampionshipD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
3. S Taulbut vs G Flear  1-0571977British ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
4. G Flear vs C W Baker  ½-½161977British ChampionshipA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
5. J E Littlewood vs G Flear  0-1361977British ChampionshipC78 Ruy Lopez
6. G Flear vs M Fuller  0-1411977British ChampionshipE43 Nimzo-Indian, Fischer Variation
7. J I Century vs G Flear  1-0351977British ChampionshipD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
8. G Flear vs C Shephard  0-1671977British ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
9. P M Giulian vs G Flear  ½-½261977British ChampionshipA56 Benoni Defense
10. Short vs G Flear 1-0201977British ChampionshipC77 Ruy Lopez
11. G Flear vs R M Webb  1-0271977British ChampionshipD71 Neo-Grunfeld
12. G Flear vs Seirawan  1-0411977Hastings Challengers 1977/78A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
13. D Supancic vs G Flear  1-0411978Aaronson MastersC44 King's Pawn Game
14. G Flear vs J Cooper  0-1581978British ChampionshipE92 King's Indian
15. G D Lee vs G Flear  1-0711978British ChampionshipC41 Philidor Defense
16. G Flear vs N Povah  0-1401978British ChampionshipA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
17. A A Smith vs G Flear  ½-½331978British ChampionshipA45 Queen's Pawn Game
18. K Coates vs G Flear  ½-½211978British ChampionshipC36 King's Gambit Accepted, Abbazia Defense
19. G Flear vs D B Pritchard 1-0651978British ChampionshipE40 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
20. D J Findlay vs G Flear  ½-½261978British ChampionshipC26 Vienna
21. G Flear vs W A Linton  ½-½841978British ChampionshipA32 English, Symmetrical Variation
22. M Corden vs G Flear  1-0261978British ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
23. G Flear vs A P Ashby  0-1311978British ChampionshipA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
24. J G Nicholson vs G Flear  0-14619782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
25. S Bouaziz vs G Flear  1-04219782nd Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC78 Ruy Lopez
 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,005  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Flear wins | Flear loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Sep-18-07  notyetagm: Anyone seen any review's of Flear's new book?

<Practical Endgame Play - Beyond the Basics - Glenn Flear

The definitive guide to the endgames that really matter.

The most common endgames you will ever encounter.

Examinations of material balances you will reach in almost half of your games.

Over 500 pages of grandmaster advice and analysis, assisted by the latest computer software.

Forget those books which just recycle established theory. Forget those books which concentrate on fantastical studies. Grandmaster and endgame expert Glenn Flear has created an in-depth book of all endgames which feature either two pieces for each side, or two pieces against one - an essential area of the game that has never before been comprehensively covered in one volume.

Why is this so important? Because these situations arise incredibly frequently in practical play. These are the endgames that matter. If you can handle such endgames well, your results will improve. This book shows you how.

Published by Everyman >

Sep-18-07  pazzed paun: <notyetagm> Sorry but no!!! That is not a book review but a blurb from the publisher. definitely not the same thing.
Sep-19-07  notyetagm: <pazzed paun: <notyetagm> Sorry but no!!! That is not a book review but a blurb from the publisher. definitely not the same thing.>

Duh. I provided the book description so that people would know what book specifically I was talking about.

Sep-19-07  pazzed paun: oops! sorry!!
Oct-08-07  notyetagm: A review of GM Flear's new endgame book, by FM Steve Giddins at

<Practical Endgame Play – Beyond The Basics by Glenn Flear, Everyman, 544 pages, £19.99.

Most endgame books deal primarily with positions where each player has only one piece – Q+R+Ps v Q+R+Ps, Q+B+Ps v Q+B+Ps, etc. But in practice many more of the endings which arise see more pieces than this on the board. In this huge volume, English grandmaster Glenn Flear deals at length with endings where one or both sides have two pieces. Thus we have detailed coverage of endings with rook versus two minor pieces, rook plus minor piece versus rook plus minor piece, queen and rook versus queen and rook, etc. In fact the book covers what Flear calls endgames and “NQEs” (pronounced “nuckies”), i.e. Not Quite Endgames – those indeterminate positions which are simplified (usually queenless), but which you will not find in Basic Chess Endings or other such textbooks.

Flear is a highly experienced player and author, and his chess has always been characterised by its conscientious professionalism. Nowhere is that more apparent than in this massive tome of 544 pages, with its hundreds and hundreds of carefully-analysed examples. Without doubt, a modern classic, not to be missed. Let’s be honest, now – even those of you who don’t like endings are not averse to a bit of nuckie, are you? SG. >

Oct-18-07  pazzed paun: IM Donaldson has reviewed the book at jeremy He says that it will benefit titled players 2300+ ratings.
Nov-24-08  jamesmaskell: I bought it several months ago and have only recently sat down to play through it. Im really enjoying it, being very weak at the endgame. Its tough for me but its a very accessible if large tome to work through. It is worth it though.
Feb-12-09  Paraconti: Happy birthday, mate! I remember London '86. That glorious moment!
Feb-12-09  karnak64: Happy Birthday: love the endgame book!
Feb-12-09  swordfish: I also like Flear's endgame book (all I need now is more time to study). It seems practical and is also quite readable. Happy 50th, GM Flear.
Feb-12-09  WhiteRook48: wow, born on the same day as Lincoln!
Feb-12-10  wordfunph: happy birthday GM Glenn Flear! may you have many chess books to write..
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: <WMD>The great success of his career was winning the GLC tournament in London in 1986. Brought in at short notice when Karpov declined to attend, he finished ahead of a field including Short, Chandler, Nunn, Portisch, Polugaevsky, Spassky and Larsen. He and Dlugy were the only IMs in attendance.

Unaware he would be competing, he was due to get married on the day of the ninth round. The organisers arranged for his game to start early.

Here is the crosstable and report:

Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Flear is also a strong backgammon player. He has written a few BG books. I would guess that he makes money on the side, separating well to do BG enthusiasts from their money, much as the poker playing chess stars do.

You don't hear too many interviews about chess pros playing poker for money. Grischuk does, does quite well. But, in interviews, they don't generally talk about it. Such activities pay the rent, but I don't think that chess pros want people to know about this. I think Irina Krush and a number of other american players use internet poker tournaments to make money, but they won't talk about it to reporters.

Sep-05-10  Dredge Rivers: The only thing we have to Flear is Flear itself!
Feb-12-11  stanleys: Happy birthday Glenn!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Flear!
Feb-12-12  karnak64: Happy Birthday to you and Abraham Lincoln!
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: We have nothing to fear but Flear himself.
Feb-12-15  Nosnibor: Happy Birthday Glenn ! Do you remember this game from halcyon days? BCF Qualifying 29/11/1976.Kings Indian Defence,Smyslov variant.White: J K Robinson Black: G C Flear 1d4,Nf6.2c4,g6.3Nc3,Bg7.4Bg5,d6.5Nf3 0-0.6e3,Nbd7.7Be2,c6.80-0,e5.9h3,Qe7.10Qc2,h6.11- Bh4,g5.12Bg3,Ne8.13b4,f5.14Rad1,e4.15Nd2,Ndf6.16-
ack Resigns 1-0
Feb-12-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Glenn Flear.
Feb-12-18  diagonal: <Phillips & Drew Kings>, biannually played in 1980, 1982, 1984, and 1986 as GLC Chess Challenge, was a series of chess tournaments, sonsored by the stockbroker firm Phillips & Drew and the Greater London Council (GLC). These were among the strongest chess tournaments ever played in London, United Kingdom.

They were 14-player all-play-all tournaments over 13 rounds. The venue of the three Phillips & Drew Kings tournaments in 1980, 1982, and 1984 was County Hall, the meeting place of the GLC. The last tournament of the series was held at a different venue with changes in sponsorship, but still with the same format.

This fourth tournament in 1986, not involving Phillips and Drew, was called the <GLC Chess Challenge>, played now in the Great Eastern Hotel. It was the final event in the series, as the GLC itself had been abolished that same year.

Viktor Korchnoi won the inaugural tournament in 1980, together with Tony Miles, and Ulf Andersson. The second and third edition were captured by Anatoly Karpov, together with Ulf Andersson in 1982, and outright in 1984.

The final event of the series held in March 1986 caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of chess:

Glenn Flear, an International Master from Leicester, won as clear first in a field including former World Champion Boris Spassky, Bent Larsen, Lajos Portisch, Lev Polugaevsky, Rafael Vaganian, John Nunn and Nigel Short.

Flear was a last-minute replacement for Karpov and was not expected to score well in such a high class field (Flear and Dlugy were the only IMs).

<The participants 1986 (in rating order): Rafael Vaganian, Lajos Portisch, Boris Spassky, Nigel Short, Zoltán Ribli, John Nunn, Lev Polugaevsky, Bent Larsen, Jon Speelman, Maxim Dlugy, Murray Chandler, Jonathan Mestel, Glenn Flear, and James Plaskett.

For the sake of the legality of the things, it has to be said, that Kasparov, Karpov, Korchnoi, Timman, Hübner, Miles, Seirawan, Ljubojevic, Beliavsky, Tal, Yusupov, and A. Sokolov, then all ranked in the Elo Top-15 of the world (1986 / January-June list), were absent; Vaganian was the only player from the Elo top eight.

Final standings: Flear 8.5/13, Chandler, Short 8, Nunn, Ribli 7.5, Polugaevsky, Portisch, Spassky 7, Vaganian, Speelman 6, Larsen 5.5, Plaskett 5, Mestel, Dlugy 4 (14 players).>

Unaware he would be competing, Glenn Flear was due to get married on the day of the ninth round. As pointed out above, the organisers arranged for his game to start early. Seems like yesterday :)

Married to the multiple French Women’s Champion, Christine Leroy (now Flear), he decided to move to Montpellier in France.

Rather recent picture from 2012 of GM Glenn Flear:

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: As Nunn noted in his collection of best games, Flear had not enjoyed a comparable success to London 1986 as of that writing (1994), but he had not been married since, either!
Feb-12-19  Nosnibor: Happy birthday Glenn.
Feb-12-22  Nosnibor: Many happy returns of the day G. M. Flear.
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 2 OF 2 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC