Glenn Flear

Glenn Curtis Flear (born 12 February 1959 in Leicester, England) is a British chess grandmaster now living in Montpellier, France. He is the author of several books, some on chess openings and some on the endgame.

Glenn Flear
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Glenn Flear, 2006
Full nameGlenn Curtis Flear
Born (1959-02-12) 12 February 1959 (age 61)
Leicester, England
TitleGrandmaster (1987)
FIDE rating2429 (August 2020)
Peak rating2555 (July 1999)

He was awarded the International Master title in 1983 and Grandmaster title in 1987.

Flear created one of the greatest-ever chess tournament upsets when, as a last minute substitute, he won the very strong London 1986 event (ahead of Chandler, Short, Nunn, Ribli, Polugaevsky, Portisch, Spassky, Vaganian, Speelman, and Larsen, amongst others). To round off the happy occasion, he married five-time French Women's Champion Christine Leroy during the event. They have two sons, James and Nathan.

He also represented England at the 1986 Dubai Olympiad (earning a team silver medal) and at the European Team Chess Championship at Plovdiv in 2003.

Selected writingsEdit

  • Improve Your Endgame Play, 2000, Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-246-6.
  • Open Ruy Lopez, 2000, Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1857442618.
  • Mastering the Endgame, 2001, Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-233-4.
  • Test Your Endgame Thinking, 2002, Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-305-5.
  • Starting Out: Pawn Endings, 2004, Everyman Chess. ISBN 1-85744-362-4.
  • Practical Endgame Play – Beyond the Basics: the Definitive Guide to the Endgames that Really Matter, 2007, Everyman Chess. ISBN 978-1-85744-555-8
  • Tactimania: Find the Winning Combination, 2011, Quality Chess. ISBN 1-90655-298-3.


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