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Name  Jon Speelman
Role  Chess Player

Spouse  Lyndsey Thomas
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Born  Jonathan Simon Speelman 2 October 1956 (age 59) (1956-10-02)
Alma mater  Worcester College, Oxford
Fields  Chess, Mathematics, Writing
People also search for  Neil McDonald, Robert Wade, Garry Kasparov
Books  Analysing the endgame, Batsford chess endings, Endgame Preparation, Jon Speelman's Chess Pu, Preparacion de Finales

Education  Worcester College, Oxford

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Jonathan Simon Speelman (born 2 October 1956) is an English Grandmaster chess player, mathematician and chess writer.


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Early life and education

He was educated at Worcester College, Oxford, where he studied mathematics.


A winner of the British Chess Championship in 1978, 1985 and 1986, Speelman has been a regular member of the English team for the Chess Olympiad, an international biennial chess tournament organized by FIDE, the World Chess Federation.

He qualified for two Candidates Tournaments:

  • In the 1989–1990 cycle, Speelman qualified by placing third in the 1987 interzonal tournament held in Subotica, Yugoslavia. After beating Yasser Seirawan in his first round 4–1, and Nigel Short in the second round 3½–1½, he lost to Jan Timman at the semi-final stage 4½–3½.
  • In the following 1990–93 championship cycle, he lost 5½–4½ in the first round to Short, the eventual challenger for Garry Kasparov's crown.
  • Speelman's highest ranking in the FIDE Elo rating list was fourth in the world, in January 1989.

    In 1989, he beat Kasparov in a televised speed tournament, and then went on to win the event.

    In the April 2007 FIDE list, Speelman had an Elo rating of 2518, making him England's twelfth-highest-rated active player.


    He has written a number of books on chess, including several on the endgame, among them Analysing the Endgame (1981), Endgame Preparation (1981) and Batsford Chess Endings (co-author, 1993).

    Among his other books are Best Games 1970–1980 (1982), a thesis-like analysis of nearly fifty of the best games by top players from that decade, and Jon Speelman's Best Games (1997). These days he is more of a chess journalist and commentator than a player, is the chess correspondent for The Observer and The Independent and sometimes provides commentary for games on the Internet Chess Club


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