- Jon Speelman
name = Jonathan Simon 'Jon' Speelman
image_width = 150px
birth_date = birth date and age|1956|10|2|df=y
field = Mathematics, Chess
Worcester College, Oxford
He was educated at
Worcester College, Oxford. He studied mathematicsat university, earning his Doctorate.
Winner of the
British Chess Championshipin 1978, 1985, and 1986, Speelman is a regular member of the English Chess Olympiadteam.
Speelman qualified for two
Candidates' Tournaments. In the 1989-1990 cycle, he qualified by placing third in the 1987 Subotica Interzonaltournament. After beating Yasser Seirawanin his first round 4-1, and Nigel Shortin the second round 3.5-1.5, he lost to Jan Timmanat the semi-final stage 4.5-3.5. In the following championship cycle (1990-93) he lost in the first round to Short, the eventual challenger for Garry Kasparov's crown, 5.5-4.5.
Speelman's highest ranking in the
FIDE Elo ratinglist was equal fourth in the world, in January 1989. [ [http://chess.eusa.ed.ac.uk/Chess/Trivia/AlltimeList.html All Time Rankings] ]
In 1989 Speelman beat Kasparov in a televised speed tournament, and then went on to win the event. Speelman is noted for his imaginative style, often choosing unobvious ways to carry on his games.
He has written a number of books on chess, including several on the endgame, among them "Analysing the Endgame" (Batsford, 1981), "Endgame Preparation" (Batsford, 1981) and "Batsford Chess Endings" (Batsford, 1993, co-author with
Jon Tisdalland Robert Wade). Among his other books are the critically acclaimed "Jon Speelman's Best Games" (Batsford, 1997), and "Best Games 1970-1980", a thesis-like analysis of nearly 50 of the best games by top players from that decade.
In the April 2007 FIDE list Speelman had an
Elo ratingof 2518, making him England's 12th-highest rated active player.
He is also known as "Spess," short for "specimen," one of the many misspellings of his name in the press over the years.
Married to Lyndsey Thomas, they have a son, Lawrence, born in January 1994.
* [http://www.turowski.com/chess/speelman.html Interview]
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