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Lev Polugaevsky vs John Nunn
"The Royal Nunnsuch" (game of the day Mar-20-2018)
EUR-chT (Men) 7th (1980), Skara SWE, rd 1, Jan-??
Benoni Defense: Classical Variation. Czerniak Defense Tal Line (A77)  ·  0-1


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Nov-25-08  dotty hill: wonderful.

The premature 16. f4 ?! allows Nunn to break open white's defense and finish in style. It looks like the idea f4 is only possible after bringing the king in safety with 16. Kh1 then e.g. ... b5 17. f4 Ng4 18. Nf3 looks ok for white.

White looks quite lost at the latest after 26. f6 and 27. Qxh7 is suicidal. I like the variant 27. ... Re8 (essentially the same finish as in the game).

Oct-14-12  rapidcitychess: This game deserves more recognition.
Mar-20-18  RookFile: Black went "all in" for the attack. It was one thing when Fischer did this, but by this time, this line had been looked at for a number of years. There must have been some deep prep involved.
Mar-20-18  weary willy: Unless I am mistaken, played at exactly the same time as Miles beat Karpov. Nunn can count himself unlucky that almost all the publicity went to Miles.
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  al wazir: I'm not sure what the connection is between this game and the Royal Nonesuch, a scam staged by the King and the Duke in Mark Twain's _Huckleberry Finn_.
Mar-20-18  Honey Blend: 23. ♗a3!? might be worth a try, hoping for 23. ... dxc3? 24. ♗xd6+!

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Now if 24. ... ♔g8, 25. gxh3+ wins.

Mar-20-18  Honey Blend: In the above line, 24. ... ♔g7 25. ♕xc3+ f6 26. gxh3+ looks even worse for Black.

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  mike1: Nunn is certainly underrated.
Isn't he still the only one with
GM titles in all disciplines?
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  offramp: <mike1: Isn't he still the only one with GM titles in all disciplines?>

That's right. He is now a DJ.

Mar-20-18  Ironmanth: Great game for all Benoni enthusiasts!
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  sfm: <mike1: Nunn is certainly underrated.> If you mean his numerical rating we have the one we deserve. As for being underappreciated, well, I have always thought he is absolutely terrific, a top contender in the "World Championship in Fearless and Exciting Chess". Very few players have such a list of notable games with bold and brilliant attacks.

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Mar-20-18  unrepentant: I need some help. What's wrong with 19. Kg1 ? I can't find a crusher. Thank you.
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  morfishine: I'm with <al wazir> on this one, there's no clever connection

However, this is a very good game that should probably have been left alone (as far as unwitty game titles go)


Mar-20-18  weary willy: The Nunnpareil
Mar-20-18  eyalbd: Polugaevsky was probably satisfied with 20. ♕c1 after which the black Queen is trapped inside White's camp. Then came the shocking 20..♗h3!
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  lunchwithgina: A short but effective king walk by Nunn to cap a great attacking game....

nonesuch = a person or thing that is regarded as perfect or excellent. <weary_willy>: I like your suggestion of nunnpariel as well

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  Plaskett: Nunn is a DJ?

Will miracles never cease...?¿

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  ChessHigherCat: I think 23....f5 was too clever by half. He could have just played 23..Nd1 attacking the Queen, and Nunn can't do better than a draw with Bxg2 Rxg2 Qf1+ Rg1 Qf3+ etc.
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