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John Nunn vs Helmut Pfleger
"Progress there is Nunn" (game of the day Jun-28-2008)
EUR-chT (Men) 8th (1983), Plovdiv BUL, rd 5, Jun-29
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1/2-1/2


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Jun-28-08  Jedithious: Interesting and quite action-packed game, though a bit disappointing that it ended in a draw. My favorite move of this all out battle was 16. N-a4.
Jun-28-08  darook: Indeed. Nunn initiated 'action' on the queen's side and got a positional edge at some point. Yet it seems it wasn't enough for a win.
Jun-28-08  Extremophile: I don't understand this game has been chosen as the game of the day; there is nothing special about it!
Jun-28-08  itsankush: Exactly, whats so special for it to be GOD.
Jun-28-08  Extremophile: Of course! But one must be able to distinguish between "nothing special" and "so special"
Jun-28-08  RandomVisitor: 29.Rxc5 Nxa8 30.bxc4 is winning for white.

30.Qf4 was better.

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  whiteshark: <Extremophile> I'd like to add <something special>.
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  whiteshark: <25.d6> is worthy of mention.

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e.g. 25... f5 26.Rd1 etc

Jun-28-08  JohnBoy: I like <whiteshark>'s 25.d6, but not for the reason he mentions. The threats are to the e pawn as well as the fork at c7. The a8 rook can't move cuz the a pawn hangw w/ attack on the black queen. rather awkward, no?
Jun-28-08  Confuse: Its like u guys are saying this game isnt special just because it ended in a draw. Well, I'm not claiming to be an expert on how they choose the game of the day, so who knows? Maybe its just to use the pun "Progress there is nunn" for a drawn game. clever imo.
Jun-28-08  jokerman: could someone please explain the idea bihind 16.Na4? please, to me it seems a weak move, becease i can't understand nor see the idea.

i must say i'm impressed by the suggestion of 25. d6 verry nice.

overall the game seems a bit to passive for me.

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  kevin86: Ho hum...
Jun-28-08  RandomVisitor: After 15...Bd7 perhaps 16.g4 is better.

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1. (0.50): <16.g4> b5 17.axb6 axb6 18.g5 Nh5 19.Ne4 f5 20.gxf6 Nxf6 21.Qc3 Rxa1 22.Rxa1 Qb8

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  Sneaky: <itsankush: Exactly, whats so special for it to be GOD> Let's not turn this into a religious debate.
Jun-28-08  RandomVisitor: After 24...dxc5:

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1. (1.81): 25.Rxe4 Rxe4 26.Bxe4 Qxh3 27.d6 Rd8 28.Rxa7 Nd7 29.Bd5 Qf5 30.Qe3 Bf6 31.Kg2 Bg5

2. (1.54): 25.Bxe4 Nc8 26.Ra6 Rb8 27.Rc6 Rb6 28.Qa5 Rxc6 29.dxc6 Qxh3 30.Bd5 Rf8 31.c7 Bf6

3. (1.01): 25.d6 f5 26.Nc7 Bd4 27.Nxe8 Qxe8 28.Rd1 Rd8 29.Rxa7 Rxd6 30.Kh2 Nc8 31.Ra8 Qc6

4. (0.89): 25.Ra6 f5 26.d6 Red8 27.Qa5 Bf8 28.Rd1 Qb7 29.Kh2 Bg7 30.Nc7 Rxd6 31.Rxd6 Qxc7

Jun-28-08  PinnedPiece: I'm sure it would never cross anyone's mind that selected this game solely in order to make a pun...[;)
Jun-28-08  Jedithious: Instead of 16. N-a4 I would suggest p-a6 or p-f4.
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