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Bruce Pandolfini vs NN
? (1970)  ·  Spanish Game: Open. Riga Variation (C80)  ·  1-0
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Feb-12-06  something1234: This is funny NN seemed to know the line up to 14 Kxh2
Oct-01-06  Bob726: Does black have any chances after 14. b5?
Nov-26-06  ChessDude33: <Bob726> The usual 14th move is Be6 white should win with his two pieces against black's Rook + 2 pawns but its pretty tough.
Feb-04-07  IMDONE4: It seems that after 14... Be6 Black should have good drawing chances if he is able to swap bishops, as whites bishop and knight should not be able to defeat the rook and two pawns.
Aug-12-07  amntony: No, Bob, White would retreat his Bishop to b3 attacking the f7 pawn which Black would play Rf8, then Bruce will double-attack the a8 rook and the e4 pawn by playing Bd5 :-)
Aug-12-07  amntony: A good example of using the King Bishop to force the opponent's king to get to be on the Queen's position, then using the Queen Bishop to finish him off :-)
Dec-19-07  2021: <amntony> your line is flawed. After 15.Bb3 black can play 15... Bb7 and after 16.Bxf7 Rf8.
Jun-27-09  vonKrolock: <14...f5> ?? <"I see only one move ahead - the worst one"> N.N.
Apr-30-10  YoungEd: This would be a Monday or Tuesday puzzle for "Black to play and lose!"
May-23-10  Kasputin: NN was one of Pandolfini's pupils (the kind that sits in a chair, not that kind that sits in your eye).

Anyway, NN was not young like most of Pandolfini's students. Quite the contrary. NN was very old - of indeterminate age. He wore dentures and always had on the same pair of shoes - "soft loafers" as NN would say.

Try as he might NN never seemed to get better at chess. On occasion he would play a simul or casual game and attain some miracle win or draw against a GM, but he would never maintain his good form for the next game. Instead he'd go back to his old woodpusher ways and make the same mistakes again and again and lose again and again.

But he did once write a book - inspired by Pandolfini's tutelage. It was called "Avoiding Bobby Fischer."

Dec-23-11  kasparao: What is Pandolfini's rating? I've looked around a bit and I haven't found it.
Sep-17-12  master of defence: Poor NN... Always play to lose. 14...Be6 threatening exchange bishops was very better.
Jan-05-15  Ke2: nice refutation of a novelty (14...f5)
Jan-07-15  Ke2: this is really the funniest game ever. NN follows theory dutifully for 13 moves, then the second he has to play on his own...
Apr-27-15  Ke2: lol....
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