Members · Prefs · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Number of games in database: 900
Years covered: 1497 to 2015
Overall record: +23 -586 =16 (5.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      275 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (28) 
    C37 C33 C39 C35 C34
 Giuoco Piano (23) 
    C50 C53 C54
 King's Pawn Game (22) 
    C40 C44 C20
 Sicilian (18) 
    B23 B20 B21 B89 B30
 King's Gambit Declined (14) 
    C31 C30 C32
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C65 C78 C83 C79 C77
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (112) 
    C37 C33 C38 C39 C34
 Sicilian (46) 
    B20 B22 B27 B90 B62
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    D00 D05 D02 A40 A46
 Giuoco Piano (38) 
    C53 C50 C54
 King's Pawn Game (34) 
    C44 C40 C20
 Evans Gambit (31) 
    C51 C52
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   NN vs E Fossan, 1991 1-0
   NN vs C Shearer, 1978 1-0
   Alekhine vs NN, 1925 0-1
   NN vs Cornelissen, 1974 1-0
   Philidor vs NN, 1790 0-1
   R Fontaine vs NN, 2001 0-1
   Lasker vs NN, 1908 0-1
   Philidor vs NN, 1790 0-1
   Alekhine vs NN, 1925 0-1
   Alekhine vs NN, 1925 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Remarkable NN wins by WhiteRook48
   NN's rare wins by D.Observer

GAMES ANNOTATED BY NN: [what is this?]
   Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893
   Khalifman vs Seirawan, 1991
   A Turing vs A Glennie, 1952
   Saemisch vs F Krautheim, 1946
   Blackburne vs Blanchard, 1891

Search Sacrifice Explorer for NN
Search Google for NN


[what is this?]
The abbreviation "NN" is used to signify an unknown player, usually an amateur. Although NN is sometimes believed to stand for "no name", that is a misconception: it is in fact an abbreviation of the Latin nomen nescio which means 'I do not know the name.' uses "NN" to fill in spots in the database where a player's identity is completely unknown, and also for games on internet chess servers, where people often play anonymously.

Some of the first examples of NN's play were published by seminal chess authors such as Gioachino Greco and Pedro Damiano. In these cases, it is unclear if NN represents an actual adversary or if the games were composed for illustrative purposes.

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 900  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. NN vs Lucena 0-126 1497 Salamanca, SpainA00 Uncommon Opening
2. P Damiano vs NN 1-014 1497 CasualC42 Petrov Defense
3. P Damiano vs NN 1-013 1512 analyseC40 King's Knight Opening
4. Busnardo vs NN 1-016 1575 CasualC53 Giuoco Piano
5. Busnardo vs NN 1-014 1590 RomeC53 Giuoco Piano
6. NN vs Greco 0-116 1590 RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
7. Greco vs NN 1-011 1590 RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
8. Greco vs NN 1-08 1619 RomeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. Greco vs NN 1-032 1620 Miscellaneous GameD06 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. NN vs Greco 0-115 1620 Miscellaneous GameC50 Giuoco Piano
11. Greco vs NN 1-015 1620 Miscellaneous GameC23 Bishop's Opening
12. Greco vs NN 1-010 1620 UnknownC34 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Greco vs NN 1-08 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
14. Greco vs NN 1-020 1620 Miscellaneous GameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
15. NN vs Greco 0-112 1620 RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
16. Greco vs NN 1-021 1620 Miscellaneous GameB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
17. Greco vs NN 1-011 1620 Miscellaneous GameC28 Vienna Game
18. Greco vs NN 1-020 1620 Miscellaneous GameC53 Giuoco Piano
19. Greco vs NN 1-014 1620 Miscellaneous GameC41 Philidor Defense
20. Greco vs NN 1-016 1620 Miscellaneous GameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Greco vs NN 1-010 1620 UnknownC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
22. NN vs Greco 0-150 1620 Miscellaneous GameC02 French, Advance
23. Greco vs NN 1-019 1620 Miscellaneous GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Greco vs NN 1-023 1620 Miscellaneous GameD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. Greco vs NN 1-017 1620 Miscellaneous GameC54 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 900  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | NN wins | NN loses  

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 20 OF 20 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Sep-15-12  The Last Straw: Can't they figure out who he is by the creases on his hand?
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: It is useless trying to narrow down the identity of this person. For every chess player, at sometime in their life, is NN.
Dec-18-12  Castleinthesky: Today is NN's Birthday!! Happy Birthday from all of us at the cigar shop.
Feb-25-13  HeMateMe: I've been through the desert on a horse with NN.

In the desert, you can't remember your name

Cuz, there ain't no one

to give you NN.

Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: NN vs NN IRL :
Premium Chessgames Member
  Phony Benoni: Thank you, NN, for all your centuries of selfless service.
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: It's about time the world's oldest player was named POTD! Hurrah for NN!
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: NN has learned a lot from all those losses to Greco. He's beaten most of the greats from Philidor on.
Apr-01-13  RookFile: I love the photo of the unknown comic for him.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Abdel Irada: How bad can Mr. Nescio be? Not only has he been an active player since five years after Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but among his other illustrious triumphs, he has beaten Alexander Alekhine three times, Philidor twice, and Blackburne and Marshall once apiece.

To be sure, he has won only 5.3% of his games in this database, but as sometimes happens, he has obviously saved his best efforts for the best opponents.

Long live Nomen Nescio, Conqueror of Champions!

Premium Chessgames Member
  SuperPatzer77: I am NN (it stands for Nutty Nut instead of No Name).



Apr-01-13  Naniwazu: Great April Fools prank!
Apr-01-13  GlennOliver: NN has claimed some impressive scalps over the years.

Kasparov vs NN, 1998

Nov-30-13  Aurora: The famous N.N. player:
Premium Chessgames Member
  Rookiepawn: This NN guy has quite an unpredictable style...
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: Long career, too.
May-30-14  NeoIndian: My favourite chess player of all time.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jambow: The other day there was a fire in a shoe factory 10,000 soles were lost.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Jambow: What do you call 10,000 rabits walking backwards?

A receding hairline.

Dec-01-14  Castleinthesky: While he doesn't win alot, I would like to know his secret for longevity.
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: When it comes to his longevity, it is simply Not kNown. For he is every man and no man, the past the present and the future. One day perhaps there will even be chess playing computer NNs, who play just as well as their human NN counterparts.
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: The visual representation with the bag over the head indicates it may also be a Washington Redskins fan for the last 14 years.
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: < Playing chess gives us a chance to start out life over again, and this time, no one has more money than us, no one is more beautiful, no one lives in a better neighborhood, and we all go to the same school. Other than having the first move (and this benefit is shared equally) no one starts with any unfair advantage.


Anyone suppose 'Unknown' is related to NN?

Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: < Playing chess gives us a chance to start out life over again, and this time, no one has more money than us, no one is more beautiful, no one lives in a better neighborhood, and we all go to the same school. Other than having the first move (and this benefit is shared equally) no one starts with any unfair advantage.


Anyone suppose 'Unknown' is related to NN?

Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Neither NN nor Unknown have a Chessmetrics profile - but BYE has!
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 20)
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 20 OF 20 ·  Later Kibitzing>
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, totally anonymous, and 100% free--plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, or duplicating posts.
  3. No personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. Don't post personal information of members.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform an administrator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific player and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, you might try the Kibitzer's Café.
Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!

home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | advertising | contact us
Copyright 2001-2015, Chessgames Services LLC
Web design & database development by 20/20 Technologies