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NN 
 
NN
Number of games in database: 916
Years covered: 1497 to 2016
Overall record: +23 -593 =16 (4.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      284 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (28) 
    C37 C33 C39 C35 C34
 Giuoco Piano (25) 
    C50 C53 C54
 King's Pawn Game (22) 
    C40 C44 C20
 Sicilian (20) 
    B20 B23 B47 B21 B78
 King's Gambit Declined (14) 
    C31 C30 C32
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C65 C83 C78 C62 C79
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (113) 
    C37 C33 C38 C39 C34
 Sicilian (47) 
    B20 B22 B27 B90 B30
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    D00 D05 D02 A40 A46
 Giuoco Piano (38) 
    C53 C50 C54
 King's Pawn Game (34) 
    C44 C40 C20
 Ruy Lopez (31) 
    C67 C64 C70 C65 C60
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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
   Alekhine vs NN, 1925 0-1
   Lasker vs NN, 1908 0-1
   Philidor vs NN, 1790 0-1
   Alekhine vs NN, 1925 0-1

GAMES ANNOTATED BY NN: [what is this?]
   Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893
   Khalifman vs Seirawan, 1991
   A Turing vs A Glennie, 1952
   Blackburne vs Blanchard, 1891
   Saemisch vs F Krautheim, 1946
   >> 54 GAMES ANNOTATED BY NN

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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.'

Chessgames.com 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.

References: (1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_d... (see the unknown comic in action while he's not playing chess).


 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 916  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. NN vs Greco 0-116 1590 RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
6. Greco vs NN 1-011 1590 RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
7. Busnardo vs NN 1-014 1590 RomeC53 Giuoco Piano
8. Greco vs NN 1-08 1619 RomeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. NN vs Greco 0-18 1620 Miscellaneous GameC23 Bishop's Opening
10. Greco vs NN 1-019 1620 Miscellaneous GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Greco vs NN 1-023 1620 Italy?C37 King's Gambit Accepted
12. NN vs Greco 0-114 1620 Miscellaneous GameC50 Giuoco Piano
13. Greco vs NN 1-023 1620 Miscellaneous GameD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
14. NN vs Greco 0-18 1620 UnknownC37 King's Gambit Accepted
15. Greco vs NN 1-011 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
16. Greco vs NN 1-019 1620 Miscellaneous GameC23 Bishop's Opening
17. Greco vs NN 1-08 1620 EuropeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. NN vs Greco 0-118 1620 Miscellaneous GameC37 King's Gambit Accepted
19. Greco vs NN 1-019 1620 Miscellaneous GameC54 Giuoco Piano
20. Greco vs NN 1-017 1620 Miscellaneous GameC53 Giuoco Piano
21. Greco vs NN 1-013 1620 Miscellaneous GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Greco vs NN 1-011 1620 Miscellaneous GameC41 Philidor Defense
23. Greco vs NN 1-010 1620 UnknownC33 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Greco vs NN 1-018 1620 Miscellaneous GameC02 French, Advance
25. Greco vs NN 1-015 1620 Miscellaneous GameC23 Bishop's Opening
 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 916  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Dec-01-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  Castleinthesky: While he doesn't win alot, I would like to know his secret for longevity.
Dec-09-14
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.
Dec-09-14
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.
Apr-20-15
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.

Unknown>

Anyone suppose 'Unknown' is related to NN?

Apr-20-15
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.

Unknown>

Anyone suppose 'Unknown' is related to NN?

Jun-12-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Neither NN nor Unknown have a Chessmetrics profile - but BYE has!
Sep-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: He has finally been identified as [unknown player].
Sep-13-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: No News there.
Feb-02-16  Solomon2003: does NN actually exist because he has a long career from 1497 to 2015 a person can not live that long
Feb-02-16  Solomon2003: the full form of NN is not nakaruma
Feb-17-16  chessamateur: That picture just kills me.
Feb-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: <SL: The visual representation with the bag over the head indicates it may also be a Washington Redskins fan for the last 14 years.>

As it could have been a New Orleans Saints fan in earlier days.

Feb-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  moronovich: Or Nakamura after the WC match.
Apr-01-16  Olsonist: 914 games and this patzer doesn't have a rating?
Apr-01-16  happyjuggler0: Long Live NN !!!
Apr-01-16  The Kings Domain: Happy April Fool's Day. :-)
Apr-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Castleinthesky: NN proves that youth springs eternal. Over 500 years old and still young at heart!
Apr-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  RookFile: 54 games annotated by NN??
Apr-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Interestingly, no one of those 54 was played by NN.
Apr-01-16  Petrosianic: Who knew that NN had 23 wins in the database? I wonder how many of those come from World Championship matches with Stan Vaughan?
Apr-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Petrosianic: Who knew that NN had 23 wins in the database? I wonder how many of those come from World Championship matches with Stan Vaughan?>

Definitely, the wins are not from blindfold simuls of <AJ Goldsby>

Apr-01-16  catlover: As it turns out, NN also has a horse:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Hor...

Apr-01-16  not not: I am so famous!
Apr-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <not not: I am so famous!>

not not = not nakamura?

Jun-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  louispaulsen88888888: the picture appears to be The Unknown Comic from The Gong Show.
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