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Number of games in database: 936
Years covered: 1497 to 2018

Overall record: +23 -586 =15 (4.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 312 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (28) 
    C37 C33 C39 C35 C34
 Giuoco Piano (26) 
    C50 C53 C54
 King's Pawn Game (24) 
    C40 C20 C44
 Sicilian (21) 
    B20 B47 B23 B33 B73
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C65 C83 C78 C71 C67
 King's Gambit Declined (14) 
    C31 C30 C32
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (115) 
    C37 C33 C38 C39 C34
 Sicilian (52) 
    B20 B23 B30 B27 B22
 King's Pawn Game (36) 
    C44 C40 C20
 Giuoco Piano (34) 
    C53 C50 C54
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    D00 D05 A40 D02 A45
 Evans Gambit (31) 
    C51 C52
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   NN vs E Fossan, 1991 1-0
   NN vs C Shearer, 1978 1-0
   NN vs Cornelissen, 1974 1-0
   Philidor vs NN, 1790 0-1
   Lasker vs NN, 1908 0-1
   J H Sarratt vs NN, 1810 0-1
   R Fontaine vs NN, 2001 0-1
   NN vs F Rhine, 2016 1/2-1/2
   Philidor vs NN, 1790 0-1
   J Wilson vs NN, 1795 0-1

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

   🏆 banter blitz
   J Gustafsson vs NN (Jun-18-18) 1-0, blitz
   J Gustafsson vs NN (May-22-18) 0-1, blitz
   J Gustafsson vs NN (Nov-21-17) 1-0, blitz
   F Rhine vs NN (Nov-17-17) 1-0, blitz
   NN vs F Rhine (Nov-07-17) 0-1, blitz

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[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.

References: (1) (see the unknown comic in action while he's not playing chess).

 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 936  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Damiano vs NN 1-0141497CasualC42 Petrov Defense
2. NN vs Lucena 0-1261497SalamancaA00 Uncommon Opening
3. P Damiano vs NN 1-0131512analyseC40 King's Knight Opening
4. Busnardo vs NN 1-0161575?C53 Giuoco Piano
5. Busnardo vs NN 1-0141590RomeC53 Giuoco Piano
6. NN vs Greco 0-1161590RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
7. Greco vs NN 1-0111590RomeC40 King's Knight Opening
8. Greco vs NN 1-081619RomeB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. Greco vs NN 1-0201620Miscellaneous GameC54 Giuoco Piano
10. Greco vs NN 1-0161620Miscellaneous GameC38 King's Gambit Accepted
11. NN vs Greco 0-1151620Miscellaneous GameC23 Bishop's Opening
12. Greco vs NN 1-0181620Miscellaneous GameC54 Giuoco Piano
13. Greco vs NN 1-0101620UnknownC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
14. Greco vs NN 1-0171620Miscellaneous GameC53 Giuoco Piano
15. NN vs Greco 0-1501620Miscellaneous GameC02 French, Advance
16. Greco vs NN 1-0201620Miscellaneous GameC39 King's Gambit Accepted
17. NN vs Greco 0-1121620Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
18. Greco vs NN 1-0211620Miscellaneous GameC41 Philidor Defense
19. Greco vs NN 1-0221620Miscellaneous GameC23 Bishop's Opening
20. Greco vs NN 1-0241620Miscellaneous GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
21. Greco vs NN 1-071620Miscellaneous GameC53 Giuoco Piano
22. Greco vs NN 1-071620Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
23. Greco vs NN 1-0151620Miscellaneous GameC23 Bishop's Opening
24. NN vs Greco 0-1211620Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
25. Greco vs NN 1-0211620Miscellaneous GameB21 Sicilian, 2.f4 and 2.d4
 page 1 of 38; games 1-25 of 936  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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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.
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  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.

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  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. :-)
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  Castleinthesky: NN proves that youth springs eternal. Over 500 years old and still young at heart!
Apr-01-16  RookFile: 54 games annotated by NN??
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  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  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>

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  catlover: As it turns out, NN also has a horse:

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

not not = not nakamura?

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  louispaulsen88888888: the picture appears to be The Unknown Comic from The Gong Show.
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  diceman: <louispaulsen88888888: the picture appears to be The Unknown Comic from The Gong Show.>

Worlds are colliding if,


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  alexmagnus: NN may have a bad record, but he has more wins than draws.
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  SteinitzLives: <alexmagnus: NN may have a bad record, but he has more wins than draws.>

Yes, no one can say NN is indecisive, and the market direction is clear!

Jun-02-17  Lossmaster: The "NN club" is the highly exclusive group of players having lost to NN. Prominent club members are Philidor, Staunton, Lasker and Kasparov.
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  keypusher: <Lossmaster: The "NN club" is the highly exclusive group of players having lost to NN. Prominent club members are Philidor, Staunton, Lasker and Kasparov.>

Nice! I wonder if we could calculate NN's addition to wins over those worthies, he's got a couple of draws with <FSR>, so he can't be too bad.

Jul-21-18  Nefarian: NN means no name
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  offramp: <Nefarian: NN means no name>

Nah. That sounds like a load of hooey.

Jul-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: Greco beat NN 79-0

NN studied for 170 years, then they drew Phili. The same year they scored their first win!

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