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Number of games in database: 897
Years covered: 1497 to 2014
Overall record: +23 -585 =16 (5.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      273 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (29) 
    C37 C33 C39 C35 C34
 Giuoco Piano (23) 
    C50 C53 C54
 King's Pawn Game (22) 
    C40 C44 C20
 Sicilian (19) 
    B20 B23 B21 B89 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 (116) 
    C37 C33 C38 C39 C35
 Sicilian (45) 
    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
 French Defense (30) 
    C00 C12 C01 C14 C13
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   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
   J Wilson vs NN, 1795 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
   Taimanov vs Geller, 1951

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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.

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 897  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. P Damiano vs NN 1-014 1497 CasualC42 Petrov Defense
2. NN vs Lucena 0-126 1497 Salamanca, SpainA00 Uncommon Opening
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. Greco vs NN 1-014 1620 Miscellaneous GameC53 Giuoco Piano
10. Greco vs NN 1-020 1620 Miscellaneous GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
11. Greco vs NN 1-021 1620 Miscellaneous GameC41 Philidor Defense
12. Greco vs NN 1-011 1620 UnknownC33 King's Gambit Accepted
13. Greco vs NN 1-012 1620 Miscellaneous GameC00 French Defense
14. Greco vs NN 1-023 1620 Miscellaneous GameC23 Bishop's Opening
15. NN vs Greco 0-112 1620 Miscellaneous GameC40 King's Knight Opening
16. Greco vs NN 1-024 1620 Miscellaneous GameC34 King's Gambit Accepted
17. Greco vs NN 1-019 1620 Miscellaneous GameC54 Giuoco Piano
18. Greco vs NN 1-017 1620 Miscellaneous GameC53 Giuoco Piano
19. NN vs Greco 0-115 1620 Miscellaneous GameC23 Bishop's Opening
20. Greco vs NN 1-017 1620 Miscellaneous GameC57 Two Knights
21. NN vs Greco 0-19 1620 Miscellaneous GameC26 Vienna
22. Greco vs NN 1-032 1620 Miscellaneous GameB20 Sicilian
23. Greco vs NN 1-016 1620 Miscellaneous GameC37 King's Gambit Accepted
24. Greco vs NN 1-09 1620 Miscellaneous GameC53 Giuoco Piano
25. Greco vs NN 1-013 1620 Miscellaneous GameC33 King's Gambit Accepted
 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 897  PGN Download
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  Phony Benoni: <Dionysius1> Doesn't strike me as strange at all. I assumed names like <NN> or <So> were put into the drop-down box <because> they were popular names which would not be searchable otherwise.
Aug-29-12  Dionysius1: Neat idea. I'm an info professional in my day job, and I haven't come across a policy of some controlled vocabulary not being searchable when it appears as free text. More likely to be a flaw I think. Still, if it's deliberate I trust chessgames.
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  Phony Benoni: This was addressed back in 2006: chessforum

< <<> How about letting us search names with only 2 letters in them?> Our database supports that functionality but we need to investigate the overhead of enabling that first. It is computationally expensive. In principle, we like the idea, as the language of chess is filled with relevant 2-letter words: not to mention Lu, So, Li, Xu, etc., there are also 64 squares with 2-letter names.>

I would interpret this to mean that enabling searching of two-letter names would entail enabling searching of any two-letter combination, which would be prohibitively expensive for a database of chess games.

Of course, things have changed in six years. And I may not understand this, being a librarian instead of an information professional.

Aug-30-12  Dionysius1: Brilliant - well spotted! Like I say, if it's deliberate I trust chessgames. Did you have a systematic way of searching for this or did you remember?
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  Phony Benoni: One of the benefits of Premium Membership is the "Search Kibitzing" feature, which allows keyword searching of kibitzes. It can be limited to a particular user, so in this case I tried "two word names" and limited it to posts by
Aug-30-12  Dionysius1: Great - I might try Premium Membership again.
Sep-15-12  The Last Straw: Can't they figure out who he is by the creases on his hand?
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  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.
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  Castleinthesky: Today is NN's Birthday!! Happy Birthday from all of us at the cigar shop.
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  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.

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  whiteshark: NN vs NN IRL :
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  Phony Benoni: Thank you, NN, for all your centuries of selfless service.
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  FSR: It's about time the world's oldest player was named POTD! Hurrah for NN!
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  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.
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  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!

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



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

A receding hairline.

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