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John Nunn
Number of games in database: 1,582
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2601 (2581 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2630
Overall record: +601 -237 =683 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      61 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (301) 
    B90 B33 B81 B89 B32
 French Defense (125) 
    C11 C19 C10 C16 C09
 Ruy Lopez (101) 
    C84 C92 C80 C73 C67
 Caro-Kann (78) 
    B12 B10 B17 B14 B15
 Sicilian Najdorf (63) 
    B90 B93 B97 B99 B96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (53) 
    C84 C92 C93 C95 C90
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (242) 
    E97 E60 E92 E81 E83
 Sicilian (131) 
    B33 B40 B97 B92 B90
 Ruy Lopez (80) 
    C89 C84 C85 C68 C86
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (61) 
    C89 C84 C85 C86 C88
 Modern Benoni (46) 
    A65 A67 A77 A61 A62
 Sicilian Najdorf (43) 
    B97 B92 B90 B93 B95
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985 0-1
   J Ost-Hansen vs Nunn, 1974 0-1
   Hsu Li Yang vs Nunn, 1992 0-1
   J Augustin vs Nunn, 1977 0-1
   Nunn vs Fedorowicz, 1991 1-0
   Nunn vs Kiril Georgiev, 1988 1-0
   Nunn vs Sosonko, 1982 1-0
   Nunn vs E Bhend, 1978 1-0
   Nunn vs Sadler, 1993 1-0
   Nunn vs C W Pritchett, 1986 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Pan Pacific International (1995)
   London (1975)
   Brussels World Cup (1988)
   World Senior Teams +50 (2015)
   Toluca Interzonal (1982)
   Amsterdam (1995)
   Hastings 1977/78 (1977)
   Phillips & Drew Kings (1982)
   Phillips & Drew GLC Kings (1984)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Nunn & Griffiths: Secrets of Grandmaster Play by pawn to QB4
   Szirak Interzonal 1987 by zanzibar
   Skelleftea World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1992/93 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1985 by suenteus po 147
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by Tabanus
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147

GAMES ANNOTATED BY NUNN: [what is this?]
   Short vs Miles, 1984
   Nunn vs Sadler, 1993
   J M Hodgson vs S Agdestein, 1986
   Najdorf vs Mecking, 1978
   Musaiev vs M Karmov, 1979

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(born Apr-25-1955, 59 years old) United Kingdom

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Dr John Denis Martin Nunn was born in London, England. Awarded the IM title in 1975 and the GM title in 1978 he has the distinction along with Ram Soffer and Andrew Jonathan Mestel of also holding both over the board and problem solving GM titles. He won the European Junior Championship in 1974-75, was British Champion in 1980 and was a triple gold medalist in the Thessaloniki Olympiad in 1984. In 2004 he won the World Problem Solving Championship. He won it again in 2007 and 2010. He is also a well respected chess author with a number of best selling works on endgames and the openings to his credit. His doctorate awarded from Oxford University is in Mathematics, with a dissertation on finite H-spaces.

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 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,582  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Keene vs Nunn 1-022 1963 Surrey Junior ChampsA04 Reti Opening
2. Miles vs Nunn 1-020 1969 British U-18 chC55 Two Knights Defense
3. Keene vs Nunn 1-028 1969 HammersmithA09 Reti Opening
4. R Emerson vs Nunn  ½-½54 1969 Hammersmith OpenC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
5. Nunn vs R R Smith 1-016 1970 Islington Junior AB10 Caro-Kann
6. S Mariotti vs Nunn 1-020 1970 Islington Junior AC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
7. Miles vs Nunn 0-149 1970 Islington Junior AC21 Center Game
8. R O'Kelly vs Nunn 1-024 1970 Islington Junior AD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
9. Keene vs Nunn  1-047 1970 HammersmithA08 King's Indian Attack
10. Nunn vs R W L Moberly  ½-½52 1970 Islington Junior AC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
11. Nunn vs M Stean  0-123 1970 Islington Junior AB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
12. Nunn vs R Johannes  1-032 1970 Islington Junior AB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
13. R Bellin vs Nunn  ½-½23 1970 Islington Junior AC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
14. Nunn vs Keene 0-122 1971 HammersmithB06 Robatsch
15. Kurajica vs Nunn 0-121 1971 IslingtonC88 Ruy Lopez
16. Nunn vs Tarjan 1-021 1972 NorwichB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. B De Jonghe vs Nunn  0-125 1972 Norwich U18C48 Four Knights
18. Nunn vs D Cox  0-119 1972 Norwich JuniorB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
19. O Moen vs Nunn  0-125 1972 Norwich U18A75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
20. Nunn vs T Rosenlund  ½-½31 1972 NorwichB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
21. S Ivarsson vs Nunn  1-056 1972 Norwich U18A00 Uncommon Opening
22. B Kernan vs Nunn 1-027 1972 Glorney CupA00 Uncommon Opening
23. S Bailloux vs Nunn  0-133 1972 Norwich U18C56 Two Knights
24. S Velickovic vs Nunn  0-137 1972 England 13/300C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
25. P Mack vs Nunn  0-146 1972 Norwich U18A28 English
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  perfidious: Nunn was a fine player at top level and remains an outstanding author, but <Nigel Short> easily has a better resume.

A world title match and numerous successes add up to: career don't lie!

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  offramp: Where in London was he born? Big place, London.
Apr-06-14  RedShield: In his youth, he was known as the <Tooting Terror>.
Apr-06-14  Conrad93: Nigel Short is not as exciting.

Plus, it seems that Nunn has a huge plus score against Short.

Player: John Nunn
Player profile: Nigel Short
Classical games: John Nunn beat Nigel Short 5 to 0, with 13 draws.

Apr-06-14  Conrad93: Not a single win.
Apr-06-14  Conrad93: Nigel Short: better career:

John Nunn: better games.

As far as I am aware, Short didn't take as many risks, which is a good plan in general, but can lead to very boring chess.

Apr-06-14  N0B0DY: Jabberwocky!
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  perfidious: If 'better games' is defined as draws in twenty-five moves or less, <Conrad> is correct:

Works out to just about 20 per cent. Out great genius <Conrad> can tell us that is <nearly one game in five>.

Kasparov was minus vs Gulko-do you propose to suggest the latter was the stronger player, or had the greater career? Multiple world champions facing Geller? Better explain why Geller was greater than all of them, but never even got a match for the title.

Have your go at it, moronic spambot, but y'all will have to do a bit better'n that.

Short's number of draws in 25 moves or less: 247 of 2470 games played. Ten per cent.

Apr-06-14  Jim Bartle: Nunn certainly has played many brilliant games (wins and losses), topped by Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985.

I guess you could say Short is boring. If you consider plodding your king from g1 to g5 dull: Short vs Timman, 1991

And he has played some great games (and some not so gunder the greatest pressure: Short vs Karpov, 1992 Final, decisive game of a candidates match.

Apr-06-14  RedShield: <Plus, it seems that Nunn has a huge plus score against Short.>

It's worth remembering that Short's problem with English chess wasn't confined to Tony Miles.

Apr-06-14  Conrad93: <Kasparov was minus vs Gulko-do you propose to suggest the latter was the stronger player, or had the greater career? Multiple world champions facing Geller? Better explain why Geller was greater than all of them, but never even got a match for the title.>

Yep,looks like Gulko is the better player.

Apr-06-14  Conrad93: The Short-Timman game isn't that great. The king march seems quite obvious.

Black has no real threats to prevent it from marching to the kingside.

Apr-06-14  Conrad93: Seems like something that would be played in a skittles game.
Apr-06-14  Conrad93: Nunn has a plus score against Micheal Adams also.
Apr-06-14  Jim Bartle: <Conrad93: Black has no real threats to prevent it from marching to the kingside.>

That's the point now, isn't it? He got the position and made the king march that GMs marveled at, and voted it the #1 game in that Informator.

Apr-06-14  Conrad93: That's a rare game from Short.

Still not as impressive as the Beliavsky-Nunn game.

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  offramp: The only thing that should be played during a skittles game is skittles.
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  perfidious: <offramp> Ah don't play Skittles-Ah eat 'em!!
Apr-09-14  Conrad93: The skittles rooms I go to usually have Skittles, so you can do both.
Apr-09-14  Conrad93: Yeah, and that Short game is pretty good.

For me it's the lead up to the march, and not the march itself that's impressive.

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  Marmot PFL: Evidently I share a birthday with a few notable players-

Bertram Claude Jenkines, Stefan Levitsky, Charles Jaffe, Max Lange, Gyorgy Schiffert, Ferruccio Castiglioni, Albert Sandrin, Egon Joppen, Grigory Grigorievich Krupsky, Robert Gary Cross, Antonas A Cesnauskas, Lisa Lane, Raymond Allen Weinstein, Sven-Goran Malmgren, <John Nunn>, Viktor Komliakov, Jayshree Khadilkar, Luis Galego, Petar Drenchev, Sergei Mihajlovskij, Hoang Thanh Trang, and Sinisa Saric!

Jun-21-14  RookFile: <As far as I am aware, Short didn't take as many risks >

Full stop. Try playing over the Short vs. Kasparov match sometime and tell us that Short didn't take risks.

Nov-14-14  sonia91: Top seed and 3rd at World Senior Championship 2014 (50+ section), held in Katerini, Greece.
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  offramp: Dr Nunn's most recent book is his Chess Course. It is based entirely on the games of that other mathematical/chess brainiac Emanuel Lasker. It shows how little Dr Lasker's star has faded!
Mar-27-15  The Rocket: I am surprised our great mathematican and problem solver didn't amount to more in chess. He was, after all, european junior champion. The truth is that though top level chess involves heavy calculations, it's not the only factor in determining the very best. Nunn did not evaluate positions well enough. Having gone through some of his more noteable games, I do find his style of play quite appealing. I wouldn't say it was out of the question thath he could have been a top 3 player under optimal conditions.
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