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John Nunn
Number of games in database: 1,577
Years covered: 1963 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2600 (2571 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2630

Overall record: +595 -234 =677 (62.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 71 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (298) 
    B90 B33 B89 B81 B32
 French Defense (125) 
    C11 C19 C10 C16 C09
 Ruy Lopez (102) 
    C84 C80 C92 C73 C95
 Caro-Kann (78) 
    B12 B10 B17 B14 B15
 Sicilian Najdorf (60) 
    B90 B93 B99 B97 B96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (53) 
    C84 C92 C93 C95 C90
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (242) 
    E97 E60 E92 E81 E84
 Sicilian (132) 
    B33 B40 B97 B92 B45
 Ruy Lopez (80) 
    C89 C84 C85 C68 C70
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (61) 
    C89 C84 C85 C86 C91
 Modern Benoni (46) 
    A65 A67 A62 A77 A61
 Sicilian Najdorf (43) 
    B97 B92 B90 B93 B95
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Beliavsky vs Nunn, 1985 0-1
   Hsu Li Yang vs Nunn, 1992 0-1
   J Ost-Hansen vs Nunn, 1974 0-1
   J Augustin vs Nunn, 1977 0-1
   Nunn vs Kiril D Georgiev, 1988 1-0
   Nunn vs Fedorowicz, 1991 1-0
   Nunn vs G Anthony, 1981 1-0
   Nunn vs Sosonko, 1982 1-0
   R Reynolds vs Nunn, 1987 0-1
   Nunn vs E Bhend, 1978 1-0

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

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Nunn & Griffiths: Secrets of Grandmaster Play by yiotta
   Nunn & Griffiths: Secrets of Grandmaster Play by pawn to QB4
   Skelleftea World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1992/93 by suenteus po 147
   Toluca Interzonal 1982 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1990 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee Hoogovens 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Munich 1991 by suenteus po 147
   Wijk aan Zee 1983 by EmperorAtahualpa

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

   C Aravindh vs Nunn (Dec-18-16) 0-1, rapid
   Nunn vs I Sanders (Dec-18-16) 1-0, rapid
   Deepan Chakkravarthy J vs Nunn (Dec-18-16) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Nunn vs R Pert (Dec-18-16) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   S Gindi vs Nunn (Dec-17-16) 0-1, rapid

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(born Apr-25-1955, 62 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.

Wikipedia article: John Nunn

 page 1 of 64; games 1-25 of 1,577  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. Keene vs Nunn 1-047 1970 HammersmithA08 King's Indian Attack
6. Nunn vs R Johannes 1-032 1970 Islington Junior AB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
7. Nunn vs R W L Moberly  ½-½52 1970 Islington Junior AC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
8. S Mariotti vs Nunn 1-020 1970 Islington Junior AC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
9. Miles vs Nunn 0-149 1970 Islington Junior AC21 Center Game
10. Nunn vs R R Smith 1-016 1970 Islington Junior AB10 Caro-Kann
11. R Bellin vs Nunn  ½-½23 1970 Islington Junior AC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
12. Nunn vs M Stean  0-123 1970 Islington Junior AB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
13. R O'Kelly vs Nunn 1-024 1970 Islington Junior AD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
14. Kurajica vs Nunn 0-121 1971 IslingtonC88 Ruy Lopez
15. Nunn vs Keene 0-122 1971 HammersmithB06 Robatsch
16. Nunn vs Tarjan 1-021 1972 NorwichB94 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. B Kernan vs Nunn 1-027 1972 Glorney CupA00 Uncommon Opening
18. Nunn vs T Rosenlund  ½-½31 1972 NorwichB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. S Velickovic vs Nunn  0-137 1972 England 13/300C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
20. S Ivarsson vs Nunn  1-056 1972 Norwich U18A00 Uncommon Opening
21. B de Jonghe vs Nunn  0-125 1972 Norwich U18C48 Four Knights
22. Sax vs Nunn  1-025 1972 Norwich U18C57 Two Knights
23. P Mack vs Nunn  0-146 1972 Norwich U18A28 English
24. Nunn vs D Cox 0-119 1972 Norwich JuniorB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
25. S Bailloux vs Nunn  0-133 1972 Norwich U18C56 Two Knights
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  Jim Bartle: That cannot be. The odds are just too obvious. The 0 and 00 mean you will lose long term.
May-28-16  john barleycorn: <Jim Bartle: That cannot be....>

american roulette with a 00 is not a game but a hold up.

The odds are obvious, yes but "Is it really not possible to touch the gaming table without being instantly infected by superstition?"

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  perfidious: <Jim> The single zero gives a 2.7 per cent house edge--therefore impossible to beat--and 00 lends a handsome 5.26 % advantage.

At least where the en prison rule applies, the house edge is reduced to 1.35 per cent, which still cannot be beaten over the long haul, but is something of an improvement.

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  Jim Bartle: I think casinos make a huge amount of money playing on the psychology of gamblers. OK, that's obvious.

But if gamblers went in with the idea of winning something and being happy with that, say start with $100 and leave with $140, the casinos would make a lot less. Less money bet.

But too many gamblers start with $100 and decide they're not going to quit until they have $1000 or $5000 and that just is not going to happen very often.

May-29-16  john barleycorn: <Jim Bartle: ...

But if gamblers went in with the idea of winning something and being happy with that, say start with $100 and leave with $140, the casinos would make a lot less. Less money bet. ...>

Yes, and in theory I agree to that. quit when you are ahead. however, there is no "rule" to quit when winning. I still think Dostojevsky described best all the psychology involved in gambling.

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  Jim Bartle: <I still think Dostojevsky described best all the psychology involved in gambling.>

I prefer Kenny Rogers.

May-29-16  john barleycorn: <Jim Bartle: ...

I prefer Kenny Rogers.>

yes, it is an alternative to McDostojevski

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  Jim Bartle: My cholesterol level shot up just by opening that link.

Do you ever watch Seinfeld? Kramer flipped out because the lights of a Kenny Rogers restaurant kept him up at night, then he ended up gorging himself there. Don't remember the details.

May-29-16  john barleycorn: never watched Seinfeld. probably, there is a german tv version but I managed to survive without it.
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  offramp: <john barleycorn: never watched Seinfeld. probably, there is a german tv version but I managed to survive without it.>

The German version was called "His Field."

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  Appaz: <<john barleycorn> I still think Dostojevsky described best all the psychology involved in gambling.>

He had first hand information since he for a period was more or less addicted himself.

I read the novel in my teens and it had a huge impact on me. There are a few novels brilliantly describing fundamental psychological traits in humans, this is one of them. Others among my favorites is Hunger by Knut Hamsun and...John Barleycorn (!) by Jack London. They all have in common that they are very autobiographical.

May-31-16  john barleycorn: <Appaz> yes, all good reads. now, tell me whether Dr. Faustus is also a favourite of yours?
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  Appaz: <jb> No, I haven't read it, although I know about it. I'll take that as reading advice - or listening advice, as I mainly listen to audio books these days.
May-31-16  john barleycorn: <Appaz> good. I think the before mentioned works which we both read were heavily autobiographical but revealing a lot about the human nature. Dr. Faustus is really into that, too. You will enjoy. However, I recommmend to read the book. It is my belief that the contents is remembered better that way. Actually, I have never tried "audio" books so I might be mistaken.
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  Appaz: Reading is sooo 2000-ish... :)
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  Appaz: To be serious, there is a challenge to concentrate and keep focus when you listen to audio books instead of reading.

Your brain is so much more easily distracted in the simple process of listen, compared to reading.

It's not the same quality in one way, but it has other advantages. You can take your literature out walking or comfortably fall asleep over it.

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  HeMateMe: I tried audio books and I couldn't follow along. Too slow. You can read much faster than listen to someone speak. I kept losing track of what was going on. My first and last audio book.
May-31-16  Conrad93: < Is this really the best photo of Nunn available? What about this?

and this (somewhat out-of-focus):

And here's one I hadn't seen before:

All of which have the advantage that it does catch him mid-phrase, looking like he just sucked a lemon.>

He looks a bit like Neil Gaiman.

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  offramp: I often listen to the radio, but if I start to read anything, then listening stops immediately.
Jun-01-16  Troller: I have listened to many audio books in the car. Entire Jo NesbÝ series, among others - "The Slap" by Tsolkias (or what's his name) was a major positive suprise also.

But I cannot sit in a chair and listen to an audio book, then I get restless.

Jun-01-16  john barleycorn: Believe half of what you read and none of what you hear.

I often listened to my wife but there was zero retention of what she said. When I read the letters from her lawyer things improved dramatically.

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  PhilFeeley: World Senior stuff this year, too, including a win of the individual silver medal at the team event.

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  offramp: Many people attribute the abbreviation LPDO: Loose Pieces Drop Off to GM Nunn.

But it wasn't him, it was Terence P D Chapman who coined the phrase while having lessons with the GM.

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  perfidious: A point acknowledged by Nunn himself in his collection of best games published in the mid 1990s.
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  offramp: I saw chessbase giving the author as Nunn himself recently, and I saw this collection: Game Collection: LPDO -> LOOSE PIECES DROP OFF! (GM DR J. NUNN). So I thought I'd mention that it was Chapman just to put it on Nunn's page.

Nunn has always been clear that it wasn't him.

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