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Nunn 
 
John Nunn
Number of games in database: 1,571
Years covered: 1963 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2597 (2581 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2630
Overall record: +597 -236 =677 (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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (298) 
    B90 B33 B81 B89 B32
 French Defense (124) 
    C11 C19 C10 C16 C09
 Ruy Lopez (101) 
    C84 C92 C80 C73 C67
 Caro-Kann (77) 
    B12 B10 B17 B14 B15
 Sicilian Najdorf (61) 
    B90 B93 B97 B99 B96
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (53) 
    C84 C92 C93 C95 C90
With the Black pieces:
 King's Indian (241) 
    E97 E60 E92 E81 E84
 Sicilian (130) 
    B33 B40 B97 B92 B45
 Ruy Lopez (79) 
    C89 C84 C85 C68 C70
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (60) 
    C89 C84 C85 C86 C88
 Modern Benoni (46) 
    A65 A67 A77 A61 A62
 Sicilian Najdorf (42) 
    B97 B92 B90 B93 B95
Repertoire Explorer

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 Kiril D Georgiev, 1988 1-0
   Nunn vs Fedorowicz, 1991 1-0
   Nunn vs Sosonko, 1982 1-0
   Nunn vs G Anthony, 1981 1-0
   Nunn vs E Bhend, 1978 1-0
   R Reynolds vs Nunn, 1987 0-1

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 pawn to QB4
   Rotterdam World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Skelleftea World Cup 1989 by suenteus po 147
   Hastings 1992/93 by suenteus po 147
   Munich 1991 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

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
   >> 6 GAMES ANNOTATED BY NUNN

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JOHN NUNN
(born Apr-25-1955, 61 years old) United Kingdom

[what is this?]

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 63; games 1-25 of 1,571  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. S Mariotti vs Nunn 1-020 1970 Islington Junior AC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
6. Miles vs Nunn 0-149 1970 Islington Junior AC21 Center Game
7. R O'Kelly vs Nunn 1-024 1970 Islington Junior AD07 Queen's Gambit Declined, Chigorin Defense
8. Keene vs Nunn  1-047 1970 HammersmithA08 King's Indian Attack
9. Nunn vs R W L Moberly  ½-½52 1970 Islington Junior AC73 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
10. Nunn vs M Stean  0-123 1970 Islington Junior AB99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
11. Nunn vs R Johannes 1-032 1970 Islington Junior AB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
12. R Bellin vs Nunn  ½-½23 1970 Islington Junior AC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
13. Nunn vs R R Smith 1-016 1970 Islington Junior AB10 Caro-Kann
14. Nunn vs Keene 0-122 1971 HammersmithB06 Robatsch
15. Kurajica vs Nunn 0-121 1971 IslingtonC88 Ruy Lopez
16. Nunn vs A Pope 0-128 1972 Islington opB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
17. B de Jonghe vs Nunn  0-125 1972 Norwich U18C48 Four Knights
18. Nunn vs T Rosenlund  ½-½31 1972 NorwichB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
19. Nunn vs D Cox  0-119 1972 Norwich JuniorB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
20. O Moen vs Nunn  0-125 1972 Norwich U18A75 Benoni, Classical with ...a6 and 10...Bg4
21. S Ivarsson vs Nunn  1-056 1972 Norwich U18A00 Uncommon Opening
22. S Velickovic vs Nunn  0-137 1972 England 13/300C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
23. B Kernan vs Nunn 1-027 1972 Glorney CupA00 Uncommon Opening
24. S Bailloux vs Nunn  0-133 1972 Norwich U18C56 Two Knights
25. P Mack vs Nunn  0-146 1972 Norwich U18A28 English
 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,571  PGN Download
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May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: There is a horse called 'kibitzer'.

That one tells the other horses how they should run, choose their jockeys and when they should retire.

--

There is a Miss Scarlet.

Apparently it's a right old nag.

Right I'm out of here....and quick.

May-28-16  Jim Bartle: <That one tells the other horses how they should run, choose their jockeys and when they should retire.>

And comes in last I assume. Or scratches before post time.

<There is a Miss Scarlet. >

This horse claims she never lost to a black horse.

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sally Simpson: : I fear we are both in trouble now.

Hopefully someone will happen along and post loads of John Nunn related stuff before she (her who must not be named) sees it

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Sally Simpson: .... there were also a horses called Barleycorn and one called Chandler. (I bet Chandler was faster of the two.)...>

Haha <Sally> your bet is good but where is the cash???

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Jim Bartle: ...

With 8 decks, even if you do manage to count, the number of times a really favorable set of cards is left must be very few.>

<Jim>, I tell you that the fairytales that BlackJack is a winnable game is the greatest cheat. much bigger than books like "How to beat Fischer/Karpov or Kasparov" or all three of them.

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: A 1-deck shoe? What kind of casino has that?
May-28-16  Jim Bartle: I inhaled the book "Beat the Dealer" in the 60s. It was so much fun. It had these little cards which told you what to do under certain situations.

I assume analysis has gone much further in the ensuing 50 years.

The author found he could have a 2% advantage or something like that if he could keep track of the relationship of 10s to non-10s remaining in a single deck.

May-28-16  zanzibar: Is this really the best photo of Nunn available?

What about this?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...

and this (somewhat out-of-focus):

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...(A).jpg

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

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...

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

May-28-16  zanzibar: Is this really the best photo of Nunn available?

What about this?

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...

and this (somewhat out-of-focus):

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...

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

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipe...

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

(Stupid <CG> link-hacks...)

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  Peligroso Patzer: I have started re-reading John Nunn’s excellent and fascinating book <Endgame Challenge> (Gambit Publications, ©2002, ISBN 1901983838). I came across a minor error in the analysis of problem no. 5. For lack of a better place, I decided to post my discovery on this page.

The position in question is a study by Grigoriev from 1937; it is White to play and win from this starting position:


click for larger view

Without presenting the full analysis, I will mention that the main line of the study runs as follows:

<1.g4 Ka3 2.Ka5! Ka2 3.Kb6 Kb3 4.Kb5 Kb2 5.Kc6 Kc3 6.Kc5 Kc2 7.Kd6 Kd3 8.Kd5 Kd2 9.Ke6 Ke3 10.Ke5 Ke2 11.Kf6 Kf3 12.Kf5 Kg2 13.Kg6 Kh3 14.Kh5> 1–0

The process by which White maneuvers his king to the K-side always maintaining the opposition is fascinating; even more instructive is the “anti-opposition” technique that Black uses to draw if White starts to bring his king across the board without having first played the advance g2-g4.

At any rate, in his notes to White’s second move, Nunn comments that it is too early for White to play his king to the b-file, and he says that 2. Kb5? Kb3 "gives Black the opposition" and if he tries 2. Kb6?, then 2. … Kb4 creates a position that “is a draw whoever moves first” (op. cit. at 55).

In fact, in the position with K/b6 vs. K/b4 (and with pawns on g4, h2 vs. g5, h6), Black on move is winning if he continues with … Kb4-c4. The position in question is:


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May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Jim Bartle: I inhaled the book "Beat the Dealer" in the 60s. It was so much fun. It had these little cards which told you what to do under certain situations.

I assume analysis has gone much further in the ensuing 50 years.

The author found he could have a 2% advantage or something like that if he could keep track of the relationship of 10s to non-10s remaining in a single deck.>

The analysis has indeed gone further - by the casinos. You will not find that game anymore as described in "Beat the dealer" which besides the standard excuse "I did not win because I was cheated" excells by a lot of faulty calculations. Anyway, Thorp made a career out of it as hedge fond manager.

May-28-16  Jim Bartle: <The analysis has indeed gone further - by the casinos. >

Why am I not surprised?

I assume the biggest change is multi-decks vs. single deck. As a casual player, I like multi-deck just because there were fewer delays in losing my money.

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Jim Bartle: <The analysis has indeed gone further - by the casinos. >

Why am I not surprised?

I assume the biggest change is multi-decks vs. single deck. As a casual player, I like multi-deck just because there were fewer delays in losing my money.>

Yes, while the players and sellers of "winning systems" tried to bring the calculations and count systems further the Casinos created conditions under which these systems were useless. Anyway, if you look at these systems the recommendations are as useful as "develop knights before bishops" in chess openings.

May-28-16  Jim Bartle: I'm waiting for someone to produce a "winning system" for roulette.
May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Jim Bartle: I'm waiting for someone to produce a "winning system" for roulette.>

Haha you wanna bet on how many suckers bought roulette systems?

May-28-16  Jim Bartle: That cannot be. The odds are just too obvious. The 0 and 00 mean you will lose long term.
May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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?"

May-28-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

May-28-16  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

May-29-16  Jim Bartle: <I still think Dostojevsky described best all the psychology involved in gambling.>

I prefer Kenny Rogers.

May-29-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: <Jim Bartle: ...

I prefer Kenny Rogers.>

yes, it is an alternative to McDostojevski
https://www.google.de/search?q=kenn...

May-29-16  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  john barleycorn: never watched Seinfeld. probably, there is a german tv version but I managed to survive without it.
May-30-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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