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John Nunn vs Andras Adorjan
"Black is OK" (game of the day Mar-30-2017)
London (1975), London ENG, rd 7, Aug-24
Pirc Defense: Austrian Attack. Kurajica Variation (B09)  ·  0-1



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  OhioChessFan: Nunn's whole game looked like an old computer program that was material obsessed.
Jan-03-06  jackmandoo: Well Ohio material is very important in chess. I know that in my games whenever I have a lot more material than my opponett (which I always do because I have been dubbed as having "Morphy like abilities") I usually in. So material is important, and so is your position. I've been playing for a while now so I would be happy to anser any chess questions any of you have.
Jan-03-06  Jim Bartle: Black's got a pretty intimidating position at move 28, with queen and two bishops and c4-d4-e4. I guess that's what analysts mean when they talk about dominating diagonals.
Jan-03-06  like a GM: < whenever I have a lot more material than my opponett (which I always do because I have been dubbed as having "Morphy like abilities")> Impressed. What is your rating (blitz, rapid or classical)?
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  WannaBe: <like a GM> Unfortunately, <jackmandoo> didn't say, it was Alonzo Morphy
Jan-04-06  Jim Bartle: Jackmandoo: Actually I thought Morphy's (that's Paul, not Alonzo) trademark is that he DIDN'T usually depend on material superiority, often tossing piece after piece into the fire to get at the enemy king.
Jan-04-06  chessic eric: <sfm> one option after 14...f5 is much like the game continuation but without the f6 pawn supporting the d5 square. 14...f5 allows 15.Nxg5 and white would love to trade the h1 rook for the b7 bishop. Play could go 14...f5 15.Nxg5,fxg4+ 16.Ke2 and things don't look pretty but the dynamic advantages black had been playing for are somewhat fizzled, and white sits better than in the game. All of this is of course due to 12.Kf2, after which the f-file is begging to be opened to take advantage of the double pin on the f3 knight. After 12.Rf1 black gets no dynamic play for the sac on f4 (and should not make it) and is facing the opening of lines on the kingside in an opposite castled position; 12...Ng3 13.Rf2,f5 14.O-O-O,Rc1
Jan-04-06  jackmandoo: Well I don't have a "rating" I just rely on the comments of the people I beat, and they ALL say I am really good. I have beaten all of the people who I know who play chess, plus lots of kids at school.
Jan-04-06  KingG: <Well I don't have a "rating" I just rely on the comments of the people I beat, and they ALL say I am really good. I have beaten all of the people who I know who play chess, plus lots of kids at school.> Have you ever beaten anyone who has a rating?
Jan-04-06  jackmandoo: No I dont believe in playing rated players.
Jan-05-06  Jim Bartle: Convenient.
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  ganstaman: If I have to play like this just to be ok, I think I will have to leave the Pirc permanently off my plate.
Mar-31-15  Swedish Logician: <prisallan>, you are right; pieces parked liked that in the middle of the board make a terric sight! I was reminded of one of my favourite gamesM Stolberg vs Botvinnik, 1940 after move 32 by Botviinik.
Mar-30-17  offramp: <Swedish Logician: <prisallan>, you are right; pieces parked liked that in the middle of the board make a terrific sight!>

They do, but Adorjan did not try to preserve that sight. It looked good, but the winning move was to get rid of it.

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: In my playing days, the capture Bxa6 was almost always considered a bad idea--the Bishop on b7 more than made up for the horrible pawn structure. Was that true in this game? Can't figure out what Black does if White had played either 14.Bg3 or 14.Bxg5.
Mar-30-17  The Kings Domain: "Nunnsense".
Mar-30-17  Albion 1959: This had to done by pure intuition in the style of Tal. No way Adorjan worked all this out! White uncastled king in the centre, open diagonals for the bishops assisted by an active queen all lead to belief that there must be something there in this position! I have played in games like this and been on both sides of these type of positions. Sometimes the attack carries and sometimes the opponent finds a good defence. A colourful game to look at though:
Mar-30-17  morfishine: White plays well below his strength here
Mar-30-17  clement41: 26 Qxd6 sets a trap as the keen tactical eye would jump on 26...Bxf5 or 26...Rxf5; but this removal of the defender tactics is good for white actually. For ex, I 26...Rxf5 27 Rb8+ Bf8
(..Rf8?? Rxf8+ Bxf8 Qxf8#) 28 Rxf8+ (28 QxQ+ transposes) Kg7 29 QxQ+ RxQ 30 Rc8

II 26...Bxf5 27 QxQ BxQ (...Bd3+ Qe2 (or cxd3) BxQ+ KxQ Bxa1 (or ...Rc8 but not ...f1Q+? Rxf1 ) Rxa1 Rc8 (...f1Q+ RxQ Re8+ (...RxR?? KxR and the pawn endgame is ) Kd2)

Mar-30-17  Ironmanth: Nice game. Thanks!
Mar-30-17  Caissanist: <jackmandoo> is still my favorite chessgames commenter ever. He was so far ahead of his time that even now you learn things from his posts that you would never find out anywhere else.
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  Domdaniel: <Caissanist> I totally agree - Jack is a hoot. Of course, whenever he offers an opinion on chess, he is quite wrong.
Mar-30-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: Suppose that, instead of 12 Kf2, White had simply castled short? He wouldn't have had the same f-file problems later on.
Mar-30-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: It took me a moment to see why White finally resigned ... so I think the last move would make a pretty good Tuesday puzzle. :)
Apr-03-17  Moszkowski012273: 9...Ng3 really should be played.
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