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Vassily Ivanchuk vs John Nunn
"Nunn Chuks" (game of the day Sep-25-2009)
Melody Amber Rapid 3rd (1994) (rapid), Monte Carlo MNC, rd 1, Mar-??
English Opening: King's English Variation. Closed System Full Symmetry (A26)  ·  1-0



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Kibitzer's Corner
Sep-25-09  Phoenix: There have been many a bad pun on this website over the years, but this one might take the cake. Well done!
Sep-25-09  parmetd: this one clearly takes the cake.
Sep-25-09  Garech: The cake is well and truly gone.
Sep-25-09  newzild: Ivan to agree with you guys, but these puns make me want to chuk.

A pretty formulaic attack by Chuckie in an English gives him an apparently easily won position. Nunn did well to generate some chances at the end.

Sep-25-09  Sem: Reminds me of Kasparov-Petrosian, in which Kasparov launches a ferocious attack that Petrosian eminently survives.
Sep-25-09  Billy Vaughan: Good gravy, what a pun...
Sep-25-09  hedgeh0g: Pun lucks
Sep-25-09  screwdriver: Some nice king moves by white secures the win instead of slipping to a draw by repetition of moves.
Sep-25-09  Bobsterman3000: It's not only a pun, it's also a double entendre. Well done, CG.
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  kevin86: Black can queen,but it doesn't even matter.
Sep-25-09  YetAnotherAmateur: <kevin86> No, he can't, at least not usefully. That's the whole point of moves 40-46 through the end of the game - attacking and defending the queening square. It's pretty nifty chess on both sides:

40. Rg6+ Kh8 The King can't move to the f file due to Rf6+ which would cost black his queen. White has to keep black busy or black queens.

41. Rxh6+ Kg7
42. Rg6+ Kh8

43. Kh2 Qf4+ White breaks the reptition by threatening Rh6# (which can't be stopped by black queening). Black now has to check to defend, giving white the time he needs to stop the pawn.

44. Kg2 Qh4 White makes his king uncheckable, black threatens to queen.

45. Rg3 Qf4 White blocks the attack on f1, and black more-or-less concedes at this point.

Sep-25-09  Riverbeast: How much wood could a woodchuck push if a woodchuck could chuk wood?
Sep-25-09  kingsindian2006: great pun!!!! and great game... very exciting one
Sep-25-09  Open Defence: how many nuns could Ivan..

no no this is a family site..

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  fm avari viraf: < Open Defence: How many nuns could Ivan...> Your name suggests that you like to be more open hence I have put you on my favourite list. I read your bio & was much impressed.
Sep-25-09  Open Defence: < fm avari viraf > thanks!
Sep-25-09  apple pi: Too bad I thought of this after the close of the pun contest! Although my submission "Nunn-Chucky Ninjas" was nowhere near as good.
Sep-25-09  WhiteRook48: Nunn was lost for a long time...
Sep-25-09  lostgalaxy: Nunn was not committed enough. He played a5 and then conceded the a file to White. He sacrificed a rook but then his attack on White king was slow and lacking vigor. Well, everyone s... now and then.
Dec-04-16  Saniyat24: To me chess meant Korchnoi, Karpov, Kasparov, Fischer, Tal, Alekhine, Botvinnik, Lasker and the Bangladeshi Grandmasters Ziaur Rahman, Reefat Bin-Sattar, Abdullah Al-Rakib e.t.c. Before joining I did not know there lives such a beautiful chess player Ivanchuk who plays like an artist and a magician...he has become one of my favorites.
Dec-04-16  Smothered Mate: In what sense is this opening "Full Symmetry"?

White plays ​ 1. c4 , ​ that pawn stays there ​
the whole game, and nothing ever goes to c5.

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