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Garry Kasparov vs John Nunn
Skelleftea World Cup (1989), Skelleftea SWE, rd 10, Aug-??
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Gligoric-Taimanov System (E92)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Apr-05-06  who: Nunn plays brilliantly. Kasparov looks out of his element after the major pieces line up on the f-file.
Jul-01-08  ToTheDeath: Nunn had Kasparov on the ropes here. 36...Rf8! followed by invading on f4 or f2 is quite strong for Black.
Sep-20-10  nelech: is the final position really drawn ? Why not try 42...Kd5 and if 43 Kg6? Ke4 44 Kf7 Ke3 45 Kxg8 h5 46 Bh6 Kf4 47 Kf7 h4 winning . 43 Bf8 Kd4 44 Bd6 =
Dec-02-15  Howard: Trying to recall....I think Inside Chess stated that Nunn missed a win in this game.

Can anyone help here ?

Apr-02-18  Howard: Yes, Inside Chess stated back in an October, 1989 issue that Kasparov sacrificed a pawn "to reach a favorable endgame, which he promptly misplayed." Nunn later "missed a win".

But exactly WHERE? According to Informant 48, no missed win apparently took place.

Apr-02-18  Olavi: Nunn analyzed both this and Portisch vs Nunn, 1989 in his usual depth in his book, I must check that. If I remember correctly Nikitin blamed 26.c5 for white's difficultes in New in Chess.
Apr-02-18
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  Retireborn: <Howard> Nunn missed two chances to do better; one is 36...Rf8! (already pointed out by <ToTheDeath>) with the threat of 37...Rf4+. I would say that after 37.Nc7+ Kd7 38.Rb5 Bxd6 39.Nd5 it's not completely clear that Black is winning, as White's pieces are very active.

Possibly a better chance was 33...Bxh2 (instead of 33...Kf7); then 34.Ke3 Re8 35.d7 Bf4+ 36.Ke2 Rd8 37.Nc3 Ne7 and Black does indeed seem to be close to a win.

Nunn doesn't notice either of these possibilities in his Informator notes.

Ironically this was the last time Kasparov and Nunn played each other. Having improved enough across the 80s to be able to draw with the World Chhampion, Nunn was then excluded from the top tournaments by the Ivanchuk/Anand/Kamsky/Gelfand bunch.

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