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John Nunn vs Oleg M Romanishin
Teesside WchT-under 26 (1974), Teesside ENG, rd 1, Jul-22
Spanish Game: Exchange. Bronstein Variation (C69)  ·  0-1



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  jahhaj: Black is winning easily enough after 40 ♔e1 ♕xe4+. White has various moves but they all lose. No doubt that 39 ♕xc2 is much simpler though. Maybe it was time trouble.
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  perfidious: <jahhaj> The age designation of U-26 is correct, though the event was then known as the world student team championship.
Dec-11-13  DWINS: This is an interesting game where John Nunn follows in the footsteps of David Bronstein by speculatively sacrificing his queen for two minor pieces. Unfortunately for him, he suffered the same fate as Bronstein as Romanishin went on to win the game. Spassky vs Bronstein, 1956

It was a mistake for Nunn to block the position with 17.f5. He could have had better play for his pieces with 17.fxe5 Qg7 18.g3 fxe5 19.Nf3, although it is doubtful that he would have had enough for the queen. Stockfish 4 gives black an advantage of (-1.25).

Nunn further spoiled his position with the weakening 22.b4 instead of trying to sink a knight into d5 by 22.Ne2 Nd4 23.Nc3 (-1.43).

Romanishin's 23...bxc5 was good enough to win, but he missed the stronger 23...Nxf3+ 24.Rxf3 Qh5 25.Rf2 Qd1+ 26.Rf1 Qxc2 27.g3 bxc5 (-3.41).

Nunn was completely tied up and finally cracked with 34.Kf1 allowing Romanishin the chance to return the exchange with 34.Rxb3! and gain the d-pawn with 35...Qf3+, yielding him a decisive passed d-pawn.

It's surprising that Romanishin didn't play 39...Qxc2+ with a mate in 14 according to Stockfish 4, but it didn't really matter as after 39...hxg3+, further play would have been useless.

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