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John Nunn vs Gareth Anthony
"King's Promenade" (game of the day Aug-31-2017)
Bristol (1981), Bristol ENG
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B32)  ·  1-0



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Jan-01-03  GregorMendel: This game is awesome! The White King marches all over the board, and Black has no good moves still!
Feb-10-05  BadTemper: Strange opening... Was this a offhand game?
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  perfidious: This was a game on the British Grand Prix circuit; it can be found in the book Secrets of Grandmaster Chess, which is well worth a look if you can find it.
Mar-13-05  russep: Itsn;t this scilian lowenthal or something close to that.
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  perfidious: <russep> Yes, it's a Lowenthal at the start, then becomes a maze: in the book I mantioned above, Peter Griffiths noted that Nunn was aware of his opponent being a specialist in the Lasker-Pelikan, so wished to avoid familiar lines. The literature is the richer for Nunn's decision!!!

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  plang: Nunn says he played 6 N5c3 to avoid the Pelikan and admits that 6 N1c3 is the objectively better move. 9 ab is certainly a promising exchange sacrifice since black can't castle and his queen is out of play. Nunn felt that 14 Bc5 was his best chance though it must have taken some brass to play it. According to Nunn 16 Ke2 was a mistake and if black had followed up with 16..Nd5 white would have been in trouble. 16 Kd2 would have led to perpetual check as neither player has a better alternative. Clearly, black did not expect Nunn's king march. Again, Nunn gives 18..Nd5 as the best chance and provides pages and pages of analysis to show that white would have the better chances. In many of the lines (as well as several earlier in the game) the queens are exchanged buut white maintains the advantage in the endgame despite his material deficit due to black being undeveloped and whites advanced king being an asset. 19..Qe6+ 20 Qe6+ de+ 21 Kg6 is an amazing variation with threats to blacks rook and knight.
Mar-02-11  hedgeh0g: Nice king march! Was Nunn really able to see that his king could survive the onslaught or was Bc5!! more of an intuitive move?
Jan-26-16  PhilFeeley: What a weird game! It must have been fun to watch live.
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  ChessHigherCat: Doesn't black win or draw here if he plays 13...Qb4+ 14. c3 Qxe4 15. Bc5 Qf4+ 16. Kd1 Qa4+ 17. Kd2 Qf4+ 18. Ke1 Qc1+ 19. Ke2 Qc2+ 20. Kf3 Qxc3+ 21. Ke2 Nd4+
Aug-31-17  Olavi: 13...Qb4+ 14.Qxb4 Nxb4 15.Bc5 is very good.
Aug-31-17  Cheapo by the Dozen: I used to play the Lowenthal. Eventually some other players in my city starting booking up on it a bit because of me. Whoops.
Aug-31-17  AlicesKnight: Both monarchs have to show nimble footwork, but White's is slippery while Black gets bogged down.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Olavi, viola, oliva, voilĂ > Thanks, I didn't think of Bc5, that's a killer.
Aug-31-17  belgradegambit: Stockfish says 13...Na5 is = at depth 28.
Aug-31-17  Ironmanth: Great game! First time viewing this one. Thanks.
Aug-31-17  catlover: An excellent GOTD. What a gem.
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  fiercebadger: that king re appeared in Short V Timman
Aug-31-17  offramp: <belgradegambit: Stockfish says 13...Na5 is = at depth 28.>

What does depth 28 mean?

Aug-31-17  jith1207: Obviously the watch can withstand pressure at 28 metres.
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  perfidious: <jith1207: Obviously the watch can withstand pressure at 28 metres.>

John Cameron Swayze would know for sure.

Sep-01-17  Saniyat24: An insane, Tal-like game...!
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  kevin86: Both side have flying queens but white's flies higher.
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  ChessHigherCat: <Saniyat24: An insane, Tal-like game...!>

What's ta'like about it? Just kidding, I agree, great game.

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  GrahamClayton: John Nunn edited the revised version of the William Cozens book the "King Hunt", so he must have decided to play at least one game where a King wanders all over the board.
Jun-28-21  Gallicrow: I used to play in the same team as Gareth Anthony (Hackney Chess Club). He was a seriously strong player!
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