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John Nunn vs Hans Ree
"Get Thee to a Nunn - H Ree" (game of the day Jun-05-2020)
Lucerne Olympiad (1982), Lucerne SUI, rd 10, Nov-09
French Defense: Tarrasch. Closed Variation (C05)  ·  1-0



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  MissScarlett: <Get thee to a Nunn - H Ree>
Aug-09-15  morfishine: This game look like some gigantic home preparation: No matter what Black does, White stays one step ahead and thats all there is to that


Jun-05-20  thegoldenband: I might prefer "Get Thee to a Nunn, Eh, Ree?" but this works too.

Either way I appreciate the Shakespeare- (and prostitution-) related pun. And I agree that it looks like home prep, wherein Nunn buffalos poor Ree around à la Hamlet in that famous scene with Ophelia -- and probably made him doubt his sanity a bit.

Jun-05-20  Brenin: Black could have answered 18 Qxc6 with Qxb1, but then the exchange sacrifice 19 Qxd6 looks good, e.g. Qxa1 20 Bxh6 Qxb2 21 Qg3 d3 22 Ne5 with a clear advantage to White.
Jun-05-20  7he5haman: <Brenin> alternatively White could try:

18...Qxb1 <19. Qxc8> Qxa1 20. Qxe6+ Kh8 21. Qxd6

With two Minor pieces for a Rook, although there's a bit of work to be done to contain Black's d-pawn.

Jun-05-20  7he5haman: And in your line, <Brenin>, 21...Rf7 looks like a better try for Black.
Jun-05-20  Brenin: Thanks, <7he5haman>. After 18 ... Qxb1 19 Qxc8, the alternative 18 ... Qe4 looks better for Black than Qxa1, threatening the Q and Rxf3. And after 18 ... Qxb1 19 Qxd6 Qxa1 20 Bxh6 Qxb2 21 Qg3 Rf7 White can play 22 Ne5, with plenty of compensation for the exchange.
Jun-05-20  goodevans: After <18...Qxb1 19.Qxd6 Qxa1 20.Bxh6 Qxb2 21.Qg3> I'm not seeing a great deal of difference between 21...d3 and 21...Rf7. In fact they most likely transpose.

<21...d3 22.Ne5> forces <22...Rf7> whilst after <21...Rf7 22.Ne5> does black have anything better than <22...d3>? If black tries instead to save the exchange with <22...Re7> then <23.Bg5 Rc7 24.Qh4 Qc2> (to stop 25.Ng6) <25.Qxd4> leaves him in all sorts of trouble.

Jun-05-20  goodevans: It seems black underestimated then overestimated the threat of ...Qh7+.

<14...d4?> weakened his pawn structure which white took advantage of by making such threat with <15.Qd3>. But whilst the threat is a little unpleasant he might have been better off letting it happen and improving his pawns with <15...e5>. It's not very nice to have your K chased out of his corner but I can't see anything too devastating that white can do after that.

Jun-05-20  Brenin: <goodevans>: I agree, Qh7+ is a rather empty threat, taking the Q out of the game. After 15 ... e5, White might do better with 16 c5 and 17 b4: the pawns can't be taken because of Qc4+.
Jun-05-20  bamaexpert: Simply one of the best puns I've seen here. :) "To Ree or not to Ree...that is the question. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageously lost rook and pawn endgames..." you can go on forever.
Jun-05-20  Phandaal: The best pun I've seen on chessgames. Bravo!
Jun-07-20  7he5haman: <goodevans> One difference between d3 and Rf7 might be:

18...Qxb1 19. Qxd6 Qxa1 20. Bxh6 Qxb2 21. Qg3 Rf7 22. Ne5 Re7 23. Bg5 <Qa3>, where after, for example, 24. Qh4 Re8 25. Ng6 e5 26. Qh8+ Kf7, Black looks to be just about holding on.

Jun-07-20  7he5haman: <Brenin> Qe4 - nice! Completely missed that one :-)
Jun-07-20  7he5haman: 18...Qxb1 19. Qxc8 <Qe4!> 20. Qd7 Rad8 21. Qb5 Rxf3 22. c5 and now 22...Rf5 looks sensible with a better position for Black, or he can tempt White to take the Rook with e.g.

22...Bb8!?* 23. gxf3 (23.Bd2 is much more sensible) Qxf3 and now I think White has to try something like 24.Bd2 and hope Black goes for the perpetual, otherwise he looks lost, e.g.

24. Re1 (to prepare Qe2) allows Bxh2+! 25. Kxh2 (Kf1 Bg3! Q/Re2 Qh1#) Qxf2+ 26. Kh3 Rf8 and surely Black is winning here.

*or Be5/Bc7, I'm not sure which is the best square for the Bishop.

This analysis is probably full of holes but was enjoyable nonetheless :-)

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