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John Nunn vs Niaz Murshed
Commonwealth Championship (1985), London ENG, rd 7, Feb-22
Sicilian Defense: Velimirovic Attack (B89)  ·  1-0



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Sep-20-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Have you ever read Nunn's books?He is a Genius.He literaly wrote the book on tactics.
Apr-25-11  wordfunph: <The game Nunn-Murshed had a noteworthy finish, which gained it the brilliancy prize of Novag chess computer, which was quite logical given that the Novag chess computer company sponsored the tournament. Nine months after the end of the tournament, following repeated complaints about the non-appearance of the prize, the computer finally arrived. It didn't work.> :-)

i'm not sure, i may have taken this bit of trivia from the book "John Nunn's Best Games".

this maybe the game GM Nunn was referring.

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Here Nunn played 38.♖e4 but has the 'opportunity' to sac his rook twice in a mate in 5 instead. How?

Solution: (in reverse)

40.♖e8 ♕f8 39.♖e4 ♖xf6 38.♗xf6+

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  Phony Benoni: So they're switching over at 800 Easter time now? Fine with me! For the first time fifteen years, I'll be able to go to bed before midnight!

There's a theory that if the average player was granted the right to make two moves in moves in a row at any one point during a game, they could beat grandmasters. This is a case in point. were Black granted the right to play 39. ..Rxb2+, it would make a perfect pre-Monday puzzle!

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  Diademas: 39.Rxe5 mates a month he later.
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  FSR: 39.Qg7+ Bxg7 40.Rxe8+ Bf8 41.Rxf8#
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  drollere: i also enjoyed 39. Qg7+ Bxg7, 40. Rxe8+
Bf8, 41. Rxf8#, but my first thought was 39. Rxe5 Qf8, 40. Re8 Qxe8, 41. Qg7#
Jun-21-21  Cheapo by the Dozen: I stopped after finding the unstoppable triple threat of RxB. (The threats are at e8, at g7, and the hanging rook. Black can easily stop the first two, but not while also saving the rook.)

That wins thumpngly, but he actual game line is much better even so.

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  agb2002: White is one bishop down.

Black threatens Rxb2+.

The simplest way to win is 39.Qg7+ Bxg7 40.Rxe8+ Bf8 41.Rxf8#.

Jun-21-21  Walter Glattke: Ah, queen sac! 39.Qg7+ Bxg7 40.Rxe8+ Bf8 41.Rxf8# Also winners 39.Rxe5/Qxf2/f-pawn wins for black after 39.Qxe5+? Qxe5 40.Rxe5 Rg2 37.-Bxe5 38.Rg8+ Qxg8 39.Qxf6+ Qg7 40.Qxg7#
Jun-21-21  TheaN: I instantly eyed <39.Qg7+ Bxg7 40.Re8+ Bxf8 41.Rxf8#>, it plays itself. Typical Monday, interesting.
Jun-21-21  TheBish: What's even easier than a Monday puzzle? Even if you don't see the queen sac, you're likely to find either 39. Rxe5 or 39. Qxf2, which both win. Just don't play 39. Qxe5+? which only draws.
Jun-21-21  saturn2: Black was under pressure long before. Maybe16....e5 was not the best choice.
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  HeMateMe: Deflection! I delivered a similar mate the other day, on 3/2 blitz at Lichess.
Jun-21-21  Who is me: i missed this one , sad to say!
need coffee ! wake up.
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  chrisowen: Yodel its ok i v Qg7+ goofball afford jiffys ivory ahhh druid yodel its ok goofball kata ivory pablo noisy von guv muddle ivory vanquish jenga its block build ivory jeffrey few its wu crow its packet is ivory ballsy balderdash come jenny within i totadd dogged its flick its eoyore ivory hatch fanfare its effort its whippet its o day Qg7+ dig;
Jun-21-21  johnnydeep: I saw the queen sac, but miscalculated that black could escape. I suck.
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  chrisowen: And hmm players dance no?
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  chrisowen: No muddle no?
Jun-21-21  gawain: I did the same as <Cheapo> and others. Winning but not best.
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  benveniste: If it wasn't Monday, I'd play ♖x♗, which mates one move later.
Jun-21-21  QueenMe: I'm going to be difficult and side w/ <benveniste>: the sequence is 39. Rxe5 ... (then black actually looks at the board; yes, that's a legitimate sequence here), and realizes that the rook is protected by the queen, his own rook is under attack, his King is being threatened w/ checkmate, and he can't deliver any checks (except by donating the queen at a4. or donating his rook at b2.). The game is obviously over, so I hereby resurrect the old argument that it's the *fastest* way to victory.
Jun-21-21  Whitehat1963: I immediately went for 39. Rxe5.
Jun-21-21  nikonoel: Monday is Queen's Day!
Jun-21-21  Nullifidian: 39. ♕g7+ ♗xg7 40. ♖xe8 ♗f8 41. ♖xf8#
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