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John Nunn vs Mikhail Tal
"Nunn So Brave" (game of the day Jul-19-2015)
Brussels World Cup (1988), Brussels BEL, rd 11, Apr-14
Caro-Kann Defense: Karpov. Modern Variation Ivanchuk Defense (B17)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-04  Hidden Skillz: forced mate i guess..nice lol..
Mar-19-04  caballos2: Normally Tal smashes his opponent in such a way!
May-20-04  Tigran Petrosian: Does anyone have annotations to this game.
Dec-17-07  dw98: This game is annotated in "World Cup Chess" by Kavalek. "Nunn believes that the critical test is 8...Qxd4." ... "E. 17...a6! The only move, forcing White to choose a narrow path as well: 18.Qa3+! Qd6 19.Qxd6+ Kxd6 20.Nxf7 Ke7 21.Nxh8 axb5 22.g4 Bd7 23. g5 Rxh8 24.gxf6 gxf6 ... represents best play for both sides after 15.fxe3."
Dec-17-07  dw98: "After 20...Nd5 21.Rxf7 Qxe3+ 22.Qxe3 Nxe3 23. Rd3 Black's knight will be lost to a discovered check."
Nov-06-10  splatty: Holy @#$%, nice game Nunn.
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  kingscrusher: Haha Nunn also beat Petrosian this quickly. How many GMs have beaten two Russian World champions so quickly?!
Dec-03-14  ToTheDeath:, there must be some mistake here. Surely Tal was playing the White pieces!
Jul-19-15  scormus: <ToTheDeath> just what I was thinking.
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  sfm: Wonderful performance by Nunn.
Tal was at this time no longer his old self, past 50 and severely ill, and died only 4 years later. Still, in the year this game was played he still managed to win the world blitz championship.
Jul-19-15  RookFile: 17...Rd8 looks like a plausible way of declining the sacrifice, but then white has 18. Qxd8+ anyway following by 19. Nxf7+.
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  FSR: Looks like a game with Tal playing White in a simul.
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  FSR: Here is the game that <kingscrusher> mentioned: Nunn vs Petrosian, 1982.
Jul-19-15  thulium: Tal took his eye off the ball with 11 . . . Ke7
Jul-19-15  morfishine: <8...Qxd4> was a must. Looks like Tal forgot his preparation

<FSR> Interesting, both were Caro-Kann


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  AylerKupp: <morfishine> Remind me not to play the Caro-Kann against Nunn! ;-)
Jul-19-15  mruknowwho: I understand that Tal was somewhat of a rebel with regard to certain chess principles, but I think here he gets ahead of himself. First, he violates the well known principle of not initiating pawn exchanges in the center while his king is in the center (3...dxe4), and then he continually keeps his king in the center and gets in trouble with 10...c5?
Jul-19-15  Rookiepawn: Tal's performance playing The Caro-Kann with B seems not impressive. It doesn't suit his style imho.
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  kevin86: Is Nunn's victory habit forming? lol
Jul-20-15  soughzin: <mruknowwho. 3...dxe4 is standard and accepted opening theory. You'd have to be dogmatic the other way to think it is some kind of error.
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  perfidious: <soughzin> There is a poster here who has characterised the Keres Attack, a favourite of strong, aggressive players, as being 'mistaken':

<....My present opinion, subject to change if I encounter reason to change it, is that the move 6 g4 is mistaken and that its reputation is undeserved, but that Black has not yet found the right answer to it....>

Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984

That same pundit also is no fan of 5....h6 in the 5.Bg5 Semi-Slav:

<5...h5 (sic) disturbs the king side pawns without necessity....>

Kramnik vs Topalov, 2014

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