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John Nunn vs Alexander G Beliavsky
"Second to Nunn" (game of the day Mar-04-2008)
Brussels World Cup (1988), Brussels BEL, rd 13, Apr-16
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Breyer Defense Zaitsev Hybrid (C95)  ·  1-0



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Feb-03-06  Timothy Glenn Forney: Another great tactical game by Nunn he just amazes me.
Mar-04-08  Karnatakiaditya: I loved the tactics.... Systematic Pressure on the centre and then the king was awesome.
Mar-04-08  Riverbeast: Nunn is one of my favorite players, a fantastic talent
Mar-04-08  WickedPawn: What a fantastic slugfest!
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  al wazir: What was wrong with the simple 32. f5 ?
Mar-04-08  Oxford: <What was wrong with the simple 32. f5?> Perhaps he wanted to prevent 32. ... Bh6 33. Rxh3 Qg5+? The win after 32. Nd7 seems quite clear-cut.
Mar-04-08  0817: 17...Rb8 looks like a better move for black than what he played
Mar-04-08  RandomVisitor: 13...exd4 14.cxd4 c5 15.bxc5 dxc5 16.e5 Nd5 17.Ne4 cxd4 =.
Mar-04-08  anjyplayer: What Beliavsky was doing by playing Nf6-b8-d7, a belly dance ?
Mar-04-08  jovack: John Nunn is the man. If anyone has Chessmaster (one of the later editions) there are a bunch of Nunn's favourite puzzles that are really excellent. If I had a forum I would have posted some. Oh well.
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  johnlspouge: <<al wazir> wrote: What was wrong with the simple 32. f5 ?>

The move 32.f5 wins, it is just not as crushing as 32.Nd7.

Toga II 1.3.1 gives

[ply 15/60, time 12:24, value +2.47]

32.f5 Bxf5 33.Nd5+ Bg7 34.Nxe7 h2+ 35.Kh1 Bxe4+ 36.f3 Bxb1 37.Re2 Rd8 38.Rxh2 Qxh2+ 39.Kxh2 Rd2+ 40.Kg3 Rxb2 41.Qxf7 Kh7 42.Qg8+ Kh6 43.Qc4 Kh7 44.Nc6 Bf8 45.Qf7+ Bg7 46.Qxc7

[ply 16/57, time 16:30, value +4.08]

32.Nd7 Kg8 33.Nxb8 Qxf4 34.Rbe1 c5 35.Qc3 Qh6 36.Nxa6 h2+ 37.Kh1 Bxa6 38.Rh3 Qg7 39.Rh8+ Kxh8 40.Qh3+ Kg8 41.Bxg7 Bxg7 42.Rd1 Re8 43.bxc5 Be5 44.c6 Rb8 45.Qd7 Bc4

Mar-04-08  who: <anjyplayer: What Beliavsky was doing by playing Nf6-b8-d7, a belly dance ?> That is known as the Breyer defense. It is actually quite common. The point of this hypermodern opening is that the knight is only needed on f6 in the beginning to hold the e5 pawn, once black has developed he can rearrange his pieces to get his knight to the kingside.
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  Jimfromprovidence: Black was probably better off playing 23....Rd8 (not Rb8), preventing the bishop from getting to d7.

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The position looks pretty even at this point.

Mar-04-08  kinghunter: nice pun
Mar-04-08  kutuzov: In my mind, some overly passive play on Beliavsky's part. After 21. Nxc4, I would already say black has serious problems.

Why not 13...c5?

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  whiteshark: Hoo was a <Second to Nunn> ??
Mar-04-08  hogan713: Am I missing something? Why didn't he play 34.Rh8#?
Mar-04-08  Bobwhoosta: <Hogan713> Qg4 is with Check.
Mar-04-08  SAINTAMANT: Bar none this game is the naked exercise of tactics and control of the center. Nunn's command of the bishop was wicked.Nunn understands Stenitz; always "turning an advantage into a greater advantage".

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  Gilmoy: <anjyplayer: N(c)6-b8-d7?> <who: That is known as the Breyer defense.> Breyer seeks to put all the pieces on their best lines: Bb7, Re8, g6, and Bf8-g7, then push d5 and fight for the center. g6 has the additional "benefit" of snuffing White's old Spanish threat of Nb1-d2-f1-g3-f5 and Qg3-Bh6 etc. In non-Breyer lines of Ruy, Black often ends up having to play g6 or h6 on defense anyways -- hence Bg7 emerged as a way to try to turn that from a purely defensive move into an offensive threat.
Mar-05-08  JG27Pyth: Beautiful game, thanks CG.
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  kevin86: A nice game-showing the power of the bishops.

I heard Mr. Nunn was a very strict teacher;he would crack you on the knuckles with a ruler if you made a wrong move. lol

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