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NN vs C Shearer
NC (1978)
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Smyslov Variation (D25)  ·  1-0



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Mar-24-09  Aurora: <7.Bxf7+> and it's all over.
Mar-24-09  Patriot: <nekthen: <Patriot:><7... Kf8 8. Ng5 and the Black Queen is trapped.> I believe that the Queen can escape after 8... Nb6 9. Qb3 Qd5. Still a horribly lost position. It probably felt easier to take the quick loss an move on to the next round>

You're correct. After 8...Nb6, 9.Ne6+ is met with 9...Bxe6. But in your line with 9...Qd5 then just 10.Bxd5 wins so I assume you meant 9...Qd6. It's clear that black is busted, however.

Thanks for the catch.

Mar-24-09  JG27Pyth: theTamale<We must remember that there wasn't one single "NN." NN was actually a masked chessplayer played by a variety of men...[snip]">

Quite true. Indeed C Shearer sought entry into the vaunted ranks of the Secret Society of the NN... this game was part of his test -- could he really play with that earnest hopeful hapless blindness that characterizes NN chess? The answer, as the text clearly demonstrates, was a resounding, YES! Indeed C Shearer's moves here -- so seemingly plausible, yet so idea-free -- have been recorded and preserved by the NN society as a sort of model of the witless chess it is their ongoing mission to promote.

Mar-24-09  zenpharaohs: agb2002: "I couldn't find a quick victory if Black rejects the bishop."

That's because White comes out less than two pawns ahead and with no massive attack if Black plays well.

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  kevin86: What a turn of the tables! NN wins!!
Mar-24-09  Utopian2020: This must be fool's mate week. should have saved these puzzles for the week of April 1st.
Mar-24-09  YouRang: Ah yes, who could forget <NNs Immortal>?

I was just getting ready to announce that "I solved it, but that it took me longer than it should". Then I looked at the answer and realized I hadn't solved it at all. :-p

The clunker I came up with was 7.Ng5 (threat: Nxf7) O-O 8.Bxf7+ Rxf7 9.Ne6 (threaten Q) Qe8 10.Nxc7 Qd8 11.Nxa8 and white is happy.

I overlooked black's defense: 9...Nb6!, and after 10.Nxd8 Nxa4 11.Nxf7 Kxf7, black has 2 pieces for a R and pawn, and a big lead in development.

Of course, I overlooked the game solution, which should win easily. Two botched Tuesdays in a row. :-(

Mar-24-09  sandmanbrig: all too easy
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  TheTamale: <JG27Pyth> Ah yes, I had almost forgotten. In his autobiography "NNo Time Like NNow," C. Shearer admits that he was toying with the idea of playing 7)... Kf8, but he said to himself, "Hey, do I want this NN thing or don't I?" As the result of Kxf7, he was accepted with open arms.

Shearer claims his real reason for wanting entry was that his face had been disfigured in an auto accident, and the idea of playing under a mask appealed to him.

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  Once: <Andy77: Anyone know in particular what the problem with Kf8 is?>

Take full marks, sir, and credit for spotting something that Shearer didn't. 7...Kf8 drops a pawn and relinquishes the right to castle, but that is preferable to allowing yourself to get mated. Fritzie rates white's position as +2

As to all this speculation about NN, I can now reveal that the man with no name was really ... drum roll please ... Clint Eastwood.

Mar-24-09  dukesterdog2: Looks like this is miniatures week for the chessgames tactical puzzle. So far I'm 2/2 this week, which is better than I was last Tuesday.
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  fm avari viraf: What a pleasant coincidence! To-day, in the evening, I was explaining this trap to my students & in the night, it appeared on our Cheers!
Mar-24-09  Marmot PFL: NN 29 wins, 548 losses at least he is learning.
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  morfishine: The last two puzzles have been 2 EZ
Mar-24-09  WhiteRook48: 7. Bxf7+!! was easy
Mar-24-09  Eduardo Leon: Wahoo! I saw it! Oh, well... it wasn't that difficult.
Mar-24-09  soberknight: Yeah me too. It's the first time I've seen the full solution in weeks.

I would have played Qb3 instead of Qc4, not that it matters.

Mar-24-09  Bobsterman3000: Note to self: don't block the check with knight...

Mar-24-09  Kinghunt: 7. Bxf7+ wins. If black declines the bishop, white is up a pawn and black cannot castle. If black accepts, but chooses to play a less fail move than 8...Kg8, then 9. Ne6 wins the queen.
Mar-24-09  ChessPraxis: Yay!! NN finally wins convincingly!
Mar-24-09  ChessPraxis: I KNEW he could do it!
Mar-25-09  OBIT: <ChessPraxis>Checking the database, I see that, while NN's win percentage is a dismal 6.5%, he has beaten Alekhine three times. Not bad, all things considered....
Mar-25-09  Msakhaq Bshemo: Bxf7+ Kf8 and we would have a long game. Of course, white has the winnig position... well just to put my first post... thanks...
Mar-26-09  Crowaholic: <TheBish: 10. Qb3! and the queen remains trapped.> Actually, it doesn't: 10. ..Nc5 11. Qxb5+ Bd7 12. Nxg7+ Kf7 13. Qxc5 Kxg7. Black does have 2 pawns less and way too many pawn islands, but keeps the queen. Not so after 10. Qc2.
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  patzer2: For the Tuesday, March 26, 2009 puzzle, White sets up a deep double attack with 7. Bxf7+!, threatening mate or the win of the Queen.
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