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Raymond Keene vs John Nunn
Hammersmith (1970), ?, Mar-20
King's Indian Attack: Sicilian Variation (A08)  ·  1-0



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  ray keene: This technical win against Nunn was my best win against him. The others all contain some rather obvious errors on both sides.
Apr-23-17  bubuli55: It seems effortless on your part to convert a pawn advantage into a win. Impressive.
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  Jonathan Sarfati: Did Dr Nunn overlook the Zwischenzug 21.Qd7(!) ?
Jan-01-18  Olavi: Probably, and even more probably he knew that he would get his doctorate - it happened eight years later. (No sarcasm intended.)
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  Jonathan Sarfati: <Olavi:> anachronisms are common and acceptable, e.g. people say "The Queen was born on 21 April 1926" although she wasn't queen or even heir presumptive at birth.
Jan-01-18  Olavi: In deneral yes, but Nunn was 14. In this case it feels awkward to me.
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  perfidious: Nunn was already an undergraduate in maths at Oxford, aged fifteen, though of course <Olavi> is correct when he states that Nunn only took his PhD in 1978.
Jan-01-18  Olavi: The youngest in undergraduate 400 years, I believe.
Jan-02-18  NBZ: To be honest I am a little surprised by moves 26-27. To me it seems that control of the c-file is key in this ending, and both sides must try to get their rook on the c-file as soon as possible. So why does White play 26. Bh5+ and 27. Bf3, when 26. Rc1 seems to be higher on the priority list? And why doesn't Black seize the opportunity to play 27. ... Rc8 and take over the c-file, with good drawing prospects?
Jan-02-18  notyetagm: <Olavi: The youngest in undergraduate 400 years, I believe.>


Child geniuses: What happens when they grow up?

"In 1970, when John Nunn was 15, excited newspapers reported he'd become probably the youngest Oxford undergraduate since Cardinal Wolsey in the 15th century. "

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  ray keene: <NBZ> I checked with the B on h5 to fix more Black pawns on light squares. There is no rush for Rc1. If Nunn goes for ...Rc8 then Bxb7 simply picks up a second pawn free of charge.
Jan-02-18  NBZ: <ray keene>: Thanks, I missed that Rc8 Bxb7 Rb8 can be met by Bd5+ (I'm guessing that's why Nunn played Kg7, and why Rc1 became necessary only then).

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