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John Nunn vs Wim J Westerveld
"One to Nunn" (game of the day Aug-18-2011)
Hastings op (1973)
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Breyer Variation (B39)  ·  1-0



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Aug-18-11  KokeFischer: Great pun! This game reminds me about that great model of Danish GM Larsen beating WC Petrosian The bishop rules along the same diagonal.
Aug-18-11  rilkefan: 14...Rd8 looks unhelpful - is ...Ne6->c5 already too slow?
Aug-18-11  sevenseaman: 27. Rxc5 was quite obscure until I worked it out;

<28...dxc5(orbxc5) 29. Rxf8+ Rxf8 (kxf8, 30 Qh8+) 30 Be6+ Rf7 31. Qf2 > proves decisive.

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There was a mate-in-one position for Black too. Nunn cottoned on to a miniscule chance. Masters are so very alert in detecting and exploiting tactical situations which are routinely missed by lesser players.

Aug-18-11  abstract: 28..e5 is a very bad move no?
Aug-18-11  Zkid: <abstract> There really isn't any alternative.

<sevenseaman> Much simpler is (instead of Rxf8+) 27. Rxc5 b/dxc5 28. Be6+ with mate in two.

Aug-18-11  goodevans: Moves 20 to 25 Westerveld makes half a dozen Q moves in a row that seem only to place his Q out of the game. All the while Nunn is building up his attack.

Hard to believe Westerveld was a 2200+ player playing like that. I wish more of my opponents had done likewise!

Aug-18-11  goodevans: <abstract: 28..e5 is a very bad move no?>

Black would rather have a ♙ on e6 than the ♗. e.g. 28 ... bxc5 29 Be6+ Kh8 30 Qh8#.

Aug-18-11  sevenseaman: <Zkid> <27. Rxc5 b/dxc5 28. Be6+ with mate in two.>

Your idea is sharper. I can't seem to incorporate principles of work study into my chess, a clear weakness.

Aug-18-11  rogl: Not only does black make six queen moves in a row. He makes six king moves with his queen in a row. And, as <goodevans> pointed out, the black queen, after this promenade, ends up on a really crappy square. Never seen anything like it.
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  kevin86: Black hangs on despite a piece behind,I know not why.
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