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NN
NN 
 
Number of games in database: 1,156
Years covered: 1497 to 2021

Overall record: +24 -640 =13 (4.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 479 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (34) 
    B20 B30 B44 B21 B23
 King's Gambit Accepted (31) 
    C37 C33 C39 C35 C38
 Giuoco Piano (31) 
    C50 C53 C54
 King's Pawn Game (29) 
    C40 C20 C44
 Ruy Lopez (17) 
    C65 C83 C78 C79 C64
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A46 D00 A40 E00
With the Black pieces:
 King's Gambit Accepted (128) 
    C37 C33 C39 C38 C34
 Sicilian (65) 
    B20 B45 B23 B32 B30
 Giuoco Piano (50) 
    C53 C50 C54
 King's Pawn Game (39) 
    C44 C40 C20
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    D00 D05 A40 D02 A45
 French Defense (38) 
    C01 C11 C00 C13 C12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   NN vs E Fossan, 1991 1-0
   NN vs Shearer, 1978 1-0
   NN vs Cornelissen, 1974 1-0
   Lasker vs NN, 1908 0-1
   Philidor vs NN, 1790 0-1
   J Wilson vs NN, 1795 0-1
   Philidor vs NN, 1790 0-1
   NN vs A Karsayev, 1973 1-0
   NN vs C Jaenisch, 1842 1-0
   NN vs J Gustafsson, 2020 1-0

GAMES ANNOTATED BY NN: [what is this?]
   Lindemann vs Echtermeyer, 1893
   Khalifman vs Seirawan, 1991
   Blackburne vs Blanchard, 1891
   A Turing vs A Glennie, 1952
   Korchnoi vs Najdorf, 1971
   >> 54 GAMES ANNOTATED BY NN

RECENT GAMES:
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   NN vs F Rhine (May-20-22) 0-1, blitz
   Jonathan Golob vs NN (May-19-22) 1-0, blitz
   F Rhine vs NN (May-10-22) 1-0, blitz
   NN vs F Rhine (Apr-28-22) 0-1, blitz
   NN vs F Rhine (Mar-20-22) 0-1, blitz

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NN

[what is this?]

The abbreviation "NN" is used to signify an unknown player, usually an amateur. Although NN is sometimes believed to stand for "no name", that is a misconception: it is in fact an abbreviation of the Latin nomen nescio which means 'I do not know the name.'

Chessgames.com uses "NN" to fill in spots in the database where a player's identity is completely unknown, and also for games on internet chess servers, where people often play anonymously.

Some of the first examples of NN's play were published by seminal chess authors such as Gioachino Greco and Pedro Damiano. In these cases, it is unclear if NN represents an actual adversary or if the games were composed for illustrative purposes.

References: (1) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_d... (see the unknown comic in action while he's not playing chess).


 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,209  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Damiano vs NN 1-0141497CasualC42 Petrov Defense
2. NN vs Lucena 0-1261497SalamancaA00 Uncommon Opening
3. P Damiano vs NN 1-0131512analyseC40 King's Knight Opening
4. Busnardo vs NN 1-0161570?C53 Giuoco Piano
5. Polerio vs NN 1-0131581RomeC54 Giuoco Piano
6. Busnardo vs NN 1-0141590RomeC53 Giuoco Piano
7. Polerio vs NN  1-0201606RomeC54 Giuoco Piano
8. Greco vs NN 1-0141620Miscellaneous gameC54 Giuoco Piano
9. Greco vs NN 1-0101620UnknownC33 King's Gambit Accepted
10. Greco vs NN 1-0101620UnknownC31 King's Gambit Declined, Falkbeer Counter Gambit
11. NN vs Greco 0-1131620Miscellaneous gameC50 Giuoco Piano
12. Greco vs NN 1-0171620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
13. Greco vs NN 1-0121620UnknownC30 King's Gambit Declined
14. NN vs Greco 0-1151620Miscellaneous gameC50 Giuoco Piano
15. NN vs Greco 0-181620UnknownC37 King's Gambit Accepted
16. Greco vs NN 1-0171620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
17. Greco vs NN 1-0181620Miscellaneous gameC54 Giuoco Piano
18. NN vs Greco 0-1141620Miscellaneous gameC50 Giuoco Piano
19. Greco vs NN 1-0141620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
20. Greco vs NN 1-071620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
21. Greco vs NN 1-0111620UnknownC33 King's Gambit Accepted
22. Greco vs NN 1-0201620Miscellaneous gameC54 Giuoco Piano
23. Greco vs NN 1-091620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
24. Greco vs NN 1-0201620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
25. Greco vs NN 1-0141620Miscellaneous gameC53 Giuoco Piano
 page 1 of 49; games 1-25 of 1,209  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Apr-01-16  Castleinthesky: NN proves that youth springs eternal. Over 500 years old and still young at heart!
Apr-01-16  RookFile: 54 games annotated by NN??
Apr-01-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: Interestingly, no one of those 54 was played by NN.
Apr-01-16  Petrosianic: Who knew that NN had 23 wins in the database? I wonder how many of those come from World Championship matches with Stan Vaughan?
Apr-01-16  john barleycorn: <Petrosianic: Who knew that NN had 23 wins in the database? I wonder how many of those come from World Championship matches with Stan Vaughan?>

Definitely, the wins are not from blindfold simuls of <AJ Goldsby>

Apr-01-16  catlover: As it turns out, NN also has a horse:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Hor...

Apr-01-16  not not: I am so famous!
Apr-01-16  john barleycorn: <not not: I am so famous!>

not not = not nakamura?

Jun-17-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  louispaulsen88888888: the picture appears to be The Unknown Comic from The Gong Show.
Sep-27-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  diceman: <louispaulsen88888888: the picture appears to be The Unknown Comic from The Gong Show.>

Worlds are colliding if,

NN=UC.

Feb-12-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  alexmagnus: NN may have a bad record, but he has more wins than draws.
May-04-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  SteinitzLives: <alexmagnus: NN may have a bad record, but he has more wins than draws.>

Yes, no one can say NN is indecisive, and the market direction is clear!

Jun-02-17  Lossmaster: The "NN club" is the highly exclusive group of players having lost to NN. Prominent club members are Philidor, Staunton, Lasker and Kasparov.
Sep-15-17
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <Lossmaster: The "NN club" is the highly exclusive group of players having lost to NN. Prominent club members are Philidor, Staunton, Lasker and Kasparov.>

Nice! I wonder if we could calculate NN's rating...in addition to wins over those worthies, he's got a couple of draws with <FSR>, so he can't be too bad.

Jul-21-18  Nefarian: NN means no name
Jul-22-18  offramp: <Nefarian: NN means no name>

Nah. That sounds like a load of hooey.

Jul-22-18  WorstPlayerEver: Greco beat NN 79-0

NN studied for 170 years, then they drew Phili. The same year they scored their first win!

Apr-07-19  the.real.greco: Ah, NN. I knew him well.
Apr-28-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: +23 -586 =15

Well, that is not impressive!

Jul-11-19  Chesgambit: funny NN elo
Apr-11-21  macer75: <moronovich: Or Nakamura after the WC match.>

lol ikr? Carlsen absolutely @#$%* demolished Naka in that WC match.

Apr-12-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: He's got this face mask thing all wrong.
Dec-21-21
Premium Chessgames Member
  Messiah: What an idiot!
Feb-02-22  bismuth: I wonder what NN"s secret to living over 500 years is?
Feb-02-22
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: I've heard NN means <Nebulous Nonsense>
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