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John Nunn vs Helmut Pfleger
"Progress there is Nunn" (game of the day Jun-28-2008)
EUR-chT (Men) 8th (1983), Plovdiv BUL, rd 5, Jun-29
Pirc Defense: General (B07)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Jun-28-08  Jedithious: Interesting and quite action-packed game, though a bit disappointing that it ended in a draw. My favorite move of this all out battle was 16. N-a4.
Jun-28-08  darook: Indeed. Nunn initiated 'action' on the queen's side and got a positional edge at some point. Yet it seems it wasn't enough for a win.
Jun-28-08  Extremophile: I don't understand this game has been chosen as the game of the day; there is nothing special about it!
Jun-28-08  itsankush: Exactly, whats so special for it to be GOD.
Jun-28-08  Extremophile: Of course! But one must be able to distinguish between "nothing special" and "so special"
Jun-28-08  RandomVisitor: 29.Rxc5 Nxa8 30.bxc4 is winning for white.

30.Qf4 was better.

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  whiteshark: <Extremophile> I'd like to add <something special>.
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  whiteshark: <25.d6> is worthy of mention.

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e.g. 25... f5 26.Rd1 etc

Jun-28-08  JohnBoy: I like <whiteshark>'s 25.d6, but not for the reason he mentions. The threats are to the e pawn as well as the fork at c7. The a8 rook can't move cuz the a pawn hangw w/ attack on the black queen. rather awkward, no?
Jun-28-08  Confuse: Its like u guys are saying this game isnt special just because it ended in a draw. Well, I'm not claiming to be an expert on how they choose the game of the day, so who knows? Maybe its just to use the pun "Progress there is nunn" for a drawn game. clever imo.
Jun-28-08  jokerman: could someone please explain the idea bihind 16.Na4? please, to me it seems a weak move, becease i can't understand nor see the idea.

i must say i'm impressed by the suggestion of 25. d6 verry nice.

overall the game seems a bit to passive for me.

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  kevin86: Ho hum...
Jun-28-08  RandomVisitor: After 15...Bd7 perhaps 16.g4 is better.

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1. (0.50): <16.g4> b5 17.axb6 axb6 18.g5 Nh5 19.Ne4 f5 20.gxf6 Nxf6 21.Qc3 Rxa1 22.Rxa1 Qb8

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  Sneaky: <itsankush: Exactly, whats so special for it to be GOD> Let's not turn this into a religious debate.
Jun-28-08  RandomVisitor: After 24...dxc5:

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1. (1.81): 25.Rxe4 Rxe4 26.Bxe4 Qxh3 27.d6 Rd8 28.Rxa7 Nd7 29.Bd5 Qf5 30.Qe3 Bf6 31.Kg2 Bg5

2. (1.54): 25.Bxe4 Nc8 26.Ra6 Rb8 27.Rc6 Rb6 28.Qa5 Rxc6 29.dxc6 Qxh3 30.Bd5 Rf8 31.c7 Bf6

3. (1.01): 25.d6 f5 26.Nc7 Bd4 27.Nxe8 Qxe8 28.Rd1 Rd8 29.Rxa7 Rxd6 30.Kh2 Nc8 31.Ra8 Qc6

4. (0.89): 25.Ra6 f5 26.d6 Red8 27.Qa5 Bf8 28.Rd1 Qb7 29.Kh2 Bg7 30.Nc7 Rxd6 31.Rxd6 Qxc7

Jun-28-08  PinnedPiece: I'm sure it would never cross anyone's mind that selected this game solely in order to make a pun...[;)
Jun-28-08  Jedithious: Instead of 16. N-a4 I would suggest p-a6 or p-f4.
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  whiteshark: <JohnBoy> I think we both had something right.

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Black to move

1) +2.08 (30 ply) 25...f5 26.Nc7 Bd4 27.b4 Qxd6 28.Nxa8 Rxa8 29.bxc5 Bxc5 30.Qxd6 Bxd6 31.c5 Nc4 32.Ra2 Bc7 33.Ra6 Ne5 34.Rd1 Kf7 35.Bf1 Re8 36.Rxa7 Re7 37.Bb5 h5 38.Ra6 Kg7 39.Kg2 h4 40.gxh4 f4 41.Rd5 Kf7 42.Rd4 Nf3 43.Rd1

2) +2.78 (29 ply) 25...Rad8 26.Rxa7 Qf5 27.g4 Qf6 28.Bxe4 h6 29.Re3 Qg5 30.Bc6 Rxe3 31.Qxe3 Qxe3 32.fxe3 Be5 33.Ra6 Rb8 34.d7 Bf6 35.Ra7 Be7 36.Kg2 Kf8 37.Kf3 f6 38.Ke4 Bd8 39.Nd6 Ke7 40.Nc8+ Ke6

3) +3.07 (29 ply) 25...Qb7 26.Nc7 Bd4 27.Nxa8 Qxa8 28.Qc2 f5 29.b4 Nd7 30.Rd1 Qb7 31.Qa2 Qxb4 32.Rxa7 Ne5 33.Ra8 Rb8 34.Qa7 Nc6 35.Rxb8+ Qxb8 36.Qd7 Qa8 37.Rb1 Nb4 38.Qe6+ Kg7 39.Qe7+ Kh6 40.d7 Nc6 41.Qe8 Qa2 42.Rf1 Qxc4 43.d8=Q Nxd8 44.Qf8+ Bg7 45.Qxd8

6.0 minute analysis by Stockfish 9 v010218

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