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John Nunn vs Maxim Dlugy
GLC Chess Challenge (1986), London ENG, rd 8, Mar-20
Caro-Kann Defense: Advance Variation. Van der Wiel Attack (B12)  ·  1-0



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Dec-23-05  Chopin: This is a great game: If 16. d4x♗e3, then the pressure on the d file is too strong.
Mar-08-07  Chicago Chess Man: After ... Qc6, Rac1 wins
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  whiteshark: "If you want to lose a miniature, then here are three helpful tips.

First of all, it is a big help if you are Black: losing with White in under 20 moves requires a special talent which few possess.

Secondly, choose a provocative opening, for example an opening in which you try to realise strategic ambitions, but at the cost of backward development and delayed castling.

Thirdly, if something goes slightly wrong, don't reconcile yourself to defending a bad position - seek a tactical solution instead! Don't worry about the fact that tactics are bound to favour the better developed side; just go ahead anyway.

Follow this advice and at least you will get home early."


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  keypusher: On the other hand, if you are willing to suffer the occasional crushing loss, you might pick up some points with Black that way.
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  whiteshark: Anyway, you take your choice!
Mar-16-08  hitman84: Nice miniature!
Jul-16-08  jon01: I think Dlugy forgot to push c5.
Dec-16-08  YoungEd: This isn't the main point of the game, but what's the logic behind the early h5 push by Black? I don't get it.
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  perfidious: <YoungEd> One feature of 4....h5 is that it avoids the sharp variation which would result after 4....e6 5.g4 Bg6 6.Nge2, which was very much en vogue at the time and a speciality of Nunn.
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  kingscrusher: <whiteshark> Thanks for sharing the great comments by Nunn here.

In the art of war, it indicates "The good fighter puts themselves beyond defeat before going onto the attack" which I find relates to Nunn's comments.

Cheers, K

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  Dionysius1: My thanks too <whiteshark>. That's such a good read!
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  perfidious: Those remarks by Nunn originally appeared in his 1994 volume of his best games.
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  saffuna: Nunn knocks an opponent for violating opening principles here.

I remember another time when Nunn was on the receiving end. In the first chess book, on Kasparov by Yudovich, the author mocked Nunn for violating timeless principles and losing in 21 moves in Kasparov vs Nunn, 1982.

Aug-31-22  twisted: Maxim Magazine: Nunn Edition

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