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John Nunn vs Chris Ward
Hastings (1997/98), Hastings ENG, rd 6, Jan-04
Sicilian Defense: Dragon Variation. Yugoslav Attack (B78)  ·  1-0



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Mar-30-04  Egghead: 33. ... Ke7 looks crazy. What about 33. ... Rc7?
Mar-30-04  pogo5: After 33...Rc7 I think 34.Rh8 followed by exchanging bishop and rook on d8 and taking on g6 with a winning rook+pawns ending
Mar-30-04  pogo5: A nice game btw! The yugoslav attack without the queens!! :-))
Mar-30-04  Ed Caruthers: Earlier, 28... Kd8 looks like the only chance. Black's cramped, but if white doesn't have something, ...Rc7 & ...Rd7 or e7 might hold.
Mar-30-04  metriktracer: A deserved result for the author of a deplorable book on Morphy.
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  kevin86: I don't know about the book-but without it,wouldn't you be "Robin" chess fans of some history? (Robin was played by BURT WARD)

The walls did come tumbling on black!!

Mar-30-04  Calculoso: Obviously, after 36. ... Rxe8 37. Rh8+! wins outright.
Mar-30-04  SicilianDragon: Ward later improved with 13...Rxc3!? which offers Black much better chances as 14. bxc3 looks suicidal while 14. Qxc3 Qxc3 15. bxc3 Nxh5 gives Black fair endgame compensation for the exchange. Ward actually prepared the idea a few years prior to this game but, having been surprised by Nunn's choice, completely forgot about it! Ward also showed it to a student of his, Desmond Tan, for use in a "big occasion" (such as the World Junior or something like that). However, Tan decided to use it in a 10 minute game against a GM at the 1999 MindSports Olympiad. As Ward says, he would have normally congratulated his student on such an impressive win, but wasn't so pleased because the GM that his student beat was the same man he had "been plotting revenge against", Dr. John Nunn!! Nowadays, this line is considered tame as 13...Rxc3 is really fine for black. However, 13. g4 instead has come very close to refuting this line altogether.
Feb-23-05  Hinchliffe: <SicilianDragon> Excellent story.By the way I wouldn't mind some coaching in your chosen variation if you have the time. Thanks.
Feb-23-05  Hinchliffe: <SicilianDragon> One more question if you don't mind.How would the continuation pan out in 13...Rxc3.14 bxc3 ?
Aug-01-05  Averageguy: Nunn strikes me as a very modern Morphy. He is very combinative, aggresive and sacrificial. This is why Nunn is one of my favourite players.
Dec-08-07  PAWNTOEFOUR: <averageguy> of mine,to....fantastic author btw,to
Jun-06-09  WhiteRook48: 36...Rxe8 and 37 Rh8+!

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