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Monday, June 7, 2010

Seeing the Entire Board – Attack by John Nunn

An indicator of a strong chess player is his or her ability to see the whole board and combine play on both flanks. The game Nunn – Short, 1986 impressed me in particular – the future world championship contender Nigel Short was caught off guard and had to resign already on move 30. As a side note, if you would like to see more of sharp tactical play by John Nunn, I strongly recommend the collection of his games “Secrets of Grandmaster Chess” or its earlier edition, “Secrets of Grandmaster Play”. Every move in the book is made with a particular goal in mind, tactics and strategy always tied together! As an appetizer, try to solve this position:

Nunn – Short, 1986

image White to move, how to respond to 27… h5 ?

For the solution, watch this video that goes over the entire game:

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