Friday, 11 April 2008

romantic chess

A little gem from John Nunn, playing the Advance Variation against the Caro-Kann, which leads to seriously sharp and exciting positions.

Looking at Nunn's old games reminds me of growing up keen(e) on chess in the 80s and early 90s when England were a force to be reckoned with. Although there was no one as strong as Michael Adams is now, the team had real depth (in no order other than my faulty schoolboy memory, King, Short, Speelmann, Nunn, Lane, Watson, Sadler, Hodgson, Miles...) and took silver in at least one Olympiad. Those were the days!

Now of course it's "tiddlers" like Armenia who are the chess giants.