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Saturday, December 25, 2010

World Chess Problem Solving Champion Dr John Nunn presents ChessBase puzzles

Chess news and chess trivia blog (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2010

Hello Everyone,

Did you enjoy the Chess Queen Alexandra Christmas chess comic? Here's more chess-fun we follow each year-end: The Chessbase Christmas Puzzles 2010.

None other than the World Champion of Chess Puzzle Solving 2010 Grandmaster John Nunn is presenting them this year. Of course you would have to proceed to the Chessbase page to tackle the puzzles - and there are prizes - but we just couldn't resist sharing Dr Nunn's profile. If you love chess, you are sure to enjoy this profile as much as the puzzles. Wow!

Dr John Nunn (born April 25, 1955) is one of the world’s best-known chess players and authors. He showed early promise by winning the British Under-14 Championship at the age of twelve. In 1970 he entered Oxford University at the unusually early age of 15 and in 1978 he achieved a double success by gaining both the GM title and a doctorate (with a thesis in algebraic topology). In 1981 he abandoned academic life for a career as a professional chess player. In 1984 he gained three individual gold medals at the Thessaloniki Olympiad, two for his 10/11 performance on board two for England and one for winning the problem-solving event held on a free day. John's best period for over-the-board play was 1988-91. In 1989 he was ranked in the world top ten, and in the same year he finished sixth in the GMA World Cup series, which included virtually all the world’s top players. He also won the famous tournament at Wijk aan Zee outright in 1990 and 1991, to add to a previous tie for first place in 1982.

John became a successful chess author in the late 1980s and 1990s, twice winning the prestigious British Chess Federation Book of the Year prize. In 1997 he (together with Murray Chandler and Graham Burgess) founded Gambit Publications, which now has more than 200 chess books in print. When he effectively retired from over-the-board play in 2003, he revisited an early interest in chess problems and in 2004 won the World Chess Problem Solving Championship, at the same time adding a GM solving title to his earlier over-the-board title. In 2007 he again won the World Chess Problem Solving Championship, and in 2010 had his best year to date, winning both the European and World Chess Problem Solving Championships. In 1995 he married the German chess player Petra Fink. They have one son, Michael, currently aged twelve, who also plays chess.

So, off to the puzzles and watch out for the prizes!

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  • At December 25, 2010 at 7:51 AM , Anonymous Tina David, New Delhi said...

    What a guy - Nunn is better than him! Heh Heh. Thanks Chess Queen for leading me to these puzzles. I loved your comic and puzzles too. Hope you having a great refreshing time with your family. Don't forget I am expecting you to play lots of great chess in 2011. See you soon. You are superb in every way.

  • At December 25, 2010 at 8:52 AM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    Listen Alexandra please can you get an interview with Dr Nunn's wife! I need to show it to my girlfriend. Last time I know you wrote a message for my girlfriend that she should learn chess with me and it sure helped her kind of understand. We hope to marry soon and I think I need that interview with Dr Nunn's wife and only you can do it. No kidding serious. Serious!

  • At March 10, 2011 at 11:43 PM , Blogger tracvan2010 said...

    I'm a vietnamese chessmaster, Tran Ngoc Lan, Elo rating about 2200. I want to become a chess composer. May I have Dr.John Nunn's email?
    My email Thank you very much.


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