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nottop 24 ( +1 | -1 )
Great loss The great loss for Alex Dunne is devastating news. Few have done so much for correspondence chess for so long - with fairness, clarity and inspiration.
Puts smaller problems - like making a poor move - in a bit of perspective.
calmrolfe 236 ( +1 | -1 )
? Not heard anything about this, has he died or something ? I don't play correspondence chess so I am not well up on the leading players in that field. He was the author of the Complete Guide to Correspondence Chess ?

If you are interested I have found one of his better games, annotated by the loser.

Alex Dunne - Robert Jacobs
Queen's Gambit Declined, Slav Defense, D16

1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nf3 Nf6 4. Nc3 dxc4 5. a4 Bg4 I often play this move in lieu of the more common 5...Bf5. After the game, Alex told me that he too used to play it often, so it's not surprising he found some good ideas. 6. Ne5 Bh5 Here the books recommend three possible pawn moves, each of which supposedly gives White a slight edge: h3, g3, and f3. Alex chooses the most solid. 7. g3 e6 8. Bg2 Be7 The books give 8...Bb4 but I'm inclined to think that square is best reserved for the knight. 9. 0-0 0-0 10. Nxc4 Na6 11. h3 Qc8! A fine move which gives Black equality if not a bit more. The primary idea is to get a rook on the Queen file immediately. 12. g4 Bg6 13. e4 Rd8 14. Be3 White's achieved an apparently strong pawn center--but it's soon under a lot of pressure. 14...c5 15. d5 Nxe4! 16. Nxe4 exd5 17. Ned6 Bxd6 18. Bxd5! Threatening 19. Nxd6 and if 19...Rxd6 then 20. Bxf7+. 18...Bb8 Probably not the best. Today 18...Bc7 looks better. 19. Bxb7?! Flashy but with precise play (a big proviso), Black should emerge on top. 19. Qf3 is probably better since 19...Qc7 can be parried with 20. Rfd1. Now of course Black must do something about the back rank mate. 19...Bxh2+ 20. Kxh2 A critical position. I looked a long time, failed to anticipate Dunne's defensive resources and erred. The simple 20...Qxb7 produces a winning position for Black since his pieces pretty much control the board; White's queen is en prise; Black threatens 21...Bd3 winning material or Black's queen and the light square bishop can pulverize the White king on the light squares. But I thought I saw the chance to win the game quickly so... 20...Qc7+? 21. Nd6!! A star defensive move truly snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. Black must lose the exchange with little compensation. 21...Rxd6 22. Bf4 Qxb7 The only way to continue the fight. If 22...Rxd1 23. Bxc7 Rxa1 24. Rxa1 Nxc7 25. Bxa8 Nxa8 26. Rd1 wins. 23. Qxd6 Qf3 24. Bg3 Be4 25. Rg1 And though I struggled on a few more moves, I was unable to generate anything against Dunne's accurate defense and soon resigned. 1-0

Kind regards,

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zucan 8 ( +1 | -1 )
Yeah, what happened? I too have no idea what you are talking about, but I am interested in finding out!

gambitnut 75 ( +1 | -1 )
Here are some links that explain what Nottop means www.correspondencechess.com/bbs/messages/39994.html




Very sad!
tovmauzer 28 ( +1 | -1 )
You can make a donation here www.correspondencechess.com/alexdunne/fund.html

zucan 1 ( +1 | -1 )
Wow... Unbelievable :(
judokausa 9 ( +1 | -1 )
my heartfelt sympathy I can not imagine losing so much in so quickly. My heart goes out to him in this time of grief.
calmrolfe 25 ( +1 | -1 )
Devastating loss It's hard enough to lose your wife in such tragic circumstances, but to lose a grandson as well, with his whole life ahead of him, must be devastating.

The books are not important, they can always be replaced, but the lives are gone forever.

easy_rider 8 ( +1 | -1 )
:( what a terrible tragedy.
It guives an insight of how devastating life can be all of the sudden.
cairo 14 ( +1 | -1 )
It makes you totally speachless, what a terrible tragedy.