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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Viktor Korchnoi
Bucharest (1954), Bucharest ROU, rd 1, Feb-25
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer. Neo-Modern Variation Nezhmetdinov Attack (B69)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Feb-16-07  sitzkrieg: Weird game..
Aug-06-08  kmgopinath: instead of 12....Qa5 what happens if black plays 12....exf5?+
Aug-06-08  blacksburg: if 12...exf5, black can win a pawn, but he ends up with isolated doubled pawns in the f-file, he opens the e-file while his king is still in the center, and he concedes the d5 square to the white knight. there are also ideas of a piece sacrifice on b5.

i'm not smart enough to give concrete variations, and besides, there are probably a LOT of complicated tactics involved. but at first glance, 12...exf5 seems like it wins a pawn but ruins black's position in a strategic sense. with all of these weaknesses, i don't think black's extra pawn will help him much.

but i could be wrong. this f5 idea after Bxf6 gxf6 is a common idea in some sicilian lines, the first that comes to mind is the poisoned pawn najdorf. these lines are notoriously complicated.

Dec-15-09  Marmot PFL: 31 Rh8+ Kc7 32 Rh7 wins tempo and the game, 32...Kd8 33 Qg8+ Kc7 34 Qg7 Re8 35 Qxf6.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: The most curious position is the final one--the game looks anything but drawish to me. This was the era when games were adjourned at or shortly after the 40th move, and the players and their seconds (if any) would stay up all night analyzing. So if they adjourned, both players found the same drawing variation as they burnt the midnight oil. But what is it?
Dec-16-09  ughaibu: After, for example, Qe7, black appears to have a perpetual after Ra2.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: nice work, <ughaibu>, but after Qe7, is the perpetual the best Black can do? What sayeth the monsters of silicon?
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  kingscrusher: Hey all - I think Nez. got his IM title from this tournament according to Wiki - it was the first time he was let out to play in an International tournament, and because he came 2nd behind Korchnoi, they gave him the IM title.

I have video annotated this key encounter with Korchnoi - the tournament winner:

Dec-02-12  rxh4: According to Korchnoi, in his book "Chess Is My Life", Nezhmetdinov persuaded him to agree to a draw before sealing his move. I think Black missed a win with 42...d3 instead of 42...Ra4. White can't take the hanging bishop since 43.Rxe3 d2 and I don't see how White escapes. What am I missing?
Oct-19-15  zydeco: Korchnoi gives a question mark to 32.Rxe7.
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  dernier loup de T: No win for Black after 42...d3 44.Rh1...
42...e4?, then 43. Rh1 too and it's even worse for Black; It's Nezhmetdinov who missed the win several times; the last opportunity was 39. Rb2 and then, if 39...Qa4, 40. Qd2!...
Apr-24-18  veerar: <blacksburg>That wold be risky with the BK in the Centre.Fischer got a good attack,with a similar/proposed,P-grab,by Tal.

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