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Nikolai Kosolapov vs Rashid Nezhmetdinov
"Tartar Build Up" (game of the day May-06-2008)
Spartak Club championship (1936), Kazan URS
Four Knights Game: General (C46)  ·  0-1

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Jan-28-10  wals: 22. Qc1 Qxc1 23. Rxc1 g3 24. Bg1 gxh2 25. Bf2 f4 26. d4 exd4 27. b5 Ne7 28. Bd3 Ng3+ 29. Bxg3 fxg3 30. cxd4 c6 31. a4 Re6 32. Nc2 Rf8 33. Nb4 (-1.59) one pawn up for black

What a difference a move makes, courtesy of Rybka 3 1cpu 3071mb hash

Jan-28-10  cyclon: This one is quite beautiful, albeit Whites position is somewhat more passive. I saw it quite soon for some reason without making particular "sound-check". 22. -Qxh2+ 23.Kxh2 Ng3+, and now either; 24.Kg1 Rh1X, or 24.Kxg3 f4X.
Jan-28-10  Criswell: Very cleverly done, and quite frankly beyond my ability. My solution was 22...Ng3+ but the queen sack (I even looked at that possibility) was beyond me.
Jan-28-10  TomOhio: I always get too anxious and blow it by making my move too early. In this case it still works out but is much tougher.

21. ... Qxh2+ (TOO EARLY!)
22. Kxh2 Ng3+
23. Kxg3 f4+
24. Kxg4 Be6+
25. Kg5 Rg6+
26. Kh4 Rf8
27. d4 Rf5
28. Bd3 Rh6+
29. Kg4 Rfh5+
30. Bf5 Bxf5#

Neat mate... but totally unnecessary.

Jan-28-10  David2009: Thursday's puzzle N Kosolapov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1936 Black 22...?

It is mate in three (corkscrew combination) starting 22...Qxh2+ 23 Kxh2 Ng3+ 24 Kxg3 f4#; or 24 Kg1 Rh1#. A brief check: Yes. Good words of wisdom from the regulars.

Jan-28-10  Halldor: I tried the winning line early – until Blacks 24th move – but discarded it because the only really active black piece left was the rook. But after many other tries I came back to this queen sac – and then saw at last that a humble pawn move would do the trick! – Funny, but not for White...
Jan-28-10
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  Eggman: Instantly. Pretty, though.
Jan-28-10
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  whiteshark: Get it, in a split second in the second run. :)
Jan-28-10  SufferingBruin: 1000 rating, blah blah blah

Man, I was ticked I missed this one. <Once> put it more eloquently than I about falling in love with the wrong move. I fell deeply, madly, passionately in love with Ng3+ and was in turn scorned; my heart stepped on by stiletto heels, my groans drowned out by the cackling laughter of an evil muse.

So, uh, yeah... missing this one hurt.

Jan-28-10  Skylark: If you look at my lines given in my last post on the last page, Ng3+ is still a solution and will still lead to a crushing win for white. It's just not a mate in 3 is all.
Jan-28-10  Sparta1: Candidates: Qxh2+, Ng3+, Rxh2+

Let's start with the most forcing, 22. ... Qxh2+

22. ... Qxh2+
23. Kxh2 Ng3+
24. Kxg3 f4# (24. Kg1 Rh1#)

All forced. Don't think I missed anything...

Jan-28-10  turbo231: Foiled again.
Jan-29-10  TheaN: Thursday 28 January 2010

<22....?>

Target: 3:30;000
Taken: ~1:00;000 (got interrupted twice).

Material: White up, ♗+♙/♘

Candidates: Ng3†, Bxg2†, <[Qxh2†]>

-ML-
White is up in material but has a terrible position, a typical gambit by Black. But, how does Black gain anything from it? Well, lets just grab the King with a wonderful combination:

<22....Qxh2†! 23.Kxh2 Ng3†!!> even more surprising than the Queen sacrifice, even though it's the only move accoplishing anything for Black. Moving back leads to nice trap by Rook and Knight, the idea of the discovered check.

/A\
<24.Kg1 Rh1‡ 0-1> but capturing the Knight leads to an even better mate.

/B\
<24.Kxg3 f4‡ 0-1> terrific ending position, if I'm honest. Lets check how White got here this quick.

Feb-04-10  LIFE Master AJ: Man, I love this guy! (Nezmetdinov.) Only him and Tal regularly produced this kind of exciting tactics.
Feb-04-10  LIFE Master AJ: Yes, I got the mate. (For those wo might be curious enough to ask.)
Feb-04-10  LIFE Master AJ: << Jan-28-10 SamAtoms1980: Boy, did this one feel good.

22 ... Qxh2+!! 23 Kxh2 Ng3+! (24 Kg1 Rh1 mate) 24 Kxg3 f4 mate!!!

That thudding sound after 24 ... f4#? That was Kosolapov's jaw slamming onto the table. >>

Literally laughing out loud here!!!!!!

Oct-08-10
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  kamalakanta: This is poetry!
Nov-08-10
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tpsm...

Nov-25-10  sevenseaman: After ...18. Qxg3 Black a plethora of options. What he did take is also beautiful.
Aug-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

N Kosolapov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1936.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF NEZHMETDINOV.
Your score: 45 (par = 39)

LTJ

Oct-02-14  ColeTrane: 12.f3??
Jul-18-17  teorems: White didn't have any idea of what was going on.
Jul-18-17  ChessHigherCat: White decides to take the easy way out and simplify with 19. Qe1?

19...Nxe2 20. Qxg3?? Nxg3#

Of course white could play Qxe2 instead but I think black still has a winning attack.

Dec-25-20
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  Messiah: This is not a chess game, this is an execution.
Oct-24-21  PJs Studio: Nezhmetdinov wasnt a high level player. He was the worlds most powerful sorcerer.

This game was filthy.

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