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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Sergey Pimenov
"Easy as Pimenov" (game of the day Oct-10-2013)
RSFSR 1st Category (1936), Rostov-on-Don (URS)
French Defense: Alekhine-Chatard Attack (C13)  ·  1-0



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Mar-31-12  iamdeafzed: What I find most hilarious about this game is how Super Nezh sacrificed two knights to get at the black king, then won black's queen after losing a rook, then did a rook "sacrifice" designed to win two minor pieces and back the queen. Only to trap black's extra knight, leaving Nezh with a won rook and minor piece ending.

Brilliant play by Nezh.

Mar-31-12  rilkefan: I was surprised by 29.Rxd8 instead of simply Rxf8+. After ...Rhxf8 30.Qe2 white has a mating attack with Q+B+pawns and black is dropping h5 and more.

I guess there's something to be said for simplifying to an obviously won endgame though, and capturing the knight is a lot more elegant than the above.

Apr-03-12  iamdeafzed: @ rilkefan

I don't really see where white's "mating attack" (as you put it) would proceed after your suggested line. Did you have something else in mind after Qe2?

Given what I see in the position right now, I think I would have preferred Nezh's way...seems to leave black's remaining pieces more uncoordinated.

Apr-04-12  rilkefan: Well, I don't know if there's a forced mate in n, but black has to be careful to hang onto his king and should drop his pawns while doing so. Consider 30... Nc6 31. Bxh5+ Kg7 32. Qg4+ Kh8 33. Bg6 f5 34. Qh5+ Kg7 35. Bxf5 Rf6 36. Qh7+ Kf8 37. g4 Rdd6 38.Qxc7.
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  Check It Out: Nez's games always seem to have a magical quality.
Oct-10-13  King Sacrificer: Nezhmetdinov never lets Pimenov take a breath. Giving the initiative and trying to defend against such a player is useless. He has 15-4-4 record in the database against French Defense, with six of the wins including sacrifice.
Oct-10-13  Abdel Irada: White conducts an <upright> attacking game as is characteristic of him.

(Pun awful but intended.)

Oct-10-13  Cemoblanca: The good old Nez. Always nice to watch. :) Personaly, I liked 28.Rxe8! and 29.Rxd8! for its simplicity and I felt sorry for the 2 N's in this game. ;)
Oct-10-13  PaulLovric: I think 29. Rxd8 is the move that separates the club player from the master? anyone?
Oct-10-13  KlingonBorgTatar: What a pity.An RSFSR Champion , Nezh was never awarded the Grandmaster Title. It is still not too late. Somebody should bang at the doors of Fide's Titles Committee.
Oct-10-13  Kikoman: position after 31. a3

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nice game :D

Oct-10-13  PaulLovric: It is not too late? huh, he's been dead for 40 years, so it is too late <KlingonBorgTatar>....being a Tatar you should know this
Oct-10-13  Travis Bickle: Nezhmetdinov, what a creative and ferocious attacker! He sacs both of his Knights and then his Queen and has black torn apart!
Oct-10-13  kevin86: White will win the knight-so white is now FOUR pawns ahead. Black couldn't stand the oncoming stampede and resigned.
Oct-10-13  pericles of athens: Calling all Wheel fans - is this a before and after pun? Methinks yes.
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  Penguincw: 31...Nc6 32.Bxd5+ Ke7 33.Bxc6 should be winning, as white is up 4 pawns.
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  Bishoprick: Absolutely grizzly demolition job. He never lets up. Wow!
Oct-10-13  Shams: <pericles> I don't get what the 'after' part would be here.
Oct-11-13  pericles of athens: <Shams> On second look, you could be right.

Just for the record, my favorite before and after of all time is "Dave Coulier-germeister".

Oct-11-13  vanderyacht: Why does black play 15...Kd8 instead of waiting a few moves and castling, and why does black play 25...Qxe6 instead of Nxe6?
Oct-11-13  Shams: <pericles> I don't think I get either half of that one!

<vanderyacht> I don't see a crusher for White after 15...c6 or 15...Qe7 but neither move looks very good after 16.0-0-0. In the former case, how does Black develop his queenside to facilitate castling? And placing the queen on e7 when a rook will soon come to e1 is hardly a response to White's threat of Nxd5.

25...Nxe6 is met by 26.Bxd5 immediately regaining the piece. White has a material advantage and an easily winning attack. With the game continuation at least Black kept his material edge for a couple moves.

Oct-11-13  Abdel Irada: This is one occasion where the pun simply doesn't seem to measure up to the game (in fact, I think it's rather weak, since it appears to rely on a mispronunciation of Pimenov).

For future punning purposes involving Nezhmetdinov games, it may be profitable to bear in mind that his first name, Rashid, is Arabic for "upright." (Think of Harun al-Rashid in the _1001 Nights_.)

Jun-16-18  WorstPlayerEver: Better was: 12. O-O-O Nc6 13. Qf4 e5 14. dxe5 fxe5 15. Qf3 e4 16. Qh5+ Qf7 17. Qxf7+ Kxf7 18. Be2 Be6 19. Bh5+ Kf6 20. Nxd5+ Bxd5 21. Rxd5

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Aug-14-22  Natasha Romannoff: i started playing Alekhine-Chatard Attack as white cos of this game
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  HeMateMe: Why didn't nez play better against some of the bigger names of the day?
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