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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Efim Geller
USSR Championship (1954), Kiev URS, rd 4, Jan-12
Zukertort Opening: Symmetrical Variation (A04)  ·  1-0



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Oct-12-03  ughaibu: This one's fun.
Jan-31-04  rafaelluiz: Where did Geller go wrong?
Jun-17-05  mormonchess: The final position is beautiful. The g6 Rook is pinned, and if the Knight takes the g4 Rook, then the pawn recapture will place the King in check via the Rook on h2.

Nezhmetdinov was a brilliant tactician. In going through some of his games, I'm continually amazed at some of the positions and sacrifices that occur.

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  Benzol: You've got to love the last move in this game.
Jul-19-08  arsen387: In final position Geller is all tied down. Very nice. Also if 43..Bxh2? then after mighty 44.Bd5! threatening Qg8# white must drop his R and Q for B not to get mated or as well resign!
Jul-19-08  aktajha: Why is everyone so overly enthousiastic about the final position? I agree, the position is good, but look at the game!

Incredible fighting for the initiative by both players.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: After 41...Bd6, White's position seems hopeless; but Black is the one who is forced to resign five moves later. Amazing.
Jul-19-08  HannibalSchlecter: you can still smell the smoke emanating from the board.
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  GrahamClayton: Nezhmetdinov looks like he is on the ropes in this game, but he always finds the right moves. 46. ♖g4!! is like a move that you would find in a study or composition.
Feb-08-22  carpovius: One of the craziest game between two chess giants.

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