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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Mikhail Tal
USSR Championship (1959), Tbilisi URS, rd 9, Jan-24
Sicilian Defense: Kan. Knight Variation (B43)  ·  0-1



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May-15-05  aw1988: The one game Tal didn't lose to Nezhmetdinov.
May-15-05  prs: Nezhmetdinov's endgame skills were pathetic. It's not lost for White until move 42, I think.

38.Rg5 was inaccurate, and 41.h5, 42.R:g6+ were very stupid.

Nov-20-06  who: What's wrong with 42.Rxg6+? 42.Rg4 gxh5 looks winning for black and 42.h6 Rh7 43.Rg4 Rxh6 doesn't look good either.
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  Benzol: "I have played four games with the Tartar master and the score is +3 -1 in his favour. Moreover, my solitary win was the result of a silly mistake by my opponent in a position he should never have lost." - Mikhail Tal.
Mar-09-08  notyetagm: White to play: 45 ?

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Here White played the inexplicable 45 c2-c4?? and was dead lost after the obvious reply 45 ... d5xc4.

Position after 45 c2-c4?? d5xc4 0-1

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<Benzol: "I have played four games with the Tartar master and the score is +3 -1 in his favour. Moreover, my solitary win was the result of a silly mistake by my opponent in a position he should never have lost." - Mikhail Tal.>

45 c2-c4?? is a silly mistake, indeed.

Oct-18-09  WhiteRook48: 45 c4 was so stupid
May-02-10  sicilianhugefun: I think c3 and then b4 will make a win for white on this game or could produce a draw. Play could continue like 45.c3 Kg5 46. Kf2 e4 47. b4!! and black is in zugzwang. If 46... a5 instead of e4 then 47.b4 still gives white a huge advantage
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  saffuna: Tal: Nezh "obtained a completely won position," then blundered. "This victory did not give me any particular pleasure. "
Nov-22-20  Nimzonick: Reading Tal's book, I had to check out this game. I think the problem for Nezhmetdinov is that he had already squandered the advantage after the queen trade, and was in a slightly worse ending. His plan of Rg5 and h5 is dubious, getting into a tricky pawn ending.

Someone above suggested 45.c3 Kg5 46.Kf2 e4 47.b4, but white is losing after b4, it seems to me. Black just plays Kh3 and rounds up black's g-pawn. The e-pawn is very strong.

47.Kg2 e3 and black is again winning. However,
47.Ke3 Kxg2 48.c4! Now works. Nezhmetdinov actually had might have seen the correct drawing idea, but concretely, had to lure black's king away using his g2 pawn before making this move.

Nov-22-20  Nimzonick:

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Nov-22-20  Granny O Doul: White might have tried the crazy 10. Ndb5!? ab 11. Nxb5 Qa5+ 12. Bd2 Bb4 13. Bxb4! Nxb4 14. 0-0, planning b4 and Qd6 after the knight retreats.

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