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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Mikhail Tal
"Tartar Sauce" (game of the day Jul-01-2006)
USSR Championship 1961b (1961), Baku URS, rd 15, Dec-08
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf. Scheveningen Variation (B84)  ·  1-0

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Oct-30-11  DrMAL: First about opening, 6.g4! is critical move today this is why Najdorf move order 5.a6 was added to Scheveningen theory (CG "Najdorf" above is incorrect but game transposed anyway) as I posted a few times, particularly in Karpov vs Kasparov, 1984 with silly argument from low level player starting on Aug-26-11 and ending with stupid statement(s) on Sep-08-11. In any event Keres attack with early g4! was not well explored 50 years ago when game was played, it became key problem for Kasparov in 1984 WC match where he invented addition of Najdorf 5.a6 to avoid it. Usual setup then was played here where, with 8.f4 already played, 9.g4 was very risky, creating sharp doubled-edged game as expected from these two attacking geniuses. Move 9.g4 is well justified by white's big lead in development and by black's lack of space.

11...Nc5 logically adds pressure to e4 but it was not best plan, simply 11...h6 to stop 12.g5 or 11...Nb6 (for Nfd7) were certainly better. 12...e5?! follows basic idea to counter flank attack in center but here it created weaknesses on f5 and d5 giving white some edge. With moves that followed 15.Nh6! stopped 0-0 and attacked f7 pawn, 15...Ne6 was strong defensive reply. But after 16.Bg2 threatening N on f6, 16...Nf4 was better than 16...Be7?! to prevent 17.Rxf6! sac Rashid played. Now black K has no safe place, this becomes more evident after 18.Nd5! where maybe 18...Bxd5 was better but then white's bishop pair after Be3 are extremely strong, particularly in endgame later on. As noted by other analyses simply 21.Qxf4! gives big advantage with usual LS play later on, but Nezmetdinov played 21.e5!? in his magical style.

Here, 21...Bh4! was correct way to defend but finding how OTB is nearly impossible to see (22.Qd4 Rf8! 23.Rd1 Rc8! can actually hold). Instead Tal played what appears to be only OK move (21...Bg5 looks ugly) and 22.Re1! creates nasty pin. This is where game fell apart, 22...Bxd5 23.Rxe5+ was best with solid advantage white and 22...Qd6?! probably loses after 23.Qd4 or 23.c4 but 22.f6? lost on spot to 23.Nxf6+! Qxf6 24.Qd4! finish afterwards was just one way for white to complete this timeless, fabulous game.

Dec-15-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  Penguincw: Weird. That's Pun of the Day today. Topalov vs Kamsky, 2011
Aug-08-12  ainemon: i just learned that nezt was tal's chess buddy, sparring partner and mentor.
Aug-15-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

Nezhmetdinov vs Tal, 1961.
YOU ARE PLAYING THE ROLE OF NEZHMETDINOV.
Your score: 39 (par = 28)

LTJ

Aug-15-12  Garech: Superb game - what one would expect from these two!

Thanks for bringing my attention to it, <LTJ>! I gather we are among the few who sign our posts, glad to make your acquaintance!

-Garech

Aug-15-12  TheFocus: In support of you two, some of us have begun signing our posts also.

-Garech

Aug-15-12
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  LoveThatJoker: <Garech> Thank you for the kind words!

I've seen your posts before - I have come across truly excellent games of Chess thanks to seeing one of your posts on the <Recent Kibitzing> bulletin as well!

LTJ

Aug-16-12  Garech: Cheers buddy, let the merry kibitzing continue!

<Focus> - I saw - very funny stuff!

Cheers,

-Garech

Aug-16-12  Cemoblanca: Great game GRAND MASTER! Great game! RIP!
Dec-15-12  donehung: For my chess pallet, nothing is quite as appealing as Tal getting out Tal'ed
May-14-13  MindCtrol9: That player was a problem!!!
May-15-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  gawain: What a brilliant game! Definitely worth bringing out of mothballs every couple of years.
Jun-04-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  grasser: Video Bio:

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

Mar-18-14  kia0708: awesome attack !!!
Mar-26-14  Mating Net: White has a Royal Fork with 30.Nf7 on the way. Very similar to Tal vs K Klaman, 1957 when White had a Royal Fork coming as well.

I'll bet that Tal would have given up smoking and drinking if he could have switched places with Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov in this game.

Oct-19-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  thegoodanarchist: <Cemoblanca: Great game GRAND MASTER!>

Actually, Nezhmetdinov never gained the GM title - he died an IM. Which is incredible to me. Anyone who wins the Russian championship once should get the GM title, and he won 5 of them!

At one time in history winning an IZT automatically came with the GM title. Russian championship was nearly as strong, if not as strong, as some IZTs, I expect.

Jul-20-15  morfishine: Tal avoided <18...Bxd5> due to 19.exd5 Nd4 20.Qf2 Qd6 and now: <21.g5>


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Sep-26-16
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  LucB: I love the fact that, despite castling King side and playing 6. Be2 - thus perhaps indicating positional intentions - it's an all out attack on the enemy position.. neat stuff!
Sep-27-16  Boomie: ->

To get a sense of how much Tal loved chess, he said the day he lost to Super Nezh was the happiest day of his life.

Dec-15-17
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  Ironmanth: Phenomenal attack! We each and all dream of just one game such as this in a lifetime! Thanks, y'all.
Jun-03-18  mikealando: Ouch! Tal foresaw the impending royal fork and opted to forego the continuation. Tal out-tal'd indeed - a rather frightening thing state of affairs.
Aug-03-18
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  Bobby Spassky: 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e6 6. Be2 Nbd7 7. O-O a6 8. f4 Qc7 9. g4 b5 10. a3 Bb7 11. Bf3 Nc5 12. Qe2 e5 13. Nf5 g6 14. fe5 de5 15. Nh6 Ne6 16. Bg2 Bg7 17. Rf6 Bf6 18. Nd5 Qd8 19. Qf2 Nf4 20. Bf4 ef4 21. e5 Be5 22. Re1 f6 23. Nf6 Qf6 24. Qd4 Kf8 25. Re5 Qd8 26. Rf5 gf5 27. Qh8 Ke7 28. Qg7 Ke6 29. gf5
Oct-17-19  gpbear: To do this against Tal is astounding.
Mar-23-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  tamar: There's a signpost up ahead. Next stop, Nezhmetdinov---
Jun-04-20
Premium Chessgames Member
  carpovius: Tartar wizard
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