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Samsonov vs Rashid Nezhmetdinov
"Cut the Hair of Samsonov" (game of the day Feb-21-2006)
Kazan-ch (1929), Kazan URS
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit. Main Line (C29)  ·  0-1

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Feb-21-06  dakgootje: <How can White not play 11 Bxg2?> Well there was a discussion about that move, just look in the older posts (october 2004), only i found it quite confusing so stopped reading/understanding =)
Feb-21-06  Cogano: I don't know about the rest of you, but I have a problem with <Nezhmetdinov> filling the role of Delilah!
Feb-21-06  McCool: Screw the rook, 10 gxf3. Played right into black's trap.
Feb-21-06  alefromitaly: In Italy we call this "drowned mate" (matto affogato).
Feb-21-06
Premium Chessgames Member
  kevin86: An early smothered mate. In other ways to look at it: From a knight's perspective,we can call it a LEBRON (Knight in French is= Le Cavalier) or for a horse it is Secretatiat.
Feb-21-06  jackmandoo: This game was really only ten moves, the last mating comination is a forced win for white. Not much to analyze here and it's clear that black was completely strong armed. Put some sugar on top and spank her bottom, daddy's makin a midnight special with cheese!
Feb-22-06  dakgootje: <This game was really only ten moves, the last mating comination is a forced win for white. Not much to analyze here and it's clear that black was completely strong armed. Put some sugar on top and spank her bottom, daddy's makin a midnight special with cheese!> *stares blank at the screen* Uhm...yes...as usual you make things much less complicated
Apr-14-06  IMDONE4: what was the losing error white made in this strange philidor's legacy game?
Jun-25-07  dabearsrock1010: smothered mate can always be appreciated just because it is what it is but I especially enjoy just admiring the final position without considering previous moves...beautiful
Jun-25-07  Wolfgang01: White didn't care for his defense. 9. Qxb7 and 10. Qxa8 gives black the time to start his final attack with the crowning smothered mate.
Jul-14-08  myschkin: http://nezhmetdinov.homestead.com/s...
Sep-20-09  birthtimes: 11.Bxg2 Qh4+ 12.Ke2 0-0! 13.Qxa7 c5 14.Rf1 Qxh2 15.Rf2 Nc6! 16.Qa4 Ng3+ 17.Ke1 Nxe5 18.Qf4? Ng4! 19.Rf3 Qg1+ 20.Bf1 Nh5 21.Qf5 g6 22.Qd7 Nhf6 23.Qa4 Re8+ and now White has to give up the Queen for Black's rook, and it's just a matter of time before Black wins...
Aug-15-10  deansam: this is crazy!
Oct-09-10  dzhafner: One cute line is as follows:

11 Bxg7 ... Qh4+
12 Ke2 ... 0-0
13 Rb1 (suddenly losing Qxa2 is essential to protect the f7 square) ... Qf7+ 14 Kd1 (Ke3? Nc5#) ...Qxg7
15 Rxb8 (Re1 ...Qf3+ Re2 ...Qf1+ Re1 ...Nf2#) ...Qxh8+ 16 Ke2 ...Qg7+
17 Kd3 Qf3+
Kd4 Qf2+
Kd3 ...Nc5#

Feb-09-15  Alex Schindler: ahahaha he transformed the center into a virtual corner with his bishop!

Once I saw the smothered mate setup I knew why this was a GOTD eight years ago... Can hardly blame white, the game just started. Who the heck is looking for smothered mate in the center?

Feb-09-15  Poisonpawns: White played too weakly here for this game to make an impression on me.Pure greed from White gets punished. GM Yermolinsky told me that "Nez" was overrated and a not a very strong player.
Feb-10-15  morfishine: Samsonov has 2 games in the database. The second one is also a shorty: Schwartz vs Samsonov, 1908

*****

Oct-10-15  Mating Net: To all the Nez detractors out there, please read the following: "Nobody see's combinations like Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov." Mikhail Botvinnik Thats's a seriously strong endorsement from the patriarch himself.

So what if White was greedy? A strong player has to punish such greed.

Feb-19-16
Premium Chessgames Member
  whiteshark: "The first and only <smothered mate> in my career. It was only many years later that I noticed that the final attack in this game recalls the ending of a game by the famed Italian master Gioachino Greco (1600-c.1634)."

-- Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov

Feb-14-17
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  GrahamClayton: <sneaky pete>
Best seems <18.Qf4 > with an unclear position.

<sneaky pete>
19...♖e8 with the threat of a discovered check looks the best option. Getting out of the line of the check with 20. ♔d1 seems to be White's best option, and now I can't finding a forcing winning line for Black, eg 20...♕h5+ 21. ♗f3 and White seems to hold.

May-22-17  Jeweller: Chess friends. Chess engines analyze this game here: http://proint.narod.ru/jeweller/jew...
Jun-16-18
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  WorstPlayerEver: SF: 10...Bxg2 11. Bxg2 Qh4+ 12. Kd1 Qg4+ 13. Ke1 O-O 14. Qxa7 Qxg2 15. Qg1 #dia with a plus for Black


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Mar-20-20  asiduodiego: I guess every chess legend needs an smothered mate.
Jul-15-21  Gaito:


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WHITE TO MOVE

11.Be2?? was a beginner's blunder, asking for Philidor's smothered mate. But White was alerady in a bad way. Maybe the lesser evil would have been 11.Ba3 Bxh1 (on 11...Qh4+ White's King escapes to the queenside) 12.O-O-O Qb6 13. Re1, and Black stands better (diagram)


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Jul-15-21  Gaito: This game was played when Nezhmetdinov was only 16 years old. Yet in some of his biographies it is stated that he learned to play chess precisely at the age of 16. If that is so, then it is amazing that a player who had just learned to play chess could be capable of playing like this. To be sure, Nezhmetdinov was already a strong player of checkeres (or draughts), but they say that he only took up chess at the age of 16.
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