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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Miroslav Filip
Bucharest (1954), Bucharest ROU, rd 3, Mar-01
Spanish Game: Classical Variation (C64)  ·  1-0



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Oct-24-04  Jack Rabbit: This is incredible. After the 48th move, there is no way for Black to avoid going a piece down.
Oct-24-04  weirdoid: I am still wondering whether white's double pawn sacrifice was sound, or whether it was at all a sacrifice instead of a blunder. It does feel like afterward Black's moves were forced, but still, if the "sacrifice" was sound, definitely Nezhmetdinov was not a mere tactical genius, he must have been a great strategy expert as well (though it would not surprise anyone).

One particular point of wonderment for me is, if instead of grabbing a second pawn Black did 28 ... Rfd3, what would have happened? White does not look like losing, but would he still have won?

Oct-24-04  clocked: 34...Nf8?
Oct-24-04  weirdoid: <clocked> You may be right. 34... Rd7 35. Rh6+ Kg7 36. Rxe6 Rg2+ 37. Bd2. Seems like Black would lose another pawn or two, but even that may offer better practical chances than the ultra-passive defense taken from move 30 onward.

I do wonder about what Crafty may have to say about 34 ... Rd7 or 28 ... Rfd3.

Oct-24-04  clocked: 34...Kg7 or 34...Rd7, possibly even 34...Rxe4
Jul-16-13  phil6875: <weirdoid> In your line 36...Rg2+ is not the optimum move, instead the line might continue 36...Rxe4 37. Nxe5 Nf8 38. Re8 Re2+ 39. Kb1 Rd1 40. Rg3 Ng6 41. Rxg5 Rxc1+ 42. Kxc1 Be3+ 43. Kd1 Rd2+ 44. Ke1 Bxg5 45. Nxg6 Rd4

So it looks like Nezhmetdinov's pawn sacrifices weren't sound. With accurate moves this was a win for Black.

Oct-22-15  zydeco: According to the book Super-Nezh, black's best was 35....Ng6 36.Rh6 Rg2+ 37.Kb1 Rxg5 38.Rf3+ Rf5! 39.exf5 exf5 consolidating.

I would have been very tempted to resign after 29....Rxg4 or 31....b5, but Nezhmetdinov comes up with surprising counterplay.

Apparently 30....Bc5 was black's first mistake (30....Bc7 keeps everything under control).

One analyst suggests 33....bxc4 with a double-edged position after 34.Rb7.

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