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Mikhail Shishov vs Rashid Nezhmetdinov
Match - Georgia, RSFSR and Azerbaijan (1947), Tbilisi URS, Sep-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense Siesta Variation (C74)  ·  0-1



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Apr-25-07  capablancakarpov: Annotations by Richard Forster:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 d6 5.c3 f5 6.exf5 Bxf5 7.d4 e4 8.Ng5

An interesting piece sacrifice is 8.0 0 exf3 9.Qxf3.

8...d5 9.f3 h6

Later the even stronger 9...e3 was discovered.

10.fxe4 hxg5 11.exf5 Bd6!

A new move at the time, replacing the older 11...Qd6. Nezhmetdinov is prepared to give up two pawns for rapid development.

12.Qg4 Nf6! 13.Qxg5 Kf8!!

Defending g7 and freeing e8 for a rook check while at the same time moving the king towards a relatively safe shelter.


To avoid the threat 14...Rh5 15.Qg6 Nce7, but also exchanging his only developed piece apart from the queen. A later game Baturinsky-Estrin, Moscow 1947, saw 14.Bf4 Rh5 15.Qg3, but Black had a good position after 15...Qe7+ 16.Kd1 Ne4 17.Qf3 Rxf5 18.Bxd6 Nxd6 and went on to win after 19.Re1 Qf6 20.Qh3 Re8 21.Nd2 Rxe1+ 22.Kxe1 Nxd4! 23.cxd4 Qxd4 etc.

14...bxc6 15.Qg6 Qd7! 16.Bg5 Re8+ 17.Kd1 Ne4 18.Kc2

How would you continue Black's attack? Nezhmetdinov found a truly astounding solution.


Despite White's two extra pawns, exchanging the queens is the best way to exploit the advantage in development! After for example 18...Ng3 19.Rg1 Rxh2 20.Nd2 Re2 White would
obtain counter-play with 21.f6 etc.

19.Qxf7+ Kxf7 20.Bc1

A sad retreat, but 20.Bd2 Ng3 21.Re1 Rxh2 22.Rxe8 Kxe8 23.Na3 Rxg2 was also hopeless.

20...Ng3! 21.Rg1 Rxh2 22.Nd2 Ne2 23.Rd1 Rxg2

Nezhmetdinov has regained the two pawns and keeps a decisive positional advantage. The game ended

24.Kb3 Nxc1+ 25.Raxc1 Bf4 26.Nf3 Bxc1 27.Rxc1 Rb8+
28.Ka3 Rbxb2 29.Ne5+ Kf6 30.Rf1 c5 31.Nd7+ Ke7 32.Nxc5 Rxa2+ 33.Kb4 Rgb2+ 34.Nb3 a5+

and finally White resigned.

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Nov-14-09  birthtimes: Who else but Nezh would voluntarily exchange queens when he was 2 sacked pawns down and then launch an overwhelmingly successful attack?!
Jun-16-18  WorstPlayerEver: -12. Qf3 Qe7+ 13. Kd1 0-0-0 14. Bxc6 bxc6 15. Re1 small plus for White.

-14. Kd1=

-15. Kd1= (necessary).

-15. Qg6? Qe7+ 16. Kd1 Re8 -4

-15. Qg6 Qd7?=

-16. Kd1=

-17. Kd1 small plus for Black

-19. h4 "" ""

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  plang: The Siesta variation is a good choice against someone not familiar with its intricacies - as mentioned above the game lasted until move 34.

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