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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Vladas Mikenas
Match for the Title of Master (1948), Kazan URS, rd 1, Mar-??
Alekhine Defense: Hunt Variation. Lasker Simul Gambit (B02)  ·  1-0



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  ZZpatzer: Thanks to <Benzol>, I checked out some Nez'ov games, his games are very tactical and aggressive; this one should be a Daily Puzzle from move 16 or 17, no?
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  jessicafischerqueen: This was game one of a Candidate Master Match.

If <Nezhmetdinov> had won this Match, he would have been awarded the <Master Title>.

Before the game, <Nezh> had studied an article <Mikenas> wrote on the Alekine defence in <Chess in the USSR> magazine.

<Nezh> was ready with home prep against the "Hunt the Knight" variation in this first game.

However, the Match was tied, +4 -4 =6, so <Nezh> was not awarded the Master title.

He had to win the Match to get the title.

<Nezh> would not earn the Master title until two years later.

"Super Nezh: Chess Assassin"
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Jul-12-11  Whitehat1963: Where did black begin to go wrong in this demolition?
Aug-17-12  Tullius: The sortie of the Black Queen to h4 looks very suspicious to me. The double attack on Bishop c4 and Pawn f2 is easily parried, after which the black Queen very soon becomes a target herself. After 9.Nh3 White threatens to trap the Queen with Bg5 (9.Nf3 would leave square h5 to the Queen). To prevent this Black plays 9. ... f6. I think this is a grave mistake; 9. ... h6 followed by castling and d7-d6 would be much more prudent. By the way, hello to you all, I am new here.
Aug-22-12  Tullius: I took another look at this game. It seems that not so much 9. ... f6 was the losing move, but recapture with the Queen. If Black plays 10. ... gxf6 he can still make a firm stand. His King will probably never castle, his e6 Pawn is exposed and vulnerable ( and pinned ), and it will not be easy to develop his Queen Bishop. But he can put his Rook on g8, develop his Knight to e5 and retreat his Queen to g7. If that is accomplished he should be able to fianchetto his Queen Bishop. If he plays like this White will not have an easy win as far as I can see. In a similar game, between Ivanov and Alburt, 1981, White did not capture on f6, but started expanding with pawns on the queenside, meanwhile chasing Black's King's Bishop, all the way to a7. This proved one step too far, because he had to make one in-between move (b4-b5). Alburt wisely used this tempo to advance f6-f5, after which he could safely castle and eventually even won the game.
Aug-27-12  Tullius: I understand now that there is yet another idea behind 7. ... Qh4. In all the games I saw Black ran into trouble after taking on c5 with his Bishop because of 7. ... Bxc5 8.Qg4. Apparantly Mikenas thought that with his Queen on h4, preventing White's Queen to move to g4, he could safely play Bxc5, accepting the gambit-pawn. At least this game does not seem to prove him right, but then, he had a formidable opponent.
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  Sally Simpson: Played over this game (again) yesterday.

As I was pulling it to bits I discovered a wonderful variation in a position I was just about to pull the plug on.

Too good to let out the bag on a forum. I'll do so after I've built an article around it.

It's a wee piece of treasure that has lay hidden in this game since 1948. I will share. Give me a week, I've not long posted my latest all about The Knight's Triangle and the Knight's Perpetual.

Picture of me in my 'Where Wally' gear leaning against a Rook.

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  Sally Simpson: it is.

Not one, but two See-Saw combinations that both kick off with a Queen Sacrifice (today is Monday.)

I've been floating on cloud 9 since I discovered these wee hidden gems.

If you are a teacher/coach looking for a game to show the class. Here it is.

Good players knowing when to break the rules of thumb.

7...Qh4 (which in OTB play is showing to be OK) and 15.Be2 (Moving a bit twice in the opening. The backward attacking move...)

9.Nh3 (Why here?)

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White is threatening to win the Black Queen with Bg5.

The Material v Activity argument.

Then you hit the See-Saws. One Mates one wins a piece in a very instructive way.

When you show them the See-Saw their eyes will sparkle, their hearts will lift...Don't forget to go Wheeee when See-Sawing with the Rook.

Article also features The Rubik Cube, The Simpsons, Bela Lugossi and a pack of Hunagarian playing cards.

(After the lecture you can teach them how to play poker!)

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  plang: This was the first of 3 games with the 4 c5 sideline during the match (all three games were decisive miniatures lasting 22 moves or less with White scoring 2-1). Nezhmetdinov thought that Mikenas choice of 6..d6 (as played in the other two games) was an improvement for Black. Nezhmetdinov gives 7 Nh3 a ! but the straightforward 7 Nf3 looks more logical (7..Bxf2+? 8 Kf1 wins a piece). As mentioned above 9..f6?! was not best but 10..Qxf6? was the decisive mistake.

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