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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Gideon Stahlberg
Bucharest (1954), Bucharest ROU, rd 16, Mar-23
French Defense: McCutcheon. Lasker Variation (C12)  ·  1-0



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Mar-19-08  imag: After 46.Rb5

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It's still a tablebase draw, but Black has to find 46...f4.

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  whiteshark: Better was <18...h5 19. g5 Kc7> which would have made a break up on the kingside impossible.
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  jessicafischerqueen: This game is from <Bucharest 1954>, the first International tournament <Nez> was invited to play.

He joined three other Soviet masters, <Kortschnoi, Furman, and Kholmov>, and they underwent rigorous preparation for the event under the direction of grandmasters <Bronstein> and <Boleslavsky>.

<Nez> studied <Stahlberg's> repertoire and prepared a surprise for him in the <McCutcheon>:

<Nez> to move-

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<<Nez>: "I knew that the Swedish grandmaster... feels unsure of himself in unexpected <<<sharp>>> positions... 13.dxc4! Here is the surprise! Instead of the usual system of maintaining the pawn center, White steers the game on a new course.">

Though <Nez's> novelty is not objectively best play, <Stahlberg> immediately steers wrong with


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Which gives White the initiative against Black's lack of development-

Position after 13...Nxe5 14.Nxe5 Qxe5 -

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And White has the pull on the position.

Oct-22-15  zydeco: Nezhmetdinov suggested 24...d4+!

32.e6! is better. With 36....Rh1 black would have been very close to a draw.

43.Rb7 is a cunning move that confused Stahlberg.

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