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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Vladimir Zagorovsky
Russian Spartakiade (1963), Gorky URS, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Closed. Pilnik Variation (C90)  ·  1-0



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Oct-26-13  morfishine: Oh no, its that devil Nezhmetdinov again. Just the name sends me into a perfectly useless catatonic state. My eyes glaze over as all thoughts switch from trying to solve this puzzle to "Will I get out alive?"

I briefly looked at 24.Nf6+ before settling on <24.Ne5> This move has a number of points. The main idea is 25.Nd7 followed by 26.Nxf8 weakening g7. Also, White now has 25.Qxh5 if he so chooses. Another point is 24...Qg6 is now not possible. So, for a host of seemingly good reasons, I selected the wrong move and that imp Nezhmetdinov has bamboozled me again

<24...g6> I thought this was practically forced, but of course it isn't. Black can play 24...Qf6 which I didn't think was possible. Blame it on the Nez curse. And so I stumbled and bumbled along and finished with this:

25.Nd7 Qd8 26.Nf6+ Kh8 27.Nxh5+ Kg8 28.Nf6+ Kh8 29.Qg4

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* PM <24...Qf6>: 24.Ne5 Qf6 25.Qxh5 g6 26.Nh6+ Kh7 (26...Bxh6 27.Qxh6 Qg7 28.Qxg7+ Kxg7 29.Nc6+ f6 30.Nxa5 and White has won a piece)

27.Nhg4+ gxh5 28.Nxf6+ Kh6 29.Nxf7+ Kg6 30.Nh8+ Kf5 31.Nxh5 Nxb3 32.Re1 Bc5 33.h3 Rf8 34.g4+ Kg5 35.Re2 and it looks like White is losing, but I really don't know nor care as I've got to get out here and away from that demon, Nez..


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  keypusher: <agb2002>

<fixing your move numbering>

<A.2) 26... Kh7 27.Qh4+ Kg6 (27... Kg8 transposes A.1) 28.g4 and mate soon.>

28.g4 is the critical move that I and perhaps others didn't see.

Incidentally, 26.Qg4+ seems better than Nezh's 26.Re1. Maybe his sacrifice really was intuitive.

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  agb2002: <keypusher: <agb2002>

<fixing your move numbering>>

Thank you!

Now you know a mathematician with numbering problems...

Oct-26-13  morfishine: <Patzer2> Yep, after 29...Rxd4 <30.g4> 31.Qh5# cannot be prevented


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  maxi: Lovely variations.
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  Penguincw: 24.Nf6 would've been my 3rd choice (after Ngh6 and Nxg7).
Oct-26-13  kevin86: White wins the queen and the game is easier after that,though black stubbornly hangs around.
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  Jimfromprovidence: White should have ignored 25...Rd8 and played 26 Qg4+.

Now after 26...Kh7 27 Qh4+ Kg8, white has a deadly combination set up.

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Now black has to give up his queen to avoid mate after 28 Bxf6.

Black wasted the extra tempo white gave him by playing the text 28..Kg6. 28...Kg8 is much better. Now if 29 Bxf6 follows, black has 29...Qxf2+, forcing a queen exchange, leaving white with a minimal advantage.

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Oct-26-13  King Sacrificer: I gave up after seeing it was Nezhmetdinov to play.
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  scutigera: I got the first three moves and examined the next few, but saw no mate and gave up. 29 Bd4 is a glorious shot, turning the king hunt into a gain of material, only to turn it back again later. I'm also glad to see continuing its campaign to revive interest in The Gib, one of my favorite masters ever since I played over Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958.
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  maxi: So, <jimfromprovidence>, what happens after 26 Qg4+ Kh7 27 Qh4+ Kg6?
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  Jimfromprovidence: <maxi> <what happens after 26 Qg4+ Kh7 27 Qh4+ Kg6?>

28 g4, seeing 29 Qh5#.

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Oct-26-13  David2009: I failed to solve this one though I guessed the first two moves.

Here's the puzzle position

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set up on Crafty End Game Trainer

Nowadays, the EGT is frequently unavailable but it is running at the time of posting.

After 24. Nf6+ gxf6 25.Qxh5 the EGT finds 25...e3! and I have not found a win. If I try ,Jim>'s idea of 26.Qg4+ Kh7 27.Qh4+ Kg8 28.Bxf6, the EGT responds 28...exf2+ 29.Kh1 Bg7! and neither capture on g7 quite works (try them).

I have not looked with an engine, so I hope that the interested reader will find (and post) the win.

The continuation of the attck as played is very exciting. Here's the position after 29.Bd4:

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The natural 29...Rxd4 runs into 30.Qg4+ Kh7 31.Re3 and Black has no usefuld check on d1, which is no doubt why he surrenders his Queen with 29...Qxd4.

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  kbob: On Pilobolus 28. Re3 black can play 28. ...Qxe3 followed by 29. ... Rxb2 with more compensation for the queen and better counterplay as well. However, after 28. ... Qxe3 29. Nxe3 Rxb2 30. Qh5+ Bh6 31.Qxa5 Rb1+ 32.Nf1 e3?? fails to the heartbreaking Qf5+ spearing the rook.

I think this is a great example of a positional sacrifice. Something you would expect from a modern day player like Topalov or Shirov but somehow different than a combination by Alekhine where everything seemed to be an ironclad if-then sequence.

Oct-26-13  devere: <David2009 "After 24. Nf6+ gxf6 25.Qxh5 the EGT finds 25...e3! and I have not found a win. If I try ,Jim's idea of 26.Qg4+ Kh7 27.Qh4+ Kg8 28.Bxf6, the EGT responds 28...exf2+ 29.Kh1 Bg7! and neither capture on g7 quite works (try them).">

Nice try, but after 29.Kf1 Bg7 both 30.Nh6+ and 30.Ne7+ win for White

Oct-26-13  Kikoman: <Puzzle of the Day>

<24. Nxf6+> and that's it! :D

Oct-26-13  Patriot: 24.Nfh6+

24...gxh6 25.Nf6+ Kg7 26.Nd7+

24...Kh7 25.Nf6+ gxf6 26.Nf5 looks winning, threatening 27.Qxh5+ next.

24...Kh8 25.Nf6 looks very strong.

My first idea was 24.Nf6+:

24...gxf6 25.Qxh5 looks winning.

This seems much simpler.

Oct-26-13  SoUnwiseTheKnight B4: Following along with <chrisowen> is just about the same as dealing with the old notation. (B-QN5 etc.) Its a <big bishop bodge job> +1
Oct-26-13  gofer: The first couple of moves are obvious.

<24 Nf6+ gxf6>
<25 Qxh5 ...>

But what is black's best defence? I think black has to avoid the following...

25 ... Rd8/Bc8/Nxb3/e3
26 Qg4+ Kh7
27 Qh4+ Kg8 (Kg6 28 g4 mating)
28 Bxf6

So perhaps black should give the King a little room to breath...

<25 ... Bc5>
<26 Nh6+ Kg7>
<27 Qg5+! ...>

27 ... Kh7
28 Bxf6

27 ... Kf8
28 Qg8+ Ke7
29 Qxf7+ Kd6/Kd8
30 Rd1+

<27 ... Kh7>
<28 Bxf6! >

It all looks pretty bleak for black...



Oct-26-13  pilobolus: <chessicle> I don't see something: 28. Rf3 Rd1+
29. Qxd1
Oct-26-13  pilobolus: <chessicle> I am sorry. I am keep rewriting this
I don't see something:
If threatening one move check:
28. Re3 Rd1+
29. Qxd1
Oct-26-13  M.Hassan: "Very Difficult"
White to play 24.?
White is a pawn down.

I spent time on Nh6+ and not getting results for White:

24.Ngh6+ gxh6
25.Qxh5 Qg6
The fact that Black Queen can come to defend, made me realize that a check on h6 is unworkable but should be done on f6

24.Nf6+ gxf6
Now, line of action of Black Queen is blocked by own pawn and White can proceed easier:

25.Qxh5 Bc8
26.Qg4+ Kh7
27.Qh4+ Kg6
28.g4 Bxf5
29.gxf5+ Kxf5
30.Qh7+ Kf4
31.Re1 Qc6
32.h3 Kg5
33.Re3 Bd6
34.h4+ Kf4
35.Qh6+ Kg4
36.Qg7+ Kxh4
37.Bxf6+ Kh5
Time to check

Oct-26-13  pilobolus: Thans <kbob> now it makes sense.
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  perfidious: <King Sacrificer: I gave up after seeing it was Nezhmetdinov to play.>

Probably the smartest poster of the lot--certainly more on the ball than me this day!

As <Once> noted above:

<This is one of those positions where you are left wondering how much Nezh saw....>

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