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Yuri M Kotkov vs Rashid Nezhmetdinov
Russian Spartakiade (1963), Gorki URS, Jul-??
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C75)  ·  0-1

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Dec-30-08  Xeroxx: The modern Steinitz is nice. I like.
Nov-28-14  The17thPawn: Damn had Qxe3 as my move but the attack comes up short if white simply plays Bxh3 and ignores the queen.
Nov-28-14  greenfield67: Not even close. The problem with Nezhmetdinov problems is that any piece might be sacrificed and recapturing material is entirely optional. I wish I was him, but I'm not.
Nov-28-14
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  thegoodanarchist: <greenfield67: Not even close. The problem with Nezhmetdinov problems is that any piece might be sacrificed and recapturing material is entirely optional. I wish I was him, but I'm not.>

Well, another problem is that he was always sacrificing his queen. So I could not get passed 35...Qxe3, no matter how hard I tried to figure out the puzzle!!!

Nov-28-14
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  thegoodanarchist: I was thinking of GOTD puns. Some of them are too much of a stretch. For example, I rejected "Love... It's a Gibiatovich" (love... it's a bitch)
Nov-28-14
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  agb2002: Black has a knight for a rook and a pawn.

White threatens 36.Bxh3.

The first idea that comes to mind is 35... Qxe3 but it seems to fail to 36.Bxh3 (36.fxe3 Nxe3+ 37.Ke1 Nxc2+ 38.Kd2 Nxa1 39.Rxa1 Nf2 40.Bf5 Bh6+ - +).

Another option is 35... Nxf2:

A) 36.Qxf2 Nxe3+ followed by 37... Nxg4 and has material and positional advantage.

B) 36.Kxf2 Nxe3 as in A.

C) 36.Nf5 Nxg4 37.Nxh6 N4e3+ 38.Kf2 Nxc2 39.Ra2 (39.Nf5 Nxa1 - + [B]) 39... Bxh6 40.Rxc2 Ne3 - + [B].

D) 36.Nxg2 fxg2+ 37.Kxg2 Nxg4 with the double threat 38... Ne3+ and 38... Rf2+ 39.Qxf2 Nxf2 40.Kxf2 Qb6+ 41.Kg2 Bh6.

Nov-28-14
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  agb2002: I didn't notice that after 39.Nf5 Nxa1 the remaining knight is trapped. Therefore, the text 36... Nxd1 is much better than 36... Nxg4.
Nov-28-14
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  al wazir: I had 35...Nxf2 but didn't consider 36. Nf5 and the subsequent moves. However, I think I would have won OTB. That first move is the tough one to find.
Nov-28-14  Caissas Clown: <thegoodanarchist>: I was thinking of GOTD puns. Some of them are too much of a stretch. For example, I rejected "Love... It's a Gibiatovich" (love... it's a bitch)

Simply - Kotkov Knocktov! :-).

Nov-28-14  morfishine: Black is down an exchange but his Knights are swarming over the White position like a marauding pack of Cossacks

It appears White can fight on after <Nf5> blocking the f-file and gaining time to eliminate the annoying pawn on <f3>. However, Black's next move shows time has run out

<35...Nxf2> The thundering mass of screaming horsemen break over the barricades

White has four responses, all resulting in his position collapsing amidst an orgy of slashing sabres and thrusting lances

(1) <36.Qxf2> Nxe3+ 37.Ke1 Nxg4 38.Qd2 f2+ 39.Kf1 Ne3+ 40.Ke2 Qh5+ 41.Kxe3 Bh6+

(2) <36.Kxf2> Nxe3 37.Qd2 Nxg4+

(3) <36.Nf5> Rxf5 37.Ra8+ Rf8

(4) <36.Nxg2 fxg2+ 37.Kg1 Nxg4

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This is as close as I've come to guessing the moves of a Nezhmetdinov puzzle

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Nov-28-14  gars: <The17thPawn> and <thegoodanarchist>: I too fancied 35) ... Qxe3 but I thought White would have to take the Queen, so I did not see a thing, which is the norm when I try to figure Old Nezhmetdinov out.
Nov-28-14  TheaN: Friday 2014/11/28, <35....?>

Pulling the trigger in a mating attack is probably one of the hardest objectives in chess, given that it usually leads to either a devastating attack and a win, or a crippled frontline and a loss.

Most likely, Black has sacrificed the exchange and a pawn for amazing positions of his knights. The white king is trapped by his own pieces and black knights, yet it's missing something for black, anything that can check the white king.

Evaluating black's attack versus white's defense we see some crucial points for both: the h3-knight is out of place, f2 is a major defense point for e3 and white should not be allowed to replace his bishop to h3 (with or without capture). Hence <35....Nxf2!>.

This move is related to everything of the above: Bh3 can't be played, the same bishop is now en prise and suddenly the pressure on e3 is unbearable. White can't boldly bring his king in, <36.Kxf2?? Qxe3# 0-1<>> immediately shows the weakness of e3. Due to the fork on e3, replacing the knight even to f5 (interposing the f-file and attacking Qh6) is hopeless: <36.Nf5? Nxg4! 37.Nxh6? N4e3+ 38.Kg1 Nxc2 <>> and white is losing either the rook on a1 or the knight.

Accepting the sacrifice might be the best option but loses too, as <36.Qxf2 Nxe3+ 37.Kg1 Nxg4 38.Qc5/Qa7 f2+ 39.Kh1 (Kf1/Kg2 Ne3+ ) Ne3> threatening Nxd1 and f1, which white can't cope with unless he surrenders more material.

Time to check.

Nov-28-14  TheaN: Ah so close. Yet I decided way too quick on <36.Nf5 Nxg4?! 37.Nxh6! N4e3+?! 38.Kf2!> this subtle change I missed. If now Nxc2, white is slightly better due to Nf5! which traps Ng2. Black can choose to end the game here and now, but with perpetual: <38....Bxh6 39.Qa4 Ng4+ 40.Kg1 (Kf1 Be3! 0-1) Be3+ 41.Kh1 Nf2+> and repeating between f2 and g4.

For the win, 36....Nxd1! is required, still threatening any Ne3+ but picking up d1 meanwhile. If black does decide on 36....Nxg4? 37.Nxh6, then 37....N2e3+!? 38.Kg1 f2+ leads to a very small advantage for black.

Nov-28-14
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  Jimfromprovidence: I got 35...Nxf2 (eliminating the pawn's defense of the knight on e3, with the threat of 36...Nxe3+).

One follow-up line is 36 Nxg2 Nxg4.


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Here the threat is 37...fxg2++. if 38 Kxg2?? then 38...Ne3+.

To prevent this white plays 37 Rd3. Now after 37...fxg2+ 38 Kxg2 Ne3+, black wins a piece.


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I never saw any part of the text continuation beginning with 36 Nf5.

Nov-28-14  Steve.Patzer: After 35....Nxf2 why not 36. Qxf2?
Nov-28-14  vanytchouck: Even if 35...Nxf2 was my first idea, i didn't make it work.

Then, I've been hypnotized by 35...Qxe3 fxe3 failing to see that white are obviously not compelled to take back and can simply answer by 36. Bxh3 ...

Nov-28-14
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  LucB: This guy is fast becoming one of my faves... wow!
Nov-28-14  BOSTER: My guess that Black had the nice combo

with black to play 28....after Qh3 Ne3 and Nf5

Nov-28-14  morfishine: <Steve.Patzer> I, as well as others, already posted that 35...Nxf2 36.Qxf2 loses to 36...Nxe3+ followed by 37...Nxg4

You may want to read the other posts before asking questions

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