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N Kosolapov vs Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov
"Tartar Build Up" (game of the day May-06-2008)
Kazan op (1936)
Four Knights Game: General (C47)  ·  0-1
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Jan-28-10  brainzugzwang: Weird -- I struggled with the Monday and tuesday ones, but the Wednesday and Thursday ones just leapt off the screen at me.

Have to admit, I solved this in kind of a roundabout, almost cheat-like way. When I noticed it was Nezhmetdinov to move, I said, "OK, look for something spectacular" and thus went to Qxh2+ immediately. The rest was easy peasy.

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  Once: <mrsaturdaypants> I don't have a mnemonic, but I do have a way of thinking that helps me ... sometimes.

When I have a candidate move in mind (eg 22...Ng3+), it can be all too tempting to fall in love with the move that I've just thought of. Then I get all fuzzy and moistly optimistic about the fabulous combination I am about to make. Kapow! Once-Man strikes again!

It is normally about no-no-nanosecond after I have played the move that I spot a glaring error. And then it's the cold sweats hoping against hope that the other guy doesn't spot the oh-so obvious refutation.

So I have invented this weird little thinking trick. After I have thought up a candidate move, I mentally suggest the move to an evil accountant I keep locked in my head. The accountant has only one job - he has to find the best reply that my opponent could possibly make to my move. In a way, he is on the other guy's side, trying to rip my head off.

It's a legal refinement of an old Russian trick, which used to go something like this. When you have thought of a move, write it down on your scoresheet but don't play it. Visualise that move played on the board and look for all checks, captures and other forceful moves to respond to it. Only when you have satisfied yourself that the move is safe should you make it.

Unfortunately, that trick has since been outlawed, as it was tantamount to taking notes during a game. So my mental trick with the internal accountant is the nearest that I can come to it within the law.

Schizophrenic? Us?

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  YouRang: <gropek: Hey, anyone can help me to undestand the move 12. f3? Making the king vulnerable and not doing nothing useful?>

It looks to me like you DO understand it. :-)

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  Once: 12. f3 is perfectly easy to understand. It blocks the Ne1 from getting to f3, it makes the Be2 spectacularly bad, it opens the a7-g1 diagonal for a bishop check,loosens the pawn cover around the white king and it paves the way for the eventual losing move 22. fg.

All in all, a great move by Nezh. I reckon that before the game he had tied a piece of invisible thread around the f pawn. Then when Kosalopov wasn't looking, he gave the thread a little tug and - hey presto - the little guy marches forward a square.

In all seriousness, I can see two possible threats that might have prompted 12. f3. The first is that black could otherwise play for a pawn roller on the kingside with g4, h5, h4 etc. The move 12. f3, backed up by bishop and queen, keeps an eye on the g4 square.

The second possibility is that white might have been afraid of the damage that black could do with his queen or bishop on d5, joining forces with the Nf4 to attack g2.

But, in either case, the cure seems worse than the disease. 12. f3 is not a move to be proud of.

Is it just me or does the name Kosalopov sound like a James Bond baddie? Mr Bond, I've been expecting you.

Jan-28-10  wals: 22. Qc1 Qxc1 23. Rxc1 g3 24. Bg1 gxh2 25. Bf2 f4 26. d4 exd4 27. b5 Ne7 28. Bd3 Ng3+ 29. Bxg3 fxg3 30. cxd4 c6 31. a4 Re6 32. Nc2 Rf8 33. Nb4 (-1.59) one pawn up for black

What a difference a move makes, courtesy of Rybka 3 1cpu 3071mb hash

Jan-28-10  cyclon: This one is quite beautiful, albeit Whites position is somewhat more passive. I saw it quite soon for some reason without making particular "sound-check". 22. -Qxh2+ 23.Kxh2 Ng3+, and now either; 24.Kg1 Rh1X, or 24.Kxg3 f4X.
Jan-28-10  Criswell: Very cleverly done, and quite frankly beyond my ability. My solution was 22...Ng3+ but the queen sack (I even looked at that possibility) was beyond me.
Jan-28-10  TomOhio: I always get too anxious and blow it by making my move too early. In this case it still works out but is much tougher.

21. ... Qxh2+ (TOO EARLY!)
22. Kxh2 Ng3+
23. Kxg3 f4+
24. Kxg4 Be6+
25. Kg5 Rg6+
26. Kh4 Rf8
27. d4 Rf5
28. Bd3 Rh6+
29. Kg4 Rfh5+
30. Bf5 Bxf5#

Neat mate... but totally unnecessary.

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  David2009: Thursday's puzzle N Kosolapov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1936 Black 22...?

It is mate in three (corkscrew combination) starting 22...Qxh2+ 23 Kxh2 Ng3+ 24 Kxg3 f4#; or 24 Kg1 Rh1#. A brief check: Yes. Good words of wisdom from the regulars.

Jan-28-10  Halldor: I tried the winning line early until Blacks 24th move but discarded it because the only really active black piece left was the rook. But after many other tries I came back to this queen sac and then saw at last that a humble pawn move would do the trick! Funny, but not for White...
Jan-28-10  Eggman: Instantly. Pretty, though.
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  whiteshark: Get it, in a split second in the second run. :)
Jan-28-10  SufferingBruin: 1000 rating, blah blah blah

Man, I was ticked I missed this one. <Once> put it more eloquently than I about falling in love with the wrong move. I fell deeply, madly, passionately in love with Ng3+ and was in turn scorned; my heart stepped on by stiletto heels, my groans drowned out by the cackling laughter of an evil muse.

So, uh, yeah... missing this one hurt.

Jan-28-10  Skylark: If you look at my lines given in my last post on the last page, Ng3+ is still a solution and will still lead to a crushing win for white. It's just not a mate in 3 is all.
Jan-28-10  Sparta1: Candidates: Qxh2+, Ng3+, Rxh2+

Let's start with the most forcing, 22. ... Qxh2+

22. ... Qxh2+
23. Kxh2 Ng3+
24. Kxg3 f4# (24. Kg1 Rh1#)

All forced. Don't think I missed anything...

Jan-28-10  turbo231: Foiled again.
Jan-29-10  TheaN: Thursday 28 January 2010


Target: 3:30;000
Taken: ~1:00;000 (got interrupted twice).

Material: White up, ♗+♙/♘

Candidates: Ng3, Bxg2, <[Qxh2]>

White is up in material but has a terrible position, a typical gambit by Black. But, how does Black gain anything from it? Well, lets just grab the King with a wonderful combination:

<22....Qxh2! 23.Kxh2 Ng3!!> even more surprising than the Queen sacrifice, even though it's the only move accoplishing anything for Black. Moving back leads to nice trap by Rook and Knight, the idea of the discovered check.

<24.Kg1 Rh1 0-1> but capturing the Knight leads to an even better mate.

<24.Kxg3 f4 0-1> terrific ending position, if I'm honest. Lets check how White got here this quick.

Feb-04-10  LIFE Master AJ: Man, I love this guy! (Nezmetdinov.) Only him and Tal regularly produced this kind of exciting tactics.
Feb-04-10  LIFE Master AJ: Yes, I got the mate. (For those wo might be curious enough to ask.)
Feb-04-10  LIFE Master AJ: << Jan-28-10 SamAtoms1980: Boy, did this one feel good.

22 ... Qxh2+!! 23 Kxh2 Ng3+! (24 Kg1 Rh1 mate) 24 Kxg3 f4 mate!!!

That thudding sound after 24 ... f4#? That was Kosolapov's jaw slamming onto the table. >>

Literally laughing out loud here!!!!!!

Oct-08-10  kamalakanta: This is poetry!
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  kingscrusher: I have video annotated this game:

Nov-25-10  sevenseaman: After ...18. Qxg3 Black a plethora of options. What he did take is also beautiful.
Aug-07-12  LoveThatJoker: Guess-the-Move Final Score:

N Kosolapov vs Nezhmetdinov, 1936.
Your score: 45 (par = 39)


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  ColeTrane: 12.f3??
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