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Bukhuti Gurgenidze vs Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov
USSR Championship (1957), Moscow URS, rd 1, Jan-21
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Wormald Attack (C77)  ·  0-1


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Nov-26-06  ToTheDeath: 16. Bh4 looks more sensible. Nice finish.
Apr-25-07  capablancakarpov: Annotations by Richard Forster:

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.Qe2 b5 6.Bb3 Bc5 7.c3 d6 8.0 0 0 0 9.Rd1 Qe7 10.h3 Bb6 11.d4 Bb7 12.d5

Allowing Black to seize the initiative. The more restrained 12.dxe5 led to equality.

12...Na5 13.Bc2

After 13.Be3 Bxe3 14.Qxe3, 14...Nh5 was planned with f7-f5 to follow soon.


Black's whole game plan is based on the activation of his bishop pair.

14.dxc6 Nxc6 15.Bg5 h6 16.Bxf6

Perhaps 16.Be3 was better.

16...Qxf6 17.Nbd2 Ne7! 18.Nf1 Ng6 19.g3 Qe6 20.Ne3?

Nezhmetdinov indicates that 20.Bb3 was preferable, because now Black's initiative becomes overwhelming.

20...Qxh3 21.Rxd6

21.Nf5 was not better: 21...d5! 22.exd5 Bc8 23.Ne3 f5 or 23...Bg4 (24.Nxg4 Qxg3+!).

21...Bc5 22.Rxg6

Otherwise 22...f5! with decisive threats.

22...fxg6 23.Nxe5 Kh7

Here, quite unusually, Nezhmetdinov misses the quickest win. After 23...Rxf2! 24.Qxf2 Rf8 25.Nf7 Rxf7! (even stronger than 27...Kh7 Nezhmetdinov.) 26.Bb3 Kh8! 27.Bxf7 Bxe4! White is mated in a few moves the bishops dominate the entire board.

24.Rd1 Rxf2!! 25.Kxf2

After 25.Qxf2 Rf8 26.Qe1 Black finishes with yet another rook sacrifice: 26...Rf1+! 27.Qxf1 Bxe3+.


If now 26.Kf1 Black wins by 26...Rf8+ 27.Nf3 Qxg3.

26.Ke1 Qxg3+ 27.Kd2 Qxe5 28.Nd5 Qg5+ 29. Resigns.

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