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Tigran Vartanovich Petrosian vs Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov
USSR Championship (1959), Tbilisi URS, rd 10, Jan-25
Semi-Slav Defense: Meran Variation (D47)  ·  1-0


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Apr-08-08  ToTheDeath: A nice effort, a lot of sharp tactics to reach a winning endgame.
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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: Check this out:


Notice when the games were played.

Who was Nezh worse against: Tal in his prime, or pre-champ Petrosian?

Petrosian is my hero.

Apr-08-08  ToTheDeath: Yep, Petrosian had his number. He knew how to make feared attacking geniuses look like patzers (see his wins over Kasparov).

One of the neat points of 12.Ng5!? is the natural 12..h6 lands Black in hot water after 13.Ngxe6 fxe6 14. Bxe6+ when Rf7 is forced, since either 14..Kh8 and Kh7 lose to Ng6+ and Qc2, respectively.

17.Ng3! is a nice intermezzo before retreating the attacked knight.

Black probably could have held this endgame but he simply got outplayed.

Apr-08-08  arsen387: It's immensely instructive and simple how Petrosian wins the black's e pawn beginning from 27th move, pressuring b4 and e5 pawns and at any point threatening Bxh6+! A little weird seems to me Nezh's 26.Kg7 after which the loss of e pawn is pretty much forced. Maybe he feared 27.Nf5? sacrificing the N temporarily, coz 27..gxf5, 28.exf5 Bxf5 (in case of Bishop retreat f6 discovered check wins the Q) regains the piece with check. But seems like 26..f6 protects the e pawn and makes Nf5 sacrifice useless coz B will just retreat and now 29.f6+ is impossible because that square is occupied by black pawn. So what was the reason of 26.Kg7? giving away the e pawn?

<ToTheDeath: One of the neat points of 12.Ng5!? is the natural 12..h6 lands Black in hot water after 13.Ngxe6 fxe6 14. Bxe6+ when Rf7 is forced, since either 14..Kh8 and Kh7 lose to Ng6+ and Qc2, respectively.> Great tactics, thanks for sharing it. Completely overlooked that possibility.

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  Gregor Samsa Mendel: 42 Nd4, taking away the hope of an opposite-color bishops ending, is a very nice touch. Just the sort of thing that would make the opponent feel like resigning, instead of prolonging the misery.

42...Rxd4 43 Be5+ wins the exchange.

42...Bc4 43 Rc1 Rc8 (What else is there? The bishop has to protect the b-pawn, and if Be6 the knight takes it.) 44 Nf5+ and 45 Nd6 and white wins.

Black probably figured there were must be better things to do than play on and suffer death by a thousand small cuts.

Mar-13-12  LoveThatJoker: GUESS-THE-MOVE FINAL SCORE:

Petrosian vs Nezhmetdinov, 1959.
Your score: 91 (par = 65)


Mar-13-12  LoveThatJoker: <Gregor Samsa Mendel> Excellent comment on the highlights of 42. Nd4!


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  maxi: What I find peculiar is that Nezhmetdinov only played Botvinnik once.
Nov-17-12  Cemoblanca: The clou is: If you play every 5 years against the same opponent you'll win every game! :D

Here is the evidence:

Petrosian vs Nezhmetdinov, 1949

Nezhmetdinov vs Petrosian, 1954

Petrosian vs Nezhmetdinov, 1959

Beautiful formula! I will begin tomorrow!!! :D

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