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Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov vs Maximilian Ujtelky
"Hungry Hungry Hippo" (game of the day Mar-12-15)
RUS (1964)  ·  Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1
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  sleepyirv: The Tortoise and the Hare

A strange victory from the Player of the Day, certainly designed ahead of time to beat the aggressive Nezhmetdinov.

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  Garech: It still amazes me that this has never made GOTD, it's a masterpiece!


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  Phony Benoni: Behold the hippopotamus!
We laugh at how he looks to us,
And yet in moments dank and grim,
I wonder how we look to him.

Peace, peace, thou hippopotamus!
We really look all right to us,
As you no doubt delight the eye
Of other hippopotami.

-- Ogden Nash

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  Phony Benoni: In light of Tal's famous story:

Tal vs Vasiukov, 1964

Perhaps the pun could be "A Hippo on the March".

Jun-12-14  zanzibar: In light of the two previous posts, some illustration might be helpful:

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  Phony Benoni: The pun is a reference to the children's game, "Hungry Hungry Hippos".

The idea, as I understand it, was that each player had control of a "hippo" and tried to capture as many of the little balls in the center as possible. It was a bit after My Time, which shill puts it long before the Time of most kibitzers here.

Traditionalists have long suffered under the insults of the Dynamic School of Chess, where specific tactical chances compensate for structural weaknesses. And today, computers are teaching us that you can get away with almost any idea if you can handle the tactics.

But Ujtelky takes these ideas into a new dimension. One imagines a Capablanca or a Karpov winning this in their sleep with "The Death of a Thousand Cuts." All Nezhmetidinov can think of is blowing it back to Slovakia. But the tactics are manageable until frustration sets in.

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  ajile: The latest games I've seen at the GM level with White doing well have White setting up with d4-e4-f4 to combat these hippo/hedgehog type setups where Black hunkers down and doesn't immediately challenge the center. The idea for Black is to try and wait for White to commit to a certain variation so Black can favorably transpose. Also Black hopes White will overextend his center so Black can attack it.
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  offramp: This game starts off as a throwback to 12th century chess, al-Adli style.

But then comes one of the longest middle-games I've ever seen. The game is still in full middle-game mode when white resigns on move 75.

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  al wazir: I don't understand anything about this game. I would probably not have played any of the moves black did, and very few of white's. Moreover, I'm willing to bet that no strong engine would make even half of these moves.
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  morfishine: For a game like this, its no surprise Nezhmetidinov is right in the middle of it. He gets into the most impossible positions: this time on the losing end :)


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  offramp: In the final position white has just played 75. a8=Q

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Black could now play 75...Rxa8 and after 76. h8=Q

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...the white queen and black rook have exchanged places.

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  Honza Cervenka: Bizarre game in many ways. In move 44 black still has all eight Pawns but twelve moves later he has just two, both of them passed, one later promoted to the Queen. Ujtelky with black pieces was playing his "standard" three-line chess (in most extreme form) to provoke his opponent, Nezh got clearly superior position and even managed to win an Exchange but then lost the thread, overlooked a tactical swindle winning the second Pawn for the Exchange, then started a fierce attack with typical sacrificial fireworks but Ujtelky defended precisely and got the upper hand. The final position is still very picturesque and crazy though black is in fact in the firm control of events.
Mar-12-15  cunctatorg: Lovely-lovely game!! It truly exhibits -in some measure- the beauty of chess!...
Mar-12-15  iking: 18... c6! Ouch, all pawns on the 6th rank, a phalanx of pawns!
Mar-12-15  Castleinthesky: Outlandishly great and against one of my favorite players!
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  SuperPatzer77: I'm still confused about 0-1. Who won that game?? Nashmetdinov or Ujtelky???

It should be 1-0 instead of 0-1, correct???


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  Penguincw: < SuperPatzer77: I'm still confused about 0-1. Who won that game?? Nashmetdinov or Ujtelky???

It should be 1-0 instead of 0-1, correct??? >

Judging by the position, it looks like 0-1. However, I always find it confusing when one side makes a move and resigns before their opponent responds with their move.

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  SuperPatzer77: <Penguincw> Thanks for clarifying it. It looks like Neshmetdinov made 75. a8=Q and then big oops. Then he resigns after he moves his a-pawn to a8 and promotes to a queen.

<Penquincw> You're absolutely right about that. No way White can fight for a draw.


Mar-12-15  Conrad93: Why in the world did white play 11. KF1? I just don't get it.
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  rollingrook5: A classic game. I have employed the Hippo formation seen at move 10, but I do not have the guts to arrive at the absurd wall seen at move 18.
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  morfishine: The "losing move" was 36.Ne1 allowing 36...Bxe5. Clearly better was the positional <36.Re1> shoring up <e5>


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  Cheapo by the Dozen: One of the best puns I've ever seen here.

Hungry Hungry Hippo is a rather famous children's toy or game. And the Hippo in the game ate a remarkable amount of material.

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  kevin86: eight pawns on the third!!! What a partie!
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  Honza Cervenka: <Conrad93: Why in the world did white play 11. KF1? I just don't get it.> Nezh apparently planned to develop his Rook by lift via h3 and he also wanted to get his King from the centre. That is why he played 11.Kf1 and 12.Kg1 instead of castling.
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  Alex Schindler: Super nezh even makes losing look spectacular. And with two Queens and a pawn on the seventh, he also makes losing look suspiciously like winning at a cursory glance. Crazy position to end a crazy game.
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