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Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov vs Maximilian Ujtelky
"Hungry Hungry Hippo" (game of the day Mar-12-2015)
Chigorin Memorial (1964), Sochi URS, rd 1, Aug-??
Modern Defense: Standard Defense (B06)  ·  0-1


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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!...
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  iking: 18... c6! Ouch, all pawns on the 6th rank, a phalanx of pawns!
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  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.
Mar-12-15  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>


Mar-12-15  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.
Dec-09-15  Albanius: Nezh apparently resigned after realizing that the B Q covers h8. After 75 ..Ra8 76 h8/Q? Rxh8 77 Rxh8 Qxh8+
and B will mate soon after d4 opening the long diagonal. So better would be going into an endgame with
76 Qxa8 Bxa8 77 h8/Q Qxh8 78 Rxh8
but B wins easily with 78..d4!
The W rook might be able to capture the d pawn or the B, but not both.
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  andrewjsacks: This strange game looks as if it may have been contested between a Martian and a chess-playing computer program from Pluto, but I'm not sure who had which color.
Dec-09-15  MyCoachingDreams: Kirsan agrees.
Apr-20-16  Ilkka Salonen: How would 67. Rg8 work? Maybe I'm missing something but it would seem to guarantee white a promotion or at least a rook.
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  HeMateMe: The Hateful Eight!
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  diceman: Kind of hilarious this is called the:

"Standard Defense" of the Modern Opening.

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  hudapri: Pure trolling.
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  PhilFeeley: Weirdest game I've ever seen: all black pawns on the 6th rank by move 18. When is that ever good? Think what Carlsen or Kasparov would have made of that.
Jan-10-18  GT3RS: This is one of the craziest games I've ever seen. Reminds me of Tal vs Koblents.

45. Nxe6 (not sure what Nez was thinking. I guess he never learned to defend).

but 52. Qe5 was a decisive mistake.

Weird, but a brilliant loss.

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