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Lev Polugaevsky vs Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov
"Nezhmet Kismet" (game of the day Jan-07-12)
Sochi 28th RSFSR ch (1958)  ·  Old Indian Defense: Ukrainian Variation (A54)  ·  0-1
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Jul-19-15  Nick46: I suggest to An Englishman and Imran Iskandar that to come up with a truly worthy Sunday POTD the puzzle setter has no option but dig around among "famous" games.
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  Abdel Irada: <wooden nickel>: "Fate" is one interpretation; "destiny" is another. In this case, I think the latter was what the punster had in mind.

Jul-19-15  fisayo123: One of my favourite games ever. Really, one of the most spectacular combinations in chess history.
Jul-19-15  morfishine: It looks like White erred with 24.Rh1 when <24.a3> holds; the point being, White holds the balance on the f-file


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  playground player: Dream match: Nezhmetdinov vs. Morphy
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  patzer2: <wooden nickel> While 26...c5 and 26...c5+ also win, Nezhmetdinov's brilliant 26...Bg7! is strongest.

Lev Polugaevsky - Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdin, Sochi 28th RSFSR ch 1958

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Analysis by Deep Fritz 14 x64 @ 24 depth:

1. (-3.55): 26...Bg7 27.Ng1 Rxg3 28.Ne2 Rf3 29.Ng1 Ned3+ 30.Kc4 Nxb2+ 31.Kxb4 Bc3+ 32.Ka3 b5 33.Qd4 Bxd4 34.Nxf3 Bc3 35.b4 a5 36.Kb3 axb4 37.a3 Nc4 38.Rg2 h5 39.Nd4 Na5+ 40.Ka2 Bxd4 41.Rh1 Nc4 42.Kb3

2. (-2.22): 26...c5+ 27.dxc6 b5 28.Bd3 Nexc6+ 29.Kc3 Bg7+ 30.Kd2 Rxd3+ 31.Ke1 Rxd1+ 32.Rxd1 Bxb2 33.Rxd6 Ne5 34.Rh5 Nxa2 35.Kf2 Nb4 36.Kg2 Re8 37.Rd2 Ba1 38.Nf4 Bc3 39.Rd1 a5 40.Rg5+ Kh8 41.Nd5 Nxd5 42.exd5

3. (-2.22): 26...c6 27.dxc6 b5 28.Bd3 Nexc6+ 29.Kc3 Bg7+ 30.Kd2 Rxd3+ 31.Ke1 Rxd1+ 32.Rxd1 Bxb2 33.Rxd6 Ne5 34.Rh5 Nxa2 35.Kf2 Nb4 36.Kg2 Re8 37.Rd2 Ba1 38.Nf4 Bc3 39.Rd1 a5 40.Rg5+ Kh8 41.Nd5 Nxd5 42.exd5

Jul-19-15  tavitabara: Nice combination
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  PawnSac: he certainly is one of the most unpredictable players I've seen. All but the strongest GM's must have found him a real pain in the kiester to face OTB. lol
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  patzer2: In going through the comments of other posters in 18 pages of kibitzing, some of the contributions I found most interesting and instructive were:

<Penguincw> June 19, 2015 post (page 17) of a Chess Network video analysis of this game at

<Tigranny>'s Dec 27, 2011 post (page 15) of a Kingcrusher video analysis of this game at

<MyDogPlaysChess>'s Jan 27, 2012 post (page 15) of user <Jessica Fisher>'s excellent biographical video about Rashid Nezhmetdinov at

<RandomVisitor>'s Jan 7, 2012 post (page 16) recommending a look at <LIFE Master AJ>'s very detailed analysis at

<ChessVIP>'s Apr 12, 2014 post of a video Lecture with GM Seirawan on this game at

Jul-19-15  morfishine: <patzer2> Yes, coincidentally, I went over the previous postings too, mainly to see what got <Once> so upset. A pretty sorry spectacle going back and forth over what is either 'unsound' or 'inaccurate'. Pretty pathetic, if you ask me.

But I too was able to separate out value, especially for me at least, <Jessica>'s links to Nez information

Nice job condensing the other useful links, particularly <kingscrusher>


Jul-19-15  20MovesAhead: Sssshhhh Guys, there's a genius at work here
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  patzer2: <morfishine> Thanks!
Jul-20-15  mikrohaus: <Pawnsac: "All but the strongest GM's must have found him a real pain in the kiester to face OTB.">

Polugaevsky was one of the strongest GMs, although not at his peak in 1958.

If you want to see Nezhmetidinov's Immortal Game (against Tal with Black), it's in the database here. Look under 1961 Soviet Championship, when, I believe, Tal might still have been WC.

The truth is he kept all the best on their toes. Lesser GMs got slaughtered or had to hope he was having a bad day.

He reminds me of Nakamura today. Nobody really wants to play people like that, unless you are Em. Lasker's ghost or Karpov at his best.

Jul-20-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: Material is even in this wild middle-game position. I'm fairly certain I've seen the position, probably in Chess Life, but not nearly recently enough that I can recall a solution from memory. In any case, the themes are clear - black's queen is trapped, so black is playing for mate. One must assume black does not have gxf3e.p.+ because that would be too easy and white most likely played Rh1 on the last move.

Black would love to play 24... Bxf4+(?) 25.Nxf4?? Nxc2+ winning the WQ, but white kills that idea with 25.gxf4, when black's queen is still trapped and black has given away the critical bishop. However, there is another way to open up lines for the dangerous bishop:

24... Rxf4!! and now

A) 25.gxf4 Bxf4+! 26.Nxf4 (Kd4 Qf2+ 27.Kc3 Qc5#) Nxc2+ 27.Qxc2 Qxc2 wins.

B) 25.Nxf4 Nxc2+ wins

C) 25.Rxh2 (best) Rf3+ 26.Kd4 (forced) Nxc2+! (c5+ 27.dxc6e.p bxc6 allows Bd3) 27.Qxc2 Be3+! 28.Kc3 Bc1+! 29.Qd3 (Kd4 Bxb2+ 30.Qxd2 Rd3#) Bxb2+ 30.Kxb2 Nxd3+ 31.K-moves Nc5 and white's e-pawn must fall, with a 2-pawn advantage for black.

Maybe there's a mate, but I can't see it from the problem position. Time for review....

Jul-20-15  CHESSTTCAMPS: I considered 26... Bg7 (as well as c5+), but didn't work it through.

"How absurdly simple!" as Watson said to Holmes.

Jul-24-15  Moszkowski012273: 12...Ng4 seems to be a better way to create advantage.
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  DarthStapler: I have a question about the annotation, should black's 29th move be written as Nexd3+, or just Nxd3+, because it's the only Nxd3 move that would give check?
Oct-14-15  ttran9235: <DarthStapler> it is written like you said
Jan-04-16  xzws: What if 27.Rh7 was played?
Jan-04-16  morfishine: <xzws: What if 27.Rh7 was played?> Forget that, Nezhmetdinov was a demon...I would've played <27.Nf4> and hoped for the best


May-29-16  The Kings Domain: Nezhmetdinov is one of the finest attacking players of the game. His patient, confident counter against Polugayevsky's exercise in positional masochism is impressive.
Aug-21-16  andrea volponi: 20 Axe5!=
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