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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Alexey Suetin
"Removing the Key Defender" (game of the day Oct-26-2018)
RSFSR Championship (1947), Kuybyshev URS, Jun-??
Sicilian Defense: Richter-Rauzer Variation. General (B60)  ·  1-0



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Jul-17-06  ganstaman: DK has posted in a lot of places (almost 4700 times so far) on this site. Whether he's been right or wrong, he seems to have helped spur discussion and force others to really understand and explain their position. And like I said before, one of the best ways to learn is to allow yourself to be corrected by others.

That said, he did seem a bit stubborn at times, but I still appreciate his postings here.

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  nasmichael: After playing through the "Guess the Move" challenge, I can appreciate the boldness of Nezhmetdinov more thoroughly. I like the way studying the board delivers the "why?" that a mature player would ask a less-experienced one--as this is a shorter game, I recommend it to players new to the challenge--

For those who may be familiar, was this game part of a particular Master's Open?, --or to phrase it differently, what were the conditions of the tourney and what other players were there?

And for future questions like this one, do you know of websites that may have this information?

Sep-22-09  birthtimes: Interesting line that Nezh chose with 7. Bc4 as it had only been played once before (Littman-Bernstein, 1940) and he may not have seen it. Then again, he could have seen it played somewhere in the USSR, but after 7...a6, he was the first, and still the only, to play 8. Nxc6.

It is not difficult to see why he played these moves. He was well-acquainted with the potential effects of a White bishop posted on the a2-g8 diagonal, especially before the opposing king had castled, and it is easy to see that Black's queenside pawn structure is weakened after 8. Nxc6.

It is also easy to see that 9. e5 leads either to 9...dxe5 10. Qf3 Be7 11. Rd1 or O-O or to 9...Qa5 10. Bxf6 gxf6 where Black's kingside pawn structure is weakened.

He also was well-aquainted with the principle of opening up the center files while the opposing king is still in the center, and simultaneously keeping his own queen on the d1-h5 or h5-e8 diagonals, which explains moves 11-16. After Black then played 16. Bb7 it is certainly no surprise that Nezh replied with 17. Bxe6.

There are however, two other lines that Tal didn't expound upon that could cause White some serious difficulties: 18. Qxe6+ Qe7 19. Qb3 Bc8! and 18. Qxe6+ Qe7 19. Qf5 Bc8 20. Qf3 Qc5!

Whether Nezh himself saw these two lines, one can only speculate. But it is easy seeing his thinking regarding the first 17 moves of this game...

Jan-31-11  Crocomule: The gnothi seauton game, as the old timers called it..
Mar-09-12  jrichman38: Modern computers (houdini) show that 21...Qd6!! draws after 22.Qxd6 Bxd6 23.Nxh7 Rxh7 24.Rxh7 Be5!
Dec-16-16  lost in space: <<Morphy86:> Hello all, sorry for the stupid question (I'm quite a beginner), but it seems to me that Black has abandoned a bit too quickly... He doesn't seem to have a completely lost position! Sure, the 2 pawns difference is a bit annoying, yet... something maybe can still be done...... but maybe it's only my "fight to the end" mentality!!!! Thanks!!>

I would also play on as Black in the final position of this game. Yes, 2 pawns down and 90% sure that Black will lose...But white still can make mistakes.

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29...a5 30. Qe3+ Ka6 31. Kc1 Rab8 32. Qd3 Kb6 33. Qd4+ Ka6 34. Qc5 Kb7 and white will solwly making progress.

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The issue for Black is the protection of Ph7 (later the one on a5) in the starting position so a quick development of both rooks is not that easy. Now next step of the plan for white is to start pushing Pf2

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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Always had this notion that playing the Sicilian vs. Nezhmetdinov was a bad idea. Turns out that specifically 2...Nc6 had very poor results--out of 28 games in the database, he only lost three games with the White pieces. In this game, he didn't even play his beloved 3.Bb5 and still won.
Dec-16-16  The Kings Domain: Tough, fighting game with Nezhmetdinov ending it with a nice touch.
Dec-16-16  morfishine: Nezhmetdinov games really should be off-limits for such childish game titles


Dec-16-16  Kamagong42: absolute genius or pure imagination?
Dec-16-16  ChessHigherCat: Suet in, Suet out!
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  scutigera: <morfishine>: I've played through too many Gyula Sax games on this site to be offended by this pun: as discussed above, Nezhmetdinov's attack was dubiously sound, so "Rash Decision" is actually related to the game's content, which puts it well above median quality.
Dec-16-16  thegoodanarchist: <PinkZebra: Isn't 16)...Be7 a better alternative than allowing the sacrifice on e6?>

I love reading posts from the time before I was a member.

Hint: It was likely before you were too! :)

Dec-16-16  thegoodanarchist: <morfishine: Nezhmetdinov games really should be off-limits for such childish game titles>

What about <'Shid I stay or 'Shid I go now?>

Jun-16-18  WorstPlayerEver: SF: 18... Qe7 19. Qb3 Bg7 20. Rg1 a5 -1

-18... Qe7 19. Qh5 Bc8 20. Qf3 Qc5=

-21. Nd7 +6.5 (instead of 21. Rd7 Qd6= <jrichman38>)

Jun-16-18  WorstPlayerEver: 21. Nd7+ Bxd7 22. Rxd7 Qxd7 23. Qxd7 Rd8 24. Qxc6 I assume Nezh accidentally touched their Rook ;)
Oct-26-18  mrknightly: <TheTamale> Think you mean ...22, but I have the same question. Guess we are both estupidos.
Oct-26-18  TheTamale: OK, sorry, everyone. My previous question was pre-coffee. Deleting now.
Oct-26-18  TheTamale: <mrknightly> Yes, you are right, I did mean move 22. But in my uncaffeinated state, I didn't see that the White queen would simply capture the unprotected Black queen. It still might go better than it did in the actual play, but at least I see why Black opted not to take the knight. :- )
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  catlover: This is definitely not a boring game.
Nezhmetdinov's biography on CG says that he was "renowned for his imaginative attacking style."
Oct-26-18  Retireborn: Any information about the tournament this game was played in?
Oct-26-18  Howard: This is the ONLY game labeled "URS 1947" if you look under Nezh's long list of games.

Offhand, I suspect it was probably played in some kind of USSR league event, rather than in a tournament.

Oct-26-18  TheaN: Interesting to look back to comments as old as 2002(!), during the time the beloved late <Sneaky> was still chuckling behind his computer how some of us were making silly mistakes with regards to analysis on a site that had just recently started.

Especially <dk> back in the day: 11.O-O?!... pretty sure anno 2018 even <dk> won't defend this move as correct anymore. White throws away any initiative he has. Sure, White gains 'position', if that's a correctly named alternative for development and King safety.

However, White also loses development and afterwards a pawn if Black plays 11....d5!, after which SF9 doesn't even feel much for giving up Pe5, and plays 12.exf6?! dxc4 13.Qd4 with compensation but a piece down. After the 'logical' 12.Bd3/Be2 fxe5 Black is in fact already winning: a pawn up because Pe6 is in this case an asset rather than a weakness, reinforcing an insanely strong center and White's castling makes the King a target, especially because Pg7 is gone.

Oct-27-18  Retireborn: To answer my own question, according to Russbase the game was played in the 7th Championship of Russia (presumably the RSFSR) in Kuibyshev.

This was a 14-player rr where Nezh shared second place behind the winner Novotelnov (as noted on that player's bio page.)

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  plang: 7 Bc4 is a rarely played sideline which is not even mention in Nunn and Osnos book on the Rauzer. 7..a6 was new but 8 Nxc6 seems like a logical response. Certainly 13..Be7 looks like an improvement. 16..Bb7? weakening e6 is just asking for trouble. Apparently, there were more moves played but Nezhmetdinov did not include them in his book.
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