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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Enrico Paoli
"Nez saw doom. Mood was zen." (game of the day May-07-2023)
Bucharest (1954), Bucharest ROU, rd 5, Mar-04
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95)  ·  1-0



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Dec-10-05  suenteus po 147: <Granite> Without any sarcasm or irony, which piece are you referring to? The knight? Also, you might be interested to know that, according to <Resignation Trap>'s research, this won the First Brilliancy Prize of the tournament.
Dec-10-05  aw1988: I think he means the rooks. But it's a strange kibitz.
Sep-24-09  birthtimes: If 20...bxc3, Nezhmetdinov mates by 21. gxf7+ Kxf7 22. b3 Qc7 23. Qg6+ Kf8 24. fxe6! I think Granite is referring to the knights, since they were both sacrificed.
Feb-06-11  ZeejDonnelly: An underappreciated game by Nezzy! Another cool variation in a slippery opening, as noted by Serper in an article on 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. Qf3 Be7 8. O-O-O Bd7? 9. e5! dxe5 10. Nxe6! fxe6 11. Qxb7 Nc6 12. Bxf6 Bxf6 13. Rxd7 1-0
Aug-01-13  GumboGambit: (Great background story to this game. Per the tournament description by

Korchnoi won the tournament in impressive form, making his entrance into international chess entirely memorable. Nezhmetdinov won the tournament first brilliancy prize with his astounding win against Paoli in the fifth round. Just before the fifth round, Nezhmetdinov was informed that his son, Iskander, had just been born. He was later quoted as saying "At the end of the round, I sent a telegram to my wife: 'I congratulate you on the birth of our son, and I dedicate my game with Paoli to him.'" And a fine dedication it was!

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  al wazir: 21. Nd5 f6 22. b3 wins the ♕.

Black must have something better, but I don't know what it is.

Jun-08-14  morfishine: "We interrupt this program..."

Preventing the Black Queen from defending <f7> is the right theme, which is why I focused on <21.Nd5>

Another wonderful gem by Nez


Jun-08-14  morfishine: <al wazir> I'm thinking both 21.b3 & 21.Nd5 are winning: 21.Nd5 exd4 22.gxf7+ Kd8 23.fxg8=Q+ Rxg8 24.Rxd4 Qb5 25.Nxe7 Kxe7 26.Qg5+ Kf7 27.Qg6+ Kf8 28.Qxd6+ Ke8 29.Bg5

But you gotta love Nezhmetdinov's technique


Jun-08-14  patzer2: <morfishine: "We interrupt this program..."> (a.k.a. in between move or zwischenzug), while ignoring the attack on two of <Nez's least favorite piece>s, to deflect the Queen with 21. b3!! and surprise Black with a mating attack.

In addition to the zwischenzug and deflection themes involved with 21. b3!! and 22. gxf7+!, the decoy to force mate or win the Queen comes into play with 26. Bb6+!

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  playground player: Dream match: Nezhmetdinov vs. Adolph Andersen.
Jun-08-14  patzer2: Nezhmetdinov - Enrico Paoli, Bucharest Bucharest ROM 1954

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Find White's best move (21. ?)

Analysis by Fritz 12 (@ 20/47 depth on a 2.1 GHZ dual core processor):

1. (8.36): 21.b3 exd4 22.bxc4 f6 23.Rxd4 bxc3 24.Bf4 Bc6 25.Bxd6 Bxd6 26.Rxd6 Ne7 27.Rh1 Rg8 28.Qg4 Rb8+ 29.Ka1 Rb2 30.Rhd1 Kf8

2. (6.52): 21.Nd5 f6 22.b3 Qxd5 23.exd5 exd4 24.Bxd4 Nh6 25.Rde1 Kf8 26.Rh1 Bxf5 27.Re2 Rc7 28.Kb2 Kg8

3. (1.71): 21.f6 Nxf6 22.Nd5 Be6 23.Nxe6 fxe6 24.Nb6 Qc7 25.Nxc8 Qxc8 26.Bg5 Kd7 27.Qf2 Qc7 28.Bxf6 Bxf6

4. (1.30): 21.a3 f6 22.axb4 exd4 23.Rxd4 Qc6 24.Nd5 Qb5 25.Re1 Kf8 26.Bf4 Rc4 27.Rd3 Bc6

Jun-08-14  patzer2: According to Fritz 12, Black's decisive mistake is 15...g8?, allowing 16. f4! (+ 2.64 @ 20 depth) which is arguably the beginning of White's winning combination.

Instead of 15...g8? 16. f4! , 15...Nfg4 16. Bf4 = to leaves Black with about level chances in this struggle.

Jun-08-14  yadasampati: I must be insane, because i found the solution :-)
Jun-08-14  Jedzz: <patzer2: <morfishine: "We interrupt this program..."> (a.k.a. in between move or zwischenzug), while ignoring the attack on two of <Nez's least favorite piece>s, to deflect the Queen with 21. b3!! and surprise Black with a mating attack.>

How surprised could black really be? His king is stuck in the center of the board, two pieces are right where they started and not doing anything (black doesn't really control the h-file, since he'll have to trade rooks if white plays Rh1), and white is a deflection or two away from opening files on both sides of black's king.

White probably did black a favor by ending it so quickly.

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  agb2002: White has a bishop and a knight for the bishop pair.

Black threatens 21... bxc3 and 21... exd4.

21.Nd5 has several advantages (avoids 21... bxc3, blocks the black queen from the defense of f7, brings a knight into the attack against the black king, etc.) and apparently the only drawback of weakening c2:

A) 21... exd4 22.gxf7+

A.1) 22... Kxf7 23.Qxg7+ Ke8 24.Qxh8 looks winning (24... dxe3 25.Rxg8+ and mate next).

A.2) 22... Kf8 23.Qxg7#.

A.3) 22... Kd8 23.Qxg7

A.3.a) 23... dxe3 24.Qxg8+ Rxg8 24.Rxg8+ Be8 25.fxe8=Q#.

A.3.b) 23... Bb5 24.Qxg8+ Rxg8 25.Rxg8+ Bf8 (25... Kd7 26.Nb6+ Kc7(6) 27.Rxc8+ Kxb6 28.Rxc4 Bxc4 29.Bg5 Bxf7 (29... Bxg5 30.f8=Q) 30.Bxe7 + -) 26.Rxf8+ Kd7 27.Rxc8 wins (27... K(Q)xc8 28.Nb6+; 27... Qe2 28.Rc7+ Kd8 29.f8=Q(R)#).

A.3.c) 23... Qxc2+ 24.Ka1 and White seems to win similarly to the previous lines.

B) 21... f6 22.b3 Qc5 23.Ne6 Qc6 24.Nxg7+ followed by Ne6 looks very bad for Black.

C) 21... fxg6 22.b3 Qc5 23.Ne6 wins the queen of delivers mate.

D) 21... Bf8 22.b3 Qc5 23.Ne6 Qc6 24.Nxf8 Kxf8 25.gxf7 looks winning.

Jun-08-14  M.Hassan: "Insane"
White to play 21.?
Equal but White has a Knight for a Bishop.
It took me long time but I found that Black Queen has to be pushed away from the diagonal a2g8 to enable gxf7+ without Queen taking the f pawn, hence:

21.b3 Qxc3
<if...Kxg7 23.Qg6+ Kf8 24.Ne6+ Bxe6 25.fxe6 threatening mate on f7 ...Qxc2+ 26.Ka1 Nh6 36.Bxh6 and mate next move>

23.Qxg7 exd4
24.Bxd4 Qxc2+
25.Ka1 Rh2
26.Bb6+ Rc7
27.Qxg8+ Bf8
Right on!

Jun-08-14  patzer2: <Jedzz><How surprised could black really be?> Good point! Black probably saw it coming since 15...Ng8? (missing 15...Nfg4! = to ) 16. f4! .

Perhaps I should have said "deflect the Queen with 21. b3!! and <finish off> Black with a mating attack."

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  perfidious: <patzer2....Find White's best move (21. ?)>

Embarras de richesse.

Jun-25-19  King.Arthur.Brazil: The start of the combination 21.b3! is very hard to find during the game. Maybe I would tried 21.♘d5 which is not so good cause you need to make the black lose time (moves) with the ♕. Thus, the sacrifice has another objectives afore remove the ♕ from defend the ♙f7. Also ♗xd4 win another tempo (while keep the important ♗), therefore after 25.♔b1. there is not much for black to do. 25... ♔c7? 26. ♖c1; 25...♗b4 26.fxg8=♕ ♖xg8 27.♕xg8+ ♔d7 28. ♕e6+ (♔d8 29.♗b6+ ♔e8 30.♖g8# or ♔e8 29. ♖g8#) ♔c7 30.♖c1.} If 25...♗f6? 26. ♗b6+ ♔e7 27. f8=♕#. How to stop 26. ♗b6+,♖c7 27.f8=♕+ ♗xf8 28.♕xf8#. Very beautiful combination.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: And yet another awed moment of awed silence and awed respect for a magnificent game title paired with a magnificent game.
May-07-23  syracrophy: A treat after a long day at work: a finesse by Nezhmet!!!
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  offramp: That's enough palindromes.
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  beatgiant: Der ramp saw doom gag, mood was pmarred. (The second 'p' is silent.)
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  MissScarlett: Shorter and to the point, <fof>.
May-08-23  thegoldenband: <offramp: That's enough palindromes.>

No, hon.

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