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Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov vs Boris Spassky
Chigorin Memorial (1964), Sochi URS, rd 5, Aug-??
Spanish Game: Closed Variations (C84)  ·  1-0



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Feb-21-06  Autoreparaturwerkbau: Oh c'mon, give me a break! How can 45.Rxf6 possibly be sound? Is there really no better continuation for black?
Feb-21-06  krhodes: An exchange sacrifice for an extra pawn (or more) or an attack is very common. Here white gets a pawn and exposes the black king for the exchange.
Aug-22-08  ToTheDeath: 45.Rxf6 returned an exchange that was won earlier. There is no good defense- Black is down a pawn with a hopelessly exposed king.

Black can not afford 47...Bxc4 48.Qa7+ Kg6 49. Qg7+ Kxh5 50.h4 mating.

In the final position there is no defense to the threat of Nxf5 and Nf7. 51...Qd7 52.g4+! fxg4 53.Ne4 and the knight mates on g3.

Sep-08-09  kooley782: Nezhmetdinov was a very very credible chess player. The reason why he did not become World Champion is that when not given the chance to attack, he spoils his position trying to find complications unnecessarily. But he was certainly worthy of the title of GM. I mean, the guy had a record of 3-1 in his favor against Mikhail Tal!
Sep-08-09  Boomie: <ToTheDeath: In the final position there is no defense to the threat of Nxf5 and Nf7.>

Actually after Nxf5, white has the dual mate threats of Qh6 and g4.

<kooley782: But he was certainly worthy of the title of GM. I mean, the guy had a record of 3-1 in his favor against Mikhail Tal!>

Plus it should be mentioned that he won 5 Russian Championships and was Tal's second in his matches against Botvinnik. Those must have been fun analysis sessions.

For a jaw dropping experience, play over this game Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958.

Jan-31-11  Whitehat1963: Okay, seriously, there is just no way to train yourself to acquire vision and courage like this! Wow!
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