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Holdzhayev vs Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov
URS (1955)
Italian Game: Two Knights Defense. Polerio Defense Bogoljubow Variation (C58)  ·  0-1

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Jan-20-03  ughaibu: This Qf3 move seems to be popular at the moment, does anyone know why?
Jan-21-03  aulero: In order to allow Nezhmetdinov showing his extraordinary tactical talent :-)

I never saw 8.Qf3 before, but I wonder what Nezhmetdinov would have played against 10.Qb8.

Jan-21-03  ughaibu: Maybe Nc6 Qb5 Nb4 with possibilities of Ba6, Nc2 and Qg5.
Jan-21-03  aulero: Unfortunately I've no time to analyze positions and I'm forced to judge them superficially, so generally I avoid to discuss line of play.

I agree with you that, after Qb8, Nc6 is apparently the only black's resource, but it seems to me that after 10.Qb8 Nc6 11.Qxb5 Nb4 12.d3 we reach a very complex position and probably a more interesting game than the actually played.

Jan-21-03  ughaibu: I agree, the game as played wasn't up to much.
Jan-21-03
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  Honza Cervenka: 8.Qf3 was recommended by Bogoljubow. See for example Bogoljubow vs Euwe, 1941
Jan-21-03  refutor: this trap line is interesting though, i will have to write this game down somewhere in case i ever go back to the main line two knights...i gave up this line and play 6. ... Bd7 instead because of lines like this in the "main line" two knights...once again Super Nezh has given me inspiration ;)
Jan-21-03  drukenknight: isnt white giving up too early? 15 Qxb6 Qxb6 16 Be3
Jan-21-03  ughaibu: How about 16.....f4?
Jan-22-03
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  Honza Cervenka: Another interesting game with 8. Qf3 is Durao - Prins, Malaga 1954. (It is not in the database yet.)

[Event "Malaga"]
[Site "Malaga"]
[Date "1954-??-??"]
[EventDate "?"]
[Round "?"]
[Result "1-0"]
[White "Durao,Joaquim"]
[Black "Prins,Lodewijk"]
[ECO "C58"]

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bc4 Nf6 4. Ng5 d5
5. exd5 Na5 6. Bb5+ c6 7. dxc6 bxc6
8. Qf3 cxb5 9. Qxa8 Qd7 10. b4 Nc6
11. a4 Nxb4 12. O-O Nxc2 13. Bb2 b4
14. Rc1 b3 15. Qb8 Qb7 16. Qxe5+ Be7
17. Na3 O-O 18. Nxc2 bxc2 19. Rxc2 Bd8
20. Ne4 Qa8 21. Ra3 Bb7 22. Nxf6+ Bxf6
23. Qxf6 1-0

Feb-15-06  notyetagm: Very impressive tactical play by Nezhmetdinov. He plays 11 ... e4 and 12 ... f5 to prevent the White queen from escaping along the a8-h1 diagonal.

Brilliant!

May-06-08  wetpaste: what about 15. Bg5

why doesn't it save white's queen.

Jan-21-09  WhiteRook48: if 15. Bg5, then 15...Qxg5
Dec-15-09  Sem: 15. ... Qxg5. 16. Qxb6, Qxg2. 17. Rf1, Bd7.
Apr-15-11  wetpaste: 16...Qxg2 17. Qxc6+ Bd7 18. Qa8+ Ke7 19. Rf1

Something like this seems fine for white even after your suggestion unless I'm missing something obvious. I'm a pretty amateur player but I remember putting this in a computer a few years back and it was basically equal.

Nov-23-13
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  nezhmet: 8. Qf3? Rb8! is strong.
Aug-16-18  takchess: counterplay here

1) -0.89 (22 ply) 14...Nc6 15.Bg5 Nxa7 16.Bxd8 Kxd8 17.N1d2 Nc6 18.c3 Kc7 19.O-O-O Bd6 20.Rhe1 Nd5 21.g3 Be6 22.Nc5 Bf7 23.Kc2 Ra8 24.Ra1 Be7 25.a4 Bxc5 26.dxc5

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