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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Yakov Estrin
URS-ch sf Baku (1951), Baku URS, Jun-??
Spanish Game: Closed. Kholmov Variation (C92)  ·  1-0



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Jul-27-07  vibes43: I saw all the possibilities except for the <30...Rg6 31 Nxe7+ fork pointed out by dzechiel>. I even considered replacing Nf5 with Nf3. Still, I did not settle on 26. Nxg7. Great puzzle though.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Try switching the move order: [B] 26.N3d4 Qd7 27.Nxg7 (oops, it's not forcing any more) Qxd4 28.Nxe8 Nxe8 only even.> But little intermezzo 27.e5 in this line wins for white.
Jul-27-07  Alphastar: Took me a few minutes to see that 26. Nxg7 would be a good start. I first didn't trust it because after 27. Nh4 black would have a free tempo to do something, but then I saw that 27. Nd4 would be a good improvement. I figured that that would pretty much be the solution of the puzzle.
Jul-27-07  vibes43: I think anyone who didn't visualize the <30...Rg6 31 Nxe7+ fork as pointed out by dzechiel> from move 26 can not say they solved it. (I didn't)
Jul-27-07  Tactic101: I have to admit I didn't see the full answer. Now, I realize the idea was quite easy. I should have realized the Nd4-f5 idea.
Jul-27-07  GufeldStudent: As a combinational genius, he may be up there with them. However, Tal and Alekhine were more subtle in the way they set up there attacks---that said, Tal had a losing record against Nez.
Jul-27-07  Jack Kerouac:
Check this out, Chessophiles.....
Jul-27-07  willyfly: material is even - the wide open d-file is up for grabs - Black has a passer which threatens to advance - White's Kingside pieces are in good attacking positions while Black's pieces seem poorly positioned to defend - I am seeing something like this

26 ♘3d4 ♕d7 27 ♖ad1 ♗c5 28 ♘xh6+ gxh6 29 ♘f5 ♕e6 30 ♕xh6 ♕e7 31 ♕g7#

two of Black's moves are speculation (by me) 27...♗c5 and 29...♕e6 there are probably better moves for Black - everything else is pretty much forced - now let's see what really happened

same elements - different arraignment - the text is better than what I found but mine is not so bad

Jul-27-07  consafo: nice puzzle and a good example of colour complexes.
Black is mainly defending white squares and all the white pieces are attacking black squares. then you just have to find the weakest dark squares in this case g7 and d4. h6 is indirectely covered by the queen and the rook. then you just have to try some moves wich are connected with these 2 squares. this is a good trick for puzzles. But to see this over the board! quite difficult
Jul-27-07  desiobu: I got stuck on Nxh6 because that always seems like the right thing to do with that pawn sticking out. As Raqh said white has little advantage after exposing black's king. Really nice puzzle.
Jul-27-07  znprdx: Jul-27-07
znprdx: 26. Nxg7 if ...KxN 27. Nd4 ... any Q move 28. Nf5 The sweet point is that there is no Nh5 counterplay. It makes one wonder how often we miss these type of elegant routine manouvers. Do we have to envision anything further, beyond the Knights' dance? Note if the Q went to d7 the ...Rg6 defense would fall to Nxh6 + amazing serendipitous synergy
Jul-27-07  znprdx: <Rubenus: This week's puzzles seem to be easier than usual; I normally don't get the Friday while this one was quite easy.> CG should have an automatic delete for with this type of post? It contributes nothing to our understanding. why do people bother - do you think anyone is keeping score?
Jul-27-07  patzer2: For today's puzzle solution, a demolition of pawn structure pseudo-sacrifice with 26. Nxg7!! is followed by a few deflections and checks for the win, leaving Black forced to give up the Bishop to a winning pin in order to avoid immediate mate in the final position.
Jul-27-07  vorbisusus: Why doesn't black answer 26 Nxg7 with 26 .. Nh5?

It's probably still a winning proposition for white, but white ends up only ahead by a Knight and a pawn.

Either 27 Nxe6 Nxf4 28 Nxf4, or simply 27 Nxh5. Definitely a difficult position for black to play from, particularly after the queen trade. If 27 Nxh5, I actually like blacks chances after 27 .. Bg5, hemming in the queen and giving black some attack power on the e file, despite being down slightly on material.

I liked 26 N3d4 a lot better for white, as I didn't really see any possibilities for black in this scenario.

What am I missing?

Jul-27-07  Creg: I saw the idea but started the combination incorrectly. I played 26.N3d4 then 27.Nxg7, but 26.Nxg7! is stronger as it forks queen and rook. After black takes 26...Kxg7 whites following moves are more forceful, thus limiting blacks' responses.
Jul-27-07  zb2cr: Missed, totally and utterly. Oh well.
Jul-27-07  outplayer: Can white sacrifice the knight after 26.N3d4 Qc8 27.Nxg7? That was my move order.
Jul-27-07  ajile: The congestion of Black's pieces makes this possible. Really sweet combo by White.
Jul-27-07  kevin86: No clue on this one. A nice ending,however.
Jul-27-07  bakuazer: i think the winning path is not unique here, here is my solution, i hope it really works.

26. Nf3-d4 then

...26...Qd7. 27.e5 Nh5 28.Qg4 and black either gets mated or looses a night or a queen.

...26...Qc8. 27.e5 Nh5 28.Qg4 gx6 29.Nxe7+ and again a piece or a queen is lost.

Hope this works.

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  playground player: Doesn't this also work, along the same general lines, if White's first move is Qg3? Or would that be telegraphing it?
Jul-27-07  bogo78: the first move i considered was Nxh6+. It lead nowhere. Then I noticed that Nxg7 would be very interesting if somehow i would have a second ♘ eyed on g7. This would lead to a quick mate (Qxh6), if black accepts the sac. With those ideas in mind, I propose 26Nxg7 if the Q moves white has won at least the exchange and a pawn (seems to be the theme of the week?) if, on the other hand 26...Kxg6 27 Nd4 Qc6 (or Qc8 or Qd7) 28 Nf5+ followed by mate with Qxh6#. Il check in a minute but I am almost sure that this was the idea of the puzzle. Nice one!
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  fm avari viraf: There seems to be a couple tempting moves
like 26.Nfd4 & Nxh6+ but none of these would fetch a win for White. Hence, 26.Nxg7 & if Black declines he would lose the exchange so ...Kxg7 27.Nd4 & Black is simply lost.
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  LIFE Master AJ: Good puzzle. ("Super-Nez" is one of my favorite players, he is always playing great combinations.)
Jul-28-07  Some call me Tim: <playground player> If 26. Qg3 Nh5 27. Nxh6+ Kh7 (or f8?) and I don't see how White can avoid losing a piece. If 27. Qg4 Qg6.
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