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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Vladas Mikenas
"Don't Do Anything Rash" (game of the day Mar-29-2012)
Match for the Title of Master (1948), Kazan URS, rd 11, Mar-??
Alekhine Defense: Hunt Variation. Mikenas Gambit (B02)  ·  1-0

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Mar-29-12
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  Bishoprick: Jessicafischerqueen is a wonderful chess historian! Thank JFQ for all your posts.
Mar-29-12
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  Penguincw: Stunning! After 10 moves, white has two connected passed pawns.
Mar-29-12  talisman: thanks <Jess>.
Mar-29-12
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  kevin86: Funny,the only pieces "developed" are white's queen and black's king. Not a good way for the black side.
Mar-29-12  Speak Low: Nezhmetdinov was one of the best chess tacticians ever. Very inspiring to see. This game is only one of his many great games...
Mar-29-12
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  scormus: <JFQ> Thanks for your posts, I very much like your enthusiasm for Nezh and I always feel a rush of excitement when I see his name on GOTD.

Opening line is well named for something that likely leads to a King hunt. Next time I meet the Alekhine, I'm going with 4. f5.

Nice pun too!

Mar-29-12
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  MichaelJHuman: If they had played it out, I am not sure what the continuation would be.

Black needs to prevent Re1 from being mate maybe?

...Qxd4?
...Kf3 does not look good

Mar-29-12  goodevans: <Rook e2: ... 15..Qc6 would have left black with a winning position.>

I need convincing of that.

E.g. 15...Qc6 16.d4+ Kf5 17.g4+ Ke4 18.f3+ Kd3 19.dxc5+ Qxd6 20.cxd6 looks OK for white.

So does 18...Kxf3 19.0-0+ Ke4 20.dxc5.

Mar-29-12
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  scormus: <goodevans: <Rook e2: ... 15..Qc6 would have left black with a winning position.> I need convincing of that.>
Objectively, I think its a difficult call, but OTB i'd prefer to be playing W. B's position is a lot less forgiving, IMO. Interesting my engine gave it -1.30, but in such an imbalanced position I'm not sure whether it means much.
Mar-29-12
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  OhioChessFan: <goodevans: e.g. 15...Qc6 16.d4+ Kf5 17.g4+ >

16...Kh5 is far better since g4 is now defended.

Mar-29-12
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Shams> such a chart would be a golden resource, but if it exists I certainly don't know where it might be.

I can tell you that in 1925 the title of "Master of Soviet Sport" was created by the <All-Union Council for Physical Culture>. The Chess Section of the Council codified the rules to become Master-

1.Score 50% in a Soviet Championship
2.Win a Match from a Master
3.Draw two Matches with Masters
4.Win a tournament containing at least three Masters.

The only Masters I know of who won their title through examination are <Goglidze>, who overcame his examiner <Nenaronkov> (1930); and <Kasparyan> who overcame his examiner <Chekhover> (1936).

Both <Goglidze> and <Kasparyan> were required to outscore their examiners by 2 full points to earn the Master title.

Mar-29-12
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  jessicafischerqueen: <Shams> I should add that in Russia before 1925, including the Tsarist era, the Russian title of "Master" was recognized, and the French pronunciation "Maestro" was used. <Alekhine> was recognized as "Maestro" after he won the "All-Russian Championship" in <St. Petersburg 1909>.

As it became more and more apparent that <Alekhine> would soon become the greatest Russian "maestro," he was actually nicknamed "Maestro."

Till his dying day, the Iberian press and chess community frequently referred to him simply as "Maestro," as if the epithet was by rights his and his alone.

Mar-29-12  Shams: <jessicafischerqueen> Nice. Your bag of goodies is huge.
Mar-29-12  BlackSheep: Nezh is just a joy to see at work his tactical prowess is virtually unrivalled . <Shams> "<jessicafischerqueen> Nice. Your bag of goodies is huge" Is this a euphemism .
Mar-29-12  Shams: <BlackSheep> No, it is not. I know from experience how <jfq> feels about such effronteries, for one thing.

Think, bag of Halloween candy. With chess history trivia written in the candy bar wrappers.

Aug-11-18
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  thegoodanarchist: What a delightful & curious game!
Aug-11-18  Boomie: <thegoodanarchist: What a delightful & curious game!>

GMs had some difficulty describing Super Nezh's tactics. There is a bit of jealousy in some of their comments.

For example, Polugaevsky said "I must have beaten Super Nezh a dozen times but I would trade them all for this one game."

Polugaevsky vs Nezhmetdinov, 1958

Aug-11-18
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  thegoodanarchist: Well now, just today I've witnessed the end of your premium membership. Your flower has disappeared...
Aug-12-18  WDenayer: If 6. ... Nxc3 7.dxc3 Nc6 White can start defending the e-pawn. After ... 8. ... Bxc5 Black is a pawn up for as good as nothing. If White plays Qg4, Kf8 is fine.
Nov-04-20
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  FSR: This game is hilarious! In this match, Nezh and Mikenas played three games in this variation, all decisive. This was the longest one! The others were 13 and 17 moves.
Jul-08-21  Granny O Doul: "Maestro" is Italian or Spanish. "Ma?tre" is French.
Jul-08-21  Granny O Doul: The "?" in my comment just above appeared as "i" with the circumflex in the preview, but it becomes a question mark in the final version. Pretty sneaky.

Anyway, I have since learned that since the "orthographic rectifications" (in English, since I know I can't italicize the French here) of 1990, "maitre" no longer takes the circumflex.

Jul-08-21
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  perfidious: <jess....The only Masters I know of who won their title through examination are <Goglidze>, who overcame his examiner <Nenaronkov> (1930); and <Kasparyan> who overcame his examiner <Chekhover> (1936)....>

Did not Tal also gain his in this way by beating Saigin in their 1954 match?

Jul-08-21
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  jessicafischerqueen:

<perfidious> Well, "yes and no" depending on who you talk to, Tal or Averbakh. Each gives a different account of exactly when, how, and why <Tal> was awarded the Soviet Master of Sport title:

Game Collection: Tal-Saigin Master Title Qualification Match 1954

Aug-02-21
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  plang: 6..d6 was played for the first time in this match. This was game 11; in game 3 Mikenas played 10..Be6 and won quickly after Nezhmetdinov went wrong. Here he played 10..Qe8 which was an improvement. After 15 Qxd6 Kotov and Yudovich considered Black to have an "acceptable game"; after 15..Qd8? Black was lost (15..Nc6 was recommended).
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