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Rashid Nezhmetdinov vs Nikolai Aratovsky
11th Ch RSFSR (1951), Yaroslavl (URS)
Spanish Game: Morphy Defense. Modern Steinitz Defense (C75)  ·  1-0



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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Did you know that Nezhmetdinov could sacrifice a pawn--and *only* a pawn?

Neither did I.

Rather an atypical sacrifice for our man, he obtains an endgame initiative and two very good Bishops in return for the pawn and nurses his positional edge to victory. Of course he managed to convert his positional pressure into a mating attack at the end, but we couldn't expect him to play an entire game in the manner of Petrosian, now could we?

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