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 Belov - Nezhmetdinov 


  L. Belov (2520) - IM Rashid Nezhmetdinov (2665) 
  Russian Championship, Omsk; 1961. 

[A.J. Goldsby I] 


 (The ratings are only estimates.) 

Surely a game that is a display of the incredible attacking skill by the incomparable, "Super-Nez."

1.e4 e52.Nf3 Nc63.Bc4 Nf6!?;  
The Two Knights Defense. 

Most modern masters consider this opening to be both sound and highly enterprising. 

     [ Black could also play: 3...Bc5!?;  which leads to the "Italian Game." 
        (The Giuoco Piano, or the Evans' Gambit.) ].  

The sharpest play, and the sternest test of Black's Defences. 

(Yet Tarrasch called this ... "A duffer's move.") 

     [ White could also play: 4.d4!?,  or 4.d3!?,  or 4.Nc3!?,  with a playable game. ]

The next few moves are all book. (And some are pretty much forced.)  
4...d55.exd5 Na56.Bb5+ c67.dxc6 bxc68.Be2 h69.Nf3 e4;  
A sharp move, but a little more normal is ...Bd6 here. 

     [ The main line is:  10...Bd6  ].  

For many years, this was considered the only try here. 

     [ White could also play: 11.f4 Bd6!?;  {Diagram?}  The sharpest try according to one 
        book I have.   (Black could also play: 11...exf3!?; 12.Nxf3 Bd6; 13.0-0 0-0;    
         14.d4 c5; "<=>" with very good play.)    12.0-0 0-013.Nc3 Bxe514.fxe5 Qxe5;  
        15.d4 exd316.Qxd3, "+/="   White is probably a little better in this position. ].  

11...exd312.Nxd3 Bd613.Nd2!?,  
This looks reasonable, yet it is probably too slow. 

     [ The main 'book' line is: 13.b3 0-014.Bb2 Ne415.Nc3 f516.h3 Bb717.0-0 a6;  
        18.Qe1 c519.Rd1 Rae8; "comp." {Diagram?} and Black has good play. ].  

13...Ba614.Nf3 0-015.0-0 Rad816.b3 Rfe8;  {Actual Game Diagram, see below.}

  The actual game position after Black's 16th move.  (bel-nez1.gif, 54KB)

 Note how all of Black's pieces are very well developed ... and 
 point at the center - or in the vicinity of his opponent's King. 


The position seems serene, a natural-looking move for White is Re1. 
Yet then White's game inexplicably falls apart. 
17.Re1!? Ng4!18.h3 Nxf2!!;  
Either Black calculated 10-15 moves ahead at this point, or his intuition told him he would 
have very good play for the sacrificed material.

Strangely, this is forced.  (Qd2? Ne4 "-/+") 

     [ Worse is: 19.Nxf2?! Bh2+20.Nxh2 Rxd121.Nxd1 Rxe2; "-/+" ].  

19...Qb6+!20.Kf1 Bg3;  
"Black's threats are not subtle." - FM G. Burgess
(The book:  "Chess Highlights of The 20th Century.")

This is forced to try to guard the f2-square. 

     [  The following line contains some very interesting tactics. 21.Bb2? Rxd3!22.Bd4,  
         The only real move here.   (22.Bxd3?? Qf2#   22...Rxd123.Raxd1,  
         This is forced as well.   (23.Bxb6?? Bxe2+; 24.Kg1 Bxe1; "-/+")     23...Bxe1!24.Bxb6,  
         24...Bxe2+25.Kxe1 axb6!;  ("-/+")  Black has an easily won game. 
         (If Rd2, then ...Bxf3+; winning even more material.)  ].  

21...c5!22.c4 Bxe123.Kxe1 Nxc4!!24.bxc4 Bxc425.Kf2,  
One for Ripley's - - - this move is completely forced. 
(And walks into a discovery!) 

     [  Terrible is: 25.Ba3?? Bxd3; "-/+"  This is winning easily for Black. 
        Or White could play:  25.Kf1?! Rxe2!26.Kxe2 Rxd327.Qe1[] Qf6!28.Nd2 Qxa1; "-/+" 
        Or 25.Kd1? Qb5!26.Nfe1 Bxd327.Bxd3 c428.Rb1 Qh5+29.g4[] Qxh3; "-/+" 
Black is winning easily in all three of the above variations. ].  

25...Bxd326.Bxd3 c4+27.Kg3 Rxd3!;  
White has two pieces for the Rook ... but material is not the problem. 
(White's QB and QR cannot get into the game, and White's King is still not safe.)

Black finishes the game off VERY sharply. 
28.Qb2!? Qg6+!29.Kf2 Qe4!30.Bd2!? Rxf3+!!;   
I have shown or taught this game many times. 

This never even occurs to the average player here. 

31.gxf3 Qh4+;   White Resigns.   

Copyright (c) A.J. Goldsby I;   Copyright (c) A.J.G; 2002. 

     [ Black mates, or wins a ton of material, in the continuation:  31...Qh4+; ('!')  32.Kf1 Qxh3+;  
       33.Kf2 Qh2+34.Kf1 Re235.Qb8+ Qxb836.Kxe2 Qe5+37.Be3 Qxa1; "-/+" {Diag?} 
       Black has an easily won game. ].  

  0 - 1


The end of September, 2003. A titled player (IM) sent me an e-mail about this game. We swapped a few e-mails. He also told me he had never seen this game before he saw it here on this website!! (nice) 

This is a version of my game I developed just for Geo-Cities web pages.


 Game first posted, August, 2002.  Last update: October 23rd, 2003.  Last edit/save: 02/26/2015

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