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 IM Rashid Nezhmetdinov - SM Yuri M. Kotkov

 Russian National Championship, 1957.

R. Nezhmetdinov (2525) - Y. Kotkov (2400)
 Russian Champ. Krasnodar, USSR, 1957. 


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 Note:  I first saw this game many years ago. (The final position of this game is problem-like, and has been printed in many chess magazines and chess books.)  I was given a copy of  "chess brilliancy" (250 historic games from the masters); by  Iakov Damsky ...  when I last visited the Pensacola Chess Club. This game was in here. It is a beautiful game and deserves to be seen. (And better known than it actually is.) 

A brilliant game by one of the most ferocious attacking players of all time. 

A curious feature of this game is how ALL of Black's moves, appear - at first glance, and even upon a later, closer inspection - to be normal developing moves. Yet somehow White obtains a very strong attack.

--->  This is mostly a text-based page - you should get a chess board. 
          (A different game... between the same two contestants.)  

1.e4 e5;  2.Nf3 Nc6;  3.Bb5 Nf6;  
Black uses the Berlin Defense, a long-time favorite of V. Kramnik's.

4.0-0 Nxe4;  5.Re1!?,  {Diagram?} 
This is not the main line, but it certainly is playable. 

      [  The modern main line - which is actually a VERY old line, 
          (150+ years!);  is the following continuation:
         5.d4!? Nd66.Bxc6 dxc6; 7.dxe5 Nf5!;  
         8.Qxd8+ Kxd8; "~" {Diagram?}  
         and Black is thought to have good play in this position.

         One of the most important, recent encounters in this line, 
         happened in the  "Man versus Machine" Match;  between 
         Deep Fritz and V. Kramnik. (Game # 1, October, 2002.)  ]   


5...Nd6;  6.Nxe5 Be7; 7.Bd3!? 0-0;  8.Nc3 Nxe5!?; {Diagram?} 
This move looks very natural, but it might not be the best. 

     [  >/=  8...Ne8!;  - Emmanuel Lasker. 
        9.Nd5 Bf610.Ng4 d6; "~"  {Diagram?}  
        D. Janowski - Em. Lasker;  Nuremburg, 1898. 
        (After Nge3 "+/=" White probably has a small edge here.) ]  


9.Rxe5 Bf6;  10.Re3 g6!?;  11.Qf3!?,  
It is interesting to see White post all his pieces on the third rank.

      [  Also playable was: 11.Nd5 Bg712.c3 Re813.Bc2 c6;  
         14.Nf4 b615.d4, "+/="  {Diagram?}  
         & White has a slight advantage here. ]   

Black's next move seems perfectly safe, and reasonable, ... 
11...Bg7!?; (Maybe - '?!')  {Diagram?}  
According to several sources, this might not be the best not 
the best move for Black. 
(Yet it even looks like the correct move in this position.) 

     [  Maybe better is: 11...Re812.b3, "+/="  {Diagram?}  
         with a small edge.  ]  


12.b3 Ne8;  13.Ba3!?, ('!')   
Surprise! - especially if you were expecting a routine fianchetto. 
(Maybe an exclam?)  

     [ 13.Bb2!? ]  


13...d6;  14.Rae1!,  
White naturally dominates the open e-file.  

     [ 14.Bc4!? ]  


14...Nf6;  15.h3!,  
This preventative move is best. 

Now White has a very solid edge. ("+/="   ...  maybe  "+/") 

     [  15.Nd5 Ng4!16.R3e2 "+/=" {Diag?}   
         and White is slightly better.  ]   


15...Nd7!?;  {Diagram?}  
Maybe ...c6 was necessary first?  

     [ 15...c6!? ]  


16.Nd5,  (Maybe - '!')  {Diagram?} 
"Super-Nez"  always liked going forward. 

     [ 16.Bb5!? ]  


16...f5?!; (Maybe - '?')    {See the diagram just below.}   
Black wants to block any open lines leading to his King.
(And gain some space for any possible defensive maneuvers.) 

   The actual position in the game just after Black played ....f5. (nezhme1.gif, 81 KB)

Yet according to several different annotators, this is an error. 
But Black was already under tremendous pressure in this position. 

      [  After the continuation of: 16...Ne517.Rxe5!! Bxe5;  
         18.Rxe5!! dxe519.Be7! Bg4!?20.hxg4 Qb8;  
         and White quickly mates.  ]  


17.Nxc7!!,  (Maybe - '!!!')   
A very brilliant and aggressive move - if it is all sound.  

The only question I have is did Nezhmetdinov play these moves 
wholly on calculation ... or did he rely also on intuition as well? 

     [ The first player gains a substantial edge by playing the 
        following (simple) line: 17.Ne7+! Kh818.Nxc8 Qxc8;  
        19.Qf4!""  (or "+/")   {Diagram?}  
        and White is clearly better.  ]  


The following moves look to be either forced and/or best. 
17...Qxc7;  18.Qd5+ Kh8;  19.Re8! Nf6;  20.Rxf8+ Bxf8;  
21.Bb2! Bg7; {Box?}  {Diagram?}  
This is probably Black's best bet here.  

     [  21...Kg7?22.Bc4!, "+/-" ]   


22.Bc4! Bd7;   
This is virtually forced.  

     [ 22...Nxd5??23.Re8# ]  


Another brilliant move, especially considering that White had 
a much simpler method of deciding the game.  

     [ 23.Qf7! Rf8!?24.Re8!, "+/-" ]  


23...Bxf6;  24.Qf7 Qd8?!; ('?')   

This loses instantly.  

Black had to play ...Bg5; but he was lost in any case.

     [  Better had to be: >/=  24...Bg525.g3!? Rc8!?;  
        26.h4 Bc627.Re8+! Rxe828.Qxc7 Re1+;  
        29.Bf1 Bxd2;  30.Qxd6, "+/-"  {Diagram?}  
        - R. Nezmetdinov.  ]  


  25.Re8+!!,  {Diagram?}   

Black Resigns.  (Mate cannot be avoided.) 

A truly wonderful and very brilliant game. 


 Copyright (c) A.J. Goldsby I. Copyright (c)  A.J.G; 2003.  

     [  25.Re8+!! Qxe8;  {Diagram?}  
         It does not matter what move Black plays in this position. 
         (25...Bxe8; 26.Qg8#)   
        26.Qxf6#  ]  

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  Game first posted, March, 2003.  Last update: Thursday;  December 16th, 2004.  Last edit on: 03/18/2014 .  

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