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Nezhmetdinov vs Tal

Sicilian Opening, Kan. Knight Variation

Nezhmetdinov vs Tal are you in for a treat. Even with an early queen’s trade Nezhmetdinov shows Tal around and demolishes Tals’s Sicilian defense.

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It maintains some flexibility on the queenside and prepares a quick kingside castling.}) (5. c4 $1 {I like this move the best. It was also played by Carlsen in a World Championship match against Anand, which Carlsen one after mistakes by both players.} Nf6 6. Nc3 Bb4 7. Qd3 {This is a good choice.} (7. e5 $2 {This move is tempting but not strong yet.} Ne4 8. Qg4 Nxc3 9. a3 Bf8 $1 {It looks odd at first to have to come all the way back but black has seriously damaged white’s pawn structure. The lost time here is definitely worth it and black enjoys the better game.} 10. bxc3)) 5... Qc7 6. Bd3 Nc6 7. Be3 Nf6 8. O-O Ne5 {[#][%csl Gh2] [%cal Ge5g4,Gc7h2,Gg4h2]} 9. h3 $1 {Preventing black’s idea and setting up f2-f4.} b5 10. f4 Nc4 $1 (10... Nxd3 $6 11. cxd3 $1 {[#][%cal Ya1c1,Yc1c7]}) 11. Bxc4 Qxc4 12. Qd3 $1 {I was surprised to see Nezhmetdinov play this at first because of his aggressive tendencies while playing but this queen exchange would be a nice trade for white. The center will be more strongly reinforced with a white pawn on d3, and white may be able to use the open c-file more quickly than black here.} d5 (12... Qxd3 13. cxd3 $14 Bb7 14. a4 $1 b4 15. Nce2 {[%cal Yd4b3,Yb3a5] Black’s queenside is coming under a lot of pressure.}) 13. exd5 $2 {[%csl Gc8,Gf8] Unfortunately, this is completely the wrong idea. It leads to a worse pawn structure for white and opens up the position for black’s bishop pair. White was much better off keeping the center closed.} (13. e5 $1 {[%csl Rc8][%cal Rc8e6,Rb7d5]} Nd7 14. Qxc4 bxc4 {[%csl Rc8]} (14... dxc4 15. f5 $1 $14 Nxe5 16. Rae1 $1 {[%csl Ge1,Gf1][%cal Ge1e6,Gf1f7,Gd4e6]}) 15. b3 $14) 13... Qxd3 $1 14. cxd3 {[%csl Rd3,Rd5]} b4 $1 15. Ne4 Nxd5 {Tal has effectively changed the nature of the position to his favor. He needs to make sure that no funny business happens that allows Rashid back into the game. That will not be easy as you will soon see because Nezhmetdinov is willing to do anything complicate the game and turn the tables.} 16. Bd2 a5 {[%csl Ga6]} ( 16... g6 {[%cal Gf8g7,Gg7b2] This was also a good option.}) 17. Rac1 Ba6 $6 { This maneuver from Tal to free up his bishop makes sense but it’s not the best option. It’s a little slow and allows Nezhmetdinov some potentially dangerous counterplay in the center.} (17... g6 $1 {[%cal Rg6f5,Re6f5] This was definitely best now.}) 18. Rfe1 $6 (18. f5 $1 {Rashid plays it when it is involving a sacrifice but it’s even better when he doesn’t need to give up as much! White has dangerous play here and black must be careful.}) 18... g6 19. f5 $5 {What else can we expect?} Bg7 (19... gxf5 $1 {Tal should have called the bet here by accepting the sacrifice. It’s easy to say in retrospect, but at least this way he will keep the center closed for the most part.} 20. Nxf5 Bxd3 $1 21. Ned6+ Bxd6 22. 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Nezhmetdinov vs Tal

Sicilian Opening, Kan. Knight Variation

What happens when the two most aggressive chess players face off? Watch this game to find out! Despite an early queen trade, the true nature of the players could not be contained. The lesser known Rashid Nezhmetdinov gives Tal a taste of his own medicine with an endgame sacrifice to put Tal on the defensive. One mistake was all it took for Tal‘s position to go completely downhill. With a lifetime record of 3 wins and 1 loss against Mikhail Tal, it’s a wonder why Nezhmetdinov is not mentioned more in the history of chess. He was a brilliant and creative player. Enjoy this slugfest!

Nezhmeditnov Vs Tal Free Chess Lesson
2nd Soviet Spartakiad final A
Moscow, USSR
Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov
Mikhail Tal
Sicilian, Kan. Knight Variation
August 1959

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