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  1. 18 Sep '14 11:36 / 1 edit
    George Orwell:

    Rashid Nezhmetdinov:

    And while we're on the subject of Nezhmetdinov, here are some great quotes about him (taken from

    Nezhmetdinov, this nondescript short man, wearing the same suit for years and living on several cups of extremely strong tea a day, was burning himself with the best fire in the world, the search of Eternal Beauty, did not belong to the elite. For this he was too much of a genius. – Lev Khariton

    Rashid Nezhmetdinov, with whose games I made my first acquaintance through the excellent books by Koblentz, has ever since my youngest chess days been my greatest secret hero. Why “secret”? Well, because there was simply no point in praising the beauty of his games to my mates since none of them had ever heard of Nezhmetdinov. Only from a certain Mr. Korchnoi did I earn an approving nod. – Richard Forster

    Well, colour won’t matter. Nezhmetdinov can play any opening. Somewhere he will sacrifice a pawn for the initiative. Then he will sacrifice another. Then he will sacrifice a piece for an attack. The he’ll probably sacrifice another piece to drive your king in the centre. Then he will checkmate you. – Unknown trainer to his student, Alexey Suetin

    With the passing of time, tournament tables tend to lose interest but some games played in these tournaments live forever, and in this respect Nezhmetdinov was one of the most richly endowed players. – Nigel Davies

    The greatest master of the initiative. – Lev Polugaevsky (on Nezhmetdinov)

    Nobody sees combinations as Rashid Nezhmetdinov. – Mikhail Botvinnik

    Sunk in thought for a long time, I understood that I was to say good-by to all hope and was losing a game that would be spread all over the world. – Lev Polugaevsky (on a loss to Nezhmetdinov)

    When I lost to Nezhmetdinov!! – Mikhail Tal (on the happiest day of his life)
  2. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    19 Sep '14 04:16
  3. Standard member byedidia
    Mister Why
    19 Sep '14 04:43
    Originally posted by BigDoggProblem
    [Event "Rostov"]
    [Site "Rostov"]
    [Date "1962.??.??"]
    [EventDate "?"]
    [Round "?"]
    [Result "1-0"]
    [White "Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov"]
    [Black "Oleg L Chernikov"]
    [ECO "B35"]
    [WhiteElo "?"]
    [BlackElo "?"]
    [PlyCount "65"]

    1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3
    Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 Ng4 9. Qxg4 Nxd4 10. Qh4 Q ...[text shortened]... Rc7 28. Bxf7+ Rxf7 29. Rh8+ Kxh8 30. Nxf7+ Kh7
    31. Nxd8 Rxe4 32. Nc6 Rxf4+ 33. Ke2 1-0
    Wow! I didn't understand that at all!
  4. 19 Sep '14 15:19
    Originally posted by byedidia
    Wow! I didn't understand that at all!
    Cardinal Ximénez: "NOBODY understands the Nezhmetdinov combination!"
  5. Subscriber moonbus
    19 Sep '14 16:54
    Way too many hanging pieces for me to make sense of this game. GP, can you note this up for us duffers?
  6. Subscriber BigDoggProblem
    The Advanced Mind
    19 Sep '14 17:00
    Originally posted by byedidia
    Wow! I didn't understand that at all!
    It was a positional Queen sac. It's f'ing amazing.

    Even if I don't fully understand it, I can look at the black position and appreciate how hard it would be to thread the needle to a draw, which is apparently what the analysts/comps think he can get with best play.
  7. Standard member Exuma
    20 Sep '14 08:59 / 1 edit
    Nezhmetdinov Baskin 1948