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Mikhail Tal’s trainer! : Nezhmetdinov vs Chistiakov : Notable game: 24th USSR Ch Semifinals (1956)

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[Event “24th USSR Ch Semifinals”]
[Site “Kharkov, USSR”]
[Date “1956.??.??”]
[EventDate “?”]
[Round “?”]
[Result “1-0”]
[White “Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov”]
[Black “Alexander Chistiakov”]
[ECO “C12”]
[WhiteElo “?”]
[BlackElo “?”]
[PlyCount “61”]

1.e4 e6 2.d4 d5 3.Nc3 Nf6 4.Bg5 Bb4 5.e5 h6 6.Bd2 Nfd7 7.Qg4
Bf8 8.Nf3 c5 9.Nb5 g6 10.Bd3 Rg8 11.c4 cxd4 12.cxd5 Nc5
13.Qxd4 exd5 14.Nd6+ Bxd6 15.exd6 Qxd6 16.O-O Nxd3 17.Qxd3 Nc6
18.Rfe1+ Be6 19.Nd4 g5 20.Rac1 Kd7 21.Nf5 Qf8 22.Qb5 Rc8
23.Qxb7+ Rc7 24.Qb5 a6 25.Qd3 Qb8 26.Nxh6 Rg6 27.Nxf7 Bxf7
28.Qf5+ Kd8 29.Rxc6 Rcxc6 30.Ba5+ Qc7 31.Qxf7 1-0

Who is he?

Info from Wiki:

Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov (Tatar: Cyrillic Рәшит Һибәт улы Нәҗметдинов, Latin Räşit Hibät ulı Näcmetdinov, [ræˈʃit næʑmetˈdinəf] Russian: Рашид Гибятович Нежметдинов; December 15, 1912 – June 3, 1974) was an eminent Soviet chess player, chess writer, and checkers player.

Early life
Nezhmetdinov was born in Aktubinsk, Russian Empire, in what is now Aktobe, Kazakhstan, in a Tatar family. His parents died when he was very young, leaving him and two other siblings to be raised by their brother. The orphaned, impoverished family moved to Kazan, Tatar ASSR.

Nezhmetdinov had a natural talent for both chess and checkers. He learned chess by watching others play at a chess club, whereupon he challenged one of the players, won, and then challenged another player, winning that game as well. At 15, he played in Kazan’s Tournament of Pioneers, winning all 15 games. He also learned to play checkers at this time. During the same month in which he learned the game, he won Kazan’s checkers semi-final and placed second in the finals. In the same year, he placed sixth in the Russian Checkers Championship. He later won the Russian Checkers Championship at least once. Later, however, he gave up checkers for chess.

During World War II, Nezhmetdinov served in the military, thus delaying the further progress of his chess career until 1946. In 1949, the Russian Checkers Semifinals were held in Kazan. Nezhmetdinov attended as a spectator, but when one of the participants failed to show up, Nezhmetdinov agreed to substitute for him even though he hadn’t played checkers for 15 years. He won every game, qualifying him for the Finals, which were to be held immediately after a chess tournament in which he was also participating. He won the tournament and immediately thereafter placed second in the Russian Checkers Championship.[citation needed]

Chess career
Playing style
Nezhmetdinov was a fierce, imaginative, attacking player who beat many of the best players in the world.

Russian Championship
Nezhmetdinov got the historical record of five wins of the Russian Chess Championship, 1950, 1951, 1953, 1957 and 1958.

International Master title
FIDE awarded him the International Master title for his second-place finish behind Viktor Korchnoi at Bucharest 1954, the only time he was able to compete outside of the Soviet Union.[1] Despite his extraordinary talent, he never was able to obtain the grandmaster title. Grandmaster Yuri Averbakh, a strong positional and endgame player, suggested a possible reason for this in his interview by Dirk Jan ten Geuzendam in The Day Kasparov Quit:

Nezhmetdinov, … if he had the attack, could kill anybody, including Tal. But my score against him was something like 8½–½ because I did not give him any possibility for an active game. In such cases he would immediately start to spoil his position because he was looking for complications.

Results against world champions
Nezhmetdinov won a number of games against world champions such as Mikhail Tal, against whom he had a lifetime plus score, and Boris Spassky. He also had success against other world-class grandmasters such as David Bronstein, Lev Polugaevsky, and Efim Geller. He achieved a plus score in the 20 games he contested against World Champions. But in addition to his aforementioned dismal score against Averbakh, he could only score +0−3=2 each against excellent defenders Tigran Petrosian[2] and Viktor Korchnoi.[3]

Kazan Chess school is currently named after Rashid Nezhmetdinov.


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