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“A truly impressive game”: Dorian Rogozenco sheds light on the Nezhmetdinov-Chernikov game (1962)

Free extract from CBM n°218

The game between Rashid Nezhmetdinov and Oleg Chernikov (Rostov-on-Don, 1962) followed in the footsteps of the one played a year earlier between Fischer-Reshevsky, right up to the 11th move in a Dragon Accéléré Sicilienne:

Fischer here settled for a quick draw after 12.♕g4 d6 13.♕d1 ♞c6 14.♕d3 b6.

Nezhmetdinov considered the position of the diagram and came up with a diabolical idea: 12.xf6! For the ♕, White gets only two pieces after 12…e2+ 13.xe2 exf6 14.c3 e8 15.d5. But thanks to their much better piece play and control over the black squares, they will succeed in mounting a strong attack on the ♚: afterwards. 15…e6 16.d4 g7 17.ad1it’s clear that Black has big problems developing his Wing-♛. White, on the other hand, has free play against the ♚, and won this game in 33 moves!

Nezhmetdinov’s sacrifice has been the subject of much discussion and has often been questioned. He himself has always maintained his idea, and if we examine the variant today with the most modern software, we find that they consider this sacrifice to be perfectly playable!

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ChessBase Magazin n°218 highlights

Over 6 hours of video gameplay with Martin Breutigam, Daniel King, Rainer Knaak, Jan Markos, Mihail Marin, Leon Mendonca, Karsten Müller, Oliver Reeh, Robert Ris, Dorian Rogozenco and Jan Werle.

High-level chess analyzed by masters

Tata Steel 2024: four players were tied on points (8½) after 13 hard-fought sets. Wei Yi won the ensuing tie-break, first against Abdusattorov, then against Gukesh. The tournament winner comments on his winning game against Vidit Gujrathi. In addition, Nodirbek Abdusattorov, Alexander Donchenko, Alireza Firouzja, Anish Giri, Erwin l’Ami, Praggnanandhaa, Eline Roebers and Vidit Gujrathi analyze their best games from Wijk aan Zee, and Challenger winner Leon Mendonca presents two of his winning games on video!

Special Richard Report

“The artist of the chessboard” – CBM authors present their favorite games of the Hungarian player. Exclusive collection of 28 commented games from 2010 to 2023.

All in One

Everything you need to know about a particular Spanish variation: Igor Stohl examines the Norwegian Defense 1.e4 e5 2.♘f3 ♞c6 3.♗b5 a6 4.♗a4 b5 5.♗b3 ♞a5.

Openings videos

  • Based on the Ding Liren-Vidit part of Wijk aan Zee, Jan Werle analyzes the fashionable variant of the Nimzo after 1.d4 ♞f6 2.c4 e6 3.♘c3 ♝b4 4.f3 d5 5.a3 ♝e7 6.e4 dxe4 7.fxe4 c5
  • Mihail Marin found an improvement for White that had escaped the world champion’s analysis in the Yussupov-Kasparov game (Linares 1992) -. East Indian with White’s Fianchetto: 1.d4 ♞f6 2.c4 g6 3.♘f3 ♝g7 4.g3 0-0 5.♗g2 d6 6.0-0 ♞bd7 7.♘c3 e5 8.e4 c6 9.♗e3
  • Daniel King looks at a fashionable variant of the Sicilian after 1.e4 c5 2.♘f3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.♕xd4 ♞c6 5.♕e3 or 5.♕d3.

Fresh ideas for your directory

From the Alekhine defense to the East Indian – CBM n°218 features 11 articles on openings with new ideas for each repertoire:

  • Martin Lorenzini: Alekhine Defense – 4…dxe5 5.♘xe5
  • Robert Ris: Sicilian Alapin – 2.♘f3 e6 3.c3 d5 4.e5 d4
  • Christian Braun: Richter-Rauser Sicilian – 8.♘xc6!? bxc6
  • Sergey Grigoriants: French Advance Variation – 6…f6
  • Brian Escalante Ramirez: Russian Defense – 6.♘c3 ♞xc3 7.bxc3 ♞xe5 8.dxe5
  • Lars Schandorff: Spanish Marshall Attack – 11…♝b7
  • Yago Santiago: Gambit ♕ Accepted – 7.e4
  • Imre Hera: Gambit ♕ Ragosin variant – 6.♗g5 h6 7.♗h4 0-0
  • Tanmay Srinath: Grünfeld Classical System – 10…e6
  • Alexey Kuzmin: Catalan – 4.g3 ♝e7 5.♗g2 0-0 6.0-0
  • Petra Papp: East Indian with White Fianchetto – 8.dxe5 dxe5 9.♝g5 h6

Current traps in the Openings

“Temptations and Mistakes Made a Thousand Times Over” – Rainer Knaak presents eight traps, including three on video, from current practice, from the Orangutan to the English to the Sicilian.

Shot by shot

Calculate like Gukesh and play move by move with Robert Ris the Indian superstar’s complex and highly tactical game against Volokitin (London Chess Classic 2023)!

The Firouzja-Maghsoodloo (Tata Steel 2024) game is a testament to the exceptional abilities of the Franco-Iranian GM, who indeed played creatively and faultlessly in all phases of the game. Martin Breutigam created an interactive training unit from this encounter, complete with video feedback!

“Modern classics”

Over 60 years ago, Rashid Nezhmetdinov shocked his opponent Oleg L. Chernikov with a ♕ sacrifice on the 12th move – Dorian Rogozenco looks back on this “totally impressive game”!

Practical advice for the tournament player: “The offensive weapon of the exchange”.

Is it really useful to exchange pieces if you want to attack your opponent? After all, it reduces your own attack potential. Markos shows just how effective a means of attack swapping can be, if you know how to use it correctly. Video and small collection of exercises.

“Articulated brilliance

39 games packed with practice questions await you in Oliver Reeh’s tactical column! His favorite combinations – recorded in interactive video format – are to be solved blow by blow with the support of the Hamburg MI!

“Endgame basics” – Part 8: Bishop and pawn endgames

In the introductory video, our expert presents the main techniques. Then it’s your turn to play in two interactive training videos! In addition, Müller presents highlights from the Wijk aan Zee 2024 final (video introduction + analysis).

Linares 1992 Kasparov versus the new generation

In his strategy column, Mihail Marin looks back at the 1992 Linares Super Tournament and analyzes games by Kasparov, Karpov, Ivanchuk, Anand and others, including an introductory video and two interactive training videos!

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