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Learning Openings with Rashid Nezhmetdinov

  • GM Gserper
  • | Jun 15, 2013
  • | 12059 views
  • | 24 comments

Today's article will combine elements of two previous articles on similar topics. The first subject is how to learn new openings, which we discussed here. The second subject is how to get a nice attacking position, which we discussed here.

Naturally, today we'll discuss how to learn a new opening and get a nice attacking position, with some help from Rashid Nezhmetdinov.

I bet all of you at some point of your chess career fell a victim of a well-known trap in the so-called Fried Liver Attack:

Even though White has no forced win here (providing that Black plays the best move 7...Ke6!), in reality Black almost always loses, since this position is the result of sheer ignorance in the majority of the cases. Of course if you study this position for hours (especially with a bit of help from chess engines), then the result of the game will be totally unclear.

Yet, playing the opening where your king gets into the center as early as move 7 is not everyone's cup of tea. Besides, you'll have to defend for dozens of moves and as you remember, our objective was to get an attacking position out of the opening. You can easily achieve your goal if instead of 5...Nxd5?! you sacrifice a pawn by 5...Na5!.

If you check opening manuals you'll have to memorize tons of theory. Instead, we'll analyze just two games of Rashid Nezhmetdinov and you will be ready to play this sharp opening in your next game (providing your opponent is not a Super Grandmaster, because in this case you'll probably need some more preparation).

Here is the first game of Nezhmetdinov:

In the actual game White avoided this well-known opening trick, and this is the position where you need to test your attacking skills and compare your moves to the ones played by the great Master of Attack:

In the second game Nezhmetdinov developed all his pieces and now he is ready to start his attack. Charge!

I recommend you to replay these two games of Nezhmetdinov a couple of times to better understand how he envisioned his coming attack already in the opening, and therefore placed all his pieces optimally way to achieve his goal. Even if you'll never play this particular opening, try to apply the same method in your favorite openings: place your pieces in the center, point them towards your opponent's king and strike!

Comments


  • 9 months ago

    SummerStorm

    One of my favorite chess stories was about Tal's visit to Bronstein, but when he got there Bronstein wasn't in. He was greeted by another man who invited him in. They played some blitz and Tal was slaughtered over and over. Who was this mystery man? Super Nezh! That was around 1960.

  • 10 months ago

    clueflake

    What's wrong with 8.Qf3?

  • 10 months ago

    clueflake

    What's wrong with 8.Qf3?

  • 10 months ago

    TOTALBLACK8

    magnifique et meconnu quelles attaques!!

  • 10 months ago

    kaush_k

    Good article, thanks for sharing about this awesome attacks.

  • 10 months ago

    zrahman

    @Baldvin: He has a career plus score against Tal I think.

  • 10 months ago

    NM Petrosianic

    thanks for pointing out these games --- less commonly known than a few of his particularly famous ones.

  • 10 months ago

    Truxton777

    very nice article

  • 10 months ago

    asaf1339

    very usefull

    thanks

  • 10 months ago

    mavii

    really good.

  • 10 months ago

    pablocruzchess

    nice article

  • 10 months ago

    bigknoll

    I am at the receiving end in this kind of openning sometimes.

  • 10 months ago

    tbangerz

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  • 10 months ago

    Newba

    Nice games you got there. ;)

  • 10 months ago

    adamstask

    silliness, 'above Tal for sure'. They are both feathers on the same bird. 

  • 10 months ago

    GM_rudy

    TQ SIR

  • 10 months ago

    Baldvin

    MrMars: Above Tal for sure? How do you figure??

  • 10 months ago

    mnm654

    if you check out my games most of the games I play, I play the fried liver slightly different.

  • 10 months ago

    Marius_Daniel_

    nice article

  • 10 months ago

    Sutirtha11

    Brilliant article and of course brilliant play by Nezhmetdinov

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