The Greatest Queen Sacrifice in Chess History | Nezhmetdinov vs Chernikov (1962)

Rashid Gibiatovich Nezhmetdinov vs Oleg L Chernikov
“Nezly Done!”
Rostov (1962)
Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian. Open (B35)

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cd4 4. Nd4 g6 5. Nc3 Bg7 6. Be3 Nf6 7. Bc4 O-O 8. Bb3 Ng4 9. Qg4 Nd4 10. Qh4 Qa5 11. O-O Bf6 12. Qf6 Ne2 13. Ne2 ef6 14. Nc3 Re8 15. Nd5 Re6 16. Bd4 Kg7 17. Rad1 d6 18. Rd3 Bd7 19. Rf3 Bb5 20. Bc3 Qd8 21. Nf6 Be2 22. Nh7 Kg8 23. Rh3 Re5 24. f4 Bf1 25. Kf1 Rc8 26. Bd4 b5 27. Ng5 Rc7 28. Bf7 Rf7 29. Rh8 Kh8 30. Nf7 Kh7 31. Nd8 Re4 32. Nc6 Rf4 33. Ke2

Nezhmetdinov won a number of games against world champions such as Tal, against whom he had a lifetime plus score, and Spassky. He also had success against other world-class grandmasters such as Bronstein, Polugaevsky, and 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 Petrosian and Korchnoi.

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359 Comments

  1. I remember this game, good old netchzimadino would always blunder and lose his Queen, and then play on like nothing had happened.

  2. Korchnoi was a defense monster. Not only did Nezhmetdinov have a bad score against him, but Tal had an even more dismal score against Victor The Terrible (Or "Abominable Viktor").
    Still Tal did not hire Korchnoi as his assistant (or maybe Victor wasn't willing?), but instead he hired Rashid Nezhmetdinov.

  3. Mind blowing queen sacrifice by Nezhmetdinov.

  4. The gold coin queen sacrifice takes the cake. This one has to be one of the best and if not one of, it's probably 2nd considering probably no one will do that. Not even Magnus.

  5. It's not a 'great queen sacrifice' it's an inaccuracy. White goes from plus .40 to minus 1.60 the equivalent of losing 2 pawns.

  6. AFfter Nxh7 if king takes knight Rh3 is actually a blunder, correct is Rxf7

  7. now I want a 30 minutes version of this game

  8. Why did he just sacrifice his knight instead of just accepting the queen?

  9. Here after the Romanian queen sacrifice, like the wonderful subscriber I am

  10. Who accepts a queen sack by first sacking a Knight.

  11. This video appeared on my suggestion list so I decided to watch it. Great game but it feels weird. I can sense uncomfort in your voice. Perhaps because I have been used to your fluent commentation and new style. This must be one of your first videos. Would you consider remaking this video?

  12. It was hard to get GM title in Communist Russia even after Stalin died (Impossible when he lived) because FIDE was giving the titles for international games and it was hard to leave Russia.

    From wikipedia:

    "I played my first tournament after my marriage in Sochi. This was the Russian SFSR championship, and it was won by Nezhmetdinov, one of the strongest Soviet masters. For some reason, he was very rarely allowed to go abroad, and obviously, he never became a grandmaster because of that." – Korchnoi

    "I came to chess too late, as a 17-year-old man with no theoretical knowledge, whereas all the champions — Botvinnik, Smyslov, Spassky, Petrosian and Tal received training from the age of seven or eight….Yes, I could play some games with brilliance, and win prizes for beauty, but I was never able to achieve the holistic skills necessary for Grandmaster level” – Nezhmetdinov

    Let us also consider the other Soviet Players who became GMs around the time Rashid should have become one.

    1954 – No player.

    1955 – One player, Boris Spassky. He won the youth world chess championship and qualified for the Interzonal, where he got his grandmaster's norm. Boris was very lucky. The world championship in Antwerp ended on 8th August, and the Interzonal, which, luckily, was held in Gothenburg, began in a week – on 15th August. And Spassky got there in time, which, considering the Soviet bureaucracy of the time, was quite a feat.

    1956 – One player, Viktor Korchnoi, by accumulated results.

    1957 – One player, Mikhail Tal. He won the Soviet championship that year.

    In 1958 and 1959, no Soviet players became grandmasters.

    Therefore, in six years, from 1954 to 1959, only three Soviet players became grandmasters: Spassky, Tal and Korchnoi. How was Nezhmetdinov supposed to become a grandmaster if he never played in a tournament with grandmaster norms?

  13. Agadmator says this is his favourite game. So why not remake the analysis with new video format..

  14. Well his opponent just gave away a knight to check the king for no reason whatsoever. So I’d say he felt confident he could beat this guy without his queen.

  15. Lovro Nakic Bäckängsgymnasiet NA20G says:

    Great video! Such class by Chernikov……

  16. Why did Oleg give up his Knight on e2 to check the white king? It pretty much blunders a minor piece for no reason since you’re taking the queen for free anyways.

  17. The tactical calculation to realize black's Queen will never reenter the game based on the following sequence is extraordinarily impressive. Then promptly sacking your own to remove defense and open the position?

    V I S I O N A R Y

  18. Don't Understand White Qf4 to g4 and Black Knd4 to e2

  19. Nic (J Bruce Feynman Niccolo P. Bentulan) says:

    Looks like a chess queen sac than a 9LX queen sac. Like it relies on theory of sicilian to recognise this. Extremely beautiful chess move, but as a 9LX player … eh

  20. The king must take part in the battle instead of castling, shepherded and shadowed by the two knights

  21. from the amount of chess I play'd it is one of the most insane and beautiful games I've saw
    thank you for this!

  22. But nothing beats King sacrifice.

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  26. I did not get why did the black gave away the knight?

  27. When you sac your Queen in order to load up against a f-pawn and then transition to a better ending.

  28. hi grandpa I hope not have to repeat your steps

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