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🏆 Groningen (1946)

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The tournament held at Groningen, Netherlands 13 Aug-7 Sept 1946, was a watershed in chess history. Not only was it the first major international tournament after World War II, it marked the first time the Soviet Union sent a team of players to a foreign event. Their results confirmed the growing recognition of the great strength of Soviet players: Smyslov finished third, Boleslavsky and Flohr tied for sixth; though Kotov finished out of the running, he defeated both of the top finishers. ... [more]

Player: Miguel Najdorf

 page 1 of 1; 19 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Denker vs Najdorf ½-½421946GroningenE69 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line
2. Najdorf vs Boleslavsky 1-0371946GroningenA54 Old Indian, Ukrainian Variation, 4.Nf3
3. O'Kelly vs Najdorf ½-½191946GroningenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Najdorf vs O Bernstein ½-½301946GroningenD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. Euwe vs Najdorf ½-½281946GroningenE33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. Najdorf vs Stoltz ½-½531946GroningenD22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
7. Flohr vs Najdorf ½-½541946GroningenE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
8. Najdorf vs Tartakower ½-½341946GroningenA90 Dutch
9. Kotov vs Najdorf ½-½471946GroningenD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
10. Najdorf vs Yanofsky 1-0421946GroningenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
11. C Kottnauer vs Najdorf 1-0581946GroningenE67 King's Indian, Fianchetto
12. Najdorf vs M Christoffel 1-0211946GroningenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. Guimard vs Najdorf ½-½301946GroningenD17 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. Vidmar vs Najdorf ½-½681946GroningenE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
15. Najdorf vs Szabo 1-0331946GroningenD28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
16. E Lundin vs Najdorf 1-0281946GroningenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
17. Najdorf vs Smyslov ½-½601946GroningenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. H Steiner vs Najdorf 0-1401946GroningenE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
19. Najdorf vs Botvinnik 1-0401946GroningenE34 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Noa Variation
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Kibitzer's Corner
Dec-20-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Blessed be the <cg librarian> indeed. The two missing games are now part of the collection.

:)

Aug-30-13  nescio: I think it should be mentoned that the organizers of this tournament had a luxury problem before it started. After everyone had arrived (which was by no means a certainty a year after the second world war) it turned out there were 21 participants instead of 20.

They could have extended the schedule with 2 extra rounds, even make it a 22-player tournament, for the head of the Soviet delegation was Gavriil Veresov, champion of Belarus. Unfortunately that was impossible, if I remember correctly because the Americans and the Soviets had to leave on schedule to arrive in time for a USSR-USA match.

To ask a foreigner to withdraw was out of the question, and Lodewijk Prins didn't want to let go this chance to play against the world's best. When Euwe declared that he was ready to withdraw, the Soviets, in particular Botvinnik and Veresov, convinced Prins to withdraw by promising him an invitation to a tournament in Moscow in the near future.

Needless to say, that invitation has still to come.

Feb-03-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  GrahamClayton: Despite finishing only 11th, Kotov was the only player to defeat both the 1st and 2nd place finishers (Botvinnik and Euwe).
Apr-20-14
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  FSR: <GrahamClayton> Shades of St Petersburg (1909), where Dus-Chotimirsky finished 13th with a -2 result, but beat the joint winners Lasker and Rubinstein. Those two wins were 40% of his five wins in the tournament! Lasker and Rubinstein mauled the field, each scoring 14.5/18. The only other game either lost was Lasker's loss to Rubinstein.
Apr-20-14
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  plang: Kotov was a lot stronger player than Dus-Chotimirsky
Apr-20-14
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  FSR: <plang> It's true, he did win the Stockholm Interzonal (1952) by 3.5 points, then a record.
Apr-21-14
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  FSR: Er, make that three points. Counting is FUN-damental.
Apr-21-14
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  perfidious: Pity that fine result availed him naught, come to Zurich Candidates (1953), where Kotov inflicted the only defeat upon Smyslov, the winner, though himself an also-ran.
Apr-02-21
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  keypusher: Going in to the game against Kotov, Botvinnik had ten wins and three draws. He went 3-3 the rest of the way, and was lucky to win M Christoffel vs Botvinnik, 1946.
Apr-02-21
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  keypusher: Should note that Botvinnik played some great games but had some good luck earlier in the tournament too, viz.

Botvinnik vs Szabo, 1946

Botvinnik vs O'Kelly, 1946 (<nescio> called this win "one of the lowest points in his career", see Botvinnik vs Keres, 1948 (kibitz #64))

So the +10=3 stat is a bit misleading.

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