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Henrique Mecking vs Miguel Najdorf
Palma de Mallorca (1969), Palma ESP, rd 2, Nov-23
King's Indian Defense: Petrosian Variation. Keres Defense (E93)  ·  1-0



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  wwall: It looks like 25...Qxe2 may be the losing move. Perhaps best is 25...Nxc3 26.Kb2 Nxe2 27.Rg5+ Kf7 28.Rxg4 Qe5+

Instead of 27.Qxe2, better may be 27.Rg7+ Kf6 28.Rg6+ Ke7 29.Nxc7

After 29.Rxg4, if 29...Kf6 30.Kd3 Nc1+ 31.Ke4 Nxa2 32.Rg6+! (O'Kelly says that best is 32.Rg7, and Black will be mated after Kxf4 and g4-g5, but 32.Rg7 Nc3+ 33.Kxf4 Ne2 34.Ke4 Nc3+ and no quick mate) 32...Kf7 33.Ng5+ Kf8 34.f6 Re8+ 35.Ne6+ Kf7 36.Kf5, threatening 37.Rg7 mate).

Instead of 31...Kf7, perhaps 31...Nd4+ or 31...Ng3.

Instead of 34...Nxa2, perhaps 34...a6 35.Na7 f3 36.gxf3 Nxa2 37.Nc8+ Kf8 38.Nxf6 b6.

35.Kxf4 wins, but 35.Nxa7 may be more precise and faster.

Instead of 36...Nc3, perhaps 36...Nb4 or 36...Nc1.

Jan-02-10  vonKrolock: Taking in 'e2' with the ♕ was really a mesurable mistake, engines (at least my own quick search) points out the need of zwischenzug <26.♖g5+>, but as ♕xe2 followed by ♖g5+ seems to produce the same effect, the <statement> is still somewhat obscure
Jan-02-10  zanshin: Black's losing strategy seems to have been <31...Kf7> below:

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He should have played a more active move like <31...Ng3> or <31...Nd4+> challenging the KS pawns. When White got his KS pawns rolling, the game was over.

Dec-25-10  wordfunph: story behind this game..

Najdorf after losing to Mecking, threatened to quit if there were any more morning games. Adjourned games were then scheduled during free days.

(Source: Chess Life & Review 1970)

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