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Eero Einar Book vs Miguel Najdorf
Stockholm Olympiad (1937), Stockholm SWE, rd 12, Aug-07
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95)  ·  1-0



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Jun-22-04  Whitehat1963: Najdorf gets the book thrown at him! O.K., that's just way too easy.
Jun-22-04  GoodKnight: Oh, ha ha. Very funny (sarcasm intended).


Jun-22-04  Whitehat1963: Oh, come on, I was making fun of my rapier wit! ;0)
Jun-22-04  dac1990: This puts a whole new meaning behind playing by the Book.

*dodges shoe*

Jun-22-04  Whitehat1963: Book 'em Dano!
Jun-22-04  GoodKnight: Grrr. So many bad puns. But not yet as bad as the kibitz on White .
Jun-22-04  GoodKnight: This page pales in comparison to the kibitzing there.
Jun-22-04  weirdoid: Puns aside, is it not a tad too early to resign? After 31 ... Qe6, although black's position is less than winning, white's win is still to be earned? I like Najdorf's play, sharp and creative, but I don't understand him when it comes to resigning. Seems like sometimes he surrendered quickly to avoid the agony of defending a losing position, like here and Fischer vs Najdorf, 1962, but sometimes, he continued to play on, like Fischer vs Najdorf, 1966, where he might as well have surrendered some ten moves earlier.

Just my $0.02 worth (if even that much - I am just a patzer).

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  tpstar: <weirdoid> Yes, 31 ... Qe6 seems to be the best practical choice, but after 32. Qxe6 fxe6 33. Rd7 Rg8 34. Ka3 White simply advances the King while Black's Rook is stuck. And Black's King can never leave the back rank without exchanging Rooks, then White has a won K&P endgame. Note 31 ... Qe2 32. Rd7 loses immediately (32 ... Qc4+ 33. Ka3), and 31 ... Qe7 32. Qxa6+ Qa7 (32 ... Kb8 33. Rb5+) 33. Qxa7+ Kxa7 34. Rd7+ loses eventually. Of course, if Black could liquidate all the Kingside Pawns, he would have a book draw.
Jun-23-04  Calli: 32. Qxe6 fxe6 33.Rd6 is best, IMHO. Now, 33...Kb7 34.Rxe6 is bad because it virtually forces a rook exchange with 34...Rc8 35.Re7 If black tries 34...Rg8 then 35.Rg6 is just too ugly. So black's relative best is 33...Re8 34.Rxa6+. Either way, it is, of course, a Book win. :-)
Oct-08-05  rjsolcruz: was this the birth of the famous variation?
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  TheAlchemist: <rjsolcruz> I don't think so, Czech master Karel Opocensky used it before, I think

Znosko-Borovsky vs Opocensky, 1925
(although that is a Schevenigen)

Sep-15-06  Sularus: this is the earliest Sicilian Najdorf in this database. too bad it's a loss for miggy.
Apr-28-09  WhiteRook48: how about 30...Rb8
Jun-26-09  WhiteRook48: ok, that's too easy, 31 Qxa6#

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