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Miguel Najdorf vs Glucksberg
"Polishing his Technique" (game of the day Jul-14-2012)
Lodz (1929), Lodz POL
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0



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  FSR: Najdorf always sacced the house against these Gliksberg/Glucksberg guys.
Jul-14-12  backrank: I've always wondered why Najdorf is so underrated. He seems to have been in the same league as Keres, concerning playing strength AND attacking style.
Jul-14-12  Abdel Irada: Apparently Najdorf was channeling Paul Morphy in this game. Too bad for Gliksberg that *he* was channeling Duke Karl and Count Isouard.
Jul-14-12  backrank: <Abdel Irada: Apparently Najdorf was channeling Paul Morphy in this game. Too bad for Gliksberg that *he* was channeling Duke Karl and Count Isouard.>

LOL ;)

But you're completely right, it very much looks like a Morphy vs NN game.

Jul-14-12  erniecohen: How did Najdorf miss 12. ♗h6? Isn't that the first move anyone would consider?
Jul-14-12  jhelix70: <b0ch0: "When Spassky offers you a piece, you might as well resign then and there. But when Tal offers you a piece, you would do well to keep playing, because then he might offer you another, and then another, and then ... who knows?">

I've heard another version of this quote:

"If Tal offers a piece, accept it--he may offer you another.

If Spassky offers a piece, accept it--he may blunder later.

If Petrosian offers a piece, resign."

Jul-14-12  kevin86: The final position is elegant:The only two white pieces remaining mate. Also,if black had a spare move,he could mate at e1 with the queen.
Jul-14-12  CanadianPetrosian: Brilliant game by Najdorf.
Jul-14-12  Girkassa: <erniecohen: How did Najdorf miss 12. Bh6? Isn't that the first move anyone would consider?>

I am sure he must have considered it, but my guess is that he missed or miscalculated either 12...f5 13.Qxf5! or 12...Bf8 13.Bc4! If those moves had not worked, White would not have anything special after 12.Bh6, I think.

If 12.Bh6 had not been winning, as Najdorf may have thought, 12.Re1 would have been the move that caused Black the most practical problems. White has a draw in hand, and Black must play very accurately not to lose.

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  eternaloptimist: The GOTD today has a clever pun & this is a pretty good game by Najdorf. Although the last several moves weren't really that hard to see (computer or no computer). He just accumulated a few pins & kept piling up the pressure on the ♘ on e6. He also played a discovered check w/ 19.♖xe8+ & a deflection w/ 20.♗xe6+ to force Gliksberg's ♕ off of the a3-f8 diagonal so it would no longer be guarding the ♗ on f8. Najdorf finished the game off w/ the coup de gras 21.♖xf8#.
Oct-29-12  Conrad93: 13.Rxe6! is a beautiful move.
Oct-29-12  Conrad93: How does white win after 15...b5?
Dec-13-15  bengalcat47: I have the book Great Short Games of the Chess Masters by Fred Reinfeld. This game appears on page 119 (no game numbers used in this book). The place and date are Lodz, 1929, and Najdorf's opponent is simply referred to as "Sapiro."
Feb-29-16  The Kings Domain: Gotta love the Morphy-like games of the young Najdorf.
Jun-10-16  thegoodanarchist: < Infohunter: "Polishing his Technique"--what an outrageous pun! Congratulations to its creator!>

Probably better than the name I thought of:

"The Other Polish Immortal"

Apr-22-17  Saniyat24: This is fantastic...! Isn't this a smothered mate?
Apr-15-18  drnooo: I seem to be one of the few here who always looks first at the percentage wins as the best gauge of playing strength. The immortals and near greats are without exception in the 65 percent and above. Its the truest test of how he played against the field during his career. Najdorf certainly qualifies with his. Keres, of course is even higher, thus my feeling had he escaped to the west he could have been world champ .
Apr-15-18  ChessHigherCat: <drnooo: I seem to be one of the few here who always looks first at the percentage wins as the best gauge of playing strength. The immortals and near greats are without exception in the 65 percent and above. Its the truest test of how he played against the field during his career. >

Maybe if you have an adjustment factor to take the strength of his opponents into account. I mean you can't equate Morphy's 9 zillion wins against NN with Kasparov's wins against Karpov, right?

Apr-15-18  schnarre: ...A fine performance by Najdorf.
Apr-15-18  ChessHigherCat: I should explain for the sake of scientific exactitude that 1 zillion = 3.17 scads of oodles to the 13th power.
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  takchess: This is nicely annotated in Aagaard Attacking Manual 1. Got to try this in Guess the Move.
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  takchess: 9/21 guess the move ugh
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  Penguincw: Final position looks like an Opera Mate.
Mar-26-19  Whitehat1963: Stockfish says 15...Bf8 is the losing move. The evaluation goes from 0.00 to mate in 12 with that single move.
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  plang: 7..b6 is inferior; normal is 7..0-0.

15..Rd8 16 Re1..Bd5 seems good enough to draw with White likely settling for a perpetual.

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