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Ossip Bernstein vs Miguel Najdorf
"Old Man, Take a Look at my Knight" (game of the day Mar-12-2017)
Montevideo (1954), Montevideo URU, rd 16, Dec-??
Old Indian Defense: Normal Variation (A55)  ·  1-0



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Mar-12-17  offramp: Today's GoTD title is based on a Neil Young song. I don't know if Neil Young still sings the song.

He would have to alter the words a bit because there aren't many men older than Neil Young.

Mar-12-17  nalinw: Given the background to the game and the game itself this has to be one of the all time great game/pun combinations.
Mar-12-17  Robyn Hode: <offramp> There may not be many men older than Neil Young, but there are an inexhaustible amount of men more talented than you, especially Neil Young.
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  HeMateMe: terrific pun and game!
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  scormus: <devere 26 Re7!!> that looks like an engine move, not very deep but certainly hard to see OTB.

Very instructive game, Black's strategy looks rather naive with today's knowledge. But at the time? With White in control of the open d- file 16 ... f4 seems dubious anyway

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  OhioChessFan: <devere: Bernstein missed the astounding 26.Re7!! Bxe7 27.Qg6!! Rf6 28.Rh4!! >

How about clearing the long diagonal by <26. Rd5> It might be even more devastating than Re7. Black just has nothing. A couple lines end up with the Re7/Qg6 anyway.

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Mar-12-17  clement41: Flabbergasting game by old Bernstein!
So fun to watch!
Mar-12-17  offramp: The important thing is, <Robyn Hode>, if that is your real name, that there are more people older than me in the world than there are people more talented than Neil Young. Ha ha!
Mar-12-17  morfishine: <scormus> I also noticed <26.Re7> as pointed out by <devere> but went wrong with 26...Bxe7 <27.dxe7> overlooking the winning 27.Qg6

Scintillating game all around; but when you take your lessons from Capablanca, this is what results :)


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  ChessHigherCat: Didn't Bernstein miss 26. Qg6 threatening Qh6#?
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  ChessHigherCat: If 26. Qg6 there are very few defensive lines. 26...Ne8 27. Qh6+ Qh7 28. Qxf8+ Qg8 29. Gxg8# If 26...Nf5 then Re7 as an interference move.
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  scormus: <morfishine> I thought what made 26 Re7 hard to find was that only after the interim moves does the diagonal get cleared. If you saw that you were doing well

For a moment I wondered about immediately 26 Qg6, but B has ... Qf5 and the attack stalls

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  ChessHigherCat: <Scormus For a moment I wondered about immediately 26 Qg6, but B has ... Qf5 and the attack stalls>

No, because...Qf5 doesn't prevent Qh6#

Mar-12-17  JohnBoy: <ChessHigherCat> 26.Qg6 Qf5 27.Qh6+ Qh7
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I would have chosen the pun "Prize Goeth Before the Fall." Still, any GOTD title based upon a Neil Young works well enough for me.
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  ChessHigherCat: <JohnBoy: <ChessHigherCat> 26.Qg6 Qf5 27.Qh6+ Qh7> Damn that's right. I was just thinking of the defense Nf5 and I had decided that Qf5 didn't work for some (obviously misguided) reason.
Mar-13-17  devere: <OhioChessFan: How about clearing the long diagonal by <26. Rd5>> Yes that certainly wins also; it's just a bit more prosaic than 26.Re7.

Is this the most brilliant game ever played by a 70+ year old chess player? Or has Viktor Korchnoi or Vasily Smyslov played one that tops it?

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  OhioChessFan: I'll have to give some thought to that. Here's a Bill Wall article that addresses older players:

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  OhioChessFan: Here's one by Dake at 78 that is really nice:

K Shirazi vs Dake, 1988

I think that would be a great collection. I might work on it. Best games by players over 70.

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  Fusilli: Najdorf at 73:

M J Tempone vs Najdorf, 1983

At Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980) Najdorf (at 70) beat Timman, Browne, and Kavalek, and overall he scored +3 -2 =8.

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  wwall: A link on my article of older players. I need to update it. It's getting old.

Sep-22-18  mikealando: This won the tournament's brilliancy prize
Oct-03-18  SkySports: As someone talked about it, I've created a collection of games won by old (70+) GMs versus much younger strong players (this game is obviously included).

Game Collection: Old men (and women) vs. time

Dec-27-20  Ulhumbrus: <devere: A great game! Najdorf must have been very overconfident to play 20...h5?, and Bernstein smashed his position with 21.Nd5!.

Bernstein missed the astounding 26.Re7!! Bxe7 27.Qg6!! Rf6 28.Rh4!! > In this variation one alternative is 27...Qf5 so that after 28 Qxh5+ the black queen can be dropped back to h7 by 28...Qh7

<OhioChessFan: <devere: Bernstein missed the astounding 26.Re7!! Bxe7 27.Qg6!! Rf6 28.Rh4!! >

How about clearing the long diagonal by <26. Rd5> It might be even more devastating than Re7. Black just has nothing. A couple lines end up with the Re7/Qg6 anyway.>

On 26 Rd5 Black can't play 26...Qf5 as the rook covers f5 but one alternative is 26...Qf7 in order to keep White's queen out of g6

Apr-27-22  Mathematicar: Wow. This guy is like Korchoni.
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