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Match for the Championship of the Free World
Compiled by Resignation Trap
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In 1952, Samuel Reshevsky and Miguel Najdorf played an 18-game match which was unofficially called "The Match for the Championship of the Free World."

The first eight games were played in New York City. Games nine through 13 were played in Mexico City, and the final five games took place in San Salvador.

Reshevsky won this match handily +8-4=6


A Considered Appraisal
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1952 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 33 moves, 0-1

Pin-blind
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 31 moves, 1-0

Fixation
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1952 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 41 moves, 0-1

Sammy versus Nobody
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952 
(E69) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Main line, 32 moves, 1-0

Shock Treatment
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1952 
(E39) Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation, 76 moves, 1/2-1/2

Squandered Advantage
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 61 moves, 1-0

Time Trouble
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1952 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 41 moves, 0-1

A Quiet Draw
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 25 moves, 1/2-1/2

High Altitude
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1952 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 38 moves, 1-0

Theoretical Draw
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952
(E70) King's Indian, 29 moves, 1/2-1/2

Backward Pawns
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1952 
(B93) Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4, 37 moves, 1-0

The Trouble with Safety
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952 
(E60) King's Indian Defense, 29 moves, 0-1

Pianissimo
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1952
(C53) Giuoco Piano, 17 moves, 1/2-1/2

Top Performance
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952
(E68) King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4, 41 moves, 1-0

Hard to Beat
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1952
(D42) Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch, 7.Bd3, 65 moves, 1/2-1/2

Opening Problem Solved
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952 
(D45) Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav, 30 moves, 1-0

Model Opening Play
Najdorf vs Reshevsky, 1952
(E57) Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3, Main line with 8...dc and 9...cd, 37 moves, 1/2-1/2

Honor Above Loss
Reshevsky vs Najdorf, 1952 
(D79) Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O, Main line, 43 moves, 0-1

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