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Paulino Frydman vs Miguel Najdorf
Lodz (1938), Lodz POL, rd 11, Mar-30
Slav Defense: Steiner Variation (D16)  ·  1-0


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  GrahamClayton: Why did Najdorf resign? The Knight on b4 is attacked but is defended. I can see no immediate tactical threats.
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  Fusilli: <GC> I wonder that too.
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  Phony Benoni: It's possible this is not the full game score, but just a final position in some opening analysis.

But, still, Black's position looks dreadul. For instance, how would Black defend the knight after 16.Qb3 without losing material? And the d4-d5 push looms, with a veiled attack on the Ra7 after something like 15.,..Nd7 16.d5.

Or don't even bother with White threats. Does Black have a reasonable plan? A decent move?

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  Fusilli: <PB> It is dreadful, but Najdorf was very tenacious and I don't picture him resigning here. I think Black has to play 15...c5 here to free up c6 for the N. And then he will have to question the white N in b6 (somehow managing to play Nd7 or sending the queen to b8 for Bd8), which will take some tempos. And after all that Black will still be a pawn under if White takes 16.dxc5. Indeed a very bad position... but I think you are right suspecting an incomplete score.
Sep-23-10  suvretta: I think he saw that his knight was trapped, with no way out. White's Bd2 followed by Ne2, and black's knight is toast.
May-26-15  rafal.kostecki: 14.. Najadorf's catsling?? weakly!! correct was h5!
May-26-15  cunctatorg: It seems to me that 15... c5 saves the Kb4; 16. dc5 Nc6 or 16. d5 and the knight is OK... However Kb6 dominates the Queen's side and the Rook at a7 is just a refugee...
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<suvretta> The knight is not trapped, but Najdorf must further ruin an already poor position in order to save it.

Sample continuation from <Shredder III> (crappy ancient engine): 15...Bh5 16.f3 Bg6 16.f3 Bg6 17.Qb3 c5 18.dxc5 Nc6

<Phony Benoni> I really doubt this is analysis- I think it is the bona fide game score. <Shredder> shows Black almost -2.00 after this sample given by <Shredder>.

In addition, I wonder if <Najdorf> might have feeling less than confident at this point after scoring only 2.5 points from the 10 previous rounds in this tournament? Who really knows about that kind of thing though, absent some kind of actual commentary from Najdorf.

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