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Miguel Najdorf vs Borislav Ivkov
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 2, Jul-19
Queen's Gambit Accepted: Janowski-Larsen Variation (D25)  ·  1-0


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Kibitzer's Corner
Oct-21-06  Broon Bottle: Ivkov is blown away. Najdorf must have been a happy man in the casino that night.
Jan-31-08  SleepyEye: I wonder if 8...Nc6 is so good. 8...Nbd7 with ...c5 to follow looks better
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  wordfunph: "Believing in Smyslov's infallibility in the openings, I played his move without prior analysis. How heartily Najdorf laughed after the game, when I told him whose move this was. He had been convinced it was an experiment of my own."

- GM Borislav Ivkov

Dec-12-14  zydeco: Ivkov says that he missed 15.Nc4 (considering only 15.e4) and somehow missed 19.Qc4 (even though he had been analyzing 19.Qc4 in the event of 18....cxd6).

Najdorf says that had analyzed basically everything from move 14 to move 21.

Ivkov blunders with 22....c5, missing Najdorf's back rank tricks (23.Rxc5 Rxc5? 24.Qxa8+ Nxa8 25.Rd8+). 22....Qe7 was better but still lost. "Ivkov seems demoralized, with no will to resist," is Najdorf's comment at this point.

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