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Borislav Ivkov vs Miguel Najdorf
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 11, Aug-03
Queen's Indian Defense: Classical. Traditional Variation Main Line (E19)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Jan-08-15  zydeco: This is a sort of friendship draw. Ivkov and Najdorf had been analyzing lines of the King's Indian Defense, so Najdorf avoided it and steered towards quieter variations.

Ivkov didn't realize that Najdorf had played the entire variation three years earlier: Petrosian vs Najdorf, 1963 Najdorf improved on the earlier game with 12....Qd7 instead of 12.....g5.

Both players agreed that Najdorf had a slight advantage on move 20, but Najdorf accepted Ivkov's draw offer, "not having the spirit to continue the battle." I suspect that means that Najdorf was feeling a bit sorry for his friend Ivkov, who was having a lousy tournament, and he decided not to go in for a long, grueling struggle.

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