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Glucksberg vs Miguel Najdorf
"The Polish Immortal" (game of the day Mar-12-08)
Warsaw 1929  ·  Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation (A85)  ·  0-1
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Apr-15-11  AVRO38: Who was Glucksberg?

Since this is Prince William's actual last name (Windsor was made up during WW1) perhaps this player was a royal personage?

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  paulalbert: The House of Windsor's German name was Saxe-Coburg and Gotha the senior line of the illustrious Saxon House of Wettin. That's a long way from Gluecksberg.
Apr-15-11  AVRO38: <The House of Windsor's German name was Saxe-Coburg and Gotha the senior line of the illustrious Saxon House of Wettin. That's a long way from Gluecksberg.>

Last time I checked Elizabeth II is female so why would William have her paternal name. William's real name is Glucksberg, look it up!

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  paulalbert: <AVRO38> My comment was triggered by the reference to the House of Windsor change during WWI. It is correct if you go back through Prince Philip's ( last name Mountbatten changed from the German Battenberg also during WWI ) paternal ancestors about six generations you get to a "von Schleswig Holstein Sonderburg Gluecksberg". Perhaps you have further information that shows that if you took it even further back , that one could show that the paternal last name should have remained solely Gluecksberg.
Apr-17-11  BobCrisp: The royals still have a penchant for things Germanic:

<"Since 1994, when Princess Diana first ran around Chelsea in a turquoise Audi cabriolet, the German car company has become a favourite of the British establishment."

As well Kate's Audi, the Prince of Wales owns a flotilla of the luxury German cars. Prince Harry has one. So does Prince William. Even the Queen owns one.>

May-05-11  AVRO38: <Perhaps you have further information that shows that if you took it even further back , that one could show that the paternal last name should have remained solely Gluecksberg.>

Actually, the farthest you can trace William/Philip's paternal ancestry is to the early 12th century to a man named Elimar von Oldenburg. So to be precise, William's last name should be Oldenburg. Glucksberg is the cadet branch of the von Oldenburg family that William/Philip descend from.

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  inlimbo777: I am confused by move #10 for white...10.Kh1. Why is not Kxh2 eliminating the bishop better?
Oct-22-11  Uvulu: <inlimbo777> because of 10... Ng4+ followed by 11... Qxg5
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  kingscrusher: Dual commentary video on this game :

Jul-15-12  b0ch0: An orgasm of chess
Oct-10-12  Conrad93: This is probably one of the most well-known chess games out there.
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  profK: The Dutch can produce some great attacks..This is a spectacular combo.
Oct-21-12  wildrookie: The Polish Immortal, ha! The onlything Polish in this game was the city - Warsaw - where it was played.
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  brankat: <wildrookie> And what exactly is that supposed to mean? Perhaps you got lost and found yourself at the wrong site?
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  Kinghunt: Najdorf was Polish.
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  Cemoblanca: There the heart laughs! :)

1 of the best games of all time!

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  tjipa: To add some more confusion to the question when and against whom Najdorf played this game, I can say that Aleksandrs Koblencs (or Alexander Koblents, or Koblenz, you know I mean the Latvian master, Tal's couch and second) in his book Chessplayer's Memoirs (1986, in Russian, p. 24) tells of this game as played in 1935 Warsaw Olympiad and gives Najdorf's opponent's last name Glucksman! Koblencs presents it as a first-hand reporter's account. Although, I do have Kasparov's book where it says of the same game: 'Glucksberg-Najdorf, Warsaw, 1928'. Not that it makes a big difference, just a fascinating dilemma in itself!
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  Benzol: I thought all this stuff had already been sorted out. See my post of June 25th and <Phony Benoni>'s of July 14th in this game : Najdorf vs Gliksberg, 1929
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  tjipa: <Benzol> I did not quite get this. Quote Phony Benoni you mentioned: 'Nor is the game to be confused with Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929. Completely different guy.' Anyway... The point is to draw attention to this fantastic game!
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  Benzol: <tjipa> Having read your post again I think I need to get my glasses or eyes checked. I got confused by what you meant. Sorry about that.


And yes this really is a great game that should be better known.


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  Phony Benoni: <tjipa> If Koblents did write that, he was in error, which is not too surprising: for many years, th e 1935 date was generally accepted. It's only in the last couple of decades that research (notably by Edward Winter and his associates) has discoverd the game published in a magazine dated January, 1930 and found records of a tournament at Warsaw in late 1929 where both players participated.

If you think about it for a moment, the game couldn't have been from the Olympiad. Both palyers were Polish, but in that event you play oppoents from different countries. But just to be sure, here is the Polish team from the Warsaw 1935 Olympiad:

You can learn the names of Najdorf's opponents by mousing over his results. Glucksbert did not play in the Olympiad.

By the way, the game I cited was against a different player. Gliksberg was not Glucksberg.

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  perfidious: And all the king's earthly goods availed him naught.....

Wonderful combination by the young master.

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  perfidious: And all the king's earthly goods availed him naught.....

Wonderful combination by the young master.

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  Infohunter: I first saw this game in that famous 1949 "fun" book, *The Fireside Book of Chess* by Irving Chernev and Fred Reinfeld, which gave 1935 as the date. Seeing the date as 1929 in the link is what brought me here to see why. Now I know.

Not so incidentally, I enjoyed playing this game over again.

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  SamAtoms1980: Now THAT is an ending.....
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