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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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Oct-12-12
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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.
Oct-21-12
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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?
Jan-23-13  Kinghunt: Najdorf was Polish.
Jun-14-13  Cemoblanca: There the heart laughs! :)

1 of the best games of all time!

Oct-30-13
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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!
Oct-30-13
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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
Oct-30-13
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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!
Oct-30-13
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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.

Cheers.

Oct-30-13
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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:

http://www.olimpbase.org/1935/1935p...

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.

Oct-30-13
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  perfidious: And all the king's earthly goods availed him naught.....

Wonderful combination by the young master.

Oct-30-13
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  perfidious: And all the king's earthly goods availed him naught.....

Wonderful combination by the young master.

Oct-31-13
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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.

Dec-11-13  SamAtoms1980: Now THAT is an ending.....
Jul-21-14
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  parisattack: A real gem of a game!
Aug-08-14  Christoforus Polacco: I can see the elegant move 13.. Bg1 and I imagine Utah Jazz :) Black bishop on ''g1'' is like Karl Malone makes screen for short Johnny Stockton (queen). And what about white's poor horse (14.Ng1) ? Unhappy knight is like two staggered defenders who run into each other (or into big Karl too :) during pick'n'roll ...
Apr-15-15  pedro99: Rumour has it that Glucksberg changed his name to NN after this game.
Apr-15-15
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  Phony Benoni: <pedro99> I rather doubt that. Negative Immorality is very underrated, and few of us play well enough to achieve it.

Usually, when we normal players go up against GMs and such, we blunder early and often. They go on cruise control, and we resign once we can do so without undue embarrassment. No need for anything immortal. A grandmaster squashes a bug with a copy of the nearest Reinfeld book, not an atomic bomb.

To achieve Negative Immorality we have to do much better than that. Of course we don't play perfect chess, but we must play well enough that the Grandmaster has to put forth some real effort. That's when you see Immortal Fireworks, and that's really something of which to be proud.

Are you familiar with the game Marshall vs H Rogosin, 1940? Not truly an immortal game (except in the humorous sense), but Mr. Rogosin had the right attitude about it. I met him about 40 years later, and as soon as I heard his name began to ask, "Are you the..."

"Yes", he interrupted with a sad smile on his face. "I'm the Horrible Example."

Nov-13-15
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  Fusilli: <Phony Benoni: <pedro99> I rather doubt that. Negative Immorality is very underrated, and few of us play well enough to achieve it.>

<Negative Immorality> would just be morality, right? Double negatives cancel each other out!

Feb-29-16  The Kings Domain: "The Polish Immortal" indeed. Brilliant game by Najdorf, everything just flowed perfectly well to victory.
Jul-02-16  kishore4u: 'Polish immortal' ha ha....
Sep-07-16  Joker2048: Just amazing
Sep-18-16  Christoforus Polacco: Maybe that game should be ''Polish Immortal'' ? Maroczy vs Tartakower, 1922
Dec-23-16
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  Peligroso Patzer: Apropos the debate regarding the date of this game, etc, and as previously linked by <jessicafischerqueen> on Oct-10-10 (at page 5 of this thread), there is a discussion of these issues written by Edward Winter here: http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/....
Dec-23-16
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  Peligroso Patzer: <wildrookie: The Polish Immortal, ha! The only thing Polish in this game was the city - Warsaw - where it was played.>

<kishore4u: 'Polish immortal' ha ha....>

To elaborate a little on what was previously posted by <Kinghunt>, Najdorf was a native of Poland. In 1939, he was playing in the Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires (as second board for Poland) at the time of the outbreak of World War II, and he remained there rather than return to Europe. He became a citizen of Argentina and represented that country in several Olympiads, as well as playing in the Argentine Championship, during the remainder of his playing career.

Regardless of whether the correct date for this game is 1929 or 1935 or sometime in between, Najdorf was very definitely Polish when he played this “Polish Immortal” game.

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