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Miguel Najdorf vs Isaac Boleslavsky
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 2, Aug-14
Old Indian Defense: Ukrainian Variation (A54)  ·  1-0


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Sep-03-07  wolfmaster: Najdorf,amazingly, has defeated Boleslavsky twice and has never lost to him!
Sep-29-07  pawnofdoom: The end of this game is weird. Can someone explain the ideas behind 35. ... Kb7 and 36. ... Re8 ?(instead of Kxb6)
Apr-02-10  ozmikey: <pawnofdoom> White is threatening simply 36. Bxe7 winning, and there's no defence; the rook has to stay on the d-file defending the knight, discovered checks with the knight are no good because the rook on d2 is defended, 35...Bxc5 36. bxc5 wins (36...Kb7 37. Rxb6+), and even 35...Rc1 doesn't work after 36. Bxb6 Rxc6 37. Bxd8 Rxe6 38. Rxd5.

So after 35...Kb7 36. Bxe7, 36...Kxc6 37. Bxd8 leaves Black just a piece down. 36...Re8 was worth a try, but after 37. Rxd5! there are no more chances; after 37...Rxe7 38. Rdc5 Black is a piece down as before (and White is threatening mate beginning with 39. Nd6+ to boot), 37...Nxd5 38. Bxd5 is obviously hopeless, and on 37...Kxc6 there is 38. Rc5+ with 39. Nd6+ next.

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  plang: Boleslavsky was probably not expecting 4 dxe. Instead of 8..Na6?!, 8..a5 seems more in the spirit of the opening. Instead of 11..Nac5?, 11..Ndc5 would have avoided Najdorf's queenside expansion with 12 b4! and 13 c5. 15..Nxb6?! was a desperate attempt for active piece play but 15..axb would probably have been better. 18..c5!? would have left the Black king very vulnerable but was probably better than what he played.
Oct-02-13  jerseybob: Plang: Whether or not Boleslavsky expected he had to have been prepared to play that ending since this is the way the K.I.D. was often entered in those days. I agree with you about move 15: I also like 15..ab.
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