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Miguel Najdorf vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Groningen (1946)  ·  Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1-0
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May-11-04  chrismiceli: this same game is repeated 3 times in chessgames database.
Apr-21-05  Chris00nj: Najdorf boasted before the match that he was going to "pluck Botvinnik like a chicken" and apparent he did just that.
Apr-21-05  maoam: It looks as though he won a few games too. Mind you, Botvinnik probably wasn't fit to play after being "plucked like a chicken."
Apr-21-05  Milo: The ironic similarity of this game to Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938 could not have been lost of Botvinnik.
Apr-21-05  Chris00nj: Bronstein said in his autobiography that Botvinnik kept Najdorf, an obvious replacement for Rueben Fine, out of the 1948 match tournament out of spite for this game.
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  Shams: 12...c4, not followed by ...Bb5, looks bad to me. great win by Najdorf though.
Apr-21-05  iron maiden: I don't see where Bronstein is coming from, since Botvinnik wouldn't normally have a say on such matters.
Aug-11-07  wolfmaster: Najdorf defeats the champ!
Sep-03-07  wolfmaster: <Shams> I agree.
Sep-14-08  pom nasayao: Black's error started at 32.__Ng6. White's 33. dxe6 gave him tempo, snatching a piece while maintaining the threat both against their queens.
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  stoy: This game is really from Groningen 1946. It is redundant with the next Najdorf-Botvinnik game in this database. This game should be deleted!
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  wordfunph: <Chris00nj: Najdorf boasted before the match that he was going to "pluck Botvinnik like a chicken" and apparent he did just that.>

..and Najdorf before the game, approached Flohr who was Botvinnik's second, and offered to bet 500 guilders that he would win.

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  maxi: About the similarity to the game Botvinnik vs Capablanca, 1938, if I my understanding is correct, Capa's placement of his Knight at the edge of the Queen side of the board makes sense, and it was at the time a customary move. But Botvinnik's placing of his Knight there does not make any sense to me. In this game I don't see so much Najdorf playing brilliantly, but Botvinnik being on an off day. And he eventually lost by losing a piece in a suicidal manner.
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  maxi: It wasn't the correct thing to do for Najdorf to make such bets, but I for one have no problem believing that B. could actually veto Najdorf's assistance to the 1948 match tournament. Many of the players of the time complained about the power B. yielded. It came from the Party, possibly from the very top.
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