chessgames.com
Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Miguel Najdorf vs Mikhail Botvinnik
Groningen (1946), Groningen NED, rd 19, Sep-07
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Noa Variation (E34)  ·  1-0
ANALYSIS [x]

FEN COPIED

Click Here to play Guess-the-Move
Given 5 times; par: 63 [what's this?]

explore this opening
find similar games 3 more Najdorf/Botvinnik games
PGN: download | view | print Help: general | java-troubleshooting

TIP: At the top of the page we display the common English name for the opening, followed by the ECO code (e.g. "E34"). The ECO codes are links that take you to opening pages.

PGN Viewer:  What is this?
For help with this chess viewer, please see the Olga Chess Viewer Quickstart Guide.
PREMIUM MEMBERS CAN REQUEST COMPUTER ANALYSIS [more info]

A COMPUTER ANNOTATED SCORE OF THIS GAME IS AVAILABLE.  [CLICK HERE]

Kibitzer's Corner
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.
Apr-21-05  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.
Jun-04-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!
Apr-15-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Feb-16-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Feb-16-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Feb-14-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Played in the 19th (last) round; Botvinnik had a 1/2 point lead over Euwe which held up as both lost in the last round. 6 a3 was an innovation; apparently an attempt to avoid Botvinnik's superior opening knowledge. 6..Bxc3 is the only move that makes sense though 6..Be7 is almost as popular leading to an Exchange variation of the Queens Gambit with White having the extra move 6 a3 which would obviously be useful in a minority attack. Botvinnik's decision to close the position when he was ahead in development with 12..c4?! was surprising; 12..cxd 13 cxd..0-0 14 Bd3..Rfc8 looks more promising. The queenside play anticipated with 14..b5? never got off the ground; better was 14..Bf5 (if White plays Bd1 then the d3 square will be available for the Black bishop) or 14..Nc7. The tournament book and Pachman are critical of 21..Na4 recommending instead 21..Ncd7 22 Nxd7..Bd7 but Kasparov notes that after 23 e4!?..dxe 24 fxe..Nxe4 25 Bf4..Nd6 26 Qb4..Rb6 27 Rae1 White has a promising initiative for the pawn. Black was lost after 29..Ne7?; Kasparov recommended 29..Nb6 30 Nf5..Rbd8 31 Qg4..Qd7 32 Qg3 when White is better but still has work to do to win the game. Botvinnik may have lost 31 g4!; 31..dxe or 31..g6 would have held out longer without changing the final result.
Feb-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: This must have been a very worrying loss for Botvinnik. His first meeting with Najdorf and he is beaten at a canter. He must have been very relieved when Najdorf was not included in the lists of the 1948 WC tournament.
Feb-15-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  perfidious: The thought of getting a hiding did not appear to trouble Botvinnik overmuch in his return matches for the world title; cannot imagine why Najdorf coming in as the sixth player in 1948 would have fazed him in any way.
Feb-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  offramp: My concept was that Botvinnik was facing Najdorf for the first time. The polack/spick would have been a totally unknown quantity to the russky/finn.

After losing this game Botvinnik might have been relieved at Najdorf's absence from the 1948 tournament.

Feb-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  plang: Why? Because of this one game? He lost to Kotov and Yanofsky in this tournament as well but still won the tournament,

I think the great chess players are confident enough to not over-react to the results of one game.

Feb-17-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  keypusher: <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.>

The CPSU ran FIDE? Someone alert Sen. McCarthy.

An account of the arrangements of the 1948 match-tournament is given here.

http://www.chesshistory.com/winter/...

As far as I know the notion that Botvinnik caused Najdorf to be excluded is just another drive-by Bronstein slander.

Apr-03-15
Premium Chessgames Member
  maxi: <keypusher> I have not studied the Najdorf case but there cannot a doubt of the strong influence Stalin and the CPSU had on many international organizations and forums at the time. Much suffering and unfairness came out of that.
NOTE: You need to pick a username and password to post a reply. Getting your account takes less than a minute, is totally anonymous, and 100% free—plus, it entitles you to features otherwise unavailable. Pick your username now and join the chessgames community!
If you already have an account, you should login now.
Please observe our posting guidelines:
  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, profane, raunchy, or disgusting language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate or nonsense posts.
  3. No malicious personal attacks, including cyber stalking, systematic antagonism, or gratuitous name-calling of any member Iincludinfgall Admin and Owners or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. If you think someone is an idiot, then provide evidence that their reasoning is invalid and/or idiotic, instead of just calling them an idiot. It's a subtle but important distinction, even in political discussions.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No malicious posting of or linking to personal, private, and/or negative information (aka "doxing" or "doxxing") about any member, (including all Admin and Owners) or any of their family, friends, associates, or business interests. This includes all media: text, images, video, audio, or otherwise. Such actions will result in severe sanctions for any violators.
  6. NO TROLLING. Admin and Owners know it when they see it, and sanctions for any trolls will be significant.
  7. Any off-topic posts which distract from the primary topic of discussion are subject to removal.
  8. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by Moderators is expressly prohibited.
  9. The use of "sock puppet" accounts in an attempt to undermine any side of a debate—or to create a false impression of consensus or support—is prohibited.
  10. All decisions with respect to deleting posts, and any subsequent discipline, are final, and occur at the sole discretion of the Moderators, Admin, and Owners.
  11. Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.
Blow the Whistle See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a Moderator.

NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific game and nothing else. If you want to discuss chess in general, or this site, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of Chessgames.com, its employees, or sponsors. All Moderator actions taken are at the sole discretion of the Admin and Owners—who will strive to act fairly and consistently at all times.

This game is type: CLASSICAL. Please report incorrect or missing information by submitting a correction slip to help us improve the quality of our content.

Featured in the Following Game Collections[what is this?]
Game 407
from number 5 by Frodo7
Game 25
from On My Great Predecessors 4 (Kasparov) by Incremental
C file is best counter with F file dominance
from Strategy motifs by anjumskhan
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by LionHeart40
125 Partidas Brilhantes
by Gottschalk
Game 25
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (4) by demirchess
najdorf 1
from great attack games by emilio martinez
Mil y Una Partidas 1932-1949
by K9Empress
My Great Predecessors by Garry Kasparov
by JoseTigranTalFischer
Game 184
from World's Great Chess Games (Fine) by Qindarka
Game 128
from 20th Century Highlights (Burgess) by Qindarka
Groningen Candidates Tournament Game #19
from Road to the Championship - Mikhail Botvinnik by suenteus po 147
Chess Highlights of the 20th Century (2/3)
by rbaglini
Game 25
from Garry Kasparov's On My Great Predecessors (4) by nakul1964
Chess Kings
by hakkepof
"plucked like a chicken"
from Breakin, Enterin & Attackin by Gypsy & Emilio by fredthebear
Game 25
from On My Great Predecessors 4 (Kasparov) by isfsam
Round 19
from Groningen 1946 by JoseTigranTalFischer


home | about | login | logout | F.A.Q. | your profile | preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | new kibitzing | chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | privacy notice | contact us
Copyright 2001-2019, Chessgames Services LLC