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Miguel Najdorf vs Gliksberg
"Polishing his Technique" (game of the day Jul-14-2012)
Lodz, Poland (1929), Lodz POL
French Defense: Rubinstein Variation. Blackburne Defense (C10)  ·  1-0


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  ahmadov: What a game! I felt like I cannot play chess at all as I was playing this through Guess the Move.
Jun-05-12  yiotta: TV huckster Madman Muntz used to say "I want to give it away, but my wife won't let me". Glad she wasn't married to Najdorf.
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  Phony Benoni: Yes, you've probably seen the game with a date of 1948 against Shapiro or Sapira or some variant thereof. Research has confirmed the opponent and date given here.

Nor is the game to be confused with Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929. Completely different guy.

With that out of the way, I can only repeat what Reinfeld & Chernev had to say in "The Fireside Book of Chess": <Allegro con Brio!>.

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  Infohunter: "Polishing his Technique"--what an outrageous pun! Congratulations to its creator!
Jul-14-12  bengalcat47: A fine performance by Najdorf, and also a clever play on two words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently -- "Polish" and "polish." Such words, by the way, are known as "heteronyms.' Another example of two heteronyms would be "read," pronounced like "reed," and "read," pronounced like "red.'
Jul-14-12  ZeejDonnelly: Lodz is a good, working class city. Kind of like the Polish Manchester, I guess. My father grew up there before moving to the states.

Personal issues aside, this is a beautiful French from Najdorf. I have not examined many of his games (aside from the brilliancies such as the immortal game versus Glucksberg), but after looking at this tactical feast I may have to expand my scope of study.

Jul-14-12  b0ch0: M.Najdorf was not only an excellent chessplayer. He was also respectful to all his opponets regardless his level of strength. I had the privilege to play against him at a simoultaneous exhibition. Of course, he defeated me.

Some Najdorf's quotes:

1) "I won't play with you anymore. You have insulted my friend." (At blitz game, when an opponent cursed himself for a blunder.)

2) "There is no surname while playing chess, position is all that matters"

3) "When Spassky offers you a piece, you might as well resign then and there. But when Tal offers you a piece, you would do well to keep playing, because then he might offer you another, and then another, and then ... who knows?"

Jul-14-12  sevenseaman: <Allegro con Brio!> indeed. I have been to the game before, in considerable detail. Sadly today again my 'guess the move' style got tossed out the window.
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  Infohunter: Just to complete the non-chess trivia here: The word "łódź" means "boat" in Polish; naturally it is not capitalized when used as a common noun and not the name of the city.
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  FSR: Najdorf always sacced the house against these Gliksberg/Glucksberg guys.
Jul-14-12  backrank: I've always wondered why Najdorf is so underrated. He seems to have been in the same league as Keres, concerning playing strength AND attacking style.
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  Abdel Irada: Apparently Najdorf was channeling Paul Morphy in this game. Too bad for Gliksberg that *he* was channeling Duke Karl and Count Isouard.
Jul-14-12  backrank: <Abdel Irada: Apparently Najdorf was channeling Paul Morphy in this game. Too bad for Gliksberg that *he* was channeling Duke Karl and Count Isouard.>

LOL ;)

But you're completely right, it very much looks like a Morphy vs NN game.

Jul-14-12  erniecohen: How did Najdorf miss 12. ♗h6? Isn't that the first move anyone would consider?
Jul-14-12  jhelix70: <b0ch0: "When Spassky offers you a piece, you might as well resign then and there. But when Tal offers you a piece, you would do well to keep playing, because then he might offer you another, and then another, and then ... who knows?">

I've heard another version of this quote:

"If Tal offers a piece, accept it--he may offer you another.

If Spassky offers a piece, accept it--he may blunder later.

If Petrosian offers a piece, resign."

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  kevin86: The final position is elegant:The only two white pieces remaining mate. Also,if black had a spare move,he could mate at e1 with the queen.
Jul-14-12  CanadianPetrosian: Brilliant game by Najdorf.
Jul-14-12  Girkassa: <erniecohen: How did Najdorf miss 12. Bh6? Isn't that the first move anyone would consider?>

I am sure he must have considered it, but my guess is that he missed or miscalculated either 12...f5 13.Qxf5! or 12...Bf8 13.Bc4! If those moves had not worked, White would not have anything special after 12.Bh6, I think.

If 12.Bh6 had not been winning, as Najdorf may have thought, 12.Re1 would have been the move that caused Black the most practical problems. White has a draw in hand, and Black must play very accurately not to lose.

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  eternaloptimist: The GOTD today has a clever pun & this is a pretty good game by Najdorf. Although the last several moves weren't really that hard to see (computer or no computer). He just accumulated a few pins & kept piling up the pressure on the ♘ on e6. He also played a discovered check w/ 19.♖xe8+ & a deflection w/ 20.♗xe6+ to force Gliksberg's ♕ off of the a3-f8 diagonal so it would no longer be guarding the ♗ on f8. Najdorf finished the game off w/ the coup de gras 21.♖xf8#.
Oct-29-12  Conrad93: 13.Rxe6! is a beautiful move.
Oct-29-12  Conrad93: How does white win after 15...b5?
Dec-13-15  bengalcat47: I have the book Great Short Games of the Chess Masters by Fred Reinfeld. This game appears on page 119 (no game numbers used in this book). The place and date are Lodz, 1929, and Najdorf's opponent is simply referred to as "Sapiro."
Feb-29-16  The Kings Domain: Gotta love the Morphy-like games of the young Najdorf.
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  thegoodanarchist: < Infohunter: "Polishing his Technique"--what an outrageous pun! Congratulations to its creator!>

Probably better than the name I thought of:

"The Other Polish Immortal"

Apr-22-17  Saniyat24: This is fantastic...! Isn't this a smothered mate?
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