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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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Feb-27-04  stef21: great game by Najdorf
Oct-02-04  morphy234: awesome......!!
Oct-02-04  The Analyst: 18 Rxe6!! is amazing! However, earlier on 15...Rd8 would have forced a perpetual: 16 Re1 (16 Qg4+ Kf7 17 Qg7+ Ke8 18 Qxh8+ Kd7 19 Qxh7 Qc6) 16...Bd5 17 Qg4+ Kf7 18 Qh5+ Kg8 19 Qg4+.
Jan-30-05  ketchuplover: awesome :)
Feb-05-05  aw1988: Wow. Wow. And again wow. I'm willing to bet this is a game that Najdorf may call his "best for 10 years".
Apr-06-05  laskerdog: Should be 21.Rxf8#
May-31-05  farrooj: 12...Nf8 (ok, i'll just protect the pawn) 13.Rxe6!(HA!In your face!)
Jun-27-05  ArturoRivera: as Tarrash would undoubtely say: "see, thats what happens after a so insipid and bad opening, the game went wrong since 3.-...dxe4??, that was the key mistake" :)
Jun-27-05  Marco65: What if 15...Qc6? For instance 16.Qg4+ Kf7 17.d5 Qc5 18.dxe6+ Ke8 19.Rd1 Rd8 can't Black hold this position?
May-29-06  BraveKnight06: Marco... instead of 17.d5, 17.Qg7+ since the knight is pinned will make white more than winning.
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  syracrophy: Check out how after 10.♘xf7!! ♖g8? doesn't works, because of 11.♘xd8 ♖xg2+ 12.♔h1 ♖xf2+ 13.♘xb7.

When I checked this, I thought Black's best reply was 10...♖g8, starting a combination just as in Carlos Torre vs Lasker, 1925, but I missed that the ♗ of b7 can be captured by the White ♘ of d8. What a beaut!

Jul-03-07  zdigyigy: pretty combination.
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  FSR: Click on Black's name. The guy has five games in the database. In four he gets tactically annihilated. In the fifth Marshall was in the process of tactically annihilating him (in a simul, one of the last games of Marshall's life), but blundered his queen.
Jan-17-08  MorphyMatt: woah!!!!! steamrollered!!!
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  Phony Benoni: We may need a bit of research here. In <The Fireside Book of Chess> by Chernev and Reinfeld, this game is given as Najdorf - Sapiro, Lodz, 1929.

The book was originally published in 1949, so it could conceivably have included a game from 1948. And C&R have been criticized for lack of historical accuracy on occasion. But 20 years off seems to be pushing it a bit.

Jan-17-08  JohnTal: If this is ever Game of the Day, my caption: "The Doctor got Zapped!"

Why wouldn't Black simply play 9 .. Nf6, instead of trying to mix it up with Najdorf?

Oct-26-09  WhiteRook48: if someone can prove this is sound...
Apr-24-10  SpiritedReposte: Najdorf is like the king of complications. All his games i see are scrappy as heck. Tactical melees so messy they are beautiful! Reminds me of abstract paintings for some reason.
Sep-14-10  Russian Grandmasters: I believe <Phony Benoni> is correct about this date being incorrect.

<Dr. Salomon Szapiro> is presumed to have died in the Lodz Ghetto in 1944, according to volume 4 of <Tadeusz Wolza's> "Arcymistrzowie, mistrzowie, amatorzy. Słownik biograficzny szachistów polskich":

Here is the table of contents of this volume, which gives <Szapiro's> birth and death date as

<"Dr. Szeffer" Solomon Shapiro (1882-1944?). . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 120>

If the book is correct, it means that these two games must also be misdated:

S Szapiro vs F Devorak, 1947

Marshall vs S Szapiro, 1944

The latter game- against <Frank Marshall> in a simul- puts <Szapiro> in New York City in 1944.

This is surely incorrect- given that <Szapiro> was definitely in the Lodz Ghetto in 1944 playing this game here against <Dawid Daniuszewski>:

D Daniuszewski vs S Szapiro, 1944

Here is an account of that game, which features a photograph of the actual written score-

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  Phony Benoni: <Russian Grandmasters> No new thoughts on the Najdorf game, but I have a wild guess about the Marshall. I remember an active player from Indiana in the 1970s-1990s named <Sam Shapiro> who would have been old enough to have played Marshall in 1944. As I recall, he had a Ph.D. and was a professor, specializing in Shakespeare.

Any Hoosiers out there remember Sam Shapiro and whether he might have been in New York in the mid-1940s?

Sep-14-10  crawfb5: This is a quote from <Chess Life, 1945 p. 45> on the speed chess tournament held in New York:

<Two CHESS REVIEW Postalites, Sam Shapiro of New York and Oscar Shapiro of Washington, DC met in the preliminaries...>

So this may be neither the Indiana or the Polish Shapiro.

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  Phony Benoni: Found some info on the Indiana Sam Shapiro. He was a long-time professor of History at Notre Dame, b. Aug 23 1927, d. Dec. 12 2004.

His Social Security Number was issued in New York, so it's not impossible he's the one mentioned by <Chess Review>; might have gone to college in New York before taking the job at Notre Dame. On the other hand, Sam Shapiro is hardly a unique name.

I really should try to find Indiana chess info. He was the type who would have talked about, even written about a game with Marshall.

Oct-06-10  amateur1971: one of the finest combo by Najdorf.
Oct-06-10  CHESSTTCAMPS: White is currently down a rook and a knight for a couple pawns, but it's obvious that black's king is in dire straits. Black's pinned knight at e6 is impeding a Boden's mate, the checkmate of bishops on criss-crossing diagonals. Therefore, white should forget about the rook on a8 and remove the defender:


This threatens a deadly discovered check while maintaining a pin on the Bf8 and there is no good defense:

A) 18... Bxe6 19.Qxe6+ (or Bxe6+) Qxe6 20.Bxe6#

B) 18... Bxe8 19.Rxe8+ Qd5 20.Bxd5#

C) 18... Rxe8 19.Rxe8+ Be6 20.Bxe6+ Qxe6 21.Rxf8#

D) 18... Qb4 19.Rxf6+ Qxc4 20.Rxf8#

E) 18... b5 (or Bb5 and others) 19.Re7+! followed by Rg7#!

So which power mate did Najdorf get to play?

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  dzechiel: White to move (18?). Black has a rook and a knight for two pawns. "Medium/Easy."

Black's material advantage is so great that this will only end happily one way for white: checkmate. A move such as 18 Qxa8 would allow the black king to escape (18...Kf7). Nope, it's gotta be something a little more spectacular.

Let's try...

18 Rxe6

The rook cannot be touched, eg: 18...Bxe6 19 Qxe6+ Qxe6 20 Bxe6#.

So, what is black's best try here? Not

18...Bxe8 19 Rxe8+ Qd5 20 Bxd5#


18...Rxe8 19 Rxe8+ Be6 20 Bxe6+ Qxe6 21 Rxf8#

I think this is it. There may be other variations, but they must work out for white.

Time to check.


Cool combination!

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