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Miguel Najdorf vs Samuel Reshevsky
Reshevsky - Najdorf (1952), New York, NY USA, rd 1, Apr-05
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Classical. Berlin Variation Pirc Variation (E39)  ·  0-1


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  Fusilli: 11.b5 looks ugly, damaging white's queenside pawn structure and leaving the c5-square to Reshevsky's knight...probably the reason why Najdorf lost this game.
Apr-20-12  Ulhumbrus: An alternative to 13 Be2 is 13 Bd3 attacking the h7 pawn a third time and so compelling Black to disturb his King side pawns
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  offramp: The first game of the match described in some detail just above the Java chessboard.. This game took place in New York on 5th April 1952. No one could have then guessed what uncanny vicissitudes this match was going to undergo.

Najdorf plays in a very lively way. He castles late. The presence of the white ♖ still on h1 allows that old ...h6, h4 strategem.

Reshevsky certainly does not panic. He plays some defensive moves and develops his pieces, for example 19....Rac8

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Later, after 29.Rd2

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...white has seen a way to pin the bishop at d3 and perhaps he hoped to win it. A Saviour is found in the unlikely incarnation of black's a-pawn.

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  offramp: Two players born 1 year and 136km apart.
They played 52 games together, mostly in the New World, and < Samuel Reshevsky beat Miguel Najdorf 20 to 10, with 22 draws>.
Aug-30-15  zydeco: It looks as if Najdorf has an attractive kingside initiative around move 15, but he bails out of it (maybe there was nothing there) with 20.Nxe7+ and 21.Nxf6+.

24.f4 and especially 26.fxe5 seem overly ambitious - white has just admitted that he doesn't have a kingside attack - and black's counterattack comes very quickly against white's weak queenside squares.

The quiet 29....f6 sets up the winning threats of 30....e4 followed by 31....Nb3 and white doesn't gain a tempo with 30.Qg3.

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