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Ossip Bernstein vs Miguel Najdorf
"Old Man, Take a Look at my Knight" (game of the day Mar-12-17)
Montevideo (1954)  ·  Old Indian Defense: Normal Variation (A55)  ·  1-0
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Sep-21-13
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  scutigera: "In 1954, [Bernstein] tied for 2nd-3rd with Miguel Najdorf, behind René Letelier, at Montevideo at age 72. Nadjorf protested that it was unfair to play such an aged opponent, and then became so confident of victory that he convinced the tournament organizers to double the First Prize money at the expense of reducing the payouts for the lesser prizes, a gamble that backfired in spectacular fashion as the septuagenarian Bernstein routed him in a 37-move Old Indian Defense that won the latter the Brilliancy Prize." --Wikipedia.org. I don't know how likely tournament organizers are to rearrange the prizes in favor of one of the competitors while the tournament is in progress, though.
Aug-28-14
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  posoo: Now dis - DIS - is da finest example of da posooian style! Put da peeces into ACTION and see what happens!

I bet u ossipo didn't work ANY of dis out in advance! No. Da wily old fellow just played on GILE and INTOOTION

Feb-09-16  devere: A great game! Najdorf must have been very overconfident to play 20...h5?, and Bernstein smashed his position with 21.Nd5!.

Bernstein missed the astounding 26.Re7!! Bxe7 27.Qg6!! Rf6 28.Rh4!!


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I'm not sure that even Gary Kasparov would have seen that.

But then he found 29.Re8!!. This would be a great game to play when you are 22 or 32; at age 72 it is amazing

Aug-26-16  daveinsatiable: How has this not been GOTD?
Just for want of a pun? (cf. Newzild)
"Hot Ossip"?
Mar-12-17
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  ColeTrane: La unica cosa que sugiero acerca de los chistes en este sitio sería que de vez en cuando hay que usar algunas bromas de otros lenguajes-específicamente pa el sr Najdorf. Pero aparte de eso, que sigue- es algo que me divierta y por eso agradezco al cg.c... Cachay po huevon
Mar-12-17
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  offramp: Today's GoTD title is based on a Neil Young song. I don't know if Neil Young still sings the song.

He would have to alter the words a bit because there aren't many men older than Neil Young.

Mar-12-17  nalinw: Given the background to the game and the game itself this has to be one of the all time great game/pun combinations.
Mar-12-17
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  Robyn Hode: <offramp> There may not be many men older than Neil Young, but there are an inexhaustible amount of men more talented than you, especially Neil Young.
Mar-12-17
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  HeMateMe: terrific pun and game!
Mar-12-17  scormus: <devere 26 Re7!!> that looks like an engine move, not very deep but certainly hard to see OTB.

Very instructive game, Black's strategy looks rather naive with today's knowledge. But at the time? With White in control of the open d- file 16 ... f4 seems dubious anyway

Mar-12-17
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  OhioChessFan: <devere: Bernstein missed the astounding 26.Re7!! Bxe7 27.Qg6!! Rf6 28.Rh4!! >

How about clearing the long diagonal by <26. Rd5> It might be even more devastating than Re7. Black just has nothing. A couple lines end up with the Re7/Qg6 anyway.


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Mar-12-17  clement41: Flabbergasting game by old Bernstein!
So fun to watch!
Mar-12-17
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  offramp: The important thing is, <Robyn Hode>, if that is your real name, that there are more people older than me in the world than there are people more talented than Neil Young. Ha ha!
Mar-12-17  morfishine: <scormus> I also noticed <26.Re7> as pointed out by <devere> but went wrong with 26...Bxe7 <27.dxe7> overlooking the winning 27.Qg6

Scintillating game all around; but when you take your lessons from Capablanca, this is what results :)

*****

Mar-12-17  ChessHigherCat: Didn't Bernstein miss 26. Qg6 threatening Qh6#?
Mar-12-17  ChessHigherCat: If 26. Qg6 there are very few defensive lines. 26...Ne8 27. Qh6+ Qh7 28. Qxf8+ Qg8 29. Gxg8# If 26...Nf5 then Re7 as an interference move.
Mar-12-17  scormus: <morfishine> I thought what made 26 Re7 hard to find was that only after the interim moves does the diagonal get cleared. If you saw that you were doing well

For a moment I wondered about immediately 26 Qg6, but B has ... Qf5 and the attack stalls

Mar-12-17  ChessHigherCat: <Scormus For a moment I wondered about immediately 26 Qg6, but B has ... Qf5 and the attack stalls>

No, because...Qf5 doesn't prevent Qh6#

Mar-12-17  JohnBoy: <ChessHigherCat> 26.Qg6 Qf5 27.Qh6+ Qh7
Mar-12-17
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: I would have chosen the pun "Prize Goeth Before the Fall." Still, any GOTD title based upon a Neil Young works well enough for me.
Mar-12-17  ChessHigherCat: <JohnBoy: <ChessHigherCat> 26.Qg6 Qf5 27.Qh6+ Qh7> Damn that's right. I was just thinking of the defense Nf5 and I had decided that Qf5 didn't work for some (obviously misguided) reason.
Mar-13-17  devere: <OhioChessFan: How about clearing the long diagonal by <26. Rd5>> Yes that certainly wins also; it's just a bit more prosaic than 26.Re7.

Is this the most brilliant game ever played by a 70+ year old chess player? Or has Viktor Korchnoi or Vasily Smyslov played one that tops it?

Mar-13-17
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  OhioChessFan: I'll have to give some thought to that. Here's a Bill Wall article that addresses older players:

https://www.chess.com/article/view/...

Mar-13-17
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  OhioChessFan: Here's one by Dake at 78 that is really nice:

K Shirazi vs Dake, 1988

I think that would be a great collection. I might work on it. Best games by players over 70.

Mar-13-17
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  Fusilli: Najdorf at 73:

M J Tempone vs Najdorf, 1983

At Buenos Aires (Clarin) (1980) Najdorf (at 70) beat Timman, Browne, and Kavalek, and overall he scored +3 -2 =8.

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