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Miguel Najdorf vs Lajos Portisch
Varna ol (Men) fin-A (1962), Varna BUL, rd 3, Sep-29
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1-0
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Sep-13-04  refutor: najdorf mops up portisch the round after getting smoked by fischer Fischer vs Najdorf, 1962 . najdorf joked "i only win and lose brilliantly" :)
Sep-22-05  aragorn69: Here is a witty commentary by Najdorf (probably refering to his thoughts after Portisch's 10th move):

<When I lost the pawn, my first reaction was inward despair; then I thought, “Portisch has won this pawn through playing a new move, introducing an entirely new concept in a variation which has been played hundreds of times. I say that if a new move is introduced, there are only two possibilities: either it’s a genius move, or it’s an idiot move. A genius is born every hundred years, an idiot every day>

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Feb-04-11
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  GrahamClayton: 18...♕b5 19.♕g7+ ♔e8 20.♗f6 ♖d7 21.♕g8+ ♗f8 22.♕e6+ ♗e7:


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Does Najdorf have a quick win here?

Mar-07-11  Shams: <GrahamClayton> 22.Qg6+ and mate next
Apr-13-12
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  wordfunph: Najdorf - Portisch

after 11...Qxd4


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"After I had won the game, many players came to me and congratulated me on a 'brilliant pawn sacrifice'. Here, for the first time, I can divulge the truth: it was not a sacrifice, but a blunder!"

- GM Miguel Najdorf

Source: Najdorf - Life and Games by Likowski, Mikhalchishin & Najdorf

Nov-26-12
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  whiteshark: Filigree precision clear to the end!
Feb-07-13  clownface: onya toes: the heavy pieces
Feb-07-13  clownface: concept of centre, ...
May-19-14  yariharimo: <wordfunph> Did Najdorf say why the sacrifice was a blunder? Black's losing the right to castle was White's compensation for the pawn. It would be interesting to know why he thought of it as a blunder.
May-19-14  ughaibu: Yariharimo: see the post by Aragorn69.
Jun-06-19
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Najdorf might have considered it a blunder during the game, but posterity has shown that 9.Bd3 poses many problems. In the database you will find five games with 12.Bb5+; White has four wins and a draw.
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