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Lajos Portisch vs Miguel Najdorf
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 1, Jul-17
King's Indian Defense: Fianchetto Variation. Classical Fianchetto (E67)  ·  1/2-1/2


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<PORTISCH: Black still has the advantage. He might have continued: 33... b5 34. Nb6 Be6 or 33... bxc5 34. Nxc5 Ng6. In both cases he has very good winning prospects. But being in time trouble, Najdorf accepted my proposal and agreed to the draw.

NAJDORF: The draw was agreed. It was a prudent decision because of the little time left, and it satisfied me because of the critical moments I had gone through. Nevertheless Black is better and I now share the opinion of world champion Petrosian, who stated that Black could have won with 33... b5 34. Nc3 Ng6! etc.>

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  Hesam7: I wish Najdorf had quoted Petrosian's line completely. It is hard to see how Black wins after his suggestion: 33... b5 34. Nc3 Ng6.

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A possible continuation is: 35. Nc2 Nxc2 36. Qxc2 Be6 37. Qd2 Nh4 38. Ne2 Nxg2 39. Kxg2 Bd5 40. Kg1. Black is obviously better but to say Black is winning is a bit too optimistic.

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  aw1988: <Hesam7> It's a trivial point but Portisch states 'winning chances' and Najdorf states 'winning'. While it's true they may have come to slightly different conclusions, perhaps it was lost in the translation or he meant to say winning chances. Speculation, though...
Dec-12-14  zydeco: This is a good fight. 24....exf4 is a pretty way to save the attacked knight.

Portisch played the opening well. He moved the wrong rook with the cutesy 15.Rb2 (the players, in their notes to the game, thought that either 15.Re2 or 15.Qc2 was better). Najdorf had a grip on the queenside that Portisch broke with 22.e5! Najdorf counter-sacrificed with 24....exf4! and 25.....Rxe3 and had an active position at the time that the draw was agreed.

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