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Miguel Najdorf vs Wolfgang Unzicker
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966), Santa Monica, CA USA, rd 4, Jul-21
Nimzo-Indian Defense: Normal Variation. Bernstein Defense (E59)  ·  1/2-1/2
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Dec-12-14  zydeco: Najdorf plays a bit casually on move 16 and 17. He suggests the immediate 16.e4 or the precautionary 17.Bf1 as improvements. 17....Qd5! gives black an immediate edge together with the subsequent piece sacrifice.

Unzicker calls Najdorf's saving move, 20.Qb3!, "one of the most interesting moves I met with in my chess career."

Najdorf explains: "Luckily I did not lose my head and remembered the saying of my old master Tartakower, that in order to lose a game it is not enough to make only one mistake."

Unzicker thought for an hour over his reply. 20....Qxb3 21.Rxb3 Nd6 22.Rxe8+ Rxe8 23.Bf4 allows white to recover his pawn with the better position.

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