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Bent Larsen vs Miguel Najdorf
Second Piatigorsky Cup (1966)  ·  King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Misc. Lines (E98)  ·  1-0
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Jan-07-11  Poulsen: Even as elderly player Najdorf was a tuff nut to crack, but once again Larsen shows his skill in complex endgames.

Black resigned since he cannot stop Kc4-c5, Nf5-d6 and the loss of both pawns.

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  zydeco: Larsen wins this game in the opening -- with a bit of psychology. Najdorf had some of his most famous victories with this line (in the early '50s). Larsen deliberately returns to it, allowing Najdorf to think that he'll get a killing kingside attack. Najdorf should play more carefully with 11.....fxe4 or 11....c5, but, as Larsen writes, "Najdorf of course wants his pawn roller - he is used to winning with that." So Najdorf mechanically plays 11....Nf6, which allows Larsen to win a key tempo with 17.Qc2, and the threats along the c-file (18.Nc7) compel Najdorf to retreat his knight. Najdorf never gets his kingside attack going, but out of habit sacrifices a pawn with 24....g4.

Najdorf plays passively the rest of the game. As improvements for himself, he suggests 17....Qb6+, 28....Qg5, 42....Bxf2+, 54....Be7. He comments on the game: "A bad day for me....I cannot recognize my own moves."

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