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Vicente Palermo vs Miguel Najdorf
Mar del Plata (1968), Mar del Plata ARG, rd 7, Mar-??
Bird Opening: General (A02)  ·  1-0


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Oct-10-04  ConLaMismaMano: Bird's Opening against Najdorf and still managed to win!
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  Domdaniel: Not that there's anything wrong with Bird's Opening, contrary to received wisdom. A reversed Dutch with extra tempo can't be bad.

But Carlos would've been about 14 when this was played, which strikes me as a tad precocious - even though he beat Fischer in a simul three years later.

My hunch is that this game was played by the *other* Palermo, Vicente, also Argentinian, who used 1.f4 with some regularity -- including a loss to Najdorf in the 1970s.

Mar-24-11  Helios727: What is the finish-up after 61... Kd7 62. Rxf7+ Ke6 63. Qxd8 Kxf7 ?
Mar-25-11  Helios727: Nevermind, Chessmaster showed me where I went wrong.
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  wwall: Reshevsky analyzed this game in Chess Life, Jan 1969, and said 48...Qg5 was a losing move and that Black would win after 48...Ra2 since White would have been unable to stop the passed pawn. But that looks like a draw after 49.Rxf4 exf4 50.Kf3 fxg3 51.Kxg3 Ra1 52.e5 b2 53.e6 b1=Q 54.exf7+ Kg7 55.f8=Q+ Kxf8 56.Qe8+ Kg7 57.Qe7+ Kh8 58.Qf8+ draws or 57...Kh6 58.Qh4+ draws. 48...Qg5 does look like the best move by Najdorf.

After 49.Qf3 (threatening 50.Qxf7) Reshevsky did not like 49...Qe7 and thought 49...Rf8 was better, but 49...Qe7 is stronger for Black.

After 49...Qe7 50.Qg4 (threatening 51.Nf5 Qxd7?? 52.Nh6+ and 53.Qxd7), instead of 50...Ra7, perhaps stronger is 50...Bd3 51.Rf3 Bxc4 52.Nf5 Qf8. Also possible is 50...b2 51.Nf5 Bxe4+ (not 51...Qf8 52.Be6 b1=Q 53.Qxg6+ Kh8 54.Qh5+ Kg8 55.Bxf7+ Qxf7 56.Nh6+ Kg7 57.Rxf7+ Kh8 58.Nf5+ Kg8 59.Ne7 mate) 52.Qxe4 Qg5+ 53.Ng3 Ra1.

Instead of 51...Rxd7?!, perhaps 51...Bxe4+ 52.Qxe4 gxh5 is best for Black.

After 53,Qh4, White threatens 54.Qh7+ Kf8 55.Qg8 mate.

54.Kg3 looks best. If 54.Qxe4 Qxf6 55.Rxf6 Kxf6 may draw.

Instead of 54...Qd8, perhaps best is 54...g5 55.Nh5+ Kg8 56.Qxe4 d5 57.cxd5 Rd6.

Instead of 56.Nxe4, stronger may be 56.Qh6+ (Reshevsky also liked 56.Nxd7+, but that is not convincing enough for a win) Ke7 57.Nxe4 Rc7 (57...b2 58.Qh4+ Kf8 59.Ng5, threatening 60.Qh8+) 56.Ng5, threatening 59.Rxf7.

If 56...f5, then 57.Qxg6 f4+ 58.Kf3 Rg7 59.Qh6 Kg8 60.Rh1 wins.

Instead of 59.Nf6, best seems to be 59.Ng5, threatening 60.Qh8 Ke7 61.Rxf7 mate.

Instead of 59.Rb7??, Black could resist more with 59...d5 60.Nxd7+ Qxd7 61.Qh8+ Ke7 62.Qf6+ Ke8 63.Qxe5+, but White still wins.

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  Fusilli: <wwall> and White is indeed Vicente Palermo, as <Domdaniel> posted earlier, right?

I actually looked up the tournament and the crosstable shows Vicente Palermo beating Najdorf. Plus White is Vicente Palermo in the chessbase database. I will submit a correction slip to, but if you have that issue of Chess Life, I wouldn't mind another piece of evidence.

And while you are at it, is the game cited as Argentine championship from 1968 or 1967?


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  wwall: The article in Chess Life, Jan 1969, p. 5 by Reshevsky (The Art of Positional Play) says the game came from the Mar del Plata Chess Congress of 1968. The only name mentioned is Palermo, "a relatively unknown participant." I also found the game in Chess Informant 6, game 406, annotated by Sokolov. There is also a crosstable of the event. This was Najdorf's only loss. He took 1st, followed by Panno and Sanguineti. Palermo took 9th-10th.
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  Fusilli: <wwall> Thanks for checking! Yes, it was indeed Vicente Palermo, who was a master-level player who, from the point of view of international chess, was certainly a "relatively unknown participant". I also found the crosstable you mention, in Argentine chess websites reporting on Argentine chess championships, and in chessbase. Everywhere it is Vicente Palermo. I will submit a correction slip.

A curiousity: the tournament was held in Mar del Plata, and it was the 1967 Argentine chess championship. The curiosity is that the 1967 Argentine championship was actually played, after a delay, in March 1968! It was one of the eight Argentine national championships that Najdorf one (if you see Najdorf's page, it does list 1967 among his wins), but the game being dated 1968 is in fact correctly dated.

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