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Miguel Najdorf vs Mikhail Tal
USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970), Belgrade SRB, rd 2, Mar-31
Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense. Pillsbury Variation (D41)  ·  1-0


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Sep-28-07  ToTheDeath: Najdorf's sole victory against Tal. It doesn't seem like Black should have lost this one.
Mar-22-09  outsider: it is tal who found a way to lose, not najdorf found a way to win
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  Sastre: Black could have held with 31...Qg5. For instance, 32.Rxc3 Rxc3 33.Qb8+ Kg7 34.Qxa7 Qe3+ 35.Kh1 Qh6 =.

If 32.Rf6, Black has at least a draw with 32...Qe3+ Kh2 33.Qh6+.

Aug-15-13  Zugzwangovich: Interesting anecdote to this game, as related by Dragoslav Andric: "The game was adjourned with White to move. Impatient to know whether Najdorf had more than perpetual check, the Russians gathered in the adjoining room to analyze. Checking the Black King from all angles, they could find nothing concrete for some time. Spassky then suggested the right maneuver for White. A man jumped up behind them, leaped to Spassky and kissed him enthusiastically. The thankful onlooker, of course, was Najdorf. The game ended in a White victory after only a few moves the next day."
Aug-15-13  MarkFinan: It takes Najdorf 5 moves from 39 to move 44 to find Rf1, which even i saw!
Sep-16-18  sakredkow: <Spassky then suggested the right maneuver for White. A man jumped up behind them, leaped to Spassky and kissed him enthusiastically. The thankful onlooker, of course, was Najdorf.>

That doesn't sound true at all. It sounds like a story someone told just to stick it to Najdorf.

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  maxi: <MarkFinan: It takes Najdorf 5 moves from 39 to move 44 to find Rf1, which even i saw!> Probably M. Najdorf was waiting for adjournment to clinch it. He was an extraordinary player.
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  AylerKupp: <sakredkow> Maybe it's a story someone told to stick it to Spassky? After all, he and Tal were on the same team.
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