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Miguel Najdorf vs Jeremy Silman
Lone Pine (1976), Lone Pine, CA USA, rd 6, Mar-12
Queen's Gambit Declined: Three Knights Variation. General (D37)  ·  1-0


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Dec-29-05  MoranCho: That's a relatively crisp win by
the Naj-baby. As well as some salient
maneuvering at moves 16,17,18, that
could certainly be put in the brain-box file for these Dutch positions. People are always leaving a punchy
center there too long. Get rid of it,blow open the pieces. Naj was a natural player from way back, who said that he would frequently end up playing
the move he had seen in only seconds.
Oct-07-15  Shams: Silman tells a funny story about this game:
Oct-07-15  john barleycorn: <shams> thanks. very nice stories.
Feb-05-17  Caissanist: "It was simply impossible to be mad at him."

I have heard similar comments from just about anyone who played Najdorf. I can see why he would have been a very good salesman.

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  perfidious: The bit <....Najdorf had a magical way of calming anyone down. After this incident, Najdorf would (every day for the rest of the event) make a move in his game, come to my table and drag me to his, and ask, “How am I doing? Is my position okay?”>

reminds me of a similar story from Wijk aan Zee, where Najdorf indulged himself in the same habit, until he approached a local journalist who knew little to nothing of chess, and whose response was that Najdorf was 'sunk without a bubble'.

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