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Miguel Najdorf vs Svetozar Gligoric
Helsinki ol (Men) (1952)  ·  Queen's Gambit Declined: Semi-Tarrasch Defense (D41)  ·  1-0
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Given 2 times; par: 37 [what's this?]

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Feb-09-06  Resignation Trap: The Helsinki Olympiad of 1952 featured the debut of the USSR Team, and the winners of the gold medal were not in doubt. But Argentina and Yugoslavia were both in running for the silver medal.

According to Gligoric: "Najdorf 'the king of South-American chess' tried to defeat me with White on top board, but I put up a stubborn defense. When, in the decisive phase of the game I was thinking about my reply, I was unexpectedly subjected to a cheerful conversation in Spanish between Najdorf and somebody else, right behind my back. Nevertheless, I managed to find a good move and Najdorf, as if in a trance, sat down, played his move offering me a pawn and then at once slapped his forehead as if realising he had just made a 'blunder'. I naively fell into the trap and, being in time pressure, grabbed the pawn [39...Nxe4??] after which Najdorf grabbed - a whole piece. Even the conservative Paul Keres , who watched the whole scenario, couldn't stop himself from laughing, and perhaps I would have seen the funny side, too - since the bubbly Najdorf's childish pranks were in a way cute - if it hadn't been me who had just been defeated!".

Feb-09-06  who: I don't understand why Gligoric thinks 38...d3 was such a good move.
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  wordfunph: <Resignation Trap> one more time..

"He was disappointed with my move because it didn't give him the chance to win. Then he made a tricky move which offered me a pawn, and at the same time he clapped his hand to his head as if repenting of what he had done. I was very na´ve and, in time trouble, I took the pawn. Immediately he captured a piece and so I lost the game. I was a little bit annoyed with that comedy. Najdorf is like a child --- he thinks he is cunning, but I was rather offended by that trick."

- GM Svetozar Gligoric

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