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|Feb-14-11|| ||wordfunph: Indonesia's Professor Wotulo, a good friend of GM Miguel Najdorf, told Paul Motwani a very amusing story. Apparently Efim Bogoljubow reckoned that he would need to beat Najdorf in
the last round of a tournament in Stockholm in order to win the first prize. So, prior to the game, Bogoljubow bought Najdorf a large bottle of scotch whisky! The strong stuff had the opposite effect to the desired one: Najdorf won in scintillating style and was awarded the Best Game Prize. His words to Bogoljubow after the game showed typical good humor: "If you want a point from me, just give me water!"|
(Source: S.T.A.R. Chess by Paul Motwani)
|Mar-25-11|| ||Fusilli: <wordfunph> That is funny! Unfortunately, there are no games between the two of them in this database. Can someone dig it out somewhere?|
|Aug-09-11|| ||Everett: <Fusilli: <AnalyzeThis: No, Najdorf was a ladies man if ever there was one.... like Capablanca.> Najdorf married three times, and all three times he ended up a widower. His first wife died in a concentration camp. His second and third wives (both Argentine) died of cancer, if memory serves. His last wife died a year or so before he did.>|
I wonder if his friends also started to worry about their health!
|Feb-01-12|| ||Antiochus: "Young people do not think with their little heads, now everybody have computers."|
|Feb-03-12|| ||Antiochus: "If Fischer played against Kasparov in 1992, he would lose. But if we could give him five years to study and decrease five years of his age, I would not say who would win."|
|Feb-24-12|| ||whiteshark: < Quote of the Day
< I do not believe the Soviet players are more talented than the others; they are just more inclined to consider chess work than play. >>
Here he put up a smokescreen...
|Feb-24-12|| ||Penguincw: Quote of the Day
< "I do not believe the Soviet players are more talented than the others; they are just more inclined to consider chess work than play." >
|Mar-08-12|| ||shishio71: Oh man, the Fischer vs. Kasparov argument even surfaces here? I think Kasparov would've wiped the floor with him in 92, but put them both in their prime and it's a match for the ages. |
...Also, Why is there not a notable game for Najdorf with the ever-original title 'The Najdorf Variation'? Or is there one and I'm not finding it?
|Mar-08-12|| ||brankat: <shishio71> <..Also, Why is there not a notable game for Najdorf with the ever-original title 'The Najdorf Variation'? Or is there one and I'm not finding it?>|
Najdorf may have come up with the idea, but had not had a chance to play a "notable" game with the Variation :-)
|Apr-15-12|| ||wordfunph: "If you want to succeed, put chess first in your life. But that is not enough, you must also put it second and third, as Fischer has done!"|
- Miguel Najdorf
happy birthday, Maestro Miguel!
|Apr-15-12|| ||kardopov: <"If you want to succeed, put chess first in your life. But that is not enough, you must also put it second and third, as Fischer has done!"> I've seen lot of players with this kind of attitude at the chess plaza and they are the kind of people you wouldn't want to become. I pity those people who are totally ingrained to chess but lacking subsistence for survival.|
|Apr-15-14|| ||gars: In the Rio de Janeiro Interzonal (1979) he came as a journalist. Once I saw him in a conversation with four people, to whom he talked in high speed Spanish, English, Russian and German. Amazing!|
|Apr-15-14|| ||RookFile: I think the Najdorf quote shows why he believed he wasn't world champ. He had some other interests. In the end, he must have reasoned that he didn't want to become champ, because the price was too high.|
|Jun-25-14|| ||falso contacto: Ten years without dropping a pawn.
Muchas gracias to all of you.
And specially to my longtime friends <technical draw>, <NakoSonorense> and <meloncio>.
|Jun-25-14|| ||technical draw: Gracias, <falso>, y felicidades. Sabes que en una ocasiˇn juguÚ contra Miguel Najdorf? Adivina el resultado.|
|Jun-26-14|| ||falso contacto: Me imagino quien puede haber ganado, pero espero que le hayas hecho pasar un buen susto de todas formas.|
|Jun-26-14|| ||technical draw: <falso> El me ganˇ con sacrificio de dama.|
|Jun-27-14|| ||offramp: He always reminds me of those Easter Island statues.|
|Jul-05-14|| ||thegoodanarchist: Belated happy birthday, and rest in piece beloved champion (8 times!)|
<Najdorf was playing at the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939 when World War II broke out, and decided not to attempt to return home>
How awful to lose your country and your family in one fell swoop. You overcame! You persevered! You lived to the ripe old age of 87, innovated in chess your entire life, and inspired numerous World Champions with your major branch in the Sicilian (to say it is a "line" in the Sicilian would be insulting).
Cheers to you, Miguel Najdorf!!!!
|Sep-25-14|| ||alexmagnus: Najdorf was the second oldest top-100 player in Elo history, having held a top-100 position at 74 in 1984 (Korchnoi beat im by one year, having been top-100 at 75 in early 2007)|
|Apr-03-15|| ||WannaBe: I won't play with you anymore. You have insulted my friend! - (when an opponent cursed himself for a blunder) - Miguel Najdorf|
|Apr-15-15|| ||Fusilli: Players of the day! Maestro de maestros! Happy 105th birthday, Don Miguel!|
|Apr-15-15|| ||ketchuplover: Black's(my) queenside dark squares(mostly b6) are tough to defend :(|
|Apr-15-15|| ||Rookiepawn: Gracias troesma!|
|May-19-15|| ||TheFocus: <The successful farmer is said to have a 'green thumb' since everything he touches springs into fruitful bloom. In chess, Najdorf has a similar gift. Combinations blossom in his games like buds in a fertile garden> - Hans Kmoch.|
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