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Miguel Najdorf
Number of games in database: 1,522
Years covered: 1926 to 1996
Overall record: +694 -201 =624 (66.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      3 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (107) 
    E64 E62 E94 E60 E97
 Nimzo Indian (98) 
    E34 E54 E59 E41 E38
 Orthodox Defense (55) 
    D55 D58 D68 D52 D63
 Queen's Gambit Declined (44) 
    D37 D31 D30 D06 D38
 Grunfeld (42) 
    D94 D86 D96 D74 D75
 Queen's Indian (40) 
    E19 E14 E17 E15 E12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (190) 
    B92 B84 B40 B51 B91
 King's Indian (154) 
    E67 E94 E69 E60 E77
 Sicilian Najdorf (62) 
    B92 B91 B90 B99 B96
 Nimzo Indian (56) 
    E33 E42 E53 E57 E24
 English (48) 
    A15 A16 A10 A14 A17
 Sicilian Scheveningen (40) 
    B84 B80 B83 B85 B81
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 0-1
   Najdorf vs Gliksberg, 1929 1-0
   Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953 0-1
   Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968 0-1
   Najdorf vs NN, 1942 1-0
   Najdorf vs NN, 1942 1-0
   Najdorf vs Fischer, 1966 1-0
   Fine vs Najdorf, 1949 0-1
   Rellstab vs Najdorf, 1950 0-1
   L Steiner vs Najdorf, 1937 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Buenos Aires (1939)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Reshevsky - Najdorf (1953)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Reshevsky - Najdorf (1952)
   Wertheim Memorial (1951)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Groningen (1946)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   Alekhine Memorial (1956)
   Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948)
   Manila (1973)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)
   Bled (1961)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Don Miguel by policrates
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   Miguel Najdorf by blues66
   Havana 1962 by suenteus po 147
   Havana 1952 by crawfb5
   WCC Index [Budapest 1950] by nescio2

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(born Apr-15-1910, died Jul-04-1997, 87 years old) Poland (citizen of Argentina)

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Moishe Mendel (Mieczysław) Najdorf (NIGH-dorf) was born in Warsaw. He was a pupil of Savielly Tartakower. At the age of 20, he had become a Polish National Master. He played for Poland in the Chess Olympiads of 1935, 1937, and 1939. Najdorf was playing at the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939 when World War II broke out, and decided not to attempt to return home, taking Argentine citizenship (1944) and adopting the first name Miguel. His family, left behind, died in German concentration camps. In 1943, he set the record for simultaneous games played. He played 202 players (+182-8=12). In 1947, he conducted a simultaneous exhibition in which he played a record 45 games blindfolded (+39 -2 =4).

In July 1949 at Opatija, a twelve game match between Najdorf and Petar Trifunovic took place - Najdorf - Trifunovic (1949). The match was tied at +1 =10 -1.

In the 1950's he competed in several major international events, including two Candidates tournaments. He was the Argentinian representative at the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970) match in Belgrade. He won the Argentinian championship eight times (1949, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1960, 1964, 1967, 1975) and he continued to promote chess in his country until his death in 1997. A profound theorist, he contributed many opening ideas, notably one of the most popular chess openings of all time, the Sicilian Najdorf (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6). In 1950, he was one of the original group of 27 players to whom FIDE first awarded the official Grandmaster title.

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 page 1 of 61; games 1-25 of 1,522  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Najdorf vs Frenkel 1-020 1926 Warsaw, PolandB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
2. A Szpiro vs Najdorf 0-122 1928 Lodz ChD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. Najdorf vs Margolin  1-025 1929 Warsaw Association TtC13 French
4. D Daniuszewski vs Najdorf 0-128 1929 Lodz, PolandA47 Queen's Indian
5. Najdorf vs Gliksberg 1-021 1929 Lodz, PolandC10 French
6. Glucksberg vs Najdorf 0-122 1929 WarsawA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
7. Najdorf vs P Frydman  1-041 1931 Warsaw, PolandD05 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Najdorf vs Pilz 1-029 1934 WarsawE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
9. J Jagielski vs Najdorf 0-136 1934 Warsaw Club ChE12 Queen's Indian
10. Najdorf vs Spielmann  ½-½42 1934 WarsawE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
11. M Monticelli vs Najdorf 0-135 1935 Warsaw ol ;HCL 36E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
12. Najdorf vs F Sulik 1-032 1935 Warszawa ch-POLD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. P Vaitonis vs Najdorf 0-157 1935 OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
14. T Ichim vs Najdorf  ½-½29 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
15. E R Lundin vs Najdorf 0-136 1935 Warsaw ol ;HCL 36E22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
16. Kupchik vs Najdorf  ½-½37 1935 OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
17. B Rasmusson vs Najdorf 0-113 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)E22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
18. Najdorf vs L Laurine 1-040 1935 WarsawD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
19. Najdorf vs K Treybal  ½-½44 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
20. P Trifunovic vs Najdorf  1-055 1935 WarsawB24 Sicilian, Closed
21. Najdorf vs I Aloni  1-035 1935 POL-chE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
22. Tartakower vs Najdorf 1-021 1935 TorunA47 Queen's Indian
23. C H Alexander vs Najdorf  0-144 1935 OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
24. Ahues vs Najdorf 0-132 1936 Munich OlympiadA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Najdorf vs E Glass 1-037 1936 BudapestD04 Queen's Pawn Game
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Aug-22-10  dmillergp: Fischer actually became much more friendly towards Najdorf in the years before his world champ win
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  Fusilli: <ycbaywtb: ... i can't imagine what that would be like living knowing your young wife had been put to death in a concentration camp///so sad...>

And their baby. And dozens of relatives. Najdorf said that the main reason why he gave massive blinfold simul exhibitions after the war was so that he would appear in the newspapers and maybe would be spotted and contacted by surviving relatives if there was any. No one ever came forward.

He rebuilt his life in Argentina, though. With his second wife he had two daughters.

Dec-21-10  kevins55555: This is the position he made: Sicilian Najdorf.

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  wordfunph: Boris Spassky's favorite chess anecdote according to Dimitrije Bjelica:

"During the Olympiad in Bulgaria in 1962, I was standing near Najdorf's table and saw that he was short of time. He had only about one minute left for ten moves, and exactly at that moment when he was on the move, a pretty young girl, a photographer, came up to him and asked him to smile for a photograph. Najdorf turned his head to face her, smiled --- and still had time to win the game.", Spassky narrated.


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  jessicafischerqueen: <Najdorf's> contribution to Polish chess history is discussed in part three of this documentary video:

<Akiva Rubinstein and Polish Chess>

Now with voice-over narration.

Part One:

Part Two:

Part Three:

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  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)

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  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."

Miguel Najdorf

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."

Miguel Najdorf

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  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. >>

~ Najdorf

Here he put up a smokescreen...

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  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." >

--- Najdorf

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 :-)

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  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>.
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  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.
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  technical draw: <falso> El me ganˇ con sacrificio de dama.
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  offramp: He always reminds me of those Easter Island statues.
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  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!!!!

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  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)
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