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Najdorf 
 
Miguel Najdorf
Number of games in database: 1,531
Years covered: 1926 to 1996
Overall record: +694 -207 =627 (65.9%)*
   * 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.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (109) 
    E64 E62 E94 E60 E97
 Nimzo Indian (97) 
    E54 E34 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 (193) 
    B92 B84 B40 B99 B51
 King's Indian (156) 
    E67 E94 E69 E60 E77
 Sicilian Najdorf (63) 
    B92 B99 B91 B90 B96
 Nimzo Indian (56) 
    E33 E42 E53 E54 E24
 English (48) 
    A15 A16 A10 A14 A17
 Sicilian Scheveningen (41) 
    B84 B80 B83 B81 B85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 0-1
   Najdorf vs Gliksberg, 1929 1-0
   Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968 0-1
   Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953 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)
   Groningen (1946)
   Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   Reshevsky-Najdorf (1953)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)
   Alekhine Memorial (1956)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Bled (1961)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Manila (1973)

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

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MIGUEL NAJDORF
(born Apr-15-1910, died Jul-04-1997) Poland (citizen of Argentina)

[what is this?]
Moishe Mieczslaw 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 changing his first name to 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 the 1950's he competed in several major international events, including two Candidates tournaments. Champion of South America (jointly) with Oscar Panno at Mar del Plata, zt 1969 he was the Argentinian representative at the Soviet Union versus The Rest of the World match at Beograd 1970. 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 Sicillian 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.

Wikipedia article: Miguel Najdorf


 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,531  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. D Daniuszewski vs Najdorf 0-128 1929 Lodz, PolandA47 Queen's Indian
4. Glucksberg vs Najdorf 0-122 1929 WarsawA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
5. Najdorf vs Margolin  1-025 1929 Warsaw Association TtC13 French
6. Najdorf vs Gliksberg 1-021 1929 Lodz, PolandC10 French
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. P Trifunovic vs Najdorf  1-055 1935 WarsawB24 Sicilian, Closed
10. Kupchik vs Najdorf  ½-½37 1935 OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
11. B Rasmusson vs Najdorf 0-113 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)E22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
12. Najdorf vs I Schaechter  1-035 1935 POL-chE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
13. M Monticelli vs Najdorf 0-135 1935 Warsaw ol ;HCL 36E19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
14. Najdorf vs K Treybal  ½-½44 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. Tartakower vs Najdorf 1-021 1935 TorunA47 Queen's Indian
16. E R Lundin vs Najdorf 0-136 1935 Warsaw ol ;HCL 36E22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
17. Najdorf vs F Sulik 1-032 1935 Warszawa ch-POLD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. C H Alexander vs Najdorf  0-144 1935 OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
19. Najdorf vs L Laurine 1-040 1935 WarsawD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
20. T Ichim vs Najdorf  ½-½29 1935 Warsaw ol (Men)E24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
21. P Vaitonis vs Najdorf 0-157 1935 OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
22. Najdorf vs K Havasi  1-051 1936 BudapestD04 Queen's Pawn Game
23. G Kluger vs Najdorf 0-139 1936 BudapestD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
24. R Krogius vs Najdorf 0-131 1936 Munich OlympiadB20 Sicilian
25. J Rejfir vs Najdorf ½-½22 1936 Munich ol (Men)E33 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,531  PGN Download
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Apr-15-10  Barok Espinosa: It's your birth anniversary , Don Miguel and you're not forgotten.

For as long as there is an 1. e4 ... , your name will forever be etched in the annals of chess and in our memory... May you rest in Peace!

May-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  jessicafischerqueen: <NEW CHESS <<<history>>> VIDEO>!!!!!

"THE SICILIAN VESPERS" starring User: crawfb5:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVJ_...

Chess is a unique game due to its rich history- whenever any of us plays, we follow in the footsteps of past Masters. This is the story of Larry Crawford, a strong player who recently "played in to" a very famous, and interesting, incident in Chess History: the "Sicilian Vespers" episode between the Russians and the Argentines at the Goteborg Interzonal in 1955. The story continued a few years later in 1958 when a 15 year old Bobby Fischer stunned Gligoric by reviving the "Sicilian Vespers" line at the Potoroz Interzonal in 1958.

I urge all chessplayers to examine their games against a good database to see which famous episodes of Chess History YOU might be participating in!!

Here is the PGN file of Crawford's game:

[Event "Challenge"]
[Site "http://www.queenalice.com/game.php?..."] [Date "2010.2.15"] [Round "-"]
[White "crawfb5"]
[Black "borghese"]
[Result "1/2-1/2"]
[WhiteElo "2237"]
[BlackElo "2405"]
[ECO "B98"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bg5 e6 7. f4 Be7 8. Qf3 h6 9. Bh4 g5 10. fxg5 Nfd7 11. Nxe6 fxe6 12. Qh5+ Kf8 13. Bb5 Ne5 14. Bg3 Rh7 15. Bxe5 dxe5 16. Rd1 Nd7 17. Qg6 Rf7 18. Qxh6+ Kg8 19. g6 Rg7 20. Bc4 Qb6 21. Nd5 Qc5 22. Ne3 Nf8 23. O-O Nxg6 24. Kh1 Nf4 25. Rxf4 exf4 26. Nf5 Rf7 27. Bxe6 Bxe6 28. Qxe6 Rd8 29. Rxd8+ Bxd8 30. Nh6+ Kg7 31. Qxf7+ Kxh6 32. Qxf4+ Bg5 33. Qf7 Qxc2 34. Qf8+ Kh5 35. Qf3+ Kh6 36. Qf8+ Kg6 37. Qf5+ Kh6 38. Qf8+ Kh5 39. Qf3+ Kh6 40. Qf8+ Kh7 41. Qf7+ Kh6 42. Qf8+ Kg6 43. Qf5+ Kh5 44. Qf3+ Kg6 45. Qf5+ Kh6 46. Qf8+ Kh7 47. Qf7+ Kh6 1/2-1/2

May-18-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
May-18-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  Fusilli: Wow, El Viejo would have been 100 last April 15. <Augalv>, was there some kind of commemoration in Argentina? Maybe at Club Argentino?
Jul-17-10  vonKrolock: <ôChess is my passion. When playing chess, especially blitz, I forget all the troubles of daily life. I feel like listening to music since chess resembles a symphony by Mozart to me. It inspires me with new ideas, revives my fighting spirit."> A Memorial in Warsaw starts today (Najdorf, hero of two worlds ...)

http://www.poloniachess.pl/najdorf2... (Central European Summer Time = UTC +2)

thanks to <Tabanus> for this link

Jul-17-10  Augalv: <Fusilli> El Viejo was commemorated at the ITT Magistral del Bicentenario Ciudad de Lan˙s which took place in April this year.
Aug-04-10  ycbaywtb: <<<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 can't imagine what that would be like living knowing your young wife had been put to death in a concentration camp///so sad...

Aug-22-10  dmillergp: Fischer actually became much more friendly towards Najdorf in the years before his world champ win
Sep-26-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.


click for larger view

Jan-05-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

:-)

Jan-09-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hi3h...

Part Two:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQQO...

Part Three:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3sqG...

Feb-14-11
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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

Feb-24-12
Premium Chessgames Member
  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...

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." >

--- 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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
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