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Andre Lilienthal vs Miguel Najdorf
Budapest Candidates (1950), Budapest HUN, rd 13, May-05
Sicilian Defense: Canal Attack. Main Line (B52)  ·  0-1



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  WannaBe: This wasn't a blitz/rapid, was it?!
May-11-10  Albertan: No it wasn't. This game was played
at the World Chess Championship
1950 Budapest Candidates Tournament.

Apr-26-12  zydeco: Amazing how quickly black gets an advantage....and after the crazy 8....Ng4. My guess is that white had to play 9.h3 immediately.
Apr-26-12  Shams: Is 21.Nf1 playable?
Apr-26-12  rapidcitychess: <Shams>

I suppose it really does depend on what you are going to afterwards. To me, the point of that would be to maybe relocate to f5.

The main problem I can see with that is the possibility of Black's rooks coming down the h file after a move like 21...h3

But I've only taken a cursory glance, so I'm not really too sure.

I cannot clearly see a winning line, but I'll just give you my possible continuation. 21...h3 22.gxh3 Rxh3+ 24.Kg2 Rdh8- And now we are a bit of a pickle. Or at least White seems to be. The Knight is basically stuck defending h2, g3, and in certain cases, d2. And honestly, I'm not sure what White will do. It seems like all he can really do is shuffle his king around.

Hope that helped, ( But honestly, I'm confused myself ) rapidcitychess

Apr-26-12  Shams: <rapidcity> Yes, the knight is headed for f5 and I intended to meet 21...h3 with 22.g3 which looks fine for White. The Nf5 defends the g3 pawn and I see no breakthrough for Black.
Apr-26-12  Jason Frost: <Shams> 21. Nf1 Rf6+ looks really strong, followed by 22...Rf4

Can't see anything immediate after 21. Nc4 though, with same idea, or at least trading off for the strong bishop

Apr-26-12  Shams: <Jason Frost> Thanks, 21...Rf6+ cooks it for sure.
Jun-03-13  zydeco: 21.Nc4 h3! and both 22.Rh1 and 22.g3 lose a pawn to Rf6+
Jun-04-13  zydeco: 8....d5! (played by Gligoric against Taimanov in 1953) is considered the antidote to white's setup.

Kasparov analyzes this game in On My Great Predecessors. He questions 6.Re1, 8....Ng4 (although praises Najdorf for having the temerity to play this way), 10.Bh4 (better Bc1), 17.Qg4, 21.Rf1 (Ke2 is essential although black is better after 21....Bf4 and ....Re8), and 22.Nb3 (the losing move).

The critical line, according to Kasparov, is 15.Qd4 Qd6 16.Qxh8 Nxh3+ and black eventually gives mate.

May-08-17  edubueno: Está claro que Najdorf manejaba bien el ataque Canal con negras.
Aug-14-19  gambitfan: 1) -10.65 (17 ply) 38.♔xc6 ♖h6+ 39.♔b5 h2 40.♖f8+ ♔d7 41.♖f7+ ♔e6 42.♖xa7 h1=♕ 43.♖a6+ ♔f7 44.♖xh6 ♕xh6 45.a4 ♕g7 46.a5 ♕c3 47.b4

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