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Glucksberg vs Miguel Najdorf
"The Polish Immortal" (game of the day Mar-12-2008)
Warsaw (1929), Warsaw POL
Dutch Defense: Queen's Knight Variation (A85)  ·  0-1

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Apr-05-19  ChessHigherCat: <stacase> If a move is so hard to find that the guy who does is "immortalized", which also implies that it's the best game of that super-GM's career, what chance do we have and why is it a "Friday" puzzle?

I saw the game a couple years ago and still couldn't find the solution!

Apr-05-19  ChessHigherCat: <Phony Benoni: <ChessHigherCat> Freud, Schmeud. I just have days when I can't type straight. >

If you think it's bad not being able to type straight, think of poor William Burroughs who had to type gay and on junk!

Apr-24-17
<Phony Benoni: That's what happens when you get old. You become a straight man.>

Not Burroughs!

Apr-05-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  agb2002: Too famous.
Apr-05-19
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  FSR: I've seen this game several times before, so I knew the solution. But when I was looking at it, it occurred to me for the first time that White could have deviated with 21.Ke3! There is no instant mate, and Black has nothing better than 21...Bxd1 22.Rxd1, when White nominally has three pieces for the queen. White's position is a wreck and Najdorf would have won easily, but it would have taken longer and made the game much less memorable.
Apr-05-19  Walter Glattke: So as FSR, I pled for 21.Ke3
Apr-05-19  Walter Glattke: I found 21.-Bxd1 22.Rxd1 c5 23.N1f3 Rfe8+ 24.Be4 d4+ 25.Kd4 Qxg3 or 22.-Qxg3+ 23.Kd4 Rxf4+ 24.Bxf4 Qxf4+ 25.Kc3 dxc4 26.Bxc4 Qxg5 or 21.-Qxg3+ 22.Rf3 Qxf4+ 23.Kf2 Qh2+ 24.Ke3 Rae8+ 25.Kd4 c5+ all won for black, several other possibilities.
Apr-05-19  GlennOliver: The initial Ng6 is readily recognised as a viable move, but the full continuation requires Najdorf's genius.
Apr-05-19  saturn2: I did not get very far looking at 18..Re8, 18..Ng6+, and 18..h6. In favor of the game move is that otherwise white has 19.Ngf3 and the knight on e5 will be exchanged.
Apr-05-19  RKnight: A work of art. In the final position White is four pieces up and mated. You just don't see this anymore.
Apr-05-19
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  Fusilli: <ChessHigherCat> <He obviously has such great powers of visualization that you would expect him to be a great blindfold player. Does anybody happen to know if he was?>

He was indeed! He set the world record of blindfold simul at the time. See his bio:

Miguel Najdorf

Also:

Miguel Najdorf

Apr-05-19
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  moronovich: The primary thing about Najdorfs blindfold record attempt,was to send a message to his family in Europe,that he was still alive. This was the time of war.
Apr-05-19  TheaN: Oh wow. I realized I must have seen this game before somehow and I think I did. I still completely missed the mark as I wanted to close the mating net with 18....h6?. The idea not per se to win the Knight on g5, but to take g5 from the King. After my thought of 19.N1h3 (moving the 5 Knight will allow Ng6#) Black can play 19....Qg2 to threaten Qf3+! All of this works kinda of alright, except for

<<<Kxe5>>>

Holy damn I'm blind. The combination speaks for itself, if you realize Black's on the verge of losing another piece.

Apr-05-19  TheaN: Well, "speaks for itself"... Black of course throws in another two pieces but Najdorf knew well enough it was won after f4, regardless of sacced material. Pretty sure the position with a four piece deficit win is unique (not necessarily the largest deficit in a mating combination, as I know there's a Danish Gambit game with a Knight vs army, with the Knight smothering).
Apr-05-19
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  master8ch: I wondered what Black would do on White's 20.Bxg6, figuring on 21.Bf7+ to bail him out on a Black PxP+ discovery. But, instead, I found the same move Black played in the game, but with another, just-as-forced-and-decisive, finish: 20.Bxg6 Bg4+ 21.Kxg4 Qxg3+ 22.Kh5 hg6+ 23.Kxg6 Rf6+ 24.Kh5 Rh5+mate. I've no doubt Najdorf saw this variation, too.
Apr-05-19
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  wood n tempo: Wow, I was not even close today!
Apr-05-19  Patriot: Nice win. I was dismissive even though I considered 19...f4 20.exf4. However I did find 18...Nxd3 19.Qxd3 Qh5 20.Qe2 Qg4+ 21.Qxg4 fxg4+ 22.Ke5 Rxe1 wins.
Apr-05-19  spazzky: White avoids the mate with 21.Ke3 but still loses badly after ...Bxd1 22.Rxd1 Nxf4 23.N5f3 Rae8+ 24.Kd4 Qf2+ 25.Kc3 Nxd3 26.Rxd3 dxc4 27.Rd4 Rxf3+ 28.Nxf3 Qxf3+ 29.Kxc4 b5+ 30.Kb4 c5+ 31.Kxc5 Qf2 32.Bf4 Qc2+ 33.Kd5 Qg2+ 34.Kc5 Rc8+ 35.Kxb5 Qxb2+ 36.Rb4 Qxa1

So many checks!

Apr-05-19
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  Breunor: Well I got the first 2 moves! After that ......
Apr-06-19  sakredkow: That was just cruel. And unusual.
Apr-06-19  sakredkow: This is the only game of Glucksberg's in the database. And if this was my first game of chess it would also be my only game ever.
Jun-16-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: This is not 'the only game of Glucksberg's in the database' !

Najdorf vs Gliksberg, 1929

Jun-16-19  N.O.F. NAJDORF: 'The primary thing about Najdorfs blindfold record attempt,was to send a message to his family in Europe,that he was still alive. This was the time of war.'

I didn't know that.

I did read that Najdorf lost all his family in the Holocaust.

That makes Fischer's Holocaust denial look even more mean-spirited, especially as Najdorf never said a mean word about him.

Jul-02-19  Patszer: What a beautiful game!!
Apr-02-20
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  mifralu: According to <"Wiener Schachzeitung, August 1935, p. 226" >this game was played in 1935.

http://anno.onb.ac.at/cgi-content/a...

Apr-02-20
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  MissScarlett: See: https://www.chesshistory.com/winter...

The doubt, apparently, is over whether it was played late 1929 or early 1930.

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