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Christian Poulsen vs Miguel Najdorf
Buenos Aires Olympiad Final-A (1939), Buenos Aires ARG, rd 15, Sep-18
Sicilian Defense: Najdorf Variation (B95)  ·  0-1



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Jan-12-04  Dillinger: I think Poulsen played en passant just to be cool
May-10-04  Checkmate123: what about 28.Rxe5..anything wrong with it?
May-10-04  ConLaMismaMano: <Checkmate123> You meant 28.Qxe5? In that case good question.
May-11-04  Checkmate123: Right, 28. Qxe5. I guess Poulsen didn't see it.
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  tpstar: Dudes, you really think the mighty Najdorf would blunder a piece?? Try 27 ... Nc5 instead, hitting the Rb3 & Pe4, then 28. Re3 makes sense, and the position corrects after 32 ... Nxd3+.
Jun-02-04  Rowson: Good call Tpstar i was wondering about Ne5 but i think your right the score must be wrong. Nc5 being the actual move.
Feb-07-05  aw1988: <tpstar> Even Najdorf was trying the mighty Zapata method.
Aug-23-06  Tenderfoot: He definitely did play en passant just to be cool. That's pretty much why that move is around, castling being passe and everything.
Jan-04-10  The Famous Chess Cat: From moves 50-60, what was up with all the king moves? Why was the opposition so important? My noobishness fails to comprehend it all!
May-27-10  Edwin M: According to Toga my choice of 55...Bb5 was inferior while in fact the original move is inferior if Black wants to win. According to Rybka 55...Ke6 draws. My choice keeps Black's initiative alive. Best is 55...Bxh5.
Jun-08-15  rafal.kostecki: B95: Sicilian Najdorf: 6 Bg5 e6, unusual White 7th moves

1.e4 c5 [1...e6 2.a4= ]

2.Nf3 d6 Consolidates e5 [2...Nc6 3.Bd3 ]

3.d4 [3.Bc4 Nc6 ]

3...cxd4 4.Nxd4 Black is behind in developement. Black's piece can't move: f8

4...Nf6 Black threatens to win material: Nf6xe4

5.Nc3 a6 Secures b5 [5...e5 6.Bb5+ Bd7 7.Bxd7+ Qxd7 8.Nde2 ]

6.Bg5 [6.Bc4 Qc7 7.Qe2 g6 ]

6...e6 Black is behind in developement [6...Nc6 7.Qd2= ]

7.Qf3 [7.Be2 h6 8.Bc1 Qc7= ]

7...Nbd7 8.0-0-0 [8.Be2 Qc7= ]

8...Qc7 9.Be2 Be7 Black is behind in development.

10.Rhe1 0-0 11.Qg3 b5 Black has a cramped position [11...Kh8!? ]

12.Bh6 White has a mate threat

12...Ne8 13.Bg5 [13.a3!?= might be a viable alternative]

13...Bxg5 /+ 14.Qxg5 b4 15.Na4 [15.Nb1 Nc5 16.Qh4 Na4 ]

15...Bb7 16.Bd3 Nc5 17.Nxc5 dxc5 [Less advisable is 17...Qxc5 18.Qxc5 dxc5 19.Nb3 ]

18.Nf3 c4 19.Bf1 c3 20.Qe5 cxb2+ 21.Kxb2 Qb6 Black threatens to win material: Qb6xf2

22.Re3 Black has a cramped position [22.Qd4 Qa5 23.Rd3 Nf6= ]

22...Nf6 23.Rd6 Qc7 24.Rd4 White threatens to win material: Rd4xb4

24...Qc6 [24...Qe7 25.Qg5 h6 26.Qa5 ]

25.Rb3 [25.Qa5!?= should be examined more closely]

25...a5 26.Nd2 Nd7 27.Qb5 Nc5 Black threatens to win material: Nc5xb3

28.Re3 Rfd8 29.Rxd8+ Rxd8 30.Qxc6 Bxc6 31.Bd3 a4 32.a3 Nxd3+ 33.Rxd3 Rxd3 34.cxd3 A minor pieces endgame occured.

34...b3 Black has a new protected passed pawn: b3

35.Kc3 Kf8 36.Nc4 Ke7 37.Nb2 Blocks the pawn on b3

37...f5 Black threatens to win material: f5xe4

38.Kd4 fxe4 39.dxe4 Kf6 40.Ke3 Bb5 41.g3 Kg5 42.f3 e5 43.Kf2 Kf6 44.h4 Ke6 45.Ke3 Kd6 46.Kd2 Kc5 47.Kc3 h6 48.f4 exf4 49.gxf4 White has a new passed pawn: e4

49...Kd6 50.Kd4 Ke6 51.Ke3 Kf6 52.h5 [52.Kd4 Bc6 ]

52...Be8 [52...g6 53.hxg6 Kxg6 54.f5+ Kg5 55.Kd4 ]

53.Kf2 [53.Kd3 g6 54.hxg6 Kxg6 ]

53...Ke6 [53...g6!? 54.hxg6 Kxg6 55.Kf3 ]

54.Ke3 Kd6 55.Kd4 Ke6 56.Ke3 Twofold repetition

56...Bc6 [56...Ke7 57.Kd3 ]

57.Kd4 [57.f5+ Kd6 ]

57...Kf6 58.Ke3 Bb5 59.Kf2 [59.Kd4 Be8 ]

59...Be8 [59...g6 60.hxg6 Kxg6 61.Kg3 ]

60.Ke3 Ke6 [60...Bxh5 61.Nxa4 Be8 62.Nb2 ]

61.Kd3 Kd6 62.Kd4 Kc7 63.Kc5? [63.Kd3 Bxh5 64.Nxa4 g5 65.fxg5 hxg5 ]

63...Kb7 [>=63...Bxh5!? 64.Nxa4 Be8 ]

64.e5 White wins space

64...Kc7 65.f5 Bxh5 66.Nxa4 g5 [66...Be8 67.Nb2 h5 ]

67.fxg6? [>=67.Kd4 would keep White in the game]

67...Bxg6 68.Kd4 Kc6 [68...h5!? 69.Nb2 h4 70.Ke3 ]

69.Nb2 [69.Kc3 Bc2 70.Nb2 h5 ]

69...h5 70.a4? [>=70.Kc3 ]

70...h4 71.Ke3 Bf5 [71...h3 keeps an even firmer grip 72.Kf3 Bf5 73.Nc4 ]

72.Kf4? [72.Kf3 ]

72...h3 73.Kg3 Kc5 0-1

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  manselton: Not the clearest of games but an interesting early Najdorf by the man himself. I wondered why not 24.Rxe6 until l realized ...Qxe5 25.Rxe5 Ng4 loses at least the exchange. Black takes a long time to find the winning plan in the BvN ending. He surely could have had passed pawns on opposite sides of the board much sooner.

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