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Savielly Tartakower vs Miguel Najdorf
Saltsj÷baden Interzonal (1948), Stockholm SWE, rd 2, Jul-18
Sicilian Defense: Smith-Morra Gambit. Accepted Scheveningen Formation (B21)  ·  0-1

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Sep-30-08  jokerman: Qa5 is a move to remember, afther the exchange, Nxe4 is a strong move, pushing the white queen to a passive square.

afther that weakening whites pawns with Nxc3 bxc3 Maybe 13...b5 is stronger.

the move queen c7: hittng the c4 bishop and putting the queen on an active square.

15... Qe7 offering the queen exchange, wich would be in blacks favour, giving the pawn structure

17... Re8 preparing the pawn push, since black wants to gain more space and activate his bishop

18... h6 takes space away from the knight, no more Ng5 ideas to worry about.

thera are 2 moves wich seem a bit strange to me: the e4 pawn move and the 23... Na5

For example, 20... Bf5 is playable

It's hard to find a good plan on move 23. so if someone can give me in words what the main idea is for 23...Na5 i would be verry thankfull

27... Qc1 wins on the spot (pinning knight and also treatening the rook on b2

greatings, jokerman.

Jul-12-11  ozmikey: I'd imagine the ideas behind 20...e4 are to deny White's pieces (particularly the knight) the d3 square, create a square for Black's knight on e5, and force through an ...e3 break in some lines.

As for 23...Na5, the e4 pawn is under attack and defending it by either ...Bf5 or ...f5 has its drawbacks, so it makes sense to counter-attack one of White's; 23. R1d2 avoids the ...Bb3 trick which was available on the previous move (23. Qxe4? Bb3 24. Qxe7 Rxe7 25. R1d2 Rae8, and Black wins), but after 23...Na5 24. Qxe4 Rxc3 Black is still a safe pawn up with a better position to boot (he threatens 25...Bc4, among other things).

Strange indeed that Najdorf missed the trivial win by 27...Qc1.

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