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Bent Larsen vs Miguel Najdorf
"The End is Najdorf" (game of the day Dec-04-2008)
Chess Olympiad Final-A (1968), Lugano SUI, rd 2, Oct-26
Nimzo-Larsen Attack: English Variation (A01)  ·  0-1



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Feb-02-18  BOSTER: < Walter Glattke> 37.Kh1>. Mate in two.
Feb-02-18  BOSTER: But even the great Najdorf sometimes was wrong playing 34...Rxc3 moving the rook from second rank , when 34...Qg6, and white'd resign.
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  Richard Taylor: I thought 1 Rd3 was the move and then Q h5 so basically I found the right move as Rd3 also wins. Najdorf's move is -11 and mine -6 according to Stockfish so I suppose it is the time taken to mate that is the difference... I couldn't see much difference between then but Rd3 prevents the check on d5.
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  ChessHigherCat: Rxh3 gxh3 Qxh3+ Qh2 Nf7#
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  ChessHigherCat: I can see from my previous posts that I saw this game a little over a year ago, but I never forget a face or remember a position. Anyway, about right for Tuesday strength in the new order.
Mar-26-19  stacase: Pretty much straight forward, nothing very obscure or clever, the Rook sacrifice is rather obvious and does the job.
Mar-26-19  saturn2: White has a rook more but there is mate in three.

37...Rxh3+ 38. gxh3 Qxh3+ 39. Qh2 Nf2#

Mar-26-19  stst: 37........ RxP+
38.PxR QxP+
39.Qh2 Nf2#
Mar-26-19  lost in space: How nice!

37...Rxh3+ 38. gxh3 Qxh3+ 39. Qh2 Nf2#

A second I thought that ti is also possible to start with 37...Qxh3+, but at the final end it controls of the g2 square that makes it essential to start with Rxh3

Mar-26-19  Walter Glattke: #3: 37.-Rxh3+ 38.gxh3 Qxh3+ 39.Qh2 Nf2#
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  agb2002: I remember this game.
Mar-26-19  Stale.Mate: It was much easier to solve when I realized it was Black to move. Iím also surprised that Larsen didnít resign.
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  malt: 37...R:h3+ 38.gh3 Q:h3+ 39.Qh2 Nf2#
Mar-26-19  Cfachini28: I got this one all the way through for a change :-) I'm glad Larsen played it through so the mate would be recorded. That's why, right? ;-)
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  thegoodanarchist: This was GOTD during the Great Recession.
Mar-26-19  zb2cr: Very simple. All forced, so: 37. ... Rxh3+; 38. gxh3, Qxh3+; 39. Qh2, Nf2#.
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  whiteshark: #3: <37...Rxh3+ 38.gxh3 Qxh3+ 39.Qh2 Nf2#>.
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  Messiah: <chrisowen>
Mar-26-19  Pyrandus: WHAT iS it? Delete!
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  chrisowen: <Messiah> Good call ado no.
Mar-26-19  Momentum Man: This one took me a while but I finally got it. Larsen did not see the finish and thought he nabbed a rook
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  wood n tempo: I got it immediately: 37....Rxh3+ 38.gxh3 Qxh3+ 39.Qh2 (the white queen is forced to pin herself on the h file) Nf2#
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  Messiah: Would have been great to experience some Danish dude is patzin' around in the tourney hall, dropping such a free point fo' Najdorf.
Mar-26-19  jffun1958: The white rook next to the white king in the corner suggests: A check from the black queen is mate, if nothing to interpose. 37. ... Rxh3
38. gxh3 Qxh3+
39 Qh2, but the white queen is pinned.
39. ... Nf2#
Mar-26-19  schachfuchs: 37...? is easier than yesterday.

35...? (or even 34...? !) as one year ago makes up a really difficult puzzle, where White has already no chance to stop the mating attack (which Larsen saw for sure!)

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