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Bent Larsen vs Miguel Najdorf
Manila (1973), Manila PHI, rd 12, Nov-02
King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation. Classical System Traditional Line (E99)  ·  1-0



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  Honza Cervenka: Impressive KID from white's side.
Nov-26-05  KingG: Yes, very impressive. I love this system against the KID.
Nov-27-05  euripides: Black's early Nf6 makes an early c5 possible. Perhaps Black should let the a pawn go on move 17. 36 Bd8 unlocks the criminal nicely.
Jan-13-10  bubuli55: i just graduated from hs when these two legends played this game. it was the featured game of the round. i'd say larsen took this game more seriously than najdorf. he was focused and sat in his chair until a few moves before the end of the game while najdorf kept getting up sometime the middle game. maybe because larsen was taking a longer time to move when najdorf was pushing his kingside pawns. after the game larsen looked like he was relieved and najdorf looked like he was taking the loss in stride... striking immediate conversation with lombardy. of course i got their autographs.
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  Fusilli: <bubuli55> Najdorf always loved to walk around and look at the other games. It was hard for him to remain seated when it wasn't his turn to move. Debonair, maybe, but remember he (like many other elite GMs) didn't really need to see the board to think about the game. The man held the world's record on blindfolded simultaneous exhibitions back in the 1950s.
Jan-14-10  bubuli55: ah! thanks Fusilli. that's exactly what Najdorf did!- look at the other games. he was definitely an elite GM. in fact, i sensed the respect given to him by Larsen, Lombardy and the other players.
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  Fusilli: <bubuli55> Oh, not just them! Najdorf was an extremely respected celebrity in the chess world. I read that whenever he made his first entrance into the tournament hall at major tournaments, many players would get up to go greet him, even world champions!

In my last visit to Buenos Aires (three months ago) I got a book on Najdorf, the only biography ever written of him. The author is... his own daughter! The book was a complete treat. At some point I will be posting bits and pieces from the book on Najdorf's page.

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  Fusilli: In my previous post (<many players would get up to go greet him>) I meant get up from their boards, even when it was their turn to play.
Jan-27-10  bubuli55: if there is a hall of fame in chess, he would be there.

so what is the title of this book?

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  paulalbert: There are at least two books on Najdorf. "Najdorf by Najdorf" by his daughter Liliana, presumably in Spanish and "Najdorf: Life and Games" by Tomasz Lissowski, Adrian Mikhalchishin & Miguel Najdorf, I think originally in Polish, but I have the English version published by Batsford Chess in 2005. Liliana wrote the foreword for this book. The notes and writings by Miguel Najdorf himself in this book must have been also in her book. She is thanked for granting permission to use them in the batsford book. Paul Albert
Jan-29-10  bubuli55: wow. thanks. i will look for those.
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  Fusilli: <<paulalbert>: There are at least two books on Najdorf. "Najdorf by Najdorf" by his daughter Liliana, presumably in Spanish...>

Yes, that is the one I have, and it is in Spanish. I haven't seen the other book, but Liliana says nobody else could ever accomplish the task of writing Najdorf's biography (there were several projects) because Najdorf would be so informal and undisciplined when it was time to meet and work on it. I wouldn't be surprised if the Batsford book is heavy on chess and short on biography (probably a collection of anecdotes relayed by Najdorf in no particular order). Liliana's book is, predictably, short on chess and heavy on biography, and it is chronological and fairly systematic.

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  paulalbert: Actually the Batsford book does have a significant biographical section by Lissowski drawing on both Polish language sources and Liliana's book with extensive references cited at the end of the section. It includes a discussion of Najdorf's business activities; he made a substantial fortune selling life insurance. A personal anecdote related to this: I was a senior banker in the international investment banking section of Prudential Securities and coordinated sometimes with a very well connected Argentinian in our international brokerage department who sometimes could be helpful for introductions to officers of major South American businesses. One day I mentioned to him that I was involved in chess and asked whether he had heard of Miguel Najdorf. To my surprise his answer was that Miguel had a very substantial brokerage account with him. He offered to get me together with Miguel, when Miguel was in NY. Unfortunately, I was away on a business trip when the opportunity arose, so Miguel is one of the chess greats that I never got a chance to meet. Paul Albert
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  Fusilli: <paulalbert> Ah, okay, I didn't realize Liliana's book preceded the Batsford book. That's why Liliana wrote in her book that there was no other biography (up until then) of "El Viejo", as everyone called him, including himself.

Nice that she was willing to help the Batsford authors and let them borrow from her own sources. I'll order the Batsford book soon.

Jan-31-10  bubuli55: and to think i have his autograph! it shall be passed on to my grandkid.

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