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Miguel Najdorf vs NN
"Rights of Minors" (game of the day Jul-21-2017)
Buenos Aires (1942) (exhibition), Buenos Aires ARG
Vienna Game: Vienna Gambit (C26)  ·  1-0



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Mar-21-19  stacase: <Cheapo by the Dozen: line stopped a couple moves too early. ;>

Same here

Mar-21-19  ChessHigherCat: I opened this game in the kibitzes before I realized it was game of the day, but it's just as well as because it's a Sunday puzzle if there ever was one (or at least Saturday 11:59PM).
Mar-21-19  newzild: 16. Nxe5 is begging to be played.

However, I must confess to a mistake in my initial calculations, because I missed the fact that the Bb6 covers the d8 square after 18. Nb8+ c6, thinking that 19. Rd8 was mate.

Mar-21-19  newzild: It looks like I'm not alone! <stacase> <Cheapo by the Dozen>
Mar-21-19  landshark: 16.Nxe5 and now if .... BxQ, 17.Nd7+ Ke8,18.Nb8 + and now both.... Kf8 or .... QxB run into 19.Rd8#
Mar-21-19  landshark: <Stacase> <Cheapo> and others - Ditto my calculations missed the ...c3 defense and therefore didn't really solve this one -

More like I bumbled into a winning line not seeing it thoroughly

Mar-21-19  Pedro Fernandez: Interesting puzzle, even though black already were lost. Indeed 16.Nxe5 is not too hard to find (16.b4!?, winning the lady, also wins but it is inferior. This move was made for white but later). The sequel beginning with 16...Bxe2 until checkmate is also no hard find out. But according with SF the best defense is not capturing the white queen but playing 16...Nf6, a move hard to find (at least I didn't see).
Mar-21-19  Rumor: 16. Nxe5 screamed to be played, but I give myself very little credit, since I didn’t see the entire follow-up (and hence probably wouldn’t have dared play Nxe5 otb). To my mind, the real thing of beauty was the ‘unnatural’ looking 18. Nb8+, interfering with the black rook’s defence of d8. This had to be seen before launching the combination in the first place.
Mar-21-19  Walter Glattke: I could see, up to 17.Nd7+, what will happen, a big storm in front of the black constellation. Refined, Nb8 threatens Rd8#, I found no defense and no better moves. Stockfish only could confirm the resting moves, I think.
Mar-21-19  Whitehat1963: Not even close.
Mar-21-19  goodevans: Would black have fared any better if he'd traded minors before capturing on e5?

<14...Bxf3 15.gxf3 Nxe5 16.b4 Qa3 17.Bc1> and the Q is dead.

Something similar would happen after <14...Qxa2 15.Bc4 Qa5 16.b4>.

Just goes to show how dominant white's position was.

Mar-21-19  Ratt Boy: Man, I'd hate to write NN's obituary. "Over the course of over 40 decades, he played against luminaries such as Greco, Damiano, Staunton, Morphy, and world champions Steinitz, Lasker, Alekhine, Euwe, Capablanca, Tal, Fischer, Karpov, Kasparov, Kramnik, and Carlsen. Though his results were not envious, it is assumed that his sportsmanship was without parallel."
Mar-21-19  gofer: The queen sacrifice wins immediately. But refusing the queen sacrifice, looks horrible too! Rh8, Qa5 and Bb6 are all by-standers watching the slaughter, but unable to get involved...

<16 Nxe5 ...>

16 ... Bxe2
17 Nd7+ Ke8
18 Nb8+! c6 (Qxb5/Kf8 19 Rd8#)
19 Nd6+ Kf8
20 Ne7#

16 ... f6
17 Nxg4 mating

16 ... c6
17 Qxg4 mating

16 ... Be6
17 Re7! Bxe7
18 Nxe7+ mating


Yep. A nice combination for a Thursday. As <Rumour> put (but <ChessHigherCat> didn't), Nxe5 was shouting from the rooftops - which makes it more like a Tuesday or Wednesday.

Mar-21-19  ChessHigherCat: <Gofer: Yep. A nice combination for a Thursday. As <Rumour> put (but <ChessHigherCat> didn't), Nxe5 was shouting from the rooftops - which makes it more like a Tuesday or Wednesday.>

Well, as I said, I accidentally saw the solution in the kibitzes before I realized it was GOTD, so I can't judge about the first move, but it was one hell of a follow-up that practically nobody got. That's a Tuesday or Wednesday?

Mar-21-19  zb2cr: Got this one pretty quickly. As others have observed, 16. Nxe5 was an obvious starting point. And the moves to decline the Queen sacrifice did not look promising, as well.
Mar-21-19  malt: Have seen this puzzle before, but not the full game itself. Nice move 18.Nb8!
Mar-21-19  alexrawlings: Didn’t see <16 Nxe5> and the queen sac, with the mating tactics. I thought the black queen on a5 could be trapped with <16 b4> but my chess engine shows this isn’t as clearly winning as the game could have then continued <16.. Nxf3 17 gxf3 Bxf3 18 bxa5 (if 18 Qd3 - threatening mate on d8 - 18.. Qxb5 19 Qxb5 Bxh1 and play is about level) Bxe2 19 Kxe2 Bxa5> and white is better (about +2 according to my programme).
Mar-21-19  vonKrolock: I saw until Nb8+ from the diagram, was not patient enough to see the nice mate in 2 with the Knights... ( i did not know this game...)

But i watched from start to finish, live, more than forty years now, he crushing quickly a much younger adversary in an IT. A few minutes later, i met him in the club's foyer, greeted him, and said in Spanish: "I really enjoyed watching You play! You're very well!", and he answered: <"Gracias!"> .... The game was Filguth vs Najdorf, 1978

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  wood n tempo: I saw the first move 16.Nxe5, but was too focused on the thought that the double check 17...Ke8 18.Nf6++ was needed to ensure the king moved, so I missed the beautiful culmination.
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  Jimfromprovidence: After 16 Nxe5 the response 16...Nf6 stops 17 Nd7+ but is still not helpful to black.

White can simply eliminate the bishop attacking the queen with 17 Nxg4, below.

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Moreover the queen trap move b4 alluded to by <alexrawlings> is now in play which will cost black more material to avoid.

Mar-21-19  lost in space: 18. Nb8!!

Haven‘t found this nice move

Mar-21-19  schachfuchs: I got it until 18.Nb8+ but missed the defence 18...c6. Of course, OTB I would have found the appearing mate in two; nevertheless, this means 0 points for me I guess?! :-(
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  agb2002: I know this game.
Mar-21-19  saturn2: <18 Nb8>
is the one and only. For instance

16. Nxe5 Bxe2 17. Nd7+ Ke8
<18. Nxb6+> c6 19. Nd6+ Kf8 20. Nd7# does not work because of

<18...Qxb5 or Bxb5> Those moves would lead to
<19 Rd8#> in the gameline

Mar-21-19  boringplayer: Put me on the list of those who got as far as 18. Nb8 and called it done :(
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