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Miguel Najdorf
Number of games in database: 1,531
Years covered: 1926 to 1996

Overall record: +699 -200 =627 (66.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 5 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (108) 
    E64 E62 E60 E95 E97
 Nimzo Indian (99) 
    E54 E34 E59 E41 E38
 Orthodox Defense (56) 
    D58 D55 D52 D68 D51
 Queen's Gambit Declined (44) 
    D37 D31 D30 D06 D38
 Grunfeld (42) 
    D94 D74 D86 D96 D75
 Queen's Indian (40) 
    E19 E14 E17 E12 E15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (179) 
    B92 B84 B90 B91 B83
 King's Indian (150) 
    E67 E69 E60 E94 E95
 Sicilian Najdorf (62) 
    B92 B99 B91 B90 B96
 Nimzo Indian (55) 
    E33 E42 E53 E54 E59
 English (49) 
    A15 A16 A14 A10 A13
 Sicilian Scheveningen (40) 
    B84 B80 B83 B81 B85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Glucksberg vs Najdorf, 1929 0-1
   Najdorf vs Gliksberg, 1929 1-0
   Taimanov vs Najdorf, 1953 0-1
   Larsen vs Najdorf, 1968 0-1
   Najdorf vs NN, 1942 1-0
   Najdorf vs NN, 1942 1-0
   Najdorf vs Fischer, 1966 1-0
   Najdorf vs Stahlberg, 1953 1-0
   Najdorf vs Portisch, 1962 1-0
   L Steiner vs Najdorf, 1937 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Buenos Aires (1939)
   Amsterdam (1950)
   Prague (1946)
   Mar del Plata (1959)
   Reshevsky - Najdorf (1953)
   Groningen (1946)
   Buenos Aires (1970)
   Lone Pine (1976)
   Zurich Candidates (1953)
   Alekhine Memorial (1956)
   Hastings 1971/72 (1971)
   Saltsjöbaden Interzonal (1948)
   Manila (1973)
   Gothenburg Interzonal (1955)
   Bled (1961)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Life and Games (Najdorf/Mikhalchishin/Lissowski) by Qindarka
   Miguel Najdorf by Aaron Wang
   Zurich 1953 - Bronstein by vantheanh
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by isfsam
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by JoseTigranTalFischer
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by suenteus po 147
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by smarticecream
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by Atsa
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by Qindarka
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by MSteen
   WCC Zurich 1953 by Pawn N Hand
   WCC Index [Zurich 1953] by TigerTiger
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by cassiooo
   Zurich International Tournament (Bronstein) by Baby Hawk

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(born Apr-15-1910, died Jul-04-1997, 87 years old) Poland (federation/nationality Argentina)

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Moishe Mendel (Mieczysław) Najdorf (NIGH-dorf) was born in Warsaw. He was a pupil of Savielly Tartakower. At the age of 20, he had become a Polish National Master. He played for Poland in the Chess Olympiads of 1935, 1937, and 1939. Najdorf was playing at the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939 when World War II broke out, and decided not to attempt to return home, taking Argentine citizenship (1944) and adopting the first name Miguel. His family, left behind, died in German concentration camps. In 1943, he set the record for simultaneous games played. He played 202 players (+182-8=12). In 1947, he conducted a simultaneous exhibition in which he played a record 45 games blindfolded (+39 -2 =4).

In July 1949 at Opatija, a twelve game match between Najdorf and Petar Trifunovic took place - Najdorf - Trifunovic (1949). The match was tied at +1 =10 -1.

In the 1950's he competed in several major international events, including two Candidates tournaments. He was the Argentinian representative at the USSR vs. Rest of the World (1970) match in Belgrade. He won the Argentinian championship eight times (1949, 1951, 1952, 1955, 1960, 1964, 1967, 1975) and he continued to promote chess in his country until his death in 1997. A profound theorist, he contributed many opening ideas, notably one of the most popular chess openings of all time, the Sicilian Najdorf (1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6). In 1950, he was one of the original group of 27 players to whom FIDE first awarded the official Grandmaster title.

Wikipedia article: Miguel Najdorf

 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,531  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Najdorf vs L Frenkel 1-0201926WarsawB70 Sicilian, Dragon Variation
2. A Szpiro vs Najdorf 0-1221928Lodz ChD60 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox Defense
3. Najdorf vs Gliksberg 1-0211929LodzC10 French
4. Najdorf vs Margolin  1-0251929Warsaw Association TtC13 French
5. D Daniuszewski vs Najdorf 0-1281929LodzA47 Queen's Indian
6. Glucksberg vs Najdorf 0-1221929WarsawA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
7. Najdorf vs P Frydman  1-0411931WarsawD05 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Najdorf vs Spielmann  ½-½421934WarsawE23 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann
9. Najdorf vs Pilz 1-0291934WarsawE38 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, 4...c5
10. Najdorf vs Shlomo Tirsztejn 1-02019342nd Polish Team ChampionshipE60 King's Indian Defense
11. J Jagielski vs Najdorf 0-1361934Warsaw Club ChE12 Queen's Indian
12. Najdorf vs I Aloni  1-0351935POL-chE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
13. Tartakower vs Najdorf 1-0211935TorunA47 Queen's Indian
14. Najdorf vs F Sulik 1-0321935POL-chD46 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
15. B Rasmusson vs Najdorf 0-1131935OlympiadE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
16. P Vaitonis vs Najdorf 0-1571935OlympiadE17 Queen's Indian
17. Najdorf vs L Laurine 1-0401935OlympiadD19 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
18. T Ichim vs Najdorf  ½-½291935OlympiadE24 Nimzo-Indian, Samisch
19. C H Alexander vs Najdorf  0-1441935OlympiadA30 English, Symmetrical
20. Najdorf vs K Treybal  ½-½441935OlympiadD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Kupchik vs Najdorf  ½-½371935OlympiadA47 Queen's Indian
22. M Monticelli vs Najdorf 0-1351935OlympiadE19 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 9.Qxc3
23. E R Lundin vs Najdorf 0-1361935OlympiadE22 Nimzo-Indian, Spielmann Variation
24. P Trifunovic vs Najdorf  1-0551935OlympiadA07 King's Indian Attack
25. G Kluger vs Najdorf 0-1391936BudapestD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,531  PGN Download
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  offramp: He always reminds me of those Easter Island statues.
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  thegoodanarchist: Belated happy birthday, and rest in piece beloved champion (8 times!)

<Najdorf was playing at the Buenos Aires Olympiad in 1939 when World War II broke out, and decided not to attempt to return home>

How awful to lose your country and your family in one fell swoop. You overcame! You persevered! You lived to the ripe old age of 87, innovated in chess your entire life, and inspired numerous World Champions with your major branch in the Sicilian (to say it is a "line" in the Sicilian would be insulting).

Cheers to you, Miguel Najdorf!!!!

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  alexmagnus: Najdorf was the second oldest top-100 player in Elo history, having held a top-100 position at 74 in 1984 (Korchnoi beat im by one year, having been top-100 at 75 in early 2007)
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  WannaBe: I won't play with you anymore. You have insulted my friend! - (when an opponent cursed himself for a blunder) - Miguel Najdorf

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  Fusilli: Players of the day! Maestro de maestros! Happy 105th birthday, Don Miguel!
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  ketchuplover: Black's(my) queenside dark squares(mostly b6) are tough to defend :(
Apr-15-15  Rookiepawn: Gracias troesma!
May-19-15  TheFocus: <The successful farmer is said to have a 'green thumb' since everything he touches springs into fruitful bloom. In chess, Najdorf has a similar gift. Combinations blossom in his games like buds in a fertile garden> - Hans Kmoch.
May-26-15  TheFocus: <As for me, I am unfortunate enough not to possess a happy temperament like Najdorf, who views every happening in a rosy light and avoids any possibility of self-criticism. I am one of those unlucky skeptics who never overlook the dark side of even the happiest experience> - Savielly Tartakower.
Apr-15-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Najdorf!!
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  perfidious: <Young people do not think with their little heads, now everybody have computers.>

To think that Najdorf had not seen anything like the worst of the computer age in chess when making the above remark: it is now impossible to succeed at the very highest pinnacle without employing teams of analysts using silicon to crunch positions to death, plus the numerous well-documented cheating scandals involving software at humbler levels.

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  brankat: Offences like these should be punishable (severely). Then, perhaps we can get back to playing Chess :-)

Alas! It's too late.

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  offramp: <Fusilli: Players of the day! Maestro de maestros! Happy 105th birthday, Don Miguel!>

Did he died?

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  ketchuplover: New in Chess now has NajdorfxNajdorf available for purchase
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  Fusilli: Miguel Najdorf was born on tax day and died on independence day. My brother was born on tax day and I was born on independence day. Why was he always the more popular kid??
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  WannaBe: <Fusilli> While at Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit at the Getty Museum in LA, I learned he too, was born on tax day. =)
Jul-19-17  Bratek: <Najdorf died in Malaga (Spain) on July, 5, 1997, aged 87, still passionately observing contest of world’s top players. That reflects the way he treated chess: “Chess is my passion. When playing chess, especially blitz, I forget all the troubles of daily life. I feel like listening to music since chess resembles a symphony by Mozart to me. It inspires me with new ideas, revives my fighting spirit.”>
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  Fusilli: <Bratek> I don't know who you are citing, but Najdorf died July 4. I remember this well because July 4 is my birthday, I was with friends celebrating, and someone arrived with the bad news.
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  Fusilli: A nice photo of the two Argentine legends:

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  perfidious: <Fusilli>, was that shot taken from Najdorf vs Panno, 1963?
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  Fusilli: <perfidious> I don't know. The page does not specify. I tried to email the webmaster to ask, but their "contacto" feature is not working well.

I assume you checked the position on the board against that game...?

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  Fusilli: <perfidious> Well, it has to be. The clarification of the player's country indicates an international tournament, and not that there are many other international options when we look at the history of games between these two players.
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  WannaBe: Well, I may have posted this before, but...

M. Najdorf (playing black) have faced his own opening 62 times B90-B99

31 times Najdorf won, 16 times he lost, 15 times he drew.

Now, when M. Najdorf (playing white) and come up against his own opening, 4 times. All of them B93, 3 times against Reshevsky, two wins with one loss. The other time was against Blau, which ended in a draw.

Now you know. =))

Mar-31-19  hemy: 2nd Polish Team Chess Championship, Katowice 1934. 11th April 1934, 3rd round match Warszawa - Wilno 5.5:0.5
1st board, David Przepiorka - Natan Judelewicz 0.5-0.5
2nd board, Najdorf - Tirsztejn 1-0.

The game Najdorf - Tirsztejn (Tirstein) was published in the book "Selección de Partidas Comentadas de Miguel Najdorf", Najdorf, Inforchess, page 4 (game 29).

[Event "2nd Polish Team Championship 1934"]
[Site "Katowice, Poland"]
[Date "1934.04.11"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Najdorf, Miguel"]
[Black "Tirsztejn, Shlomo"]
[Result "1-0"]
[ECO "A47"]
[PlyCount "39"]
[Source "'Selección de Partidas Comentadas de Miguel Najdorf', Najdorf, Inforchess, page 4"]

1.d4 Nf6 2.Nf3 g6 3.c4 Bg7 4.g3 b6 5.Bg2 Bb7 6.0–0 d6 7.Nc3 Nbd7 8.d5 0–0 9.Nd4 Re8 10.f4 Rb8 11.Bh3 Nc5 12.f5 Nfd7 13.b4 Na6 14.fxg6 hxg6 15.Rxf7 Kxf7 16.Be6+ Kf8 17.Qd3 Ne5 18.Qe4 g5 Qf5+ Bf6 20.Qh7 1–0

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  Patszer: The Argentinians loved Miguel and and as far as they were concerned Najdorf was 100% Argentine.
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