Najdorf's Evergreen Game

Najdorf's Evergreen Game

Julio_Becerra
GM Julio_Becerra
Aug 5, 2009, 12:00 AM |
38 | Amazing Games

Miguel Najdorf (1910-1997) was born in Warsaw, Poland. He 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.

Today I want to share with you a mysterious history around the game Glucksberg-Najdorf, Warsaw 1928, 1929, 1930 or 1935! Some sources assure that this game was never even played! Rather, that it was the product of Najdorf’s imagination! It is well-known that Najdorf was a joker! Najdorf himself called this game “The immortal” of the twentieth century!!

For example I couldn’t find this game in either Chessbase or Chess Assistant databases! At last I found the game in Chess Academy database. Of course this game appears in many books, but the authenticity is not clear.

True or False, this game deserves to be awarded as one of "The 10 Most Beautiful Short Games of Chess (Miniatures) Ever Played.”

Irving Chernev wrote: "In this delightful game, which Tartakower called 'The Polish Immortal,' Najdorf sacrifices all of his minor pieces to mate with a Pawn. A work of art which would deserve high ranking on any critic's list of brilliancies.”

 







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