The Polish Immortal

The Polish Immortal

kenytiger
kenytiger
Oct 24, 2007, 12:00 AM |
23 | Amazing Games

What is a brilliancy? a spectacular Queen sacrifice? a game full of masterly maneuvers? That's the question. Many Brilliancy Awards of the past are known to be full of arguments, errors and disagreements. The "standards" for a brilliancy are defined best in the words of the late, five times US Open Champion, Israel A. Horowitz: "It should be perilous, exciting, spectacular, original, rich in depth and containing diverse combinations. The actual combinations should be implemented with concealed combinations which occur only in the notes. To boot, the loser should have put up a goodly measure of resistance, and a logical coherence should predominate the entire play."  Miguel Najdorf (April 1910-July 1997), a Polish born Argentine Grandmaster of Jewish origin, executed the following brilliancy, known as "The Polish Immortal" in 1929. He majestically sacrificed four pieces in this beautiful game for ever to be remembered as long as people talk about Chess.

(Note: In his early days, Najdorf received Chess instructions from Sawielly Tartakover, whom he always referred to as "my teacher". Ironically, Najdorf defeated Tartakover in the 3rd Championship match of Poland in 1936)


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