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Najdorf Outdoes His Own Immortal?! - Best of the 1920s - Najdorf vs. Gliksberg

Najdorf Outdoes His Own Immortal?! - Best of the 1920s - Najdorf vs. Gliksberg

SamCopeland
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Miguel Najdorf's most famous game must be his Polish Immortal, won against the little-known player Glucksberg. One might naturally think the spectacular game presented in this blog was played against the same player. Evidently, Gliksberg is a different player and the commonality here is simply Najdorf's brilliance.

While the Polish Immortal is brilliant, it features no risk as Najdorf walks over his opponent. In today's game, Najdorf takes on serious risk to pursue his opponent's king. Najdorf's attacking personality lead to many fine victories over the years, and many great stories. One may see this game, played early in his career, as a fine kick-start to his international chess fame.

Which do you think is better: Najdorf vs. Gliksberog or Glucksberg vs. Najdorf? 🤔

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Gliksberg selects the French Defense, but in neglecting castling, he gets a very bad version of the opening. Najdorf misses a sac on f7 on move nine, but he makes it on move ten. My favorite move of the game is the speculative if imprecise 13.Rxe6!? - a daring move which presages the same piece sac on e6 later in the game. That one leads to mate.

My annotations are below. Enjoy the game!

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