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In , he took second in Warsaw, behind Frydman. In , he tied for 9th—10th in Warsaw. In , he won in Warsaw Quadrangular. In January , he finished second to Rudolf Spielmann , in Warsaw. In , he won the Warsaw championship. In , he tied for first with Lajos Steiner in the Hungarian Championship. In , he took third at the 4th Championship of Poland in Jurata. In , he took sixth in Margate , and won in Warsaw.
Najdorf was Jewish, as were two of his teammates, Tartakower and Frydman. He became an Argentinian citizen in Najdorf later remarried twice and had two daughters.
He played a record 40 opponents in , and increased the record to 45 in This record stood until In , he won at Rosario. He also won at Rio de Janeiro In , he won at Mar del Plata.
He also won at Bled in According to Chessmetrics , he was ranked second in the world from mid to mid None of these have a better record than I. I have played much less than they have, admittedly, but I am satisfied with my results.
In the same year he played at Budapest in the Candidates Tournament to select a challenger for the World Chess Championship , and finished fifth.
Three years later, in the Candidates Tournament , he finished equal sixth. He never succeeded in qualifying for the Candidates again. He did come close in the next cycle, narrowly failing to qualify from the Interzonal , held at Gothenburg , Sweden. He also played in both Piatigorsky Cup tournaments, held in and Just before his 60th birthday, he participated in the USSR vs. Rest of the World match, achieving an even score against the former world champion Mikhail Tal. An example: commenting on his opponent at the USSR vs.
Rest of the World match, he remarked, "When [then-World Champion Boris] Spassky offers you a piece, you might as well resign then and there. But when Tal offers you a piece, you would do well to keep playing, because then he might offer you another, and then another, and then His last national championship was in at age 81, where he finished with a minus score. Najdorf was an exceptional blitz five-minute player, remaining a strong player into his 80s.
Najdorf regarded Capablanca and Fischer as the greatest players of all time. Only during the Olympiad at Nice , he played on third board. Najdorf took eleven Olympic medals: seven for teams Poland and Argentina four silver, three bronze , and four individuals gold in , , and , as well as one silver in
Mar MaxxLange : thanks, I should have gone there first - h6, Nbd7, and the before-mentioned transpositions to Rauzer and Najdorf Mar AnalyzeThis : chessman Granted, this is a slightly different position, but nevertheless, Fischer at this point in match deliberately allowed Nxe4 because a draw was as good as a win to him. My point was that in most of the games shown in the opening explorer, black tranposed to normal variations where white has the usual edge, instead of playing Be7 which is considered drawn. That was the point which surprised me. Bg5 e6 7. The best move is probably 8. Another alternative is 8.
In the early days of the Najdorf 7. Qf3 was popular, but the reply Nowadays, White players almost universally respond with the move: 7. White threatens 8. Be7 8. Qf3 and now: Qc7 9.
The Najdorf Variation
In , he took second in Warsaw, behind Frydman. In , he tied for 9th—10th in Warsaw. In , he won in Warsaw Quadrangular. In January , he finished second to Rudolf Spielmann , in Warsaw. In , he won the Warsaw championship.