The Great Ones (7)

You always admire what you really don’t understand
Blaise Pascal

Lionel Messi and Argentina have won the World Cup 2022. They showed mental toughness, determination and brilliance. There are a lot of lessons to be learned from their quest. In celebration of this historic win, after a unique final we may never see again, I decided to pick a couple of games played by “El Viejo”. Of course I am talking about GM Miguel Najdorf (ARG) who gifted us the Sicilian Najdorf. He was as influential in chess, as Messi has been in football. I hope you liked the final and you will like the games below:

Mikhail Botvinnnik is quoted saying:
If Tal sacrifices a piece, take it. If Petrosian sacrifices a piece, don’t take it.
I could not find any quotes about what to do if Najdorf sacrificed pieces.
Eugen Demian

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Valer Eugen Demian

Author: Valer Eugen Demian

The player – my first serious chess tournament was back in 1974, a little bit late for today’s standards. Over the years I have had the opportunity to play all forms of chess from OTB to postal, email and server chess. The journey as a player brought me a lot of experience and a few titles along the way: FIDE CM (2012), ICCF IM (2001) and one ICCF SIM norm (2004). The instructor – my career as a chess teacher and coach started in 1994 and continues strong. I have been awarded the FIDE Instructor title (2007) for my work and have been blessed with great students reaching the highest levels (CYCC, NAYCCC, Pan-Am, WYCC). I am very proud of them! See my website for more information. I have developed my own chess curriculum on 6 levels based on my overall chess knowledge and hands-on experience. A glimpse of it can be seen in my first chess app:
I can help you learn chess the proper way if this is what you seek! View all posts by Valer Eugen Demian

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