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Miguel Najdorf was a Polish-Argentinian chess Grandmaster. Originally from Poland, he was playing at the Olympiad in Argentina when World War II began in 1939 and he settled there. He was a leading player in the 1940s and 1950s and is also known for the Sicilian Najdorf Variation, one of the most popular chess openings.
This book, with 275 annotated games, covers all of Najdorf's chess career and also contains many stories, without being a detailed biography. Najdorf was the most important Argentinean chess player, and a larger-than-life character. Oscar Panno said that Najdorf reminded him of Don Quixote, in the part of the book where he tells Sancho Panza, "Wherever I am, that is where the head of the table is going to be".
The book begins with the unpublished book which Najdorf began to write, with thirteen games annotated by him.
Part 1. "Polish Stage", goes from his beginnings to the 1939 Buenos Aires Olympiad.
Part 2. "Becoming Established in Argentina", covers the rest of 1939 until 1945.
Part 3. "World Title Candidate", covers from 1946 to 1957.
Part 4. "Among the Chess Elite", deals with the period 1957 to 1982.
Part 5. "The Last Lap", goes from 1983 until 1997, during which time Najdorf no longer played very much.
Zenon Franco is a respected Grandmaster and FIDE Senior Trainer. He is author of several books on chess.
Published 2021, softback, 720 pages.