Saturday, December 19, 2009

Why Najdorf Broke the World Blind Simul Record

From an interview given to the Israeli press, January 1961 (the same source as the 'third interview' in the previous post on this blog):

In 1939, the war broke out. I could not go home. All connection with my family was lost. So I decided to do something that would make me world-famous, so they will read about me in the paper... It took 24 hours. Afterwards I was so stressed, I couldn't sleep for three nights.

One wonders how serious Najdorf was with this statement.

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