Miguel Najdorf's chess career spanned more than six decades. It included two World Championship Candidates tournaments, prestige events such as the Piatigorsky Cup and 15 Olympiads - where he represented his native Poland and later Argentina, the country that adopted him after the outbreak of WWII.
His feats of simultaneous blindfold play remain unequaled, and his name is known throughout the chess world for his contribution to the Sicilian Defence; the Najdorf Variation was to become a formidable weapon of (among others) Mikhail Tal, Bobby Fischer and Garry Kasparov.
In the words of his mentor Tartakower, Najdorf's play is characterized by profound strategic conceptions plus an ability to inject dynamite into positions that appear simple and equal.
His life and personality are no less colorful. Tomasz Lissowski's entertaining biography is carefully researched and documented. The book includes more than 130 complete games, of which nearly half are annotated by Najdorf himself or his contemporaries, while the rest are elucidated by Adrian Mikhalchishin's authoritative modern commentary. Najdorf's daughter Liliana contributes a foreword.
Tomasz Lissowski is a respected Polish chess historian. Adrian Mikhalchishin is an International Grandmaster with a deserved reputation as a theoretical expert. A highly respected writer on chess, he competes regularly at the highest levels.