LUZHIN DEFENSE PDF

Prior to the tournament he meets Natalia Katkov Watson and he falls in love with her almost immediately. Valentinov tells the Italian that Luzhin cannot handle pressure and he intimates he will make sure that his former prodigy will be unsettled off-table giving Turati a winning chance. The competition starts badly for Luzhin who is unsettled by the presence of his former friend and coach. He struggles through the early rounds but he soon begins to win again as his relationship with Katkov becomes closer and intimate. She then informs her parents that she is going to marry him.

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Prior to the tournament he meets Natalia Katkov Watson and he falls in love with her almost immediately. Valentinov tells the Italian that Luzhin cannot handle pressure and he intimates he will make sure that his former prodigy will be unsettled off-table giving Turati a winning chance. The competition starts badly for Luzhin who is unsettled by the presence of his former friend and coach. He struggles through the early rounds but he soon begins to win again as his relationship with Katkov becomes closer and intimate.

She then informs her parents that she is going to marry him. Meanwhile, Luzhin goes on to reach the final and face Turati. However, outside the venue, he is whisked away by an accomplice of Valentinov who abandons him in the countryside. Luzhin wanders aimlessly until he collapses and is found by a group of Blackshirts.

Luzhin is taken to the hospital suffering from complete mental exhaustion. Nevertheless, even while recuperating Valentinov comes around with a chess board encouraging Luzhin to finish the match with the Italian, Turati. Natalia defends her beloved but urges him to break off with the game.

Luzhin seems to agree. Eventually Luzhin leaves the hospital. He and Natalia then agree to marry at the earliest opportunity. However, on the morning of the wedding, Luzhin is put into a car with Valentinov, who tells him that there is the small matter of finishing the competition. In terror, Luzhin leaps from the car.

Luzhin, who is in his muddied wedding suit, sits in his room as Natalia and the hotel staff try to open the door. But before they can get in, the troubled chess grandmaster throws himself out of his bedroom window and dies.

The tragic death is witnessed by Valentinov who has just arrived by car. She discovers the papers in his pocket and an experienced chess player explains to her the matter of the notes. In an arranged meeting without public she plays against Turati who does exactly what Luzhin expected and loses.

Katkov and Turati then leave acknowledging the Pyrrhic victory and the genius of Luzhin. Nabokov based The Defense on the life of German chess master Curt von Bardeleben who seemingly committed suicide by leaping from a window in The chess tournament although in Italy was shot inside the main hall of the Museum of Ethnography , Budapest. The scene at the railway station is in Brenna-Alzate, near Como. This article uses algebraic notation to describe chess moves.

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The Luzhin Defence

Sirin in the Russian emigre quarterly Sovremennye zapiski and was thereafter published by the emigre publishing house Slovo as "Защита Лужина" The Luzhin Defense in Berlin. More than three decades later the novel was translated into English by Michael Scammell in collaboration with Nabokov and appeared in In the foreword to the English edition Nabokov states that he wrote The Defense in while he vacationed in Le Boulou "hunting butterflies" and then finished it in Berlin. He links the events in the central chapters to moves as encountered in chess problems. Plot summary[ edit ] The plot concerns the title character, Aleksandr Ivanovich Luzhin.

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