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Tudev Ujtumen vs Nona Gaprindashvili
"Nona But the Brave" (game of the day May-04-2020)
Goglidze Memorial (1971), Tbilisi URS, Oct-??
Sicilian Defense: French Variation. Normal (B40)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Lovely game. After 44.Qc2 or other reasonable retreats of the Queen 44...Be7+ 45.Kg4 Rd4+ wins immediately.
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  Honza Cervenka: 43...Re4+ 44.g4 (44.Kg5 Nh3+ 45.Kf6 Be7# or 45.Kh6 Bf8#) 44...Bf2+ 45.Kg5 Nh3+ 46.Kf6 Bh4+ 47.g5 Bxg5# was a bit better finish.
May-03-20  Kangaroo: 16. f6! (threatening 17. fxe7 and 17. Bxh7) would have been a better way for White.
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  Honza Cervenka: <Kangaroo: 16. f6! (threatening 17. fxe7 and 17. Bxh7)>

Black can play 16...e4 here.

May-04-20  Ironmanth: An amazing game!! Thanks, chessgames. Y'all stay safe out there in the world today! Stay blessed, chess people.
May-04-20  goodevans: White must have underestimated the very excellent <34...Qf2+!> otherwise he'd have cut his losses with <33.Qf3>. He earlier missed an opportunity to take some of the pressure off with <28.Be6!>.

Very nice play by the then Women's World Champion.

May-04-20  Viking707: I met Ms. Gaprindashvili in Greenwich Village, NY in the 1960s. She had opened a chess studio there. When I visited she was most gracious, and we talked chess. She asked me what was my "favorite opening." When I said, "The Queens gambit," she asked if I felt comfortable with it being "Accepted" or not. I was so impressed that the woman's world chess champion (for many years) would spend any time with an amateur like me.
May-04-20  Granny O Doul: Pretty sure I've said this elsewhere and recently, but was the American women's champ Lisa Lane who had the Greenwich Village studio. Not Nona Gaprindashvili, who has always lived if not in Georgia (though maybe), within the bounds of the old USSR.

I'm sure Nona would have been just as gracious, though I don't know if she'd have offered the same "queen's gambit".

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  master8ch: Nona played her Queen sac one move too early. If 34...Bc6, and if White doesn't throw in the towel with 35.Qxf7+, then the White Queen has two reasonable options: 35.Qc4, to keep the pressure on f7 (which seems the most likely response,) or Qd1, to stop the mate that follows Option 1. In both cases, the Queen sac is now more effective: 35.Qc4 Qf2+ 36.Rxf2 exf2+ 37.Kf1 fxe1(Q)++, or 35.Qd1 Qf2+ 36.Rxf2 exf2+ 37.Kf1 fxe1(Q)+ 38.Qxe1 Bb5+, etc.
May-05-20  goodevans: <master8ch> What if white leaves his Q where it is and plays <35.Rf1> instead?
May-05-20  Viking707: Granny: I met Nona at a chess studio in Greenwich Village (near Canal St.) in the 1960s. Perhaps she was just visiting, and spent time at Lisa Lane's studio, but my recollection was that it was Nona's studio. In fact, the reason I went there was because I was told the women's chess champion had opened the studio.
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  0ZeR0: Wonderful game.


Interesting story, thanks for sharing.

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