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Nona Gaprindashvili vs Rudolf Servaty
Dortmund (1974), Dortmund FRG, May-??
Sicilian Defense: Accelerated Dragon. Maroczy Bind Breyer Variation (B39)  ·  1-0



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Feb-02-06  MorphyMatt: 17. Bh8!! also works well
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  Eggman: <<17.Bh8!! also works well>>

17.♗h8? f6 (the move that 17.♕f6!! was designed to prevent) 18.♗xf6 ♖xf6 19.♕xf6 d5 and White has nothing better than perpetual check.

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  Eggman: <<>>

The position after 14...Qxg2 would make a good puzzle of the day. It is found in Informant's Anthology Of Chess Combinations.

Jul-02-06  aazqua: What was black possibly thinking here? This guy wasn't able to see two obvious moves ahead? Is he even rated?
Nov-11-06  ChessDude33: <aazqua> he probably just overlooked 17. Qf6. I don't think mental slips can be limited to only "non-rated" players.
Jan-30-07  BadTemper: what can white possibly play after 16..Qc6
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  keypusher: <what can white possibly play after 16..Qc6>

17. Bxf8 Kxf8 18. Qh8+ Ke7 19. Re1 looks pretty good.

Feb-01-07  BadTemper: ooooooooooo i didnt see 18. Qh8+


Feb-07-07  zitadelle: I do not see anything special with it. It should be a draw no?
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: In his book Tal's Winning Chess Combinations (written with Victor Khenkin), Tal generously thanks Gaprindashvili for her "active appearance" at the Les Halles tourney where he beat "Petz" with the same line, crediting her with forcing him "to commit plagiarism."

That guy had quite a sense of humor.

Jul-19-07  ALEXIN: Both Qd4 and Qf6 punish black side for weakening his dark squares.
Oct-22-07  patzerboy: I have some chess friends who would look at this final position (or its near descendant after mate is actually delivered) and they would say, "Wow! Black was doing so good, up until then!"
Jul-04-09  backrank: It should be noted that, in the final position, Black's attempts to achieve a draw by perpetual check must fail, e.g. 17. ... ♕xa2 18. ♗h6 ♕a5+ 19. ♔c1 ♕a1+ 20. ♔c2 ♕a4+ 21. ♔b1 or 19. ... ♕e1+ 20. ♗d1, and in neither case Black has any further check at his disposal.

The Tal game mentioned above by <Spitecheck> and <An Englishman> is Tal vs T Paehtz Sr, 1974. It shows what (roughly) could had happened here if Black hadn't swallowed the second rook.

Jul-04-09  levizki: Classic "Take My Rooks" example. I'm pretty sure I saw almost similar game from one of the Polgar sisters (as far as I remember it was Judit). Anyone can post it here?
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  whiteshark: <14...Kxg7 15.0-0 d6> was surely the less worse continuation.
Jul-05-09  backrank: <levizki> I only remember Judit Polgar's double bishop sacrifice (rather than a double rook sac) against Karpov (actually, she didn't sac the 2nd bishop, since Karpov resigned before): Judit Polgar vs Karpov, 2003

<whiteshark> You're surely right, but the black position is awful then. So Black rather decided on taking his last meal ...

Jul-21-10  Ulhumbrus: I am quoting from a decades old memory, but a Soviet commentator says something like this " I invite the reader to decide who plays better in the present game, woman or man"

The move 15 Qd4!! ( the Soviet commentator gives the move two exclamation marks) prepares the move (following 15...Qxh1+ 16 Kd2 Qxa1) 17 Qf6!! to which the comment by the same Soviet commentator ( who gives the move two exclamation marks) goes something like this "An astonishingly besutiful blow after which Black was forced to congratulate his opponent"

After 17 Qf6 White threatens not mate by a single move but mate by the pair of moves Bh6 and Qg7. Black has therefore one move to try to defend himself. Black lacks however any way to use the move of grace given him to deliver perpetual check.

Aug-01-16  The Kings Domain: "Gaprindashvili's Immortal".
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  perfidious: <An Englishman: Good Evening: In his book Tal's Winning Chess Combinations....Tal generously thanks Gaprindashvili for her "active appearance" at the Les Halles tourney where he beat "Petz" with the same line, crediting her with forcing him "to commit plagiarism.">


Aug-31-16  Timi: 17? White to play and win. Maybe a Tuesday Puzzle
Oct-05-17  oolalimk1: 16...Qxh2 saves the game for black.
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  Honza Cervenka: <oolalimk1: 16...Qxh2 saves the game for black.> I guess it doesn't. After 17.Bf3 with Rh1 in the air black is still lost, for example 17...Re8 18.Rh1 Qc7 19.Bh8 f6 20.Bd5+ Re6 21.Qxf6 d6 22.Re1 h5 (freeing h7 for King) 23.Rg1 Qf7 24.Rxg6+ etc.
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  GrahamClayton: 17. Bh6 f6 blocks the threat of 18. Qg7, so 17. Qf6 stops f6, allowing the mate in two.
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  OBIT: Oh, so this Gaprindashvili did play men occasionally. The Gaprindashvili mentioned in "The Queen's Gambit" must have been Anna Gaprindashvili, who is a totally fictional character.
Oct-04-21  qqdos: <OBIT> Luke McShane in the Spectator magazine (London) has recently featured this game in 2 successive editions, giving a detailed account of Nona's case against Netflix. As usual with US legal pleadings, the claims are overstated. The gratuitous reference was unwise and careless but no right-thinking person could conceivably think less of the amazing achievements and distinguished career of Nona, the GM and World Champion. Her reputation is untouched. The Queen's Gambit was so obviously a drama given that Beth Harmon was plainly a fictional and not remotely a real chess-playing character.
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