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Nona Gaprindashvili vs Zsuzsa Veroci Petronic
Jugoslavija (1974)
Spanish Game: Exchange. Bronstein Variation (C69)  ·  1/2-1/2

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Dec-14-03  Dick Brain: Gaprindaschvili makes the time control on move 41 with Qg7+ and then apparently offers a draw due to perpetual check. However, she can mate in 4 starting the next move with 42. Rxe5+
Dec-14-03  Dick Brain: Actually it's mate in 5 looking at it more carefully.
Dec-14-03  MoonlitKnight: Good eye! The continuation (which was off course possible on move 38 as well) goes: 42.♖xe5+!! fxe5 43.g4+ ♔h4 44.♕e7+ ♕g5 45.g3# (or 42...♖f5 43.♖xf5 ♕g5 44.g4+ ♔h4 45.g3#). White was probably happy to draw one rook down, but didn't realize she could win two rooks down!
Dec-14-03  Dick Brain: Noooo don't give me credit. I read it in a magazine a long time ago and I've been looking for Gaprinidashvili games which ended in a draw so I could find it again. Keres or Gligoric or somebody of that ilk noticed it.
Dec-14-03  MoonlitKnight: That figures. To even think of such a line without using a computer is brilliant.
Dec-14-03  Dick Brain: My theory is that top grandmasters can see these things easily because of their great experience: they have studied positions with almost conceivable combination. So I'm most interested in combinations that sub-geniuses missed and that near world class players can see clearly. I figure that if I learn all those I'm set.
Aug-24-05
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  Honza Cervenka: It is a pity to spoil such a pretty game. But Nona's main mistake was hasty 32.Qg7+. Quiet 32.h3 planning 33.Rb6 would have won easily. Nona apparently overlooked 33...Qb3!

36...g3+ was objectively a mistake and better would have been 36...Rh1+ 37.Kxh1 Qb1+ 38.Kh2 Qxe4 39.Qxf6 with advantage of white but in fact it saved black as Nona missed that brilliant finish which is not easy to find over the board.

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