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Nona Gaprindashvili vs Juraj Nikolac
Hoogovens (1979), Wijk aan Zee NED, rd 1, Jan-19
Caro-Kann Defense: Classical Variation. Main lines (B18)  ·  1-0



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Jul-02-06  makaveli52: I plugged the position into fritz, and found some itneresting things. First of all in the text line, 20...Kg8 would have put up a much stronger fight. 19. Nxh6+ doesnt work after 19...gxh6 20.Nxf7 Qxh5 black is slightly better. I cant see that far across the board :P, Qxh5 is the only move that saves black.
Jul-02-06  RandomVisitor: 19. Nxh6+ gxh6 20.Nxf7 Qxh5 21. Nxh6+ Kg7 22. Re3 favors white (according to Rybka)
Jul-02-06  chessmoron: If 20...Kg8, the next move by white is Re3 and it will favor white as <RV> said.
Jul-02-06  RandomVisitor: Black should have played 17...Nxe5 before castling.
Jul-02-06  Manic: Hmmmm... Fritz says that Kg8(.81) was better than Kxh6 (5.00), though i didnt give fritz much time to evaluate.
Jul-02-06  Greginctw: I didnt see a calculataeble win after kg8. I saw you have a nice attack but no clear win like most puzzles.
Jul-02-06  AniamL: Hahaha, that figures. Got all of it, figured it didn't work because it's a Sunday, and dismissed any hope of being on the right track. Rather silly.
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  al wazir: My move was 19. Nxh6+. Then follows

A) 19...Kh8 20. Nexf7#

B) 19...Kf8 20. Nhxf7, with a two ♙ advantage and the threat of 21. Qg6)

C) 19...gxh6 20. Nxf7 Nf8 (20...Kxf7 21. Qg6+ Kf8 22. Bxh6#) 21. Nxh6+ Kh8 22. Rxe6. I can't see an immediate mate, but white has four ♙s for a ♘ and lots of equipment attacking the beleaguered ♔. It looks like a win to me.

Jul-02-06  HelaNubo: I calculated 19. Nxh6+ gxh6 20. Nxf7 Qxh5 (20...Kxf7?? 21. Qg6+ and mate at the next move) 21. Nxh6+ Kg7 22. Rxe6 and White has 3 pawns for a piece, with a promising attack. Now I see that Ribka has found the even better 22. Re3. I doubt that 19. Nxg7 is the best move after 19... Kxg7 20. Bxh6+ Kg8. Moreover, according to Ribka also 23. f3 is not the best one, as after 23. Kg2 is mate in 6 (via Kf3 and Rh1).
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  dzechiel: It's like some different game. Here I've been playing chess seriously since 1969 and I would never see the moves that white plays in this contest. I thought there might be a knight sac, but white just keeps throwing more and more material into the fray! A spectacular game, but one beyond my ability.
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  jahhaj: I also picked 19.Nxh6+ but it is much less clear than 19.Nxg7 which is a forced win. After 19.Nxg7 Kxg7 20.Bxh6+ Kg8 21.Re3 White's mating threats force the return of the piece and White gets an easily won endgame at worst.
Jul-02-06  erimiro1: I also thought about 19.N:h6, but decided that the line 19.N:f7 and then N:h6 is better.
Jul-02-06  HelaNubo: <erimiro1> I also considered 19. Nxf7, but i saw that it fails after 19... Qxf5!
Jul-02-06  monad: <RandomVisitor: 19. Nxh6+ gxh6 20.Nxf7 Qxh5 21. Nxh6+ Kg7 22. Re3 favors white (according to Rybka)>

But only slightly: 35 cp's.

Jul-02-06  Tariqov: I thought of 19.Nxh6!?gxh6 20.Nxf7 but after Qxh5 there was too much possibility in this position so i knew i wouldn't dare play it in a real game(after checking some moves),so i chose 19Ng6? which i calculated will draw(I thought the position as better for Black if the knight goes back so i chosed to draw after not finding any winning moves)but i forgot that he could move the Bishop on e7 away leaving both knight's en prise,oh well.....never give up! :)
Jul-02-06  mack: I got this really rather easily today - 30 seconds at most. Let's just hope I got a lucky as opposed to there being a noticeable slip in the standard of puzzles.
Jul-02-06  bramdas: I thought Nxf7 was just as good. This seems like a totally lost position for Black.
Jul-02-06  MatrixManNe0: I spy with my little eye an irrelevant error. 22. g4 should read 22.g4+ instead.
Jul-02-06  Dr. Funkenstein: I got 19. Nxg7 but thought the followup was 20. Nxf7 with the idea of Qg6+ and Re3 after the queen checks the king to a desired position. I realize now that's probably too slow compared to Gaprindashvili's 20. Bxh6+! which immediately forces Black's king out into the open.
Jul-02-06  dakgootje: got the overall moves and ideas but didnt calculate enough : would have never played it in a real game ;-)
Jul-02-06  Fezzik: I agree with those who thought this week was rather easy. But then again, England should have qualified for the World Cup semis rather easily. Easy is in the eye of the beholder.

BTW: I think I've seen this position before, possibly in one of Dvoretsky's books. (Could it have been in "Secrets of Chess Tactics", perhaps?)

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  kevin86: White sends the black king on a long journey-to the scaffold,as it turns out.
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  patzer2: The demolition of pawn structure with 21. Nxf7+! quickly uncovers the weaknesses in Black's weak Kinside castled position.
Jul-07-06  alefromitaly: <al wazir> In your line 19. Nxh6+ Kf8 what about 20. Ng6+ ?
Oct-14-15  The Kings Domain: Gaprindashvili was good. Her attacking style had fireworks to it and the comparison with Tal was not unfounded. Although her opponent fell for her trap hook, line, and sinker and got too scared with white's kingside assault, this is an nice win.
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