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Milunka Lazarevic vs Nona Gaprindashvili
"Lazarevic's Tomb" (game of the day Sep-17-2016)
Candidates Tournament (Women) (1961), Vrnjacka Banja YUG, rd 10, Nov-11
Bird Opening: Sicilian Bird (A02)  ·  0-1



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  Honza Cervenka: Brilliant game of Nona. By the way, the table of 1961 women's candidate tournament is on
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  Chessical: The "best" game? It was certainly very hard fought, and perhaps the "wrong" player won! Poor Lazarevich she played very well only to blunder it all away, albeit to a very fine combinational sequence.

28.Qxa7+? - this natural move is a disaster for Lazarevich, with 28.Qb3 she can deal with Gaprindashvili's desperate threats and consolidate her own advantage - 28.Qb3 Bd7 29.Qd1.

After 28.Qxa7 the Black K escapes into the K-side, and blocks off escape squares for Lazarevich's own K.

30.Re1? is the final straw after which Gaprindashvili offers a fine B sac based on ideas of N(d)xf4.Lazarevich could have kept fighting with 30.Rg1

Dec-22-03  Phoenix: I think on Chessical's 28.Qb3, then Ne3 for Black is perfectly fine. If White's Knight moves, Qh5 is mate and if 29.Rg1 guarding on g2, then just Qxf3.

And on 30.Rg1, then Ne3 again seems to collapse White's position.

Dec-22-03  kevin86: Chess is one game in which the female play the same game as the male;there are no smaller basketballs,ladies' tees,smaller fields,etc. It's too bad that there aren't more great women players.
Dec-22-03  kevin86: an addendum,doesn't anyone notice that the QUEEN is the strongest piece on the board? The king moves like a queen with a walker,one short step at a time. LOL!
Dec-22-03  CapablancaRules: I do not agree, Kevin86. I think the women are playing better than ever. Look to this generation: Lahno, Koneru, Kosteniuk, the Polgar sisters... How can you say such a thing?
Dec-23-03  kevin86: You are probably right CapablancaRules,it's not that I did research in the topic,it's just that I never here of the top women enough;here,we are trying to give our girls' sports more coverage and attention by playing some of the games on Friday. As the PGA men say,slightly changed,:These girls are good!
Mar-31-05  underrated: the annotation for this game is excellent...really informative for a beginner like me...
May-23-08  wanabe2000: I discovered IM Milunka Lazarevic's games in "Yugoslav Chess Triumphs" 1976 by the Informant folks. She was an eleven times Yugoslav Woman Champion.
Jul-20-08  Morphischer: Is there possibly a worser annotated game than this?
Apr-03-10  Shah Mat: <Morphischer: Is there possibly a worser annotated game than this?>

You've tailored your grammar to match the annotations, I see.

Jul-05-11  LIFE Master AJ: Incredibly brilliant game ... maybe one of the best ever in ladies play.
Jan-29-13  SirChrislov: "Lady Ga Gap" for the crazy bizarre ending and insane opening too! Starts off as a Bird, turns into a reversed dutch and ends up a closed sicilian. Nona played this when she was 20. She was described by her teacher as having the "natural talent of an uncut diamond." Her dashing style in her early years earned her the nickname "Tal in a skirt." A year after this game was played, Gap won the world title and eventually held it for 16 years(!)

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The slip <30.Re1?> mars what should have ended among the century's best draws. White missed 30.Rg1!, threatening 31.g4+. Then black would likely have drawn by way of 30...g5! 31.fxg5 Ba6 32.g4+ fxg4+ 33.Rxg4 Qf2!. Had it not been for White's error at move 30, this game would have been one of the most anthologized brilliancies of the 20th century.(Soltis)

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  SwitchingQuylthulg: Here's the evil computer's line after 28.Qb3! Ne3...

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29.Rc7+ Kh6 30.Qxe3!! Qxe3 31.Ng5 and it's White who mates.

Feb-15-14  Granny O Doul: 33... Qf1+ seems a more attractive finish.
Apr-12-15  ToTheDeath: What a magnificent concept, the king walk to h5 was especially nice.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Amazing to remember that we used to speak of women's chess as if they played a somehow different game. But many decades ago in my time women were not considered worthy players, and chess was not considered a worthy occupation for women (outside of the Warsaw Pact). Rather makes me wonder if that was a self-reinforcing vicious circle.

So few women played in my time that I only faced two in my entire career. One had the distinction of ranking among America's Top 25 women players at the time. If memory serves, her US rating was about 1550.

'Twas that long ago. Times have changed indeed.

Sep-17-16  parisattack: Interesting observations <An Englishman>. I remember those times as well. A little before my time, Lisa Lane was getting some good publicity in the US press, but it apparently didn't inspire...

Sep-17-16  morfishine: Judit Polgar proved women can play on the same level as men. This cannot be disputed
Sep-17-16  JohnBoy: At white's 28th, I asked myself why not 28.Qb3 and answered that black has 28...Ne3. End of story.

And now I see the beautiful resource posted by <SwitchingQuylthulg>. Sweet!

Sep-17-16  RandomVisitor: 28.Qb3

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+3.15/31 28...g5 29.fxg5 Ba6 30.Re1 Qf2 31.Qd1 Kg6 32.Nh4+ Kxg5 33.Qd2+ Qxd2 34.Nf3+ Kh5 35.Nxd2 Bb7 36.a3 Ne7 37.Nc4 Bf3 38.Nd6 Nc6 39.Ne8 Kg6 40.Nc7 Nd4 41.Rc1 Kg5 42.b4 h6 43.a4 Be2 44.Kg2 f4 45.Kf2 fxg3+ 46.hxg3 Bg4 47.Rc4 Nf3 48.Re4 h5 49.Ke3 Kf5 50.Rf4+

+3.36/31 28...Bd7 29.Qd1 Qb5 30.b3 Qb6 31.Qd4 Qa6 32.Qd2 Qb5 33.Kg2 a5 34.Nd4 Qb7 35.Kg1 Qa7 36.h3 Qb6 37.Kh2 Kf7 38.Qf2 Kg7 39.a3 Kg8 40.Kg1 Kg7 41.Qd2 Qa7 42.Kg2 Qb6 43.Kh2 Qa7 44.Kg1

+4.92/31 28...Qa6 29.Qc4 Qxc4 30.Rxc4 Bd7 31.Rc5 a6 32.Ra5 Bc8 33.Kh4 h6 34.Nd2 Bb7 35.Nb3 Ne3 36.Nc5 Bd5 37.Rxa6 Kf7 38.Ra7+ Ke8 39.Nd7 Bc4 40.Nf6+ Kd8 41.g4 fxg4 42.Kg3 Nf5+ 43.Kf2 Kc8 44.b3 Bd3 45.Nxg4 g5 46.fxg5 hxg5 47.Nf6 Bb1 48.Nd7 Be4 49.Nb6+ Kb8 50.Rh7 Bc6 51.b4 Be4 52.Rf7 Nh6

Sep-17-16  morfishine: Thank You <RV>


Sep-17-16  WorstPlayerEver: "Judit Polgar proved women can play on the same level as men. This cannot be disputed."

Haha very funny, nice try, but I'd like to point out one fish doesn't fill an ocean.

Oct-04-16  DarthStapler: Where are the annotations?
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  WannaBe: <DarthStapler> Which viewer are you using? Chess Viewer Deluxe are under the board, Web4PGN is within the move.

e.g. 10. d4!? f5!

This game does not have any written annotation, just !, and !? and !! after the moves.

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