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Lisa Lane vs Nona Gaprindashvili
"Smile of the Nona Lisa" (game of the day Jun-11-2012)
Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women) (1961), Vrnjacka Banja YUG, rd 8, Nov-??
Spanish Game: Bird Variation (C61)  ·  1/2-1/2



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May-22-05  Caissanist: The final position appears to be a fairly straightforward win for black--just push the queenside pawns and parry any threats that white comes up with. I wonder why Nona took the draw.
May-22-05  fgh: Time trouble is the most likely reason. There are also some lines for white which are worth trying.
May-22-05  fgh: For example Ne4.
Jan-14-11  BLarsen1967: <Caissanist> Yes,indeed this draw looks strange.. - One 'poor' explanation might be that actually the one and only Nona G. was supremely outstanding in this Candidates Tournament,she scored 13 points out of 16,not losing a single game and 2 points ahead of V.Borisenko. Thus she could afford an 'easy' draw here and there
Jan-15-11  Jamboree: White takes way too many moves to get developed. First, she brings out her king-bishop, then has to bring it back and fianchetto it! Four moves to get a single piece developed in the opening -- not good.

But the real lemon in this game is 23. g4? What's the point? Opens up her own king -- for no tangible benefit that I could see. I think she assumed black would take 23. ...fxg4, which white can parry against, but instead black correctly played 23. ... fxe4. And then 25. Kh1? -- what? Black just snatches the pawn and goes into an endgame.

Gaprindashvili was the best female player in the world at that time, and as dominant players often realize, against weaker opponents you don't need to "do" anything -- just sit back, play solid, and let the opponent self-implode and hand the game to you.

I can only surmise that she did not play out the winning endgame because she was running low on the clock.

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  piltdown man: Any relation to Lois?
Jun-11-12  rilkefan: I would guess a draw won the tournament or assured Gaprindashvili a title (WIM, 1961).

Well, before somebody LMGTFYs me... Ok, the tournament was 17 rounds. Guess it was Zeitnot.

Jun-11-12  vkwow: I think time trouble is a very unlikely reason for the draw , considering that there are only 3 moves till the time control, and all the moves require zero thinking up until then. Black can simply wait and take action after the time control is reached.
Jun-11-12  thegoldenband: 5. c3? is a well-known mistake in this variation, and immediately puts White on the back foot. Best is probably 5. O-O, and 5. d3 is playable too.
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  HeMateMe: Black should have played on a bit. The worst that could happen to Nona G. here is getting stuck with a perpetual check.
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  whiteshark: Only the wearer knows where the shoe pinches.
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  HeMateMe: Is that what Phil Jackson would say to Michael Jordan?
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  FSR: This must be one of the least deserving GOTDs ever. And a draw, no less. If they're going to pick a draw, F Rhine vs A Boerkoel, 1996 is about 1000 times more interesting.
Jun-11-12  Clodhopper: <If they're going to pick a draw, F Rhine vs A Boerkoel, 1996 is about 1000 times more interesting.>

But nobody's come up with a GOTD pun for that game yet! JKC

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  whiteshark: <FSR> So how about <Rhine rectification <?>>
Jun-11-12  jheller1: Lisa Lane - any relation to Lois Lane? ;)
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  kevin86: Lisa Lane,is that near Della Street?

Looks like lots of play left here-why the draw?

Jun-11-12  Chessmensch: At the end, Deep Fritz 12 gives -2.59 and Deep Rybka 4 gives –1.87, both at Depth = 18. She should have used Nonatechnology.
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  Phony Benoni: I was curious about the tournament situation, but that was hard to check on. While we have all 16 of Lisa Lane's games from the tournament, we have only three of Gaprindiashvili's. That's what sex appeal will do for you.

Fortunately, there's enough information to reconstruct Nona's schedule with the help of a Berger pairing table:

1 Sokolov 1
2 Heemsterk 1
3 Volpert 1
4 Zatulovskaya 1
5 Zvorykina =
6 Bye
7 Belova 1
8 Lane =
9 Mije 1
10 Lazarevic 1
11 Karakas =
12 Hundsuren 1
13 Rinder 1
14 Nedeljkovic =
15 Polihroniade 1
16 Gresser =
17 Silans =

When this game was played, Gaprindashvili had scored 5 1/2 of 6 plus a bye. Perhaps more importantly, her previous two games were against the eventual third and second place finishers. Even though there was a bye in between, she may not have felt up to a long game that day.

I doubt it's significant that the other USA representative, Gresser, also drew with Gaprindashvili. That was in round 16, by which time Nona was surely coasting.

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  FSR: <Clodhopper: <If they're going to pick a draw, F Rhine vs A Boerkoel, 1996 is about 1000 times more interesting.>

But nobody's come up with a GOTD pun for that game yet! JKC>

<whiteshark: <FSR> So how about <Rhine rectification <?>>>

I submitted <Draw, Pardner!> Since my opponent lived in Texas and the game is a real shoot 'em up, it seems fitting.

Jun-11-12  lzromeu: <Chessmensch: At the end, Deep Fritz 12 gives -2.59 and Deep Rybka 4 gives –1.87, both at Depth = 18. She should have used Nonatechnology.>

Like it
Now I understand the Deep Smile of Mona Lisa

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  Bishoprick: Why was this game selected for a GOTD? Can't possibly be running out of games to post?
Jun-11-12  galdur: Itīs an okay game and totally won for black. Nona was in a class of her own in this tournament and an occasional draw didnīt matter at all. Maybe she liked this weird American bird and therefore accepted the draw. Or she was simply too lazy to to spend time on converting this. Itīs impossible to tell.
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  ray keene: From 23 g4?? onwards this game is insanely inaccurate by both sides-its awful-i can scarcely believe some of the moves.
Apr-25-13  The Last Straw: In the final tournament standings, Gaprindashvili was 1st place, 2.0 points ahead of second place. However, this was played in round 8 of 17. I don't know what happened.

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