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Nona Gaprindashvili vs Moshe Czerniak
"The Mad Queen of Goteborg" (game of the day Jan-01-2022)
Gothenburg (1971), Gothenburg SWE, rd 3, Jul-??
French Defense: Classical. Burn Variation (C11)  ·  1-0



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May-03-12  LoveThatJoker: GOTD: The Mad Queen of Goteborg

What a great fighting game from GM Gaprindashvili!

Despite being a pawn down entering her 37th move, she fights tenaciously to keep as much material as possible on the board. Also, despite being the aforesaid pawn down, she does have counter-chances against Black's exposed K so as to balance her material defecit with dynamic opportunity.

From 51. Qc7 until the very end, she plays with total inspiration; furthermore, it should be noted that moves 61 to 71 are a total technical clinic on how to create counter-chances when the opponent possesses dangerous passed pawns!


PS. It is clear that 63...Kc4 was inferior to the immediate 63...Rd4.

Here is how Stockfish says White wins after 63...Rd4:

<63...Rd4 64. Qa1+>

(64. Kg3 Kc4 65. Qa2+ Kb4 66. Rxd3 exd3 67. Qa1 Kc4 68. Qxa3 d2 69. Qa4+ Kc3 70. Qa1+ Kc4 71. Qd1 Rd3+ 72. f3 Kc3 73. Kf2 Rd6 74. f4 Re6 75. Qa1+ Kd3 76. Qa3+ Kc4 77. Qa2+ Kc3 78. Qxe6 d1=Q 79. Qe1+ Qxe1+ 80. Kxe1 Kd3 81. Kf2 Ke4 82. Kg3 White wins)

<64...Kc4 65. Rxd3 exd3 66. Qxa3 d2 67. Qa4+ Kc3 68. Qa1+ Kc4 69. Qd1 Kc3 70. Kg3 Rd3+ 71. f3 Re3 72. Kf2 Re6 73. h4 Re8 74. g4 Re7 75. f4> and White wins this ending.

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  GrahamClayton: Czerniak probably couldn't believe how his passed pawns seemed to just disappear off the board.

Does White have any winning chances after 62.♖xd3+ exd3?

May-04-12  King Death: <GrahamClayton> Without looking too far into this mess here's my opinion so far: 62.Rd3+ ed 63.Qd1+ Kb2 64.Qa4 looks like a way to play for a win. The rook and king are badly placed because they're subject to double attacks and this makes it harder to get the dangerous pawns going. Let's create this kind of position to illustrate just what difference that makes:

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From the diagram I don't see how White has more than a perpetual now that Black's pieces work together. In fact if we took Black's g pawn off the board he's still drawing this because the a pawn's so strong.

May-05-12  LoveThatJoker: <GrahamClayton> I checked with Stockfish if White has any winning chances after 62. Rxd3+ exd3, as per your question.

The short of is that in some lines it does, but it seems with the most accurate defense that Black may be drawing.

Here it is (Moves in <> denote main line):

<62. Rxd3+ exd3 63. Qd1+>

(63. Qb1+ Kc3 64. Qc1+ Kb4 65. Qd2+ Kb3 66. Qd1+ Ka2 67. Qc1 Kb3 68. Qd1+ Ka2 69. Qc1 d2 70. Qc4+ Kb2 71. Qxd5 Kc2 72. Qa2+ White wins)

<63...Ka2 64. Qc1 Kb3 65. Qb1+ Kc3 66. Qc1+ Kb4 67. Qd2+ Kb3 68. Qd1+ Ka2 69. Qf3 Rd4 70. Qe3 Rb4 71. Qxd3 g5>

(71...Kb2 72. Qe2+ Kb3 73. Qf3+ Kb2 74. Qf6+ Kb3 75. Kf1 a2 76. Ke2 Rc4 77. Qb6+ Kc2 78. Qa5 Kb2 79. Kd3 a1=Q 80. Qxa1+ +6.46 at a depth of 31)

<72. Qc2+ Rb2 73. Qc4+ Rb3 74. Kf1 Kb2 75. Qd4+ Kb1 76. Qd1+ Kb2 77. Qd2+ Ka1>

[77...Kb1 78. Ke1 Rb2 (78...a2 79. Kd1 a1=N 80. Qxg5 White is winning) 79. Qd1+ Ka2 80. Qd5+ Kb1 81. Qf5+ Ka1 82. Kd1 Rb1+ 83. Kc2 Rb2+ 84. Kc3 a2 85. Qe5 g4 86. Kd3 g3 87. fxg3 Kb1 88. Qe1#]

<78. Qxg5 a2 79. Ke2 Kb1 80. Qf5+ Kb2 81. Qe5+ Kb1 82. Qe4+ Kb2 83. Qd4+ (+9.05 depth of 30) 83...Kb1 84. Qd1+ Kb2 85. Qd2+ Ka3 86. Qc1+ Rb2+>

[86...Ka4 87. Kd2 (87. g4 Rb1 88. Qc4+ Ka3 89. Qc3+ Possibly drawn) 87...Rb1 88. Qc4+ Ka3 89. Qa6+ Kb3 90. Qb7+ Ka3 91. Qf3+ Kb4 (91...Rb3 92. Qf8+ Rb4 93. Kc2 a1=N+ 94. Kc3 White wins) 92. Qe4+ Ka3 93. Qa8+ Kb2 94. Qb7+ Ka3 95. Qa6+ Kb3 96. Qb5+ Ka3 97. Qa5+ Kb3 98. Qc3+ Ka4 99. Qc4+ Ka3 100. Qa6+ (Possibly drawn)]

<87. Kd3 a1=Q 88. Qxa1+ Kb3 89. Qxb2+ White wins>


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  al wazir: Black threw away a clear win.
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  Breunor: According to the computer, black starts going wrong 48 a4? The simple 48 ax b4 maintains a large lead. After 48 a4 black still has a 1 point or so lead. 49 …Qd4? gives up the lead. It scores as 0. 49 … e5 keeps the lead. 50 … Qc4 keeps the game even, but after 50 … Qd3 51 Qc7 white is now ahead.
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  An Englishman: Good Evening: Granted, White's lack of interest in winning the Black Queen was nothing short of brilliant, but 48...axb4 also seemed like a better move to me. Until 48...a4?, it appeared that Black had done a great job of using his King as an attacking piece in the middle game, as Petrosian sometimes did.
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  HeMateMe: Netflix said "Nona never played against men."

but, she played well enough here. Love how she iced the win by not swapping Rook for Queen.

Jan-01-22  Ironmanth: Nothing short of brilliant here! Nona remains one of the all-time best. Happy New and renewed year, everyone! ;)
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  OhioChessFan: Black got way too cute not recapturing the b Pawn.

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