"Tactics in the Queen's Gambit" by wtharvey.com



Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Nona Gaprindashvili.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.

a)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Khuberashvili, Moscow, 1959
8/rR3p1p/2nkpB2/3p4/5P2/6P1/2PK3P/8 w - - 0 1
[ Be7+ ]

b)
Black mates in 3.
Rimma Bilunova vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Moscow, 1959
8/5ppk/3Bp3/2QnP3/4qP1p/3r2Pb/4RK1P/6R1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rf3+ Ke8 Qb1+ ]

c)
White mates in 4.
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Liubov Idelchik, Moscow, 1964
2r1rk2/1p2qp1R/4p1p1/1b1pP1N1/p2P4/nBP1Q3/P4PPP/R5K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ Kg7 Nxe6+ if fxe6 or Kxh8 Qh6+ ]

d)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Arinbjorn Gudmundsson, Reykjavik, 1964
r2qr3/1p3pkp/p2p4/3Nn1pP/4P3/1P6/1PP2QP1/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ h6+ if Kh8 Nc7 or if Kf8 Qf5 ]

e)
H Juhe vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Hastings, 1964
5rk1/pp3r1p/2p3p1/6q1/2PPpn2/1P4QP/P5P1/4RRKN b - - 0 1
[ ...Ne2+ Rxe2 Rxf1+ Kh2 Rxh1+ ]

1c)
mate in 4
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Liubov Idelchik

Nona Gaprindashvili puzzles, pt. ii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Black mates in 2.
Dennis Mardle vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Hastings, 1965
r1b2Bk1/pp3ppp/2p2q2/4p2n/2B1P3/1N2bP2/PPP3PP/R2Q1R1K b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng3+ ]

b)
Black mates in 4.
Alla Kushnir vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Riga, 1965
5k2/4pp2/2Pp2p1/1nbP3p/n1p1P2P/5PPB/N3r3/BK3R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Na3+ Kc1 Be3+ Kd1 Rd2+ ]

c)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Haije Kramer, Beverwijk, 1966
2b2r2/p5pk/1p1r1bpp/8/3N4/1BP5/PP4PP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Ne6 ]

d)
Black mates in 2.
Bronia Mosionzhik vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Moscow, 1966
3q1rk1/5p1p/p2pb1p1/4n3/P2RP3/1p4NP/1P1Q1PPK/RBr5 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ng4+ ]

e)
Ingrid Larsen vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Oberhausen, 1966
r2r2k1/pp3qbp/2n1bpp1/4p3/2P5/2QBBN2/PP3PPP/R2R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...e4 if Bxe4 f5 ]

2b)
mate in 4
Alla Kushnir vs Nona Gaprindashvili

Nona Gaprindashvili puzzles, pt. iii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Hillar Karner, Parnu, 1973
r2qk1nr/4ppbp/2n3p1/p7/3PPP2/1B3Q2/PPP3PP/R1B1K2R w - - 0 1
[ Ba4 if Qd6 Bd2 0-0-0 d5 or if Qb6 Qb3 ]

b)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Lydia Mulenko, URS, 1976
r3k2r/p2bnppp/1pn1p3/2qpP3/P7/1R1B1N2/2P2PPP/2BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb5 if Qc3 Bb2 ]

c)
Aleksander Sznapik vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Sandomier, 1976
1k1rr3/2p2ppp/1pQ5/4bPq1/8/R7/PP3NPP/2R3K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Qxc1+ Qxc1 Bxb2 if Qxb2 Re1# ]

d)
Susan Caldwell vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Buenos Aires, 1978
r4r1k/ppp1p1np/2n2bp1/8/2B2P2/2N1BKPP/PPP5/R6R b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc3 if bxc3 Ne5+ ]

e)
White mates in 4.
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Juraj Nikolac, Wijk aan Zee, 1979
2r1r3/pp1nbN2/4p3/q7/P1pP2nk/2P2P2/1PQ5/R3R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Re4 Kh5 Rxg4 Qf5 Qh2+ ]

3c)
Aleksander Sznapik vs Nona Gaprindashvili

Nona Gaprindashvili puzzles, pt. iv.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Pavlina Chilingirova, Tbilisi, 1984
2r5/p4pkp/1r4p1/3P4/8/1Rn2B2/5PPP/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Rxb6 axb6 d6 ]

b)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Niaz Murshed, Polanica Zdroj, 1986
6r1/3k1p2/pp2pBp1/2bqP2p/2Nn1P1P/3Q4/P2R2PK/8 w - - 0 1
[ Ne3 Qc6 Nc2 ]

c)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Maxim Dlugy, Brussels, 1987
r4rk1/3qbppp/p3p3/1p1bPN2/5B2/8/PP2QPPP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 if exd5 Qg4 g6 Nh6+ ]

d)
Black mates in 3.
Mingqian Wu vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Smederevska Palanka, 1987
3r3k/7p/2b1p3/1pq1p3/4Pp1P/1BPp1Pb1/1P4Q1/r2N1KRR b - - 0 1
[ ...Qe3 ]

e)
Black mates in 5.
Fernand Gobet vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Biel, 1988
8/8/3bpk2/3p1n2/3Pp1p1/1P4P1/Q3KP1r/2BR2Nq b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf2+ Kxf2 Qh2+ if Ke1 Bb4+ ]

4b)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Niaz Murshed

Nona Gaprindashvili puzzles, pt. v.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
White mates in 6.
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Roland Schmaltz, Baden-Baden, 1990
r2qnnk1/2p2rb1/1p1p1pN1/p2Pp2Q/2P1P3/2N1B3/PP3P2/2KR3R w - - 0 1
[ Qh8+ Bxh8 Rxh8+ Kg7 Bh6+ ]

b)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Nina Hoiberg, Kuala Lumpur, 1990
2Rbb1k1/Q1n1q3/p2p1r2/P1pPnp2/2P1pNp1/2B1P3/4BPP1/3N2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Qb8 ]

c)
White mates in 2.
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Eliska Richtrova, Wuppertal, 1990
1r3rk1/1pnnq1bR/p1pp2B1/P2P1p2/1PP1pP2/2B3P1/5PK1/2Q4R w - - 0 1
[ Rh8+ ]

d)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Zurab Sturua, Tbilisi, 1991
1rb2rk1/pp1p1ppp/q1nP4/P1p5/2N5/2Q1P1P1/5PBP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bf1 b5 axb6 Qb7 Rdb1 a6 Bg2 Qa8 Ne5 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Martin Klebel Nona Gaprindashvili, Baden-Baden, 1991
rr4k1/3qn1bp/b2p4/1NpP4/P7/1PN1Bp1P/R2Q1P1K/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bc8 ]

5a)
mate in 6
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Roland Schmaltz

Nona Gaprindashvili puzzles, pt. vi.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Maia Chiburdanidze, Shanghai, 1992
3R2nk/5ppp/p2n4/1p3B2/1P1B1q2/P5N1/6PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ Kxg7 Nh5+ ]

b)
Alisa Maric vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Shanghai, 1992
1r5k/3n3p/2p1qpp1/2B1p1n1/r3P3/2Q5/3N1PPP/1R1N1RK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb1 Nxb1 Nxe4 Qe3 Nexc5 ]

c)
Zhaoqin Peng vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Shanghai, 1992
4r1k1/1p3pp1/1Pb1r2p/2R2N2/8/6QP/1q3PP1/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rg6 ]

d)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Milutin Kostic, Tivat, 1995
8/p3rPk1/5nqp/2pQp3/1p2P2P/6N1/PP4K1/5R2 w - - 0 1
[ Rxf6 ]

e)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Galina Trosic, Tivat, 1995
4r1kb/3nrp1p/bpp5/p4PPN/P4P2/1Pp3RP/2P2KB1/3R4 w - - 0 1
[ Nf6+ if Kf8 Nxd7+ ]

6a)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Maia Chiburdanidze

Nona Gaprindashvili puzzles, pt. vii.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Marina Lazic, Vrnjacka Banja, 1996
k3r3/p1qb1pb1/3n2p1/2p1n2p/Q1PpPN2/P2P1NP1/3B2BP/1R4K1 w - - 0 1
[ Nd5 if Qd8 Ba5 or if Qb7 Qc2 Qc6 Ba5 ]

b)
Arif Al-Khaja vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Dubai, 2002
2r3k1/pQ2Rpp1/4bq1p/8/3N4/4P1PP/5PK1/8 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bd5+ ]

c)
Maria Ivanova vs Nona Gaprindashvili, St. Petersburg, 2002
3r2k1/pq1r2pp/1p2pB2/3b1pQ1/5P2/P7/1PPR2PP/3R3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxg2+ ]

d)
Larisa Butneva vs Nona Gaprindashvili, St. Petersburg, 2005
r1bqkb1r/1p3ppp/2n1p3/2Pp4/1P2n3/4PN1P/P2B1PP1/RN1QKB1R b KQkq - 0 1
[ ...Qf6 ]

e)
Black mates in 3.
Vladimir Paliy vs Nona Gaprindashvili, St. Petersburg, 2011
2n5/5kp1/Q1p1q3/1p1p2B1/3PbP2/PBP3R1/2P4r/3K4 b - - 0 1
[ ...Bxc2+ ]

f)
Black mates in 4.
Valentina Kozlovskaya vs Nona Gaprindashvili, Moscow, 2011
6rk/p6p/1p6/4b1q1/4pp1n/Q1P4b/P2NB2R/4R2K b - - 0 1
[ ...Bg2+ if Kg1 Bf3+ Kf2 e3+ ]

7f)
mate in 4
Valentina Kozlovskaya vs Nona Gaprindashvili


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