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

c)
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 ]

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

e)
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 ]


mate in 4
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Liubov Idelchik

Nona Gaprindashvili Puzzles, Part II.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Lydia Mulenko, URS, 1976
r3k2r/p2bnppp/1pn1p3/2qpP3/P7/1R1B1N2/2P2PPP/2BQ1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Rb5 if Qc3 Bb2 ]

b)
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+ ]

c)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Pavlina Chilingirova, Tbilisi, 1984
2r5/p4pkp/1r4p1/3P4/8/1Rn2B2/5PPP/2R4K w - - 0 1
[ Rxb6 axb6 d6 ]

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


Nona Gaprindashvili vs Niaz Murshed

Nona Gaprindashvili Puzzles, Part III.
White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Maxim Dlugy, Brussels, 1987
r4rk1/3qbppp/p3p3/1p1bPN2/5B2/8/PP2QPPP/2RR2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rxd5 if exd5 Qg4 g6 Nh6+ ]

b)
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+ ]

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

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

e)
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 ]


mate in 6
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Roland Schmaltz

Nona Gaprindashvili Puzzles, Part IV.
White to move and win.
a)
Nona Gaprindashvili vs Maia Chiburdanidze, Shanghai, 1992
3R2nk/5ppp/p2n4/1p3B2/1P1B1q2/P5N1/6PP/7K w - - 0 1
[ Bxg7+ Kxg7 Nh5+ ]

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

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

d)
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 ]


Nona Gaprindashvili vs Maia Chiburdanidze


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