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P Cramling 
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Pia Cramling
Number of games in database: 1,069
Years covered: 1976 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2512 (2440 rapid, 2336 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550
Overall record: +346 -186 =358 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      179 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (62) 
    D02 A46 E10 A40 A41
 Queen's Indian (57) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E14
 King's Indian (51) 
    E60 E90 E92 E61 E71
 Slav (51) 
    D11 D17 D15 D16 D18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (44) 
    D38 D37 D30 D31 D39
 Semi-Slav (30) 
    D43 D44 D47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (215) 
    B42 B43 B40 B48 B47
 Sicilian Kan (65) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Slav (58) 
    D17 D12 D15 D11 D10
 Sicilian Taimanov (47) 
    B48 B47 B46 B49 B45
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    A46 E00 A45 A40 D02
 Nimzo Indian (28) 
    E32 E46 E56 E21 E39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Cramling vs S Kindermann, 1991 1-0
   P Cramling vs A Galliamova, 1994 1-0
   R Haring vs P Cramling, 1981 0-1
   P Cramling vs E Tsuboi, 1992 1-0
   L Ordaz Valdes vs P Cramling, 2014 0-1
   P Cramling vs Korchnoi, 1984 1-0
   P Cramling vs Uhlmann, 1992 1/2-1/2
   P Cramling vs R Klipper, 2006 1-0
   P Cramling vs F Basta-Sohair, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   EU-ch 4th, Women (2003)
   FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2010)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   XXXV Rilton Cup (2006)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Women WCC Index [FIDE 2000 Knockout Matches] by chessmoron

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(born Apr-23-1963, 52 years old) Sweden

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Pia A. Cramling was born in Stockholm. She was awarded the WGM title in 1982, the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1992. She also won the Women's Chess Oscar in 1983. She is the younger sister of Dan Cramling and is married to Spanish GM Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez. She competed in the FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012) and beat Shayesteh Ghader Pour in round 1 before losing to Irina Krush in the 2nd round tiebreaker.

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 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,069  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Van der Wiel vs P Cramling ½-½20 1976 Wattignies Wch-16B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
2. Kasparov vs P Cramling ½-½19 1976 WattigniesC42 Petrov Defense
3. M Moe vs P Cramling 1-020 1980 Politiken CupB89 Sicilian
4. R Haring vs P Cramling 0-137 1981 VICC Women's TournamentB24 Sicilian, Closed
5. P Cramling vs B Hund  1-033 1981 VICC Women's TournamentA16 English
6. P Cramling vs G Andruet  ½-½78 1982 Gausdal INTB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. P Cramling vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½21 1982 Luzern ol (Women)B32 Sicilian
8. P Cramling vs Hort  ½-½31 1982 London LBB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
9. K Nika vs P Cramling  0-134 1982 Luzern ol (Women)A22 English
10. P Cramling vs N Starr 0-126 1982 Women's OlympiadC42 Petrov Defense
11. M Muresan vs P Cramling  0-127 1982 Luzern ol (Women)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
12. P Cramling vs P Moulin  1-035 1982 EU-ch U20B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. P Cramling vs Korchnoi ½-½42 1982 London LBC77 Ruy Lopez
14. Adorjan vs P Cramling  1-026 1983 It (cat.8)A14 English
15. P Cramling vs Speelman  ½-½17 1983 It (cat.8)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
16. E Schiller vs P Cramling ½-½42 1984 Gausdal InternationalE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
17. P Cramling vs P Ostermeyer  ½-½53 1984 BielA15 English
18. Psakhis vs P Cramling  1-042 1984 TroonA33 English, Symmetrical
19. Hort vs P Cramling 1-042 1984 BielA00 Uncommon Opening
20. P Cramling vs F Gobet  1-042 1984 BielB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
21. P Cramling vs P Ostermeyer  ½-½46 1984 ReykjavikB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
22. P Cramling vs I Rogers  1-046 1984 Biel SwitzerlandB01 Scandinavian
23. Nunn vs P Cramling 1-054 1984 ZurichB44 Sicilian
24. P Cramling vs G Fischdick  1-040 1984 Thessaloniki ol (Women)A04 Reti Opening
25. J Eslon vs P Cramling  ½-½48 1984 BielA46 Queen's Pawn Game
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,069  PGN Download
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  waustad: The family is again in Sweden playing in the Rilton Cup. From an earlier instance of this tournament there was a TV interview with Ana in Swedish. Mom looked so proud. Living in Spain with a Swedish mother and often visiting or playing in English speaking tournaments she probably grew up tri-lingual. That is so much more common in Europe than on my side of the pond. Then again it is almost 1000km from where I live to the nearest big city where English isn't the official first language (Montreal). When I lived in Vienna, Kiev and Paris were only slightly farther away and Copenhagen and Rome were closer. A whole lot more official languages happen within that radius, so it is more important for Europeans to speak several languages. Many of my countrymen have taken another language in school but have never actually used it. That doesn't excuse the arrogance that some people have, expecting everybody else to speak their language, but it does indicate why so many people here are monolingual.
Feb-03-14  HeMateMe: Pia's chess playing daughter. Too cute for words:


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  perfidious: <HMM> Met Pia many years ago; pleasant enough, but not overwhelming in looks.
Feb-03-14  HeMateMe: Well, I meant the daughter, precocious kid. I think Pia must have bad teeth, or something. She never seems to fully smile, very shy.

Good chessplayer, though, and very durable.

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  waustad: When she was a teenager and in her 20s she was as close to a "chess babe" as there was, though she did not embrace the role at all. Remember that the big names then were Nona G. and Maia C. Here is a more flattering picture
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  perfidious: When we met at the 1985 NY Open, Pia was certainly a name player, though of course Chiburdanidze was the champion at the time. Seemed a bit shy, though I am sure she met people everywhere she went.
Feb-03-14  Granny O Doul: I saw Cramling at that NYO, too. Seemed cute enough to me. A bit shy, I guess, and rather unpretentious. Last I saw her, she was watching Adorjan's simul at the Manhattan CC, which she had visited, while waiting for her ride, I guess. HEY PIA, I DREW ADORJAN! Are you impressed??
Feb-03-14  HeMateMe: Waustad--much better picture, indeed.
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  waustad: Her performance this year in the Swedish league was excellent. Playing 8 rounds out of nine she went +5 =3 -0, beating everybody rated lower and drawing with those equal or higher.
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  waustad: Happy B'day! I guess the CG folks must have been pals with Lembit Oll, since he is always the POTD on April 23rd, but you, Tony Miles and Alexandra Kosteniuk all deserve some love too.
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  waustad: In a Swedish Women's tournament I just ran across she won all of her games except for one draw, against Anna Cramling.
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  waustad: This year she's playing for the Swedish women's team this time. She's played 4 times for the men and this will be the 7th for the women. Her first appearance in the olympiads was in 1978, where she went +7 as a 15 year old reserve.

She has a website in Swedish:

Aug-02-14  HeMateMe: Pia is perhaps the most experienced active Olympiad player, male or female? No one else from her generation is competing anymore, or, they have dropped down too far to be chosen for the Olympiad.
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  waustad: <HHM>Perhaps Barbara Hund should get that title. She's a few years older and has been playing for either Germany or Switzerland very often. This will be her 15th olympiad. Pia Cramling has played 4 times in the men's section and this will be her 7th time in the women's section. Has anybody still active played in more?
Aug-02-14  Olavi: <HHM> Eugenio Torre, 12 years older, is still in the Philippines line up. And his olympiads, well have to check.
Aug-02-14  Olavi: Torre´s 22nd appearance, the absolute record. Portisch scored 20.
Aug-02-14  Nerwal: <Pia is perhaps the most experienced active Olympiad player, male or female? No one else from her generation is competing anymore, or, they have dropped down too far to be chosen for the Olympiad.>

Probably not overall, maybe in the women section (since Chiburdanidze seems to have stepped down despite her respectable rating). By number of games played Short and Beliavsky are ahead. By date of appearance Werner Hug first played at Skopje in 1972 after his junior world title.

Still keeping up a steady 2500 level for more than 25 years is a great achievement.

Aug-02-14  Olavi: Torre has 250 games, Portisch 260; the pre-1970 (when Torre started competing) olympiads were longer.
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  waustad: Here is a picture of Anna from a Swedish Girls championship (if I'm reading it right.) She's playing in the amateur sections again at Gibraltar.
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  waustad: Pia made it through the first round of the WWCC knock out round and will play Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant in the second round. In other news, Anna has been gaining elo very rapidly in the recent past, picking up over 200 pts in the amateur sections at Gibraltar and a tournament in Vaxjo Sweden, this after picking up over 100 at the Rilton 1800 section. That's over 300 elo in two months. It looks like it won't be long before she has her own page here.
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  cro777: Pia Cramling reached semi-finals in Sochi. Still going strong at 51.

(Ana Cramling Bellon in Sochi: "My mother in semifinals!!")

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  paulalbert: Great effort Pia, holding up the banner for the mature set. I was hoping you could emerge as the ultimate winner, but it was not to be.
Mar-31-15  HeMateMe: Congratulations, Pia. A fine run to the semis!
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  diagonal: Nice interview with the <Grande Dame of Chess>, Pia Cramling - just remember, she is born the same year and same month as Garry Kasparov, in April 1963, and still playing chess on highest (female) level:
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  waustad: Have Pia Cramling, Tony Miles or Alexandra Kosteniuk ever been POTD? Happy Birthday to all!
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