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P Cramling 
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Pia Cramling
Number of games in database: 1,060
Years covered: 1976 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2495 (2428 rapid, 2328 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550
Overall record: +343 -182 =356 (59.1%)*
   * 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 (61) 
    D02 A46 E10 A40 A41
 Queen's Indian (58) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E16
 King's Indian (52) 
    E60 E90 E92 E61 E71
 Slav (51) 
    D11 D17 D15 D16 D18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (43) 
    D38 D37 D30 D31 D39
 Semi-Slav (30) 
    D43 D44 D47
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (211) 
    B42 B43 B40 B48 B22
 Sicilian Kan (64) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Slav (58) 
    D17 D12 D15 D11 D10
 Sicilian Taimanov (45) 
    B48 B47 B49 B46 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 R Klipper, 2006 1-0
   P Cramling vs F Basta-Sohair, 2006 1-0
   P Cramling vs Uhlmann, 1992 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   EU-ch 4th, Women (2003)
   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 (2004)
   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, 51 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 1,064  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kasparov vs P Cramling ½-½19 1976 WattigniesC42 Petrov Defense
2. Van der Wiel vs P Cramling ½-½20 1976 Wattignies Wch-16B77 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
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 Chiburdanidze  ½-½21 1982 Luzern ol (Women)B32 Sicilian
7. P Cramling vs Hort  ½-½31 1982 London LBB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
8. K Nika vs P Cramling  0-134 1982 Luzern ol (Women)A22 English
9. P Cramling vs N Starr 0-126 1982 Women's OlympiadC42 Petrov Defense
10. M Muresan vs P Cramling  0-127 1982 Luzern ol (Women)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
11. P Cramling vs P Moulin  1-035 1982 EU-ch U20B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. P Cramling vs Korchnoi ½-½42 1982 London LBC77 Ruy Lopez
13. P Cramling vs G Andruet  ½-½78 1982 Gausdal INTB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
14. P Cramling vs Speelman  ½-½17 1983 It (cat.8)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
15. Adorjan vs P Cramling  1-026 1983 It (cat.8)A14 English
16. J Eslon vs P Cramling  ½-½48 1984 BielA46 Queen's Pawn Game
17. P Cramling vs G Fischdick  1-040 1984 Thessaloniki ol (Women)A04 Reti Opening
18. Nunn vs P Cramling 1-054 1984 ZurichB44 Sicilian
19. Geller vs P Cramling 1-047 1984 ReykjavikB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
20. P Cramling vs Petursson  0-149 1984 ReykjavikB32 Sicilian
21. Huebner vs P Cramling  1-038 1984 BielE39 Nimzo-Indian, Classical, Pirc Variation
22. P Cramling vs J Yrjola ½-½20 1984 GausdalB08 Pirc, Classical
23. P Cramling vs E Lobron  0-168 1984 Biel SwitzerlandB10 Caro-Kann
24. P Cramling vs Alburt  1-044 1984 Bunadarbanka (Iceland)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
25. P Cramling vs Petursson  0-154 1984 It opB32 Sicilian
 page 1 of 43; games 1-25 of 1,064  PGN Download
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  waustad: Monte Carlo will be favorites in the European Club Cup, as usual. They have Pia Cramling listed as board 4. There is only one player rated higher than she is who is not a teammate.
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  waustad: <csmath>If you have them in pgn npotation with no copyright problems, please submit them here: PGN Upload Utility. They don't always get to them in a week, but it is the best we can do. I take it you refer to this game: but chess365 has a copyright notice, so that source may be off limits. I don't know if it is the games or the site software that is copyrighted, but I've never posted anything I got from there to this site.
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  waustad: <csmath>By the way thanks, was a lesson in how to win an endgame I didn't know (I'm not all that good). I've always been interested in your handle, since those are the two topics I taught for most of my professional career. I won't go into the many other non-academic jobs that usually paid even less and were usually much more physically demanding.
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  waustad: While looking into her international team record, it is interesting how many games are out there that are not in the CG database. She's been playing in Olympiads since she was 15, scoring 81.8% as the reserve for the Swedish women. Playing for the Swedish men, she was always at least 50%, going +2 on second board behind Ulf Andersson in 1996 and with higher scores several times on lower boards. A great source for many games in team events is olimpbase. Here is a link to her player info, which now is much easier to use than in the past, with a control to get to different events.
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  waustad: Now that Korchnoi is inactive, I wonder is anybody active has played more tournament games than she has.
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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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