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|Sep-09-13|| ||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.|
|Sep-09-13|| ||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: http://www.365chess.com/game.php?gi... 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.|
|Sep-09-13|| ||waustad: <csmath>By the way thanks, http://www.365chess.com/game.php?gi... 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.|
|Oct-17-13|| ||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. http://www.olimpbase.org/playersnc/...|
|Oct-25-13|| ||waustad: Now that Korchnoi is inactive, I wonder is anybody active has played more tournament games than she has.|
|Jan-01-14|| ||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:
|Feb-03-14|| ||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.
|Feb-03-14|| ||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 http://en.chessbase.com/post/sigema...|
|Feb-03-14|| ||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.|
|Mar-13-14|| ||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.
|Apr-23-14|| ||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.|
|May-05-14|| ||waustad: In a Swedish Women's tournament I just ran across she won all of her games except for one draw, against Anna Cramling. http://chess-results.com/tnr120942....|
|Aug-01-14|| ||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: http://www.piacramling.com/sh.php
|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.|
|Aug-02-14|| ||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.|
|Jan-27-15|| ||waustad: Here is a picture of Anna from a Swedish Girls championship (if I'm reading it right.) http://www.schack.se/wp/wp-content/... She's playing in the amateur sections again at Gibraltar.|
|Mar-18-15|| ||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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