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Nona Gaprindashvili
Number of games in database: 845
Years covered: 1959 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2299 (2252 rapid, 2169 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495
Overall record: +372 -228 =221 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      24 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (81) 
    B40 B83 B44 B33 B27
 King's Indian (39) 
    E73 E75 E63 E74 E62
 Nimzo Indian (38) 
    E21 E20 E46
 Ruy Lopez (30) 
    C73 C69 C77 C67 C68
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    A41 E10 A40 E00 D02
 Slav (24) 
    D10 D11 D13 D15 D14
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (54) 
 Sicilian (54) 
    B22 B43 B90 B32 B40
 Queen's Pawn Game (44) 
    A41 A40 D02 E00 D04
 Caro-Kann (34) 
    B15 B10 B14 B12 B13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (30) 
    D37 D31 D30 D38
 Uncommon Opening (27) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Gaprindashvili vs R Servaty, 1974 1-0
   N Gaprindashvili vs J Nikolac, 1979 1-0
   M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1961 0-1
   N Gaprindashvili vs A Blagidze, 1963 1-0
   D Mardle vs N Gaprindashvili, 1965 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 0-1
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 0-1
   P Biyiasas vs N Gaprindashvili, 1977 0-1
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1/2-1/2
   A Kushnir vs N Gaprindashvili, 1972 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Euwe Stimulans (2007)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   European Seniors Championship (2011)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1972 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   Women WCC Index [1972: Gaprindashvili-Kushnir] by chessmoron
   1980 (women's) candidates matches: Nana vs Nona by gauer
   1965 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   1991 Subotica (women's) interzonal by gauer
   1969 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   W-WCC Index [1975: Gaprindashvili-Alexandria] by chessmoron
   1962 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   Women WCC Index [1969: Gaprindashvili-Kushnir] by chessmoron
   1980 (women's) candidates matches: Nona vs Nino by gauer

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(born May-03-1941, 75 years old) Georgia
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Nona Terentievna Gaprindashvili was born in Zugdidi*, in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. She became the Women's World Champion in 1962, when she won the title from Elizaveta Bykova by a score of 9-2, and remained Women's World Champion for 16 years. She was USSR Women's champion in 1964, 1973-74, 1981 (jointly) and 1983. In 1995 & 2009, she won the World Senior Women Chess Championship. She also holds the following titles; WIM awarded 1961, WGM awarded 1976, IM awarded 1962 and GM awarded in 1980.

Note: there's also a Nona Gaprindashvili from Russia. She was born in 1991.

*Wikipedia article: Zugdidi

Wikipedia article: Nona Gaprindashvili

 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 845  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Gaprindashvili vs V Nedeljkovic 0-132 1959 Ch URSB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. R Bilunova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-143 1959 Olympiad URSB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. Vija Rozlapa vs N Gaprindashvili  0-143 1959 Olympiad URSB06 Robatsch
4. N Kolotyi vs N Gaprindashvili  0-158 1959 Olympiad URSB01 Scandinavian
5. N Gaprindashvili vs Khuberashvili 1-041 1959 Olympiad URSB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
6. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bishard  ½-½35 1959 Olympiad URSC49 Four Knights
7. N Gaprindashvili vs Goikhenberg  1-038 1959 Olympiad URSB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
8. M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili 0-133 1961 women's candidate tournamentA02 Bird's Opening
9. L Lane vs N Gaprindashvili ½-½37 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
10. N Gaprindashvili vs C Chaude de Silans  ½-½27 1961 Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C47 Four Knights
11. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½52 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSB08 Pirc, Classical
12. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  1-057 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSB23 Sicilian, Closed
13. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½90 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
14. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili ½-½62 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSC97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
15. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova 1-042 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSB27 Sicilian
16. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  ½-½66 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSA25 English
17. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-137 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
18. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-159 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSC78 Ruy Lopez
19. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  1-041 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSB27 Sicilian
20. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili 0-145 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSC90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  1-045 1962 Moscow,WCH Woman RUSB27 Sicilian
22. N Gaprindashvili vs M Teodorescu  1-036 1963 2nd olw finalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. Keller-Hermann vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½30 1963 2nd olw finalD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
24. N Gaprindashvili vs A Blagidze 1-015 1963 USSRB23 Sicilian, Closed
25. L Loeffler vs N Gaprindashvili  0-139 1963 2nd olw finalE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
 page 1 of 34; games 1-25 of 845  PGN Download
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Jan-19-10  Everett: Did she have Bronstein as a trainer at some point?
Mar-26-10  thegoodanarchist: <Petrosianic: Nona actually got the GM title in 1978, not 1980....>

Very interesting post, thanks.

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  wordfunph: "I have been told that I play like Tal in a skirt, so I tried to mate all my opponents."

- Nona Gaprindashvili

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  wordfunph: Nona Gaprindashvili had a perfume named after her in Russia. A Tbilisi perfume factory sold the perfume in a bottle shaped like a chess Queen.

she turned 69 today..

May-03-10  HeMateMe: Nona won Lone Pine, '77. Yaz must have been a young felllow; he finished almost dead last.
Aug-15-10  Uncanny: Still in contention at the age of 70.

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  Tabanus: Shared winner of György Marx Memorial (women) (Hungary) 5-16 August 2010:

Aug-19-10  HeMateMe: This is the same Nona (best woman player during Bob's hey day) that Fischer claimed he could "give Knight odds to". Well, I'd bet on the Georgian legend, on that one.
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  waustad: Chess Metrics had her over 2600 in '88. That's a while ago. BTW, there are 2 Nona Gaprindashvili's in the FIDE rating list. The 2042 rated player is the Russian one. The Georgian Nona is rated 2363.
Mar-12-11  kevins55555: The World Champs Cycle goes from this:Nona Gaprindashvili then Maia Chiburdanidze then Xie Jun then Zsuzsa Polgar.
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  BLarsen1967: a promising start for the One & Only Nona in the Euro Senior Champ.,with 2.5 points out of 3. But the real test'll be tomorrow where she's up against GM Gennadij Timoscenko - GO Nona !
May-03-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 71st Birthday, Women's World Champion Gaprindashvili!


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  parisattack: <HeMateMe: This is the same Nona (best woman player during Bob's hey day) that Fischer claimed he could "give Knight odds to". Well, I'd bet on the Georgian legend, on that one.>


Happy B-Day, Nona. Love your games. Can you drop by sometime, autograph the Russian biography I have of you, show me a few pointers on the Robatsch?

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  Benzol: "Fischer is Fischer, but a Knight is a Knight" - Tal
Aug-02-12  kramputz: Must be the wrong FIDE rating.
Aug-02-12  kramputz: This is her FIDE rating

2356 std.

2293 rapid

2273 blitz

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  waustad: She's playing in the European Senior Champs now. The world senior champs take men over 60 or women over 50. Nona is over the age limit for both and is the highest rated senior woman now, but Pia Cramling may be eligible next year.
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  waustad: Since Tatyana Fomina is playing, women can play in their 50s.
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  waustad: Congratulations on induction to the chess HOF:
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  waustad: She is not having a good tournament in the World Senior Championships in Croatia. With a 1969 performance rating she'll be shedding some more elo. Of course at 72 she's a lot older than most of her competition. With Maia C. and Pia Cramling both officially seniors now (though neither is present this year) it will keep getting harder for her to win events like his.
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  diagonal: Great Gaprindashvili, Women's World Chess Champion from 1962 to 1978 and the first ever woman to get the Male Grandmaster title by FIDE in 1978, joint-winner of the famous Lone Pine Open in 1977 and multiple winner at the Woman Chess Olympiad, continues to compete occasionally in competitive (senior) chess events!

Nona plays the 32. Liechtenstein Open in Triesen, an annually international Open of the small <Fürstentum Liechtenstein>, one of the smallest (and richest) principalities of the world, a constitutional monarchy and modern tax haven, located between Austria and Switzerland:


The first edition of this Liechtenstein Open was played in 1983, won by Viktor Korchnoi, a man who needs no introduction, ahead of Zénon Franco Ocampos, who had won the gold medal at board one at the Olympiads 1982 in Lucerne (Franco Ocampos is also the first Paraguayan Grandmaster ever) and legendary Hungarian Master Károly Honfi (just after his death in 1996 awarded the rare Honorary Grandmaster title); a separate senior category exists since 2000.

Nona Gaprindashvili is seeded as no. 2 in this year's senior section: (some of her principal competitors such as Bhend, Hohler, Karl and Illi, are members of the male swiss senior team).

The main section's headliner is Sebastian Bogner, german born Grandmaster now playing for the Swiss federation, followed by Belarus Grandmaster <Sergey> Kasparov.

Kirsan I. has announced to visit Liechtenstein and to honour its Federation efforts to promote the royal game. A noble gesture indeed.. öhm, are there any elections coming soon? :)

Go Nona!

Sep-09-14  ketchuplover: Enjoy your $5000 young lady
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Nona Gaprindashvili for finishing as the top female player in the European 65+ Championship. She finished in 5th with 5.5/9.
Nov-22-15  sonia91: She just won the 2015 World Women's Senior Championship (over-65 section) in Acqui terme, Italy. Congratulations!

Someone should add this in the bio and also that she won earlier this year the 2015 European Senior Women's Championship (65+ section).

May-03-16  sonia91: Happy 75th birthday to the first woman ever to become a GM!

The "Nona - 75th anniversary" ACP Open was held from April 22 to 30 in Tbilisi in honour of this birthday:

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