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V Gunina 
WGM Valentina Gunina plays while GM Yury Dokhoian watches, 2011.
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia.
Valentina Gunina
Number of games in database: 598
Years covered: 1999 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2528 (2583 rapid, 2630 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2533
Overall record: +204 -97 =91 (63.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      206 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (39) 
    E60 E81 E63 E61 E83
 Queen's Indian (34) 
    E15 E17 E16
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    A46 E10 A40 A41 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D38 D30 D37 D31 D39
 Slav (21) 
    D17 D10 D15 D16 D11
 Semi-Slav (20) 
    D43 D45 D44
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (89) 
    B18 B12 B11 B10 B14
 Slav (64) 
    D12 D10 D17 D16 D11
 Semi-Slav (19) 
    D45 D43 D47 D46 D48
 Sicilian (17) 
    B26 B43 B31 B22 B90
 French Defense (13) 
    C11 C03 C05 C07 C16
 Reti System (11) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Gunina vs Ju Wenjun, 2013 1-0
   V Gunina vs A Muzychuk, 2012 1-0
   V Gunina vs A Bodnaruk, 2009 1-0
   V Gunina vs A R Saleh Salem, 2015 1-0
   E Karavade vs V Gunina, 2013 0-1
   V Gunina vs A Bodnaruk, 2006 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Women's Superfinals (2011)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2013)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2014)
   Yinzhou Cup Women World Teams (2009)
   Russian Women's Superfinals (2012)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011)
   Russian Team Championships (Women) (2011)
   60th Russian Women's Superfinal (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2010)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)

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(born Feb-04-1989, 26 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster (and WGM).

Valentina Gunina was born in Murmansk. Her father was her first coach and taught her to play. She was Russian Champion in the Girls’ under 10, under 14, under 16, under 18, and under 20 national competitions, and has also won the U12 European Youth Chess Championship in 2000, the U14 World Youth Chess Championship in 2003, the U16 European Youth Chess Championship in 2004, and the U18 World Youth Chess Championship in 2007. Her crowning achievement so far has been the Russian Women's Superfinals (2011). She won the bronze medal on board 3 for the gold medal-winning women's Russian team at the European Team Championship (Women) (2011), repeating her feat from the 2009 edition of the event when she played reserve for the winning Russian team.

A few weeks later in December 2011, she again won bronze, this time on board 4 for the silver winning Russian team at the FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011). She scored at par (5.5/9) at the 2012 Moscow Open but then defeated front runner Anna Muzychuk in the last round to win the European Individual Women's Championship (2012), as well as adding a GM norm to her resume. A few days later at the same venue, Gunina won the 2012 European Women's Blitz Championship with a score of 15/20. In June 2012, she won the Women's World Blitz Championship with an incredible 13/15 (+11 =4), 2.5 points clear of the field (still more spectacular is her +17-0=0 in the 2010 Moscow Women's blitz event (1)).* Gunina qualified for the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012) and defeated WGM Gu Xiaobing in the first round before bowing out in the second round after losing to veteran IM and WGM Alisa Galliamova. She picked up her 2nd GM norm when she scored 7/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2013). In October 2013, she repeated her feat of 2011 and won the Russian Superfinals (Women) (2013) outright. She also won the Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014).

Live rating: *

References: (1) Wikipedia article: World records in chess , (2) Wikipedia article: Valentina Gunina

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 598  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Lahno vs V Gunina 1-051 1999 Wch U10 GirlsC01 French, Exchange
2. I Paulet vs V Gunina  1-050 2001 EYCC G12B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
3. V Gunina vs K A Martin  1-029 2001 EYCC G12A56 Benoni Defense
4. V Gunina vs N Darbinyan  1-034 2001 EYCC G12E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
5. V Gunina vs N Umudova  0-159 2001 EYCC G12E92 King's Indian
6. N Kharmunova vs V Gunina  0-145 2001 EYCC G12A17 English
7. S R Sgircea vs V Gunina  ½-½57 2001 EYCC G12C07 French, Tarrasch
8. V Gunina vs I Ivakhinova  1-080 2001 EYCC G12A46 Queen's Pawn Game
9. V Gunina vs I Merkulova  ½-½40 2001 EYCC G12E81 King's Indian, Samisch
10. O Kozjukova vs V Gunina  0-146 2001 EYCC G12C50 Giuoco Piano
11. Lahno vs V Gunina  ½-½36 2002 Int Youth Games U14 GirlsC16 French, Winawer
12. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  1-027 2003 RUS-ch (Women) 1st LeagueB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  1-051 2004 RUS-ch U20 GirlsB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
14. H Leks vs V Gunina  0-146 2005 BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
15. V Gunina vs J Kochetkova  ½-½72 2005 ch-RUS wD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. V Gunina vs A Baptista  1-032 2005 BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. J Laurens vs V Gunina  0-124 2005 BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16D53 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. E Kovalevskaya vs V Gunina  1-0114 2005 ch-RUS wA06 Reti Opening
19. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  ½-½50 2005 RUS-ch (Women)C05 French, Tarrasch
20. V Gunina vs N Saheli  1-045 2005 BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16E15 Queen's Indian
21. A Corke vs V Gunina  1-040 2005 BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16D62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
22. T Kosintseva vs V Gunina  ½-½74 2005 ch-RUS wB12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  ½-½72 2005 RUS-ch (Women) 1st LeagueC03 French, Tarrasch
24. Y Hamrakulova vs V Gunina  1-0104 2005 BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. V Gunina vs A Gavrilova 1-039 2005 BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16A58 Benko Gambit
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Feb-04-13  Llawdogg: Happy 24th Birthday!
Mar-07-13  HeMateMe: She's a Murmansker. I don't think they serve tropical drinks in the bars, up there. Even the polar bears wear wetsuits.
Mar-08-13  John Abraham: Valentina played a wonderful game recently...full of tactics and ideas, it's a very beautifully complex game...wonderful play

V Gunina vs Ju Wenjun, 2013

Mar-08-13  HeMateMe: ^^Definitely an exciting game. Carlsen had a similar position in London I think, this year, but with fewer pieces on the board. One of those games where the defenders rooks are badly coordinated and multiple threats hang everywhere.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Grats to Valya on becoming the 29th woman in chess history to earn the GM title.

Full list:

1978 Gaprindashvili

1984 Chiburdanidze

1991 Polgar Susan, Xie Jun

1992 Polgar Judit, Cramling

2001 Zhu Chen

2002 Humpy, Stefanova

2004 Kosteniuk, Peng

2007 Hoang Thanh, Lahno, Xu Yuhua

2008 Dzagnidze, Sebag, Socko, Zhao Xue

2009 Arakhamia-Grant, Hou Yifan, Kosintseva Tatiana

2010 Cmilyte, Zhukova, Danielian

2011 Kosintseva Nadezhda, Dronavalli

2012 Muzychuk Anna, Ushenina

2013 Gunina

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  whiteshark: Congratulations!

(Approved by FIDE's 2nd quarter Presidential Board 2013 meeting held in Baku, Azerbaijan on 4-7 May 2013.)

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  Karpova: All smiles:
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  Shams: <Karpova> Add some jangly earrings and put her in a synth-pop duo!
Oct-13-13  Conrad93: She was the only undefeated player at the Russian Super Finals (Women).

Pretty impressive.

Oct-14-13  Calar: Congrats on becoming 2013 Russian Women Chess Champion :)
Oct-26-13  The Last Straw: Good work!
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  Nightsurfer: <Valentina Gunina> wants to win the up-coming rapid chess tournament <"International Ladies Chess Gala 2013"> - that is organized by the German daily <"neues deutschland"> - in Berlin on November 28th, 2013, for the second time. Herewith a (German-language) portrait of <Valentina Gunina> with regard to her trip to Berlin:
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  Karpova: Congratulations on winning the 8th ND-Damen-Schachgala, November 28, 2013:

1. Gunina 3.0
2. Pähtz 2.0
3. Michna 1.0
4. Bjerke 0.0

Gunina went on to beat Pähtz 1.5-0.5 in the final.

Report and games:

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  waustad: Here is a chessbase article on the win (in German):
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  whiteshark: С днём рождения!
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  cro777: The traditional chess match <Blondes vs Brunettes> in Moscow.

In Carlson Moscow Restaurant (located on the roof of a modern business centre Central City Tower, with its awesome panoramic views on the Kremlin, Moscow river, and Zamoskvorechie), the team of blonde players headed by Gunina is competing in a 8-round blitz match against the team of brunettes.

This is 4th edition of the April Fool’s Day blitz match. The Russians celebrate the day in the same way as much of the rest of the world, with "trust no one!" the motto. In the first edition (2011), everyone had been wondering whether it was an April Fool's Day hoax but it turned out to be a real event and a fun one at that.

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  cro777: Méfiez-vous des blondes

The blonde team convincingly won the April Fool’s Day blitz match in Moscow 48.5-32.5.

Blondes and Brunettes in Carlson Restaurant on the roof of a modern business centre in Moscow.

The restaurant is named after cartoon character Carlson, created by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. The cartoon adaptation became popularized in the Soviet Union and to this day, the adaptations are still celebrated as an integral part of the Russian cartoon industry, with Carlson being recognized as a national icon.

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  cro777: Valentina Gunina and Maria Fominykh achieved best individual results scoring 8.5/9.

The final chord of the evening was a tea party with a cake in the form of a chessboard - a gift from the restaurant chef.

Aug-18-14  diceman: <The final chord of the evening was a tea party with a cake in the form of a chessboard - a gift from the restaurant chef.>

Obviously not a chess player.
It has a black square in each corner.


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  waustad: Here's one they did better:
Dec-06-14  weisyschwarz: She's a beast!!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Valentina Gunina for winning the Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014). She finished with 7/9 (losing her first 2 but winning the next 7) to finish 1 point ahead of the 2nd place finisher, Galliamova.

Gunina also gained 15.8 rating points to rise to a career high 2537.8 and the #7 on the women's rankings (which is also a career high).

Dec-07-14  FairyPromotion: Congratulations to miss Gunina for winning her second national title in a row, and 3rd overall.

I also wish her luck in the upcoming Tata Steel Challengers (former: Group B).

Dec-09-14  HeMateMe: Way to go, champ!
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  cro777: Blondes with Gunina and Girya defeated Brunettes in traditional match.

The traditional 5th blitz match between "Blondes" and "Brunettes" took place on 3rd March at "Ostankino", a television and radio tower in Moscow.

The playing format was Scheveningen with eight players in each team. The Blondes won with the score 34:30 to take the overall lead 3.5:1.5. In the earlier encounters Blondes won two matches, Brunettes were better in one, while one match was tied.

Blondes (with yellow roses): Gunina, Girya, Vasilevich, Grabuzova, Zakurdyaeva, Fominykh, Bivol (the best individual result 6/8) and Dogodkina.

Brunettes (with red roses): Kashlinskaya (the best individual result 7/8), Matveeva, Mirzoeva, Harmunova, Pustovoytova, Bezgodova, Gvanceladze and Bogumil.

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