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Valentina Gunina
V Gunina 
WGM Valentina Gunina plays while GM Yury Dokhoian watches, 2011.
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia.
Number of games in database: 921
Years covered: 1999 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2510 (2566 rapid, 2543 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2548

Overall record: +287 -146 =124 (62.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 364 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (57) 
    E60 E81 E63 E62 E84
 Queen's Indian (53) 
    E15 E17 E16 E18
 Slav (39) 
    D17 D11 D10 D12 D15
 Queen's Pawn Game (35) 
    E10 A46 A41 A40 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (33) 
    D38 D30 D39 D37 D31
 Grunfeld (29) 
    D85 D70 D76 D79 D91
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (124) 
    B18 B12 B11 B10 B13
 Slav (94) 
    D10 D12 D17 D11 D16
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    D00 D02 A45 A46 E00
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D45 D43 D47 D46 D48
 Sicilian (21) 
    B26 B30 B43 B45 B22
 Reti System (18) 
    A06 A04
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Gunina vs Ju Wenjun, 2013 1-0
   T Shadrina vs V Gunina, 2011 0-1
   V Gunina vs A Muzychuk, 2012 1-0
   V Gunina vs A Bodnaruk, 2009 1-0
   V Gunina vs O Girya, 2015 1-0
   E Kovalevskaya vs V Gunina, 2008 0-1
   A Galliamova vs V Gunina, 2014 0-1
   V Gunina vs A Muzychuk, 2016 1-0
   E Karavade vs V Gunina, 2013 0-1
   D Harika vs V Gunina, 2016 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2013)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Batumi (2016)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2014)
   World Team Chess Championship (Women) (2017)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2009)
   Yinzhou Cup Women World Teams (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2015)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)

   🏆 Russian Superfinals (Women)
   M R Nechaeva vs V Gunina (Dec-14-17) 1/2-1/2
   V Gunina vs O Gritsayeva (Dec-13-17) 0-1
   V Gunina vs N Pogonina (Dec-12-17) 0-1
   A Galliamova vs V Gunina (Dec-11-17) 1/2-1/2
   V Gunina vs A Bodnaruk (Dec-10-17) 1-0

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(born Feb-04-1989, 28 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 scored 6/8 at the World Team Chess Championship (Women) (2017) for Russia(3).

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). Winner of the 2016 Super Rapidplay event at London Chess Classics with 9/10.

Live rating: *

References / Sources

(1) Wikipedia article: World records in chess, (2) Wikipedia article: Valentina Gunina, (3)

Last updated: 2017-07-07 19:31:33

 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 921  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lahno vs V Gunina 1-0511999Wch U10 GirlsC01 French, Exchange
2. V Gunina vs K A Martin  1-0292001EYCC G12A56 Benoni Defense
3. O Kozjukova vs V Gunina  0-1462001EYCC G12C50 Giuoco Piano
4. V Gunina vs I Ivakhinova  1-0802001EYCC G12A46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. N Kharmunova vs V Gunina  0-1452001EYCC G12A17 English
6. V Gunina vs N Darbinyan  1-0342001EYCC G12E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. I Paulet vs V Gunina  1-0502001EYCC G12B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
8. V Gunina vs I Merkulova  ½-½402001EYCC G12E81 King's Indian, Samisch
9. S R Sgircea vs V Gunina  ½-½572001EYCC G12C07 French, Tarrasch
10. V Gunina vs N Umudova  0-1592001EYCC G12E92 King's Indian
11. Lahno vs V Gunina  ½-½362002Int Youth Games U14 GirlsC16 French, Winawer
12. N Pogonina vs V Gunina 1-0272003RUS-ch (Women) 1st LeagueB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  1-0512004RUS-ch U20 GirlsB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
14. V Gunina vs D Harika  0-1662005BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16A56 Benoni Defense
15. V Gunina vs N Saheli  1-0452005BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16E15 Queen's Indian
16. V Gunina vs A Gavrilova 1-0392005BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16A58 Benko Gambit
17. Y Hamrakulova vs V Gunina  1-01042005BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
18. V Gunina vs J Kochetkova  ½-½722005ch-RUS wD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
19. V Gunina vs M Congiu  1-0352005BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16E15 Queen's Indian
20. E Kovalevskaya vs V Gunina  1-01142005ch-RUS wA06 Reti Opening
21. H Leks vs V Gunina  0-1462005BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
22. J Laurens vs V Gunina  0-1242005BELFORT YWCC Girls under 16D53 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. T Kosintseva vs V Gunina  ½-½742005ch-RUS wB12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  1-0452005RUS-ch U20 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
25. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  ½-½722005RUS-ch (Women) 1st LeagueC03 French, Tarrasch
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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).

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  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.

Jul-04-15  siggemannen: anyone knows Gunina's next tourney?
Jul-04-15  Nerwal: At the latest, the Russian Championships in August (where she won thrice in the last four years)
Nov-22-15  Bruce Graham: Gunina's full on style is in evidence at the European Team Championships: no draws.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM (and WGM) Valentina Gunina.
Feb-05-16  sonia91: Happy belated birthday!

Thanks to her result in Gibraltar, she is now back to 2500+ club.

Feb-15-16  Bruce Graham: Gunina attacked in Iran:
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  cro777: Gunina convincingly won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Batumi 2016 scoring 7.5/11.

By winning the key game against Zhao Xue in the 10th round Gunina had ensured the victory with one round to go.

Jun-13-16  posoo: lolololol LOOK at da man beHIND her strate CREEPING trying NOT to look at da lady but ALSO tryna get EVERY LOOK he can steal!

Most men are LOOMERS, dont know how to approche da women like da old posoo dos!

Oct-08-16  siggemannen: <posoo> That's her couch / team leader i think :P Or were you speaking about your own experiences with the ladies? :D
Oct-08-16  siggemannen: Anyone knows what's Gunina up to next, chesswise? She did quite solid at the Olympics, at least result-wise
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  technical draw: Thanks for the pronunciation audio. I had her name all wrong.
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  Dionysius1: <cro777>. That's awful in the photo. All the blondes have the black pieces. It does my head in!
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  HeMateMe: where was Natalie Pogonina in the Blondes v. Brunettes match?
Dec-18-16  sonia91: Congrats on winning the Super Rapidplay event at London Chess Classics with 9/10!<Valentina Gunina has beaten McShane & wins the Super Rapidplay with 9/10! What a stunning performance - congratulations!>

Dec-21-16  Bruce Graham: Seconding <sonia91> congratulations to Gunina:
Dec-25-16  siggemannen: Congrats indeed! Hope <cg> can get those games
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  tamar: What a phenomenal run, beating Nunn, Howell, and McShane. I found the games at the official London Chess site, but I don't believe there is video.
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  HeMateMe: Happy Valentina Day!
Mar-06-17  waustad: Does anybody know why her team in the Frauenbundesliga SC Bad Königshofen is listed as having lost 0-6 against TuRa Harksheide when looking at the games they appear to have won by 5.5-0.5. I assumed it was a typo, but they have entered two more rounds since and it hasn't been corrected.
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  whiteshark: <waustad> The r4 page said <Wertung gemäß TO, A-5.3.5 und F-3.1.3>

On a TuRa page it said that the Bad Königshofen teamster had 5 guest players in their line-up (only 4 are allowed). A pity and TuRa isn't happy about it either.

Mar-06-17  waustad: <whiteshark> Thanks for the clarification.
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