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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: 1,177
Years covered: 1999 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2527 (2478 rapid, 2489 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2548

Overall record: +339 -186 =168 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 484 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (66) 
    E81 E60 E94 E63 E97
 Queen's Indian (55) 
    E15 E17 E16 E18
 Slav (45) 
    D17 D10 D11 D12 D15
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    E10 A46 A41 A40 E00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (37) 
    D38 D30 D39 D37 D31
 Sicilian (30) 
    B53 B31 B30 B41 B90
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (165) 
    B18 B12 B11 B10 B13
 Slav (95) 
    D10 D12 D17 D11 D16
 Queen's Pawn Game (42) 
    D02 A46 A45 D00 E00
 English (28) 
    A15 A13 A14 A12 A16
 Reti System (26) 
    A06 A04
 Semi-Slav (25) 
    D45 D43 D47 D48 D46
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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 Bodnaruk, 2009 1-0
   V Gunina vs A Muzychuk, 2012 1-0
   V Gunina vs M Sebag, 2019 1-0
   V Gunina vs B Khotenashvili, 2019 1-0
   V Gunina vs O Girya, 2015 1-0
   E V Kovalevskaya vs V Gunina, 2008 0-1
   A M Galliamova vs V Gunina, 2014 0-1
   V Gunina vs E Ovod, 2017 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Championship Higher League (Women) (2006)
   Yinzhou Cup Women World Teams (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2014)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2014)
   World Team Chess Championship (Women) (2017)
   European Championship (Women) (2018)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2019)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2016)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2010)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Pro Chess League (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   r/hoodchess419 by cliffordagoodman

   🏆 Grand Prix Skolkovo (Women)
   M Sebag vs V Gunina (Sep-22-19) 1/2-1/2
   V Gunina vs D Harika (Sep-21-19) 1-0
   Koneru vs V Gunina (Sep-20-19) 1-0
   V Gunina vs Lagno (Sep-19-19) 1-0
   V Gunina vs Ju Wenjun (Sep-18-19) 0-1

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(born Feb-04-1989, 30 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 48; games 1-25 of 1,177  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lagno 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. Lagno 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. T Kosintseva vs V Gunina  ½-½742005ch-RUS wB12 Caro-Kann Defense
15. V Gunina vs J Kochetkova  ½-½722005ch-RUS wD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
16. E V Kovalevskaya vs V Gunina  1-01142005ch-RUS wA06 Reti Opening
17. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  1-0452005RUS-ch U20 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
18. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  ½-½722005RUS-ch (Women) 1st LeagueC03 French, Tarrasch
19. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  ½-½502005RUS-ch (Women)C05 French, Tarrasch
20. V Gunina vs J Ferry  1-0452005Wch U16 GirlsD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
21. J Laurens vs V Gunina  0-1242005Wch U16 GirlsD50 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. V Gunina vs A Gavrilova 1-0392005Wch U16 GirlsA57 Benko Gambit
23. A Corke vs V Gunina  1-0402005Wch U16 GirlsD62 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
24. Y Hamrakulova vs V Gunina  1-01042005Wch U16 GirlsD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
25. V Gunina vs M Congiu  1-0352005Wch U16 GirlsE15 Queen's Indian
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Nov-27-16  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?
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  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.
Apr-18-18  waustad: She’s leading in the European Women’s Individual Championships this year by a full point going into the final round.
Apr-19-18  waustad: Congratulations to the new European champ. She clinched sole 1st place with an 8 move draw. That was not much of a surprise.
Apr-19-18  Bruce Graham: Congratulations to Gunina for winning again:
Feb-04-19  cliffordagoodman: Happy Birthday!!! Love!!!
Feb-04-19  siggemannen: Happy b-day, miss G =)
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  Aurora: There a better and more recent wikimedia pictures of her, e.g.
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  mckmac: Congratulations to GM Valentina Gunina on her victory in the 2019 Cairns Cup!!
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  Check It Out: Congrats GM Gunina on winning the inaugural Cairns Cup!

<Aurora> Anything would be better than the current photo of the stern bald guy towering behind her.

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  norami: The way she has her hair pulled back makes it look like she’s trying to look bald herself.
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  mckmac: <norami> Probably just the way the camera happened to catch her.
Feb-16-19  Bruce Graham: Gunina pulls it off:
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  bubuli55: It fits her name Valentina that she wins the February event Cairns Tourney. Congratulations!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to GM Gunina for winning the Cairns Cup (2019). Scored 7/9, half a point ahead of 2nd, and 1.5 points ahead of 3rd. Had a 4 game winning streak at one point.
Feb-16-19  siggemannen: Congratulations, really nice belated birthday for Valja. She played great chess and seem to put the recent slump behind her. Hope for more good chess in 2019!
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