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Kira Zvorykina
Number of games in database: 54
Years covered: 1954 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2056
Highest rating achieved in database: 2109
Overall record: +23 -13 =18 (59.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-29-1919, died Sep-06-2014, 94 years old) Russia
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Kira Alexeyevna Zvorykina was born in Nikolayev, Ukraine and married Alexey Suetin. Awarded the WIM title in 1952 and the WGM title in 1977, she was Women's World Championship Challenger in 1960. She was also USSR Women's champion in 1951, 1953 and 1956. Belarusian champion (w) in 1960, 1973 and 1975.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 54  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Lauberte vs K Zvorykina  1-0341954KrasnodarE77 King's Indian
2. K Zvorykina vs Anne Sunnucks  1-0311954ENG-URSB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
3. Anne Sunnucks vs K Zvorykina  ½-½521954ENG-URSB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. K Zvorykina vs O Ignatieva  1-07819542nd Soviet Team CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
5. K Zvorykina vs Zezina  1-03519542nd Soviet Team CupE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
6. K Zvorykina vs L Rudenko  ½-½4119542nd Soviet Team CupE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
7. K Zvorykina vs M Lauberte  ½-½871954Soviet Team-chB56 Sicilian
8. K Zvorykina vs K Radzikowska  1-0341955BLR-POLB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
9. K Radzikowska vs K Zvorykina  0-1381955BLR-POLA07 King's Indian Attack
10. K Zvorykina vs Tal 0-1391955URS-ch qfC28 Vienna Game
11. Suetin vs K Zvorykina 1-0211957Ch URS (1/4 final)A00 Uncommon Opening
12. Gipslis vs K Zvorykina  1-0511957Ch URS (1/4 final)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
13. K Zvorykina vs M Teodorescu  ½-½431957Olympiad (Women) fin-A 1stA25 English
14. K Zvorykina vs Gladkov 1-0251958BLR-chC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova 1-0381959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB07 Pirc
16. E Bykova vs K Zvorykina ½-½771959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC78 Ruy Lopez
17. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova 0-1441959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC16 French, Winawer
18. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova  1-0771959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
19. O Rubtsova vs K Zvorykina 0-1351959Candidates Tournament (Women)B00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
20. E Bykova vs K Zvorykina  1-0441959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE15 Queen's Indian
21. E Bykova vs K Zvorykina  1-0571959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova ½-½601959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB91 Sicilian, Najdorf, Zagreb (Fianchetto) Variation
23. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova  ½-½411959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
24. E Bykova vs K Zvorykina  ½-½641959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
25. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova ½-½621959Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC11 French
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  Gypsy: Borisenko - Zvorikina, USSR, 1962.

W = Kf4; Pa3, c3. b3, g4
B = Kg6; Pa5, b5, d4
Black to play...

This is the coolest pawn-ending I ran into lately. At a superficial glance, Black position looks holess. But it is not hopeless at all!

1...a4!! 2.Ke4 b4! 3.Kxd4 bxa3 4.Kc3 Kg5 5.d4 Kxg4 0:1.

Sep-17-06  percyblakeney: Zvorikina (or is it Zvorykina?) may be 87 years old, but she's still playing rated games and is 2071 at the moment. In 1959 she had 2.5-2.5 in the title match but missed the win in game 6 and eventually failed to become World Champion: E Bykova vs K Zvorykina, 1959
Sep-29-06  BIDMONFA: Kira Zvorykina


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  whiteshark: Bio:

Zvorykina married grandmaster and chess trainer Alexey Suetin and together they had a son, Aleksandr, born 1951.

Dec-19-09  Oliveira: <Gypsy> Yeah, that was a really cool round-off.

V. Borisenko - K. Zvorykina, USSR, 1962 - Black to play

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Sep-06-14  stanleys: Sad news: Kira Alekseyevna Zvorykina has died yesterday :( R.I.P
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  alexmagnus: <Kira Alexeyevna Zvorykina was born in Nikolayev, Ukraine (formerly USSR)>

"Formerly USSR" is definitely wrong as the Soviet Union was not yet founded in 1919. Even its predecessor, the Soviet Ukraine, was founded in 1920.

But which country did Nikolayev belong to on September 29th of 1919? I cannot give a definite answer, but most probably it was <Ukrainian People's Republic> (

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