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Kira Zvorykina
Number of games in database: 53
Years covered: 1954 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2056
Highest rating achieved in database: 2109
Overall record: +23 -12 =18 (60.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation (3 games)
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A04 Reti Opening (2 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 53  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Zvorykina vs Zezina  1-035 1954 URS-chTE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
2. K Zvorykina vs M Lauberte  ½-½87 1954 URS-chTB56 Sicilian
3. P A Mothersill vs K Zvorykina  ½-½52 1954 ENG-URSB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. K Zvorykina vs P A Mothersill  1-031 1954 ENG-URSB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
5. K Zvorykina vs O Ignatieva  1-078 1954 URS-chTD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. K Zvorykina vs L Rudenko  ½-½41 1954 URS-chTE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
7. K Zvorykina vs K Holuj  1-034 1955 BLR-POL mB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
8. K Zvorykina vs Tal 0-139 1955 VilniusC28 Vienna Game
9. K Holuj vs K Zvorykina  0-138 1955 BLR-POL mA07 King's Indian Attack
10. Suetin vs K Zvorykina 1-021 1957 Ch URS (1/4 final)A00 Uncommon Opening
11. Gipslis vs K Zvorykina  1-051 1957 Ch URS (1/4 final)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
12. K Zvorykina vs M Teodorescu  ½-½43 1957 Olympiad (Women) fin-A 1stA25 English
13. K Zvorykina vs Gladkov 1-025 1958 White Russian ChC85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
14. K Zvorykina vs I Golyak  1-020 1959 URS-chTB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
15. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova  ½-½41 1959 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
16. E Bykova vs K Zvorykina  ½-½64 1959 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
17. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova ½-½62 1959 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC11 French
18. E Bykova vs K Zvorykina 1-050 1959 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
19. S Rootare vs K Zvorykina  0-137 1959 URS-chTA48 King's Indian
20. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova 0-125 1959 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB62 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
21. E Ladanyike-Karakas vs K Zvorykina  ½-½17 1959 Candidates Tournament (Women)C47 Four Knights
22. E Bykova vs K Zvorykina  1-069 1959 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSA04 Reti Opening
23. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova 1-038 1959 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSB07 Pirc
24. E Bykova vs K Zvorykina ½-½77 1959 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC78 Ruy Lopez
25. K Zvorykina vs E Bykova 0-144 1959 Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC16 French, Winawer
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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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