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K Arakhamia-Grant 
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
Number of games in database: 634
Years covered: 1986 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2379 (2440 rapid, 2403 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2506
Overall record: +251 -200 =172 (54.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      11 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (137) 
    B42 B93 B90 B32 B62
 Ruy Lopez (61) 
    C77 C65 C97 C78 C92
 French Defense (42) 
    C18 C11 C16 C10 C19
 Sicilian Najdorf (28) 
    B93 B90
 French Winawer (26) 
    C18 C16 C19 C17
 Caro-Kann (26) 
    B12 B19 B15 B17 B18
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (123) 
    B40 B45 B22 B33 B83
 King's Indian (82) 
    E92 E60 E73 E97 E81
 Sicilian Scheveningen (20) 
    B83 B81 B85 B80 B84
 Sicilian Taimanov (17) 
    B45 B46 B48 B47
 Modern Benoni (12) 
    A56 A59 A57 A64 A61
 Grunfeld (12) 
    D78 D73 D70 D91 D85
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Nakamura vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2007 0-1
   K Arakhamia-Grant vs Kosteniuk, 2001 1-0
   Hebden vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2006 1/2-1/2
   K Arakhamia-Grant vs Chiburdanidze, 2006 1/2-1/2

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   British Championship (2006)
   Smith & Williamson British Championships (2004)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   E.U. Championship and Cork Chess Congress (2005)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2007)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Olympiad (2008)
   European Union Championships (2008)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   7th European Individual Championship: Women (2006)
   Gibtelecom (2009)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   2002 Corus (group A) by gauer

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(born Jul-19-1968, 46 years old) Georgia (citizen of United Kingdom)

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Born Ketevan Revazovna Arakhamia in Ochamchira, Georgia (formerly USSR), she was awarded the WIM title in 1986, and won the first World Junior Chess Championship for girls the same year, also winning the event in 1989 and 1990. She became a Woman Grandmaster in 1987 and a Grandmaster in 2009.

In 1990, she notched a perfect score of 12/12 at an Olympiad, where she was part of the USSR's silver medal winning team in Novi Sad. Other medals in her collection include the gold from the 1997 European Team Championships, and team gold medals from the Women's Olympiads of Moscow 1994 and Yerevan 1996.

Wife of former team captain Jonathan I M Grant, she settled in Edinburgh in 1996. National titles: Georgian champion (w) in 1983, 1984, 1986 (=Sopiko Tereladze) and 1990. British champion (w) in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2007. Scottish absolute champion in 2003 (=Paul Motwani) and 2011.

Wikipedia article: Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 634  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. K Arakhamia-Grant vs N Eremina  1-040 1986 Minsk ttC05 French, Tarrasch
2. Z Nikolin vs K Arakhamia-Grant  0-148 1987 Tuzla Interzonal (Women)B95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
3. M Litinskaya-Shul vs K Arakhamia-Grant  0-166 1987 URS-ch (Women)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Xie Jun vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-039 1988 World Junior ChB33 Sicilian
5. M Litinskaya-Shul vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-043 1988 Candidates (Women)D30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. K Arakhamia-Grant vs M Litinskaya-Shul  0-145 1988 Candidates (Women)E31 Nimzo-Indian, Leningrad, Main line
7. N Gaprindashvili vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-029 1988 Tournament (candidates)D44 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
8. Suetin vs K Arakhamia-Grant  ½-½30 1989 Espoo KvTB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
9. K Arakhamia-Grant vs Gligoric 1-023 1989 GMA opB06 Robatsch
10. Gheorghiu vs K Arakhamia-Grant  ½-½16 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. E Dizdarevic vs K Arakhamia-Grant  ½-½60 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenD76 Neo-Grunfeld, Nxd5, 7.O-O Nb6
12. Yurtaev vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-040 1989 Moscow GMA-op 89\02D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
13. K Arakhamia-Grant vs G Timoshenko  0-138 1989 GMA opC67 Ruy Lopez
14. K Arakhamia-Grant vs Akopian  ½-½34 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenD86 Grunfeld, Exchange
15. V Kovacevic vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-064 1989 Palma de MallorcaA41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
16. K Arakhamia-Grant vs G Zaichik  0-134 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenB87 Sicilian, Fischer-Sozin with ...a6 and ...b5
17. J Benjamin vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-023 1989 2, Palma de Mallorca GMA opD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. K Arakhamia-Grant vs I Rogers 1-061 1989 World Cup MoscowC41 Philidor Defense
19. K Arakhamia-Grant vs A Galliamova  0-139 1989 SochiC60 Ruy Lopez
20. O Cvitan vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-034 1989 Moscow GMA-OpenD47 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Kholmov vs K Arakhamia-Grant 0-142 1989 GMA Baleares opB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
22. Anand vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-029 1990 OakhamB32 Sicilian
23. K Arakhamia-Grant vs F Braga  1-032 1990 6, Aosta op (10s)C78 Ruy Lopez
24. A Galliamova vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-038 1990 Azov A04 Reti Opening
25. N Gaprindashvili vs K Arakhamia-Grant  1-031 1990 Ch Georgia (w)E73 King's Indian
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Jul-19-13  lentil: Despite all the (deserved!) hype about her 12/12 at the 1990 Chess Olympics, I see none of the game here!
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  waustad: <lentil> You can find them here: Also, olimpbase has download capability with the games from that olympiad available here: and you can use: PGN Upload Utility to upoad the games to
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  Octavia: <offramp: Another Scottish Grandmaster is Elod Macskasy.> since when is a Canadian born in Hungary scottish? His family name is not pronounced 'Mac...'
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  Octavia: belated happy birthday! This August you're playing at the Olympiad & the invited event in Erfurt - good luck in both !!!
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  Octavia: Hi all, I'm going to practise my journalistic skills, so be patient!

Keti started out playing for the Sowjetunion once upon a time, then played for Georgia's women for many years. In 2008 she played in the Open section for Scotland & got her last GM norm + the required grading points. The is the first BRITISH women ever to become a GM! Since then she's played there until this year when she switched to the Scottish women's section. She could have played in the open section with her grading...

The Scottish women start out @ 52 thanks to a GM playing here! Compared to their usual 57th place will the others - Elaine Bamber, Ali Roy, Carey Groves & Joy Durno - stand the pace? Watch this space!

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  waustad: I note that about half of the players for OSG Baden Baden in the Frauenbundesliga are playing in the olympiad. Several of them are on top board, including Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant.
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  Octavia: Last time Keti was on bd 2 in the Open!

In 1970 I came to Mozambique from uncouth Australia expecting to see a kind of jungle. I got the greatest surprise when I embarked in Lorenco Marques - it felt like gay Paris with a nicer climate and less traffic!

The Scots are much higher graded, of course.

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  Octavia: We kibitzers had some excitement in the 1st round! When the result showed that the 3 lower bds were won by Mozambique I looked at Ali & Elaine's games & couldn't believe that they played so badly. I know their styles! By the time bd 1 was shown as drawn I figured that they had shown the names in the wrong order. Then I asked myself why Keti'd offer a draw when she was winning.

Eventually the bds showed this result: 3 1/2 - 1/2 for Sco! Carey drew. However, by this time the colours still show the wrong way around which would give anyone a headache who looks at the games.

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  Octavia: Belarus next! No need to guess who's playing since they only have 4 players.

I wonder why they paired quite a few with 4 pts with 3.5? May be its some accelerated system? I was expecting to see the Scots play another group of lower grades, not higher at this stage.

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  Octavia: 4 - 0 to Belorus! Joy had to swap queens early & lost in the endgame - Elaine & Ali put their Ns on the a file - are they learning from each other? - Keti played against a Sicilian with 3. f4 and @ 9. Bb3 chessgames has 10 games, 4 won with bl & 4 = but the middle game went in white's favour in this game.
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  Octavia: Denmark in rd 3! 2.5 for Sco!

Carey resigned because her opponent had a very nice combo @ 28 - Joy had a q & 6 ps & her opponent had the same material. She offered her a draw & it was accepted joyfully - Elaine had a very nice combo @ 38 when her opponent thought she had a discovered attack. But in the end Elaine's n fork won.

Keti followed Sokolov - Topalov, 2005 with a KID, 6 p attack. White deviated @ 12...Na6. after a while Keti was a p down & had to work hard. @ 57 Sandra overlooked a # in 2, allowed a q swap & lost.

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  Octavia: 1.5 against a strong Azerbaijani team. Joy held her game until 28... Nb7 was a bad idea & her opponent gradually improved her position & Joy resigned - Ali's 42. h4 was her undoing. She hadn't considered black's discovered attack on her N - 42. Kf3 would have kept her in the game - Elaine was = until the time control when she slowly outplayed white in a Q & 2 Rs endgame!!!

Keti's opponent deviated @ move 10 & Keti was better until the end. They played 101 moves & then agreed a = even though Keti was winning.

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  Octavia: Once again we got the wrong message about a result. I went back to check it & am pleased to say that Keti won her game!!!

Round 5 against Turkey, their average is 130 pts higher but that shouldn't faze the Scots because they are all better than their grade. They started on bd 52 & will be on bd 22 tomorrow.

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  Octavia: Rd 5: 2 - 2

Elaine won again against a much higher graded opponent! Mind boggling complications (meaning I don't know what went on) ended in 24 Qh4+ & #in4!!! - Ali had a difficult game after fianchettoing her B, which seemed awfully slow; white ground her down slowly - Carey castled long & didn't play h4 which would have given her a more active game.

Betal Yildiz & Keti followed Beliavsky - Vuckovic till 12 - I wonder if Keti knows this game? White deviated with 13 a3 & they were on their own. @ 24. Qb4? Keti was winning & her superb technique brought the game to an early end (31 moves)

Enjoy the party & a day without chess tomorrow!!!

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  Octavia: Rd 6: 2.5 - 1.5 ! Moldova is 160 pts higher rated

Carey played actively & when she won the c pawn it was just a matter of time to win the game - Ali was slightly better; she had plenty of space; a repetition gave them both a happy end; Elaine agreed a = with another player ~200 pts higher than herself; they swapped queens early & black brought her castled king back to the centre; they agreed a = in a rook endgame.

Keti & Diana got out of book on move 5! Keti was slightly worse for much of the game but got back to = unfortunately not more. When she knew that they were ahead, she offered a draw.

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  Octavia: Rd 7: 1 - 3 Slovenia was also higher rated except bd 1

I'm packing today for a long trip - no time to look at the other games; I'll watch tomorrow in the train :)

Keti was much better right out of the opening! 59. d7! would have won immediately but the outcome was never in any doubt (73 moves)

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  Octavia: Rd 8: Italy dropped their best performer today so Sco has a good chance!

Many of the regular Olympiad players meet their friends here. Do they often play in opposite teams?

Is anybody watching my reports?

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  Octavia: Rd 8: 1.5 - 2.5 (Italy)

Rd 9: 2.5 - 1.5 (Ecuador) Keti & Elaine won (as per usual), Ali drew & Joy lost.

Keti won in 136 moves - is that a record for this Olympiad? Carla made her decisive mistake by attacking Keti's king. If Keti had taken it with her king, it would have been a stalemate. But of course she took it with her pawn & white had to resign.

Rd 10: Bosnia&Herzegovina are only 70 pts higher rated but some of their players may have improved greatly so anything can happen. Joy is spectating...

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  Octavia: Rd 10: 0 - 4 for BIH :(

I didn't have any time to watch the games but it was pretty shocking to see the result! OMG!

Sri Lanka next! My man knows the country well since his brother in law was running a tea plantation there. But the Sri Lankians kicked him out & he become a pilot...

Enjoy your party & win the last match!!!

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  Octavia: Rd 11: 3 - 1 Sri Lanka lost as expected but Keti also lost, which helped the team to get below their starting point (52) to 48. But during the competition the Sco women played mostly against higher graded teams & did well.

Elaine & Joy improved their grading, Elaine did really well - congratulations.

I'm surprised Keti was playing in all the rounds - had she not played in the last 2, her grade would also have improved. If you play against lower grades you can't afford to lose as everyone knows.

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  waustad: <Octavia>Are you following the German Women's tournament at Erfurt? Perhaps this year it will be easier to find the games from the Frauenbundesliga too. They did show the final rounds last year live.
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  Octavia: Hi Mr. Waustad, I used to think that you're German because you follow the Bundesliga, now I see that you're from across the water!

I'm not only following Erfurt, I'm there, enjoying the commentary of Thomas Luther in the lobby.

I was telling Keti that she could win this if she put her mind to it, but she didn't think much of this idea - a pity because she could have done it. She = 3 & lost 2 so far. If she wins the next 4, she'll not overtake the 2 leaders, I don't think unless they are very unlucky.

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  Octavia: She won 1, lost 3 & = the rest, which is ok for her rating, but...

Erfurt had an invited GM, an invited junior & an open tournament. I enjoyed myself in the open because there were 6 woman beginners! One got 3/9, the others 4! reminded me to 30 years ago when I started. Nowadays its much easier to improve & - especially in Germany - its easier to start as a woman. When I started in Sco it was quite gruesome since the men couldn't handle women players.

They still don't support women & that's why Keti played in the women's when she oughto have played in the open Olympiad.

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  waustad: She made it through the first round in the knockout tournament over Hoang Thanh Trang in a bit of an upset. She'll be playing Pia Cramling in round 2.
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  waustad: I see from looking at her bio that she's one of the few women who have won overall national championships. I know of her win as Scottish champion, along with Judit Polgar, Viktoria Cmilyte and Eva Moser. There are probably others out there.
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