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Nona Gaprindashvili
Number of games in database: 852
Years covered: 1959 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2305 (2196 rapid, 2136 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495

Overall record: +374 -228 =226 (58.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 24 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (78) 
    B83 B44 B40 B27 B45
 King's Indian (42) 
    E73 E75 E63 E74 E67
 Nimzo Indian (38) 
    E21 E20 E46
 Ruy Lopez (30) 
    C69 C77 C73 C67 C84
 Modern Benoni (27) 
    A57 A70 A56 A60 A65
 Slav (24) 
    D10 D11 D15 D13 D14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (52) 
    B45 B43 B22 B62 B32
 Robatsch (50) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (45) 
    A40 A41 D02 E00 D05
 Caro-Kann (34) 
    B15 B10 B14 B12 B13
 Uncommon Opening (32) 
    B00 A00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D37 D31 D30 D38
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Gaprindashvili vs R Servaty, 1974 1-0
   N Gaprindashvili vs A Blagidze, 1963 1-0
   D Mardle vs N Gaprindashvili, 1965 0-1
   N Gaprindashvili vs J Nikolac, 1979 1-0
   M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1961 0-1
   A Stangl vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 0-1
   A Wagner-Michel vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 0-1
   B De Jong-Muhren vs N Gaprindashvili, 2007 0-1
   S Vuksanovic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1992 0-1
   Gufeld vs N Gaprindashvili, 1994 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament 2001/02 (2001)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Euwe Stimulans (2007)
   European Senior Chess Championship (2016)
   Reykjavik (1964)
   European Seniors Championship (2011)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1990 Kuala Lumpur (women) interzonal by gauer
   1972 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   Women WCC Index [1972: Gaprindashvili-Kushnir] by chessmoron
   1980 (women's) candidates matches: Nana vs Nona by gauer
   1969 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   1991 Subotica (women's) interzonal by gauer
   1965 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   W-WCC Index [1975: Gaprindashvili-Alexandria] by chessmoron
   1962 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   Boo-yah! Or Boo-hoo? Fredthebear cried. by fredthebear

   🏆 European Senior Chess Championship
   V Bogdanov vs N Gaprindashvili (Jun-13-16) 1/2-1/2
   Mishuchkov vs N Gaprindashvili (Jun-12-16) 1/2-1/2
   N Gaprindashvili vs B Gruzman (Jun-11-16) 1/2-1/2
   Kupreichik vs N Gaprindashvili (Jun-10-16) 1/2-1/2
   N Gaprindashvili vs A Arakelyan (Jun-09-16) 1-0

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(born May-03-1941, 77 years old) Georgia
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Nona Terentievna Gaprindashvili was born in Zugdidi*, in the former Soviet Republic of Georgia. She became the Women's World Champion in 1962, when she won the title from Elizaveta Bykova by a score of 9-2, and remained Women's World Champion for 16 years. She was USSR Women's champion in 1964, 1973-74, 1981 (jointly) and 1983. In 1995, 2009 and 2016, she won the World Senior Women Chess Championship(1) outright, also tying for share of 1st-2nd in both 2014 and 2015. In 2017 Tamara Khmiadashvili (finishing ahead on head-to-head tiebreaks) and she tied with 7.5 points after nine rounds, a point ahead of 3rd place. She scored 12th overall in the open section of the 65+ European senior's championship(2) in 2017. She also holds the following titles; WIM awarded 1961, WGM awarded 1976, IM awarded 1962 and GM awarded in 1980.

References / Sources

(1) (World seniors' chess championship), (2)

Note: there's also a Nona Gaprindashvili from Russia. She was born in 1991.

*Wikipedia article: Zugdidi

Wikipedia article: Nona Gaprindashvili

Last updated: 2019-01-16 12:54:44

 page 1 of 35; games 1-25 of 852  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Gaprindashvili vs Goikhenberg  1-0381959Olympiad URSB28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
2. R Bilunova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1431959Olympiad URSB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. Vija Rozlapa vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1431959Olympiad URSB06 Robatsch
4. N Kolotyi vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1581959Olympiad URSB01 Scandinavian
5. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bishard  ½-½351959Olympiad URSC49 Four Knights
6. N Gaprindashvili vs Khuberashvili 1-0411959Olympiad URSB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
7. N Gaprindashvili vs V Nedeljkovic 0-1321959URS-YUGB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
8. M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili 0-1331961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)A02 Bird's Opening
9. N Gaprindashvili vs C Chaude de Silans  ½-½271961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C47 Four Knights
10. L Lane vs N Gaprindashvili ½-½371961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
11. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  1-0411962Wch (Women)B27 Sicilian
12. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½521962Wch (Women)B08 Pirc, Classical
13. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  1-0451962Wch (Women)B27 Sicilian
14. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½901962Wch (Women)C85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
15. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova 1-0421962Wch (Women)B27 Sicilian
16. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1371962Wch (Women)D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
17. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1591962Wch (Women)C78 Ruy Lopez
18. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili 0-1451962Wch (Women)C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
19. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  1-0571962Wch (Women)B23 Sicilian, Closed
20. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili ½-½621962Wch (Women)C97 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin
21. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  ½-½661962Wch (Women)A25 English
22. N Gaprindashvili vs M Teodorescu  1-03619632nd olw finalA46 Queen's Pawn Game
23. G Gresser vs N Gaprindashvili 0-13019632nd olw finalB06 Robatsch
24. V Asenova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1401963Split ol (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
25. L Loeffler vs N Gaprindashvili  0-13919632nd olw finalE78 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack, with Be2 and Nf3
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May-04-09  nescio: <AnalyzeThis: Is it true that she's only rated 2064 FIDE?> No. According to FIDE her current rating is 2349:
Jun-26-09  Octal: Is this the same person who wrote the great puzzle book "Imagination in Chess"?
Jun-26-09  hms123: <Octal> No, it's not.

Imagination in Chess: How to Think Creatively and Avoid Foolish Mistakes - Paata Gaprindashvili

(It may be P Gaprindashvili)

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  Honza Cervenka: <Current FIDE rating: 2064> Well, there are two Nonas on the FIDE ELO list. One of them is this Nona Gaprindashvili, former woman world champion and grandmaster from Georgia born in 1941 and her current rating is 2349. The other Nona Gaprindashvili is a young girl (b. 1991) from Russia (probably from St. Petersburg as she played in several tournaments there included junior city championships) with current rating (July 2009) 2042 and maximum 2089 in January 2009. See
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  Honza Cervenka: <blackburne: achieve the men's Grandmaster title because win the women world championship. The first woman to achieve the GM title with 3 GM norms is Zsuzsa Polgar in 1991> Well, this is technically true but you should know that conditions for achieving GM title were radically different and I would say much harder before early 1980s when current regulations were introduced. Retrospectively Nona Gaprindashvili would have become a man's GM easily before 1980 if current regulations for GM norms would be applied then and she fulfilled some GM norms in 1980s after becoming a GM too. The same can be said about Maia Chiburdanidze as well.
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  Tabanus: News from Condino, Valle del Chiese (Italy): Nona Gaprindashvili, the World Senior Champion 2009!

Jan-19-10  Everett: Did she have Bronstein as a trainer at some point?
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  thegoodanarchist: <Petrosianic: Nona actually got the GM title in 1978, not 1980....>

Very interesting post, thanks.

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  wordfunph: "I have been told that I play like Tal in a skirt, so I tried to mate all my opponents."

- Nona Gaprindashvili

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  wordfunph: Nona Gaprindashvili had a perfume named after her in Russia. A Tbilisi perfume factory sold the perfume in a bottle shaped like a chess Queen.

she turned 69 today..

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  HeMateMe: Nona won Lone Pine, '77. Yaz must have been a young felllow; he finished almost dead last.
Aug-15-10  Uncanny: Still in contention at the age of 70.

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  Tabanus: Shared winner of György Marx Memorial (women) (Hungary) 5-16 August 2010:

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  HeMateMe: This is the same Nona (best woman player during Bob's hey day) that Fischer claimed he could "give Knight odds to". Well, I'd bet on the Georgian legend, on that one.
Dec-28-10  waustad: Chess Metrics had her over 2600 in '88. That's a while ago. BTW, there are 2 Nona Gaprindashvili's in the FIDE rating list. The 2042 rated player is the Russian one. The Georgian Nona is rated 2363.
Mar-12-11  kevins55555: The World Champs Cycle goes from this:Nona Gaprindashvili then Maia Chiburdanidze then Xie Jun then Zsuzsa Polgar.
Apr-08-11  BLarsen1967: a promising start for the One & Only Nona in the Euro Senior Champ.,with 2.5 points out of 3. But the real test'll be tomorrow where she's up against GM Gennadij Timoscenko - GO Nona !
May-03-12  LoveThatJoker: Happy 71st Birthday, Women's World Champion Gaprindashvili!


May-03-12  parisattack: <HeMateMe: This is the same Nona (best woman player during Bob's hey day) that Fischer claimed he could "give Knight odds to". Well, I'd bet on the Georgian legend, on that one.>


Happy B-Day, Nona. Love your games. Can you drop by sometime, autograph the Russian biography I have of you, show me a few pointers on the Robatsch?

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  Benzol: "Fischer is Fischer, but a Knight is a Knight" - Tal
Aug-02-12  kramputz: Must be the wrong FIDE rating.
Aug-02-12  kramputz: This is her FIDE rating

2356 std.

2293 rapid

2273 blitz

Aug-20-12  waustad: She's playing in the European Senior Champs now. The world senior champs take men over 60 or women over 50. Nona is over the age limit for both and is the highest rated senior woman now, but Pia Cramling may be eligible next year.
Aug-22-12  waustad: Since Tatyana Fomina is playing, women can play in their 50s.
Apr-21-13  waustad: Congratulations on induction to the chess HOF:
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