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Pia Cramling
P Cramling 
Photo courtesy of Eric Schiller.  
Number of games in database: 1,291
Years covered: 1980 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2452 (2402 rapid, 2382 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +393 -207 =438 (59.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 253 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (75) 
    D02 A46 A40 A41 E10
 Queen's Indian (61) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E14
 Slav (61) 
    D11 D17 D15 D16 D10
 Queen's Gambit Declined (58) 
    D38 D37 D30 D39 D31
 King's Indian (57) 
    E60 E90 E92 E61 E71
 English (42) 
    A15 A13 A14 A17 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (261) 
    B42 B43 B48 B40 B28
 Sicilian Kan (72) 
    B42 B43 B41
 Slav (60) 
    D17 D12 D15 D10 D11
 Sicilian Taimanov (57) 
    B48 B47 B46 B49 B45
 Queen's Pawn Game (54) 
    D02 A46 A45 E00 A40
 Nimzo Indian (36) 
    E32 E46 E56 E21 E39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Cramling vs S Kindermann, 1991 1-0
   P Cramling vs A M Galliamova, 1994 1-0
   P Cramling vs R Klipper, 2006 1-0
   P Cramling vs E Tsuboi, 1992 1-0
   R Haring vs P Cramling, 1981 0-1
   P Cramling vs Korchnoi, 1984 1-0
   P Cramling vs E Paehtz, 2006 1-0
   P Cramling vs F Basta-Sohair, 2006 1-0
   L Ordaz Valdes vs P Cramling, 2014 0-1
   P Cramling vs Uhlmann, 1992 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (Women) (2003)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2018)
   FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)
   XXXV Rilton Cup (2006)
   Gibraltar Masters (2005)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Gibtelecom Chess Festival (2006)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hostdans Veterans vs Ladies 1997 by Phony Benoni
   1997 (women's) candidates tournament by gauer
   Women WCC Index [FIDE 2000 Knockout Matches] by chessmoron

   🏆 Isle of Man Masters
   S Guramishvili vs P Cramling (Oct-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   P Cramling vs M Gavilan Diaz (Oct-26-18) 1-0
   Sharma Dushyant vs P Cramling (Oct-25-18) 0-1
   P Cramling vs V Stefansson (Oct-24-18) 1/2-1/2
   J Heinemann vs P Cramling (Oct-22-18) 1-0

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(born Apr-23-1963, 55 years old) Sweden

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Pia A. Cramling was born in Stockholm. She was awarded the WGM title in 1982, the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1992. She also won the Women's Chess Oscar in 1983. She is the younger sister of Dan Cramling and is married to Spanish GM Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez. She competed in the FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012) and beat Shayesteh Ghader Pour in round 1 before losing to Irina Krush in the 2nd round tiebreaker.

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 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,291  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Moe vs P Cramling 1-0201980Politiken CupB89 Sicilian
2. R Haring vs P Cramling 0-1371981VICC Women's TournamentA07 King's Indian Attack
3. P Cramling vs B Hund  1-0331981VICC Women's TournamentA16 English
4. P Cramling vs G Andruet  ½-½781982Gausdal INTB82 Sicilian, Scheveningen
5. P Cramling vs Hort  ½-½3119826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB14 Caro-Kann, Panov-Botvinnik Attack
6. P Cramling vs Korchnoi ½-½4219826th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
7. K Nika vs P Cramling  0-1341982Chess Olympiad (Women)A22 English
8. P Cramling vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½211982Chess Olympiad (Women)B32 Sicilian
9. M Muresan vs P Cramling  0-1271982Chess Olympiad (Women)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
10. P Cramling vs N Starr 0-1261982Chess Olympiad (Women)C42 Petrov Defense
11. P Cramling vs P Moulin  1-0351982EU-ch U20B96 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Adorjan vs P Cramling  1-0261983Gladsaxe / FarumA14 English
13. P Cramling vs Speelman  ½-½171983Gladsaxe / FarumB39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
14. P Cramling vs Petursson  0-1491984ReykjavikB32 Sicilian
15. E Schiller vs P Cramling ½-½421984Gausdal InternationalE42 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 c5, 5.Ne2 (Rubinstein)
16. P Cramling vs N Alexandria  ½-½561984TbilisiB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
17. P Cramling vs Petursson  0-1541984It opB32 Sicilian
18. P Cramling vs G Sigurjonsson  ½-½211984ReykjavikB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
19. Petursson vs P Cramling 0-1181984It ReykjavikB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
20. L Shamkovich vs P Cramling  0-1421984Reykjavik (Iceland)E90 King's Indian
21. Geller vs P Cramling 1-0471984ReykjavikB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
22. P Cramling vs P Ostermeyer  ½-½461984ReykjavikB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
23. P Cramling vs Alburt  1-0441984Bunadarbanka (Iceland)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
24. P Cramling vs J L Arnason  1-0261984ReykjavikB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
25. Nunn vs P Cramling 1-0541984ZurichB44 Sicilian
 page 1 of 52; games 1-25 of 1,291  PGN Download
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Mar-18-15  waustad: Pia made it through the first round of the WWCC knock out round and will play Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant in the second round. In other news, Anna has been gaining elo very rapidly in the recent past, picking up over 200 pts in the amateur sections at Gibraltar and a tournament in Vaxjo Sweden, this after picking up over 100 at the Rilton 1800 section. That's over 300 elo in two months. It looks like it won't be long before she has her own page here.
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  cro777: Pia Cramling reached semi-finals in Sochi. Still going strong at 51.

(Ana Cramling Bellon in Sochi: "My mother in semifinals!!")

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  paulalbert: Great effort Pia, holding up the banner for the mature set. I was hoping you could emerge as the ultimate winner, but it was not to be.
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  HeMateMe: Congratulations, Pia. A fine run to the semis!
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  diagonal: Nice interview with the <Grande Dame of Chess>, Pia Cramling - just remember, she is born the same year and same month as Garry Kasparov, in April 1963, and still playing chess on highest (female) level:
Apr-23-15  waustad: Have Pia Cramling, Tony Miles or Alexandra Kosteniuk ever been POTD? Happy Birthday to all!
Oct-05-15  waustad: She is now at +1 in the Women's Grand Prix, which is being held in Monaco. Most of the top female players in the world are there.
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  HeMateMe: wasn't she playing Hou in the first round? +1?
Oct-05-15  waustad: Yes. Hou Yifan is also at +1, both have one loss and two wins. Koneru Humpy and Mariya Muzychuk lead at +2 after 3 rounds.
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  HeMateMe: Oh, I see. I thought it was an elimination tournament.
Oct-06-15  waustad: <HHM> It's the first tournament of a GP series.
Oct-06-15  waustad: The top 4 in the WWCC knockout qualfied for this series.
Jan-26-16  waustad: Gibraltar is an awfully strong Swiss when Pia Cramling, after winning in the first round is on board 45 in the second round.
Jan-28-16  waustad: After a loss today to Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, she has taken an elo hit over the last several weeks. I recall from looking at her rating history that her rating seems to drop when she's playing a lot. Perhaps Rilton, the Swedish League and Gibraltar in a short time are leaving her a bit played out.
Feb-06-16  waustad: She's playing in Tehran in a few days. After the last very busy month I can hope she'll do well, but her form in Gibraltar does not make one feel good about her chances.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Pia Cramling.
Apr-23-16  waustad: 53 a prime of life! Happy b'day!
Oct-22-17  waustad: I see that she's entered in the European Women's Blitz Championship this year, though she didn't play in the rapids. Her blitz rating is much lower than for the other time categories.
Dec-30-17  virginmind: After the first half of blitz games in Riad Rapid&Blitz World Championship, she leads with 9.5/11 points against the world elite. Impressive. Congratulations, Pia Cramling!
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  diagonal: Happy Birthday, with best wishes from Switzerland:

It was in Zurich, SGZ Jubilee Open in 1984, where Cramling met her future husband, Spanish GM Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez. In 1984, too, Pia Cramling beat Viktor Korchnoi at Biel/Bienne, in the closed Invitation Tournament.

It was in Bern, SVB Open in 1992, were Cramling made her final male GM norm. Subsequently, she became the third female to earn the FIDE GM title through conventional tournament play (fifth woman overall).

Since the early 1980s, Cramling has been one of the strongest female players in the world. She has been ranked clear No. 1 woman in the FIDE Elo list in January 1984, and joint No. 1 woman in July 1984.

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List of the 36 women to hold the GM title (as of January 2018):

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  offramp: How does one craml?
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: How does one craml?>

It's like fingers.

Everyone calls them fingers.

But have you ever seen them fing?

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  PhilFeeley: Missing Schterenberg-Cramling (or vice versa) from the 1982 Olympiad.
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  perfidious: Not true; see Cramling-Starr above, as Shterenberg's games are listed under Nava Starr.
Aug-31-18  waustad: A tournament in her name is starting this weekend.
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