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Nona Gaprindashvili
Number of games in database: 857
Years covered: 1959 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2305 (2196 rapid, 2136 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495

Overall record: +376 -228 =229 (58.9%)*
   * 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 (79) 
    B83 B44 B40 B45 B27
 King's Indian (42) 
    E73 E75 E63 E74 E67
 Nimzo Indian (38) 
    E21 E20 E46
 Ruy Lopez (30) 
    C73 C77 C69 C67 C68
 Modern Benoni (27) 
    A70 A57 A56 A60 A79
 Slav (24) 
    D10 D11 D13 D15 D14
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (52) 
    B45 B22 B43 B32 B20
 Robatsch (51) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    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
   D Mardle vs N Gaprindashvili, 1965 0-1
   N Gaprindashvili vs A Blagidze, 1963 1-0
   N Gaprindashvili vs J Nikolac, 1979 1-0
   M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1961 0-1
   E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs N Gaprindashvili, 1979 0-1
   A Stangl vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 0-1
   Judit Polgar vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 0-1
   A Wagner-Michel vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 0-1
   S Vuksanovic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1992 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)
   Reykjavik (1964)
   European Senior Chess Championship (2016)
   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

   🏆 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, 78 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 857  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Gaprindashvili vs V Nedeljkovic 0-1321959URS-YUGB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. N Kolotyi vs N Gaprindashvili  0-15819592nd Soviet Spartakiad final AB01 Scandinavian
3. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bishard  ½-½3519592nd Soviet Spartakiad final AC49 Four Knights
4. N Gaprindashvili vs Khuberashvili 1-04119592nd Soviet Spartakiad final AB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
5. N Gaprindashvili vs Goikhenberg  1-03819592nd Soviet Spartakiad qual. group 2B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
6. R Bilunova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-14319592nd Soviet Spartakiad qual. group 2B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
7. Vija Rozlapa vs N Gaprindashvili  0-14319592nd Soviet Spartakiad final AB06 Robatsch
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. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½521962Wch (Women)B08 Pirc, Classical
12. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  1-0451962Wch (Women)B27 Sicilian
13. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½901962Wch (Women)C85 Ruy Lopez, Exchange Variation Doubly Deferred (DERLD)
14. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova 1-0421962Wch (Women)B27 Sicilian
15. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1371962Wch (Women)D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
16. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  1-0411962Wch (Women)B27 Sicilian
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-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:
Nov-15-13  waustad: She is not having a good tournament in the World Senior Championships in Croatia. With a 1969 performance rating she'll be shedding some more elo. Of course at 72 she's a lot older than most of her competition. With Maia C. and Pia Cramling both officially seniors now (though neither is present this year) it will keep getting harder for her to win events like his.
May-26-14  diagonal: Great Gaprindashvili, Women's World Chess Champion from 1962 to 1978 and the first ever woman to get the Male Grandmaster title by FIDE in 1978, joint-winner of the famous Lone Pine Open in 1977 and multiple winner at the Woman Chess Olympiad, continues to compete occasionally in competitive (senior) chess events!

Nona plays the 32. Liechtenstein Open in Triesen, an annually international Open of the small <Fürstentum Liechtenstein>, one of the smallest (and richest) principalities of the world, a constitutional monarchy and modern tax haven, located between Austria and Switzerland:


The first edition of this Liechtenstein Open was played in 1983, won by Viktor Korchnoi, a man who needs no introduction, ahead of Zénon Franco Ocampos, who had won the gold medal at board one at the Olympiads 1982 in Lucerne (Franco Ocampos is also the first Paraguayan Grandmaster ever) and legendary Hungarian Master Károly Honfi (just after his death in 1996 awarded the rare Honorary Grandmaster title); a separate senior category exists since 2000.

Nona Gaprindashvili is seeded as no. 2 in this year's senior section: (some of her principal competitors such as Bhend, Hohler, Karl and Illi, are members of the male swiss senior team).

The main section's headliner is Sebastian Bogner, german born Grandmaster now playing for the Swiss federation, followed by Belarus Grandmaster <Sergey> Kasparov.

Kirsan I. has announced to visit Liechtenstein and to honour its Federation efforts to promote the royal game. A noble gesture indeed.. öhm, are there any elections coming soon? :)

Go Nona!

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  ketchuplover: Enjoy your $5000 young lady
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Nona Gaprindashvili for finishing as the top female player in the European 65+ Championship. She finished in 5th with 5.5/9.
Nov-22-15  sonia91: She just won the 2015 World Women's Senior Championship (over-65 section) in Acqui terme, Italy. Congratulations!

Someone should add this in the bio and also that she won earlier this year the 2015 European Senior Women's Championship (65+ section).

May-03-16  sonia91: Happy 75th birthday to the first woman ever to become a GM!

The "Nona - 75th anniversary" ACP Open was held from April 22 to 30 in Tbilisi in honour of this birthday:

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  bubuli55: Amazing player. Incredible record.
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  Tabanus: European 65+ Female Champion 2017, congrats! She was best woman (as no. 12) in the 65+ class.

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  Diocletian: Here are a whole bunch of Nona's pictures from every stage of her career. She is an inspiration and helps me to fight on myself.

I tried to wish Nona a happy birthday in her own language but learned in Wikipedia that, "Like most native Caucasian peoples, the Georgians do not fit into any of the main ethnic categories of Europe or Asia. The Georgian language, the most pervasive of the Kartvelian languages, is neither Indo-European, Turkic nor Semitic."

English will have to do:
Happy Birthday, Nona!

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  Diocletian: Well, it's not her birthday. She has game of the day, not player of the day. So what? It's still a good day.
Dec-27-18  sonia91: <Gaprindashvili: "I am very thankful that chess was my sport of choice">

An interesting interview with Nona, who 40 years ago became the first woman to achieve the GM title, during the World Senior Championships in Bled, Slovenia. She won once again in the women's 65+ category.

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  Penguincw: She has a son. Valeriane Gaprindashvili
Feb-27-19  sonia91: <Penguincw> What's your source? In Georgia women don't take the husband's surname after marriage (and in countries where women keep their maiden name, AFAIK children take the father's surname). Also I read an interview where she mentions only a son named David, IIRC.
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  Penguincw: < sonia91: <Penguincw> What's your source? >

Valeriane Gaprindashvili (kibitz #7)

Feb-28-19  sonia91: That's just a statement by a user, not a real source.
Jul-23-19  diagonal: <Fighting for Equality> - A chapter from Nona Gaprindashvili's 1977 book "I Prefer Risk", with integrated games: by Russian blogger Spektrowski:
Nov-21-19  paavoh: Still a force at 78: Co-leader after 9/11 rounds at the World Senior Championships (W65 group)

Nov-23-19  woldsmandriffield: Nona G takes the World 65+ women's crown with 8.5/11 at the age of 78!
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