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Maia Chiburdanidze
Number of games in database: 1,440
Years covered: 1973 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2500 (2432 rapid, 2437 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2560

Overall record: +461 -226 =679 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 74 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (157) 
    B62 B52 B44 B41 B45
 Ruy Lopez (54) 
    C92 C77 C93 C91 C65
 King's Indian (53) 
    E60 E62 E67 E69 E97
 Slav (51) 
    D12 D11 D10 D17 D15
 French Defense (38) 
    C03 C15 C07 C10 C11
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (32) 
    C92 C93 C91 C95 C99
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (107) 
    B32 B53 B50 B22 B83
 King's Indian (84) 
    E73 E60 E94 E63 E92
 Caro-Kann (84) 
    B18 B12 B10 B11 B13
 Queen's Indian (44) 
    E15 E12 E14 E17 E18
 English (43) 
    A15 A10 A17 A13 A16
 Ruy Lopez (41) 
    C78 C92 C96 C97 C68
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Chiburdanidze vs V Malaniuk, 1982 1-0
   Chiburdanidze vs Short, 1983 1-0
   Chiburdanidze vs Dvoirys, 1980 1-0
   Short vs Chiburdanidze, 1985 0-1
   Chiburdanidze vs P Feustel, 1976 1-0
   I Madl vs Chiburdanidze, 2000 0-1
   Chiburdanidze vs G Sachs, 1990 1-0
   Chiburdanidze vs T Zatulovskaya, 1976 1-0
   Chiburdanidze vs M Sharif, 1995 1-0
   Portisch vs Chiburdanidze, 1998 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (1999)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Valletta Olympiad (Women) (1980)
   Women-Veterans (1993)
   Manila Olympiad (Women) (1992)
   Elista Olympiad (Women) (1998)
   Bled Olympiad (Women) (2002)
   Lucerne Olympiad (Women) (1982)
   Lippstadt (1995)
   Moscow Olympiad (Women) (1994)
   European Championship (Women) (2000)
   Yerevan Olympiad (Women) (1996)
   Jakarta Interzonal (Women) (1993)
   FIDE Women Grand Prix (2010)
   Calvia Olympiad (Women) (2004)
   European Team Championship (Women) (1997)
   Dresden Olympiad (Women) (2008)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Women WCC Index [1981: Chiburdanidze-Alexandria] by chessmoron
   1994 (women's) candidates tournament by gauer
   Women WCC Index [1988: Chiburdanidze-Ioseliani] by chessmoron
   Baku 1980 by suenteus po 147
   1992 (women's) candidates tournament by gauer
   1997 (women's) candidates tournament by gauer
   W-WCC Index [1978: Chiburdanidze-Gaprindashvili] by chessmoron
   W-WCC Index [1986: Chiburdanidze-Akhmilovskaya] by chessmoron
   1978 (women's) candidates finals: Maia vs Alla by gauer
   1993 Jakarta (women's) interzonal by gauer
   Women WCC Index [1984: Chiburdanidze-Levitina] by chessmoron
   1985 Capablanca memorial (group A) by gauer

   🏆 ch-EUR Women Rapid
   Chiburdanidze vs N Batsiashvili (Dec-01-19) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   S Khukhashvili vs Chiburdanidze (Jun-03-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Chiburdanidze vs I Krush (Jun-03-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   S Gvetadze vs Chiburdanidze (Jun-02-12) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   Chiburdanidze vs N Batsiashvili (Jun-02-12) 0-1, rapid

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(born Jan-17-1961, 62 years old) Georgia
[what is this?]
Maia Grigoryevna Chiburdanidze was born in Kutaisi, Georgia (formerly USSR). Awarded the WIM title in 1974 and the WGM title in 1977 she was also awarded the IM title in 1978 and the GM title in 1984. She became the 6th Women's World Champion in 1978 by defeating Nona Gaprindashvili (+4, =9, -2) and held off challenges from Nana Alexandria (+4, =8, -4) in 1981, Irina Levitina (+5, =7, -2) in 1984, Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya (+4, =9, -1) in 1986 and Nana Ioseliani (+3, =11, -2) in 1988. She finally lost the title to China's Xie Jun (+2, =9, -4) in 1991. She was also USSR Women's Champion in 1977. She has successfully competed in Men's events, 1st at Banja Luka 1985, 3rd at Bilbao 1987 and 2nd at Brussels 1987. She was top scorer with 7.5/12 for the women's team in the Ladies vs Veterans event (Cancan Tournament, Roquebrune, France) held in 1998, enabling her team to draw with the Veterans, including Korchnoi, Spassky and Hort.

Wikipedia article: Maia Chiburdanidze

 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,451  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Mulenko vs Chiburdanidze  0-1471973URS-ch (Women)B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
2. Chiburdanidze vs V Sternina 1-0331973URS-ch (Women)B02 Alekhine's Defense
3. Chiburdanidze vs O A Andreieva 1-0221973URS-ch (Women)B22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. M Litynska vs Chiburdanidze 0-1381973URS-ch (Women)A40 Queen's Pawn Game
5. N Gaprindashvili vs Chiburdanidze 0-1341973URS-ch (Women)B06 Robatsch
6. Chiburdanidze vs A B Grinfeld 1-0441973URS-ch (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
7. V Macek vs Chiburdanidze 0-1381973URS-YUGA40 Queen's Pawn Game
8. Chiburdanidze vs V Macek  1-0441973URS-YUGB05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
9. V Macek vs Chiburdanidze  0-1531973URS-YUGB09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
10. Chiburdanidze vs V Macek  1-0311973URS-YUGC10 French
11. Chiburdanidze vs A Kislova  0-1351974URS-ch33 (Women)B92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
12. Chiburdanidze vs K Zvorykina  0-1421974URS-ch33 (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
13. Chiburdanidze vs V Kozlovskaya 1-0391974URS-ch33 (Women)B69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
14. E Fatalibekova vs Chiburdanidze  1-0471974URS-ch33 (Women)B16 Caro-Kann, Bronstein-Larsen Variation
15. Chiburdanidze vs M Sammul  0-1581974URS-ch33 (Women)C00 French Defense
16. M Ranniku vs Chiburdanidze  0-1551974URS-ch33 (Women)A45 Queen's Pawn Game
17. T Morozova vs Chiburdanidze  0-1371974URS-ch33 (Women)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
18. Chiburdanidze vs A Wagner-Michel 1-0201975Tbilisi (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
19. Chiburdanidze vs E Fatalibekova  1-0581975URS-ch (Women)B57 Sicilian
20. T Khugashvili vs Chiburdanidze 0-1391975Tbilisi (Women)B10 Caro-Kann
21. Tsitsino Kakhabrishvili vs Chiburdanidze  0-1521975Tbilisi (Women)A16 English
22. Chiburdanidze vs N Gurieli  ½-½541975Tbilisi (Women)C03 French, Tarrasch
23. M Tsereteli vs Chiburdanidze  0-1411975Tbilisi (Women)B10 Caro-Kann
24. Chiburdanidze vs L Saunina 1-0821975URS-ch (Women)C58 Two Knights
25. A Akhsharumova vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½421975Tbilisi (Women)B52 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,451  PGN Download
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Oct-18-09  timhortons:

filipino chess players leaugue,dubai,united arab emirates Rolenson Loyola shared the limelight with <Georgian legend GM Maia Chiburdanidze during the Ramadan Active Chess Festival in Abu Dhabi last August>. Loyola led a one-two finish by the Filipinos in the Open division after he scored eight points in nine rounds to emerge champion.

<Chiburdanidze, who ruled as World Woman Champion from 1978-1991, took the championship in the Ladies division, while Armenian GM Hrair Simonian ruled the Masters division.>

National Master Robert Arellano was second after prevailing by half a point in the tiebreak score over the UAE's FM Khouri Ahmed Abbas, who wound up third. Arellano and Abbas finished with 7.5 points apiece.

Another Filipino, Armando Nachor of the Abu Dhabi-based Filipino chess group ADFORCE, finished joint fourth with three others each toting seven points. FCPL's Marvin Marcos settled for solo seventh place with 6.5 points.

The championship win was worth 8,000 Dirhams (around P104,000) for Loyola, Arellano received 5,000 Dirhams (around P65,000), Nachor 2,500 Dirhams (around P32,500) and Marcos 1,500 Dirhams (around P19,500).

It was also a well-deserved payoff for Loyola, Arellano and Marcos, who are all based in Dubai, as they had to travel nearly four hours every day from Dubai to Abu Dhabi and back during the four-day tournament. Games were held at night starting at 10 in observace of the Ramadan. The three hitched a ride with another FCPL player, Carlos de Guzman, who also competed in the event.

Jan-17-10  brankat: Happy Birthday Maia!
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  HeMateMe: Maya rocks--a long time champion.
Jul-04-10  percyblakeney: Jermuk must be one of the worst results in Chiburdanidze's career, this far she has scored 0/4 against the top six (with the two highest rated of them left).
Aug-05-10  rangek: <<From Dvoretsky's book, SCE4 Opening Developments>>From the very start Chiburdanidze sensed that the playing advantage was not on her side. The simple explanation for this - Alexandria's superior preparation - did not satisfy the champion. Of course, the real reason had to be some secret and illegal support to her opponent.

There came a stream of accusations, protests and demands. The demostrators, film crew and press centre officials were accused of helping Nana... Even the arbitars were not above suspicion - Chiburdanidze demanded that the arbiters' desk should always be arranged behind Alexandria's back, to exclude any possiblility of the arbiters prompting Nana, when she was thinking over her move. On one occasion police officials searched the press centre, tapping on the walls in the search of a device with which the trainers were transmitting moves to Nana on the strage. Maya did not even trust her own trainers - they were effectively under house arrest and were forbidden to attend the playing venue.

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  HeMateMe: Are you saying that most elite chess players are paranoid and very suspicious of those around them?
Aug-06-10  rangek: The above was Dvoretsky's description of the situation during Chiburdanidze's title defence against Nana Alexandria.

According to " ", Chiburdanidze is tired and fed up with chess in general. If she's paranoid and suspicious all the time, I can see why she becomes tired.

Jan-17-11  Llawdogg: Happy 50th Birthday!
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  ketchuplover: Happy Birthday young lady :)
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  HeMateMe: The might of Maia has been felt by many.
Jan-17-11  theodor: Happy 50th Birthday, dear Maya! in bulgarian your name means ''yeast''!!! without you, the bread wouldnt grow!
Nov-23-11  waustad: If the Czech Coal bunch asked Maia or Pia Cramling, whould they be "old pros" or "snow drops"?
Jan-17-12  brankat: Happy Birthday Maia!
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  Penguincw: Chiburdanidze off to a perfect start at the ACP Women's Rapid Cup.

May-05-13  waustad: Now that Pia Cramling is playing in a senior event, maybe her old nemesis will start playing in them too. They are by far the strongest women over 50 now that Nona G's rating has slipped. They are, after all, 20 years younger.
Jan-17-14  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday!
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  Domdaniel: < What a last name!
I'm not even going to try and pronounce that.>

Oh, come on! Even the most blinkered Anglophone (ie, English speaker) should be able to manage Chibb - Oor - Dan - Idzay.

Jan-17-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Maia Chiburdanidze!!
Jan-17-16  sonia91: Happy birthday!

Kasparov published this photo on Twitter:

Jan-17-17  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Maia!!

Player of the Day and former World Champion.

Jan-17-18  Marmot PFL: It's pronounced just like it's spelled.
Jun-18-20  wordfunph: "According to women's world champion Maya Chiburdanidze, all young women in Soviet Georgia receive a chess set as part of their dowry."

- GM Andy Soltis

Source: Chess Life 1985 August

Jan-18-21  vonKrolock: Belated congrats
May-31-21  login:

'.. The legend is that Georgian women - who historically were military leaders, diplomats and heads of state - have always played chess. In fact, we are told that chess sets were often part of their dowries. ..'

from Deseret News, by Harold Lundstrom, 1995

60th birthday articles


(in Georgian)


'.. Yet from the beginning Maya was never alone. The older brother and sister taught her to play chess, and her mother would accompany her daughter to tournaments everywhere. One brother died early at the age of 10 months. Later her twin Temur died, too. This tragedy changed the family as a whole. Former finger-pointing atheists had become pious. Maya to this day is a firm believer. In addition to her love of oriental culture and medicine she graduated from a western medical school [and later practiced as ophthalmologist]. ..'

from Free Europe/Radio Liberty by T̕ea T̕op̕uria, 2021 (in Georgian)

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May-03-23  stone free or die: Here's her picture from 1961:

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