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Valentina Gunina
V Gunina 
WGM Valentina Gunina plays while GM Yury Dokhoian watches, 2011.
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia.

Number of games in database: 1,473
Years covered: 1999 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2431 (2427 rapid, 2476 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2548
Overall record: +412 -249 =204 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 608 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Gambit Declined (75) 
    D37 D38 D39 D30 D31
 King's Indian (74) 
    E81 E60 E94 E73 E97
 Queen's Indian (65) 
    E15 E17 E16 E18
 Slav (47) 
    D12 D17 D10 D11 D15
 Sicilian (45) 
    B31 B53 B30 B90 B41
 Queen's Pawn Game (43) 
    E10 A46 A41 A40 E00
With the Black pieces:
 Caro-Kann (221) 
    B12 B18 B10 B13 B11
 Slav (132) 
    D10 D12 D17 D11 D16
 Queen's Pawn Game (56) 
    D02 A46 D00 A45 E00
 Reti System (32) 
    A06 A04
 English (29) 
    A15 A12 A14 A13 A11
 Semi-Slav (28) 
    D45 D43 D47 D46 D48
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   V Gunina vs W Ju, 2013 1-0
   V Gunina vs A Bodnaruk, 2009 1-0
   V Gunina vs M Sebag, 2019 1-0
   T Shadrina vs V Gunina, 2011 0-1
   V Gunina vs B Khotenashvili, 2019 1-0
   V Gunina vs A Muzychuk, 2012 1-0
   E Kovalevskaya vs V Gunina, 2008 0-1
   V Gunina vs E Ovod, 2017 1-0
   V Gunina vs Short, 2018 1-0
   A Bodnaruk vs V Gunina, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Championship Higher League (Women) (2006)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2014)
   European Championship (Women) (2014)
   European Championship (Women) (2012)
   Russian Championship Higher League (Women) (2020)
   European Championship (Women) (2018)
   72nd Russian Championship (Women) (2022)
   Russian Under-20 Championship (Girls) (2008)
   Yinzhou Cup Women World Teams (2009)
   Baku Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   Tromso Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)
   European Championship (Women) (2010)
   European Championship (Women) (2013)
   Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiad (Women) (2010)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   r/hoodchess419 by cliffordagoodman

   🏆 23rd European Women Chess Championship
   V Gunina vs M Olde (Mar-28-23) 1-0
   K Kulon vs V Gunina (Mar-27-23) 1-0
   V Gunina vs L Koridze (Mar-26-23) 1-0
   A Savina vs V Gunina (Mar-25-23) 1-0
   V Gunina vs I Gaponenko (Mar-23-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-04-1989, 34 years old) Russia
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Grandmaster (and WGM).

Valentina Gunina was born in Murmansk. Her father was her first coach and taught her to play. She was Russian Champion in the Girls' under 10, under 14, under 16, under 18, and under 20 national competitions, and has also won the U12 European Youth Chess Championship in 2000, the U14 World Youth Chess Championship in 2003, the U16 European Youth Chess Championship in 2004, and the U18 World Youth Chess Championship in 2007. Her crowning achievement so far has been the Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2011). She won the bronze medal on board 3 for the gold medal-winning women's Russian team at the European Team Championship (Women) (2011), repeating her feat from the 2009 edition of the event when she played reserve for the winning Russian team.

A few weeks later in December 2011, she again won bronze, this time on board 4 for the silver winning Russian team at the FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011). She scored at par (5.5/9) at the 2012 Moscow Open but then defeated front runner Anna Muzychuk in the last round to win the European Championship (Women) (2012), as well as adding a GM norm to her resume. A few days later at the same venue, Gunina won the 2012 European Women's Blitz Championship with a score of 15/20. In June 2012, she won the Women's World Blitz Championship with an incredible 13/15 (+11 =4), 2.5 points clear of the field (still more spectacular is her +17-0=0 in the 2010 Moscow Women's blitz event (1)).* Gunina qualified for the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012) and defeated WGM Gu Xiaobing in the first round before bowing out in the second round after losing to veteran IM and WGM Alisa Galliamova. She scored 6/8 at the World Team Chess Championship (Women) (2017) for Russia(3).

She picked up her 2nd GM norm when she scored 7/10 at the Gibraltar Masters (2013). In October 2013, she repeated her feat of 2011 and won the Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2013) outright. She also won the Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2014) and the Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2021). Winner of the 2016 Super Rapidplay event at London Chess Classics with 9/10.

Live rating: *

References / Sources

(1) Wikipedia article: World records in chess, (2) Wikipedia article: Valentina Gunina, (3)

Last updated: 2021-10-26 15:17:10

 page 1 of 59; games 1-25 of 1,473  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lagno vs V Gunina 1-0511999Wch U10 GirlsC01 French, Exchange
2. V Gunina vs K A Martin  1-0292001EYCC G12A56 Benoni Defense
3. O Kozjukova vs V Gunina  0-1462001EYCC G12C50 Giuoco Piano
4. V Gunina vs I Ivakhinova  1-0802001EYCC G12A46 Queen's Pawn Game
5. N Kharmunova vs V Gunina  0-1452001EYCC G12A17 English
6. V Gunina vs N Darbinyan  1-0342001EYCC G12E11 Bogo-Indian Defense
7. I Werle vs V Gunina  1-0502001EYCC G12B11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
8. V Gunina vs I Merkulova  ½-½402001EYCC G12E81 King's Indian, Samisch
9. S R Sgircea vs V Gunina  ½-½572001EYCC G12C07 French, Tarrasch
10. V Gunina vs N Umudova  0-1592001EYCC G12E92 King's Indian
11. Lagno vs V Gunina  ½-½362002Int Youth Games U14 GirlsC16 French, Winawer
12. N Pogonina vs V Gunina 1-0272003RUS-ch (Women) 1st LeagueB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  1-0512004RUS-ch U20 GirlsB17 Caro-Kann, Steinitz Variation
14. V Gunina vs A Pourkashiyan  0-1322004Wch U16 GirlsD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
15. V Gunina vs B Munguntuul  1-0722005Moscow Petrosian mem U20A33 English, Symmetrical
16. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  1-0452005RUS-ch U20 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
17. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  ½-½722005RUS-ch (Women) 1st LeagueC03 French, Tarrasch
18. T Kosintseva vs V Gunina  ½-½742005Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
19. E Kovalevskaya vs V Gunina  1-01142005Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A06 Reti Opening
20. V Gunina vs J Movsesian  ½-½722005Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. Korbut vs V Gunina  0-1492005Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. V Gunina vs N Kosintseva  0-1652005Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)A31 English, Symmetrical, Benoni Formation
23. A Galliamova vs V Gunina  1-0272005Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D61 Queen's Gambit Declined, Orthodox, Rubinstein Attack
24. V Gunina vs Y Yakovich  1-0372005Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)D20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
25. N Pogonina vs V Gunina  ½-½502005Russian Championship Superfinal (Women)C05 French, Tarrasch
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  HeMateMe: where was Natalie Pogonina in the Blondes v. Brunettes match?
Dec-18-16  sonia91: Congrats on winning the Super Rapidplay event at London Chess Classics with 9/10!<Valentina Gunina has beaten McShane & wins the Super Rapidplay with 9/10! What a stunning performance - congratulations!>

Dec-21-16  Bruce Graham: Seconding <sonia91> congratulations to Gunina:
Dec-25-16  siggemannen: Congrats indeed! Hope <cg> can get those games
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  tamar: What a phenomenal run, beating Nunn, Howell, and McShane. I found the games at the official London Chess site, but I don't believe there is video.
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  HeMateMe: Happy Valentina Day!
Mar-06-17  waustad: Does anybody know why her team in the Frauenbundesliga SC Bad Königshofen is listed as having lost 0-6 against TuRa Harksheide when looking at the games they appear to have won by 5.5-0.5. I assumed it was a typo, but they have entered two more rounds since and it hasn't been corrected.
Mar-06-17  whiteshark: <waustad> The r4 page said <Wertung gemäß TO, A-5.3.5 und F-3.1.3>

On a TuRa page it said that the Bad Königshofen teamster had 5 guest players in their line-up (only 4 are allowed). A pity and TuRa isn't happy about it either.

Mar-06-17  waustad: <whiteshark> Thanks for the clarification.
Apr-18-18  waustad: She’s leading in the European Women’s Individual Championships this year by a full point going into the final round.
Apr-19-18  waustad: Congratulations to the new European champ. She clinched sole 1st place with an 8 move draw. That was not much of a surprise.
Apr-19-18  Bruce Graham: Congratulations to Gunina for winning again:
Feb-04-19  cliffordagoodman: Happy Birthday!!! Love!!!
Feb-04-19  siggemannen: Happy b-day, miss G =)
Feb-04-19  Aurora: There a better and more recent wikimedia pictures of her, e.g.
Feb-15-19  mckmac: Congratulations to GM Valentina Gunina on her victory in the 2019 Cairns Cup!!
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  Check It Out: Congrats GM Gunina on winning the inaugural Cairns Cup!

<Aurora> Anything would be better than the current photo of the stern bald guy towering behind her.

Feb-16-19  norami: The way she has her hair pulled back makes it look like she’s trying to look bald herself.
Feb-16-19  mckmac: <norami> Probably just the way the camera happened to catch her.
Feb-16-19  Bruce Graham: Gunina pulls it off:
Feb-16-19  bubuli55: It fits her name Valentina that she wins the February event Cairns Tourney. Congratulations!
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  Penguincw: Congrats to GM Gunina for winning the Cairns Cup (2019). Scored 7/9, half a point ahead of 2nd, and 1.5 points ahead of 3rd. Had a 4 game winning streak at one point.
Feb-16-19  siggemannen: Congratulations, really nice belated birthday for Valja. She played great chess and seem to put the recent slump behind her. Hope for more good chess in 2019!
Oct-13-21  Albertan: Valentina Gunina and Evgenija Ovod Lead Russian Women’s Superfinal:

Mar-03-23  SChesshevsky: Don't really want to underestimate a GM. Women GM's included.

Here Valentina unleashes an impressive attack with around 35 seconds on the clock. Saw the full beauty when played at half speed.

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