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Kira Zvorykina
Number of games in database: 88
Years covered: 1954 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2056
Highest rating achieved in database: 2109
Overall record: +31 -29 =28 (51.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Sep-29-1919, died Sep-06-2014, 94 years old) Russia
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Kira Alexeyevna Zvorykina was born in Nikolayev, Ukraine and married Alexey Suetin. Awarded the WIM title in 1952 and the WGM title in 1977, she was Women's World Championship Challenger in 1960. She was also USSR Women's champion in 1951, 1953 and 1956. Belarusian champion (w) in 1960, 1973 and 1975.

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 page 1 of 4; games 1-25 of 88  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Lauberte vs K Zvorykina  1-0341954USSR Championship (women)E77 King's Indian
2. K Zvorykina vs Anne Sunnucks  1-0311954ENG-URSB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
3. Anne Sunnucks vs K Zvorykina  ½-½521954ENG-URSB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. V Borisenko-Belova vs K Zvorykina  ½-½561954URS-chTA61 Benoni
5. K Zvorykina vs O Ignatieva  1-07819542nd Soviet Team CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. L Bondarenko vs K Zvorykina  0-1441954URS-chTA84 Dutch
7. K Zvorykina vs Zezina  1-03519542nd Soviet Team CupE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
8. O Semenova vs K Zvorykina ½-½511954URS-chTE60 King's Indian Defense
9. K Zvorykina vs L Rudenko  ½-½4119542nd Soviet Team CupE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
10. L Rubinchik vs K Zvorykina  0-1241954URS-chTA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. K Zvorykina vs M Lauberte  ½-½871954URS-chTB56 Sicilian
12. N Voitsikh vs K Zvorykina  1-0371954URS-chTB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
13. K Zvorykina vs K Sirotkina  1-0261954URS-chTB30 Sicilian
14. K Zvorykina vs K Radzikowska  1-0341955BLR-POLB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
15. K Radzikowska vs K Zvorykina  0-1381955BLR-POLA07 King's Indian Attack
16. K Zvorykina vs Tal 0-1391955URS-ch qfC28 Vienna Game
17. K Zvorykina vs G Uusi  1-0411957Ch URS (1/4 final)C12 French, McCutcheon
18. K Zvorykina vs V Rozhdestvensky  ½-½651957Ch URS (1/4 final)C74 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
19. K Zvorykina vs R Skuja  ½-½501957Ch URS (1/4 final)B01 Scandinavian
20. Y Zelinsky vs K Zvorykina  0-1251957Ch URS (1/4 final)D15 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. Suetin vs K Zvorykina 1-0211957Ch URS (1/4 final)A00 Uncommon Opening
22. Sokolsky vs K Zvorykina  1-0261957Ch URS (1/4 final)A99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
23. K Zvorykina vs A Ostrauskas  0-1321957Ch URS (1/4 final)C77 Ruy Lopez
24. K Zvorykina vs V G Kirillov  0-1311957Ch URS (1/4 final)B07 Pirc
25. Gipslis vs K Zvorykina  1-0511957Ch URS (1/4 final)C64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
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  Gypsy: Borisenko - Zvorikina, USSR, 1962.

W = Kf4; Pa3, c3. b3, g4
B = Kg6; Pa5, b5, d4
Black to play...

This is the coolest pawn-ending I ran into lately. At a superficial glance, Black position looks holess. But it is not hopeless at all!

1...a4!! 2.Ke4 b4! 3.Kxd4 bxa3 4.Kc3 Kg5 5.d4 Kxg4 0:1.

Sep-17-06  percyblakeney: Zvorikina (or is it Zvorykina?) may be 87 years old, but she's still playing rated games and is 2071 at the moment. In 1959 she had 2.5-2.5 in the title match but missed the win in game 6 and eventually failed to become World Champion: E Bykova vs K Zvorykina, 1959
Sep-29-06  BIDMONFA: Kira Zvorykina


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  whiteshark: Bio:

Zvorykina married grandmaster and chess trainer Alexey Suetin and together they had a son, Aleksandr, born 1951.

Dec-19-09  Oliveira: <Gypsy> Yeah, that was a really cool round-off.

V. Borisenko - K. Zvorykina, USSR, 1962 - Black to play

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Sep-06-14  stanleys: Sad news: Kira Alekseyevna Zvorykina has died yesterday :( R.I.P
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  alexmagnus: <Kira Alexeyevna Zvorykina was born in Nikolayev, Ukraine (formerly USSR)>

"Formerly USSR" is definitely wrong as the Soviet Union was not yet founded in 1919. Even its predecessor, the Soviet Ukraine, was founded in 1920.

But which country did Nikolayev belong to on September 29th of 1919? I cannot give a definite answer, but most probably it was <Ukrainian People's Republic> (

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