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Kira Zvorykina
Number of games in database: 97
Years covered: 1954 to 2001
Last FIDE rating: 2056
Highest rating achieved in database: 2109
Overall record: +35 -32 =30 (51.5%)*
   * 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 97  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Lauberte vs K Zvorykina  1-0341954USSR Championship (women)E77 King's Indian
2. K Zvorykina vs A Sunnucks  1-0311954ENG-URSB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
3. A Sunnucks vs K Zvorykina  ½-½521954ENG-URSB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
4. V Borisenko-Belova vs K Zvorykina  ½-½5619542nd Soviet Team CupA61 Benoni
5. K Zvorykina vs O Ignatieva  1-07819542nd Soviet Team CupD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
6. L Bondarenko vs K Zvorykina  0-14419542nd Soviet Team CupA84 Dutch
7. K Zvorykina vs Zezina  1-03519542nd Soviet Team CupE87 King's Indian, Samisch, Orthodox
8. O Semenova vs K Zvorykina ½-½5119542nd Soviet Team CupE60 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  0-12419542nd Soviet Team CupA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
11. K Zvorykina vs M Lauberte  ½-½8719542nd Soviet Team CupB56 Sicilian
12. N Voytsik vs K Zvorykina  1-03719542nd Soviet Team CupB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
13. K Zvorykina vs K Sirotkina  1-02619542nd Soviet Team CupB30 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 Goluj  1-0351956Match BLR-POLB30 Sicilian
18. Goluj vs K Zvorykina  0-1601956Match BLR-POLB32 Sicilian
19. A Petersons vs K Zvorykina  1-0361957URS-ch qfA04 Reti Opening
20. K Zvorykina vs J Klavins  0-1271957URS-ch qfB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
21. Sokolsky vs K Zvorykina  1-0261957URS-ch qfA99 Dutch, Ilyin-Genevsky Variation with b3
22. K Zvorykina vs V Barsauskas  ½-½181957URS-ch qfB46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
23. K Zvorykina vs I Zilber  0-1591957URS-ch qfB30 Sicilian
24. Boleslavsky vs K Zvorykina  1-0321957URS-ch qfB41 Sicilian, Kan
25. K Vark vs K Zvorykina  1-0571957URS-ch qfA34 English, Symmetrical
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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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