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Nona Gaprindashvili
Number of games in database: 981
Years covered: 1959 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2270 (2199 rapid, 2105 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495

Overall record: +441 -246 =264 (60.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 30 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (100) 
    B83 B40 B44 B42 B27
 King's Indian (43) 
    E73 E75 E63 E74 E62
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C73 C77 C69 C68 C67
 Nimzo Indian (40) 
    E21 E20 E46
 Modern Benoni (29) 
    A57 A70 A56 A60 A79
 Slav (25) 
    D10 D11 D13 D15 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Robatsch (64) 
 Sicilian (63) 
    B43 B45 B42 B22 B20
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    A40 A41 D02 E00 A45
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B15 B10 B14 B12 B13
 Uncommon Opening (34) 
    A00 B00
 Queen's Gambit Declined (32) 
    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
   M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1961 0-1
   N Gaprindashvili vs J Nikolac, 1979 1-0
   E Akhmylovskaia-Donaldson vs N Gaprindashvili, 1979 0-1
   A Stangl vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 0-1
   J Polgar vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 0-1
   Ujtumen vs N Gaprindashvili, 1971 0-1
   S Vuksanovic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1992 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Dubai Olympiad (Women) (1986)
   Oberhausen Olympiad (Women) (1966)
   Split Olympiad (Women) (1963)
   Dortmund (1978)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Euwe Stimulans (2007)
   Lucerne Olympiad (Women) (1982)
   6th Soviet Team Cup (1968)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1976)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (Women) (1984)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (Women) (1990)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)
   GMA Baleares op (1989)
   European Championship (Women) (2003)
   European Seniors Championship (2011)

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
   1965 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   1969 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   1991 Subotica (women's) interzonal 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, 80 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 40; games 1-25 of 981  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Gaprindashvili vs V Nedeljkovic 0-1321959URS-YUGB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. R Bilunova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-14319592nd Soviet Spartakiad qual. group 2B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
3. V Rozlapa vs N Gaprindashvili  0-14319592nd Soviet Spartakiad final AB06 Robatsch
4. N Kolotyi vs N Gaprindashvili  0-15819592nd Soviet Spartakiad final AB01 Scandinavian
5. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bishard  ½-½3519592nd Soviet Spartakiad final AC49 Four Knights
6. N Gaprindashvili vs Khuberashvili 1-04119592nd Soviet Spartakiad final AB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
7. N Gaprindashvili vs Goikhenberg 1-03819592nd Soviet Spartakiad qual. group 2B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
8. N Gaprindashvili vs A Nicolau van der Mije  1-0311961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B30 Sicilian
9. N Gaprindashvili vs E Ladanyike-Karakas  ½-½271961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C10 French
10. V Nedeljkovic vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½481961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
11. N Gaprindashvili vs F Heemskerk  1-0801961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
12. N Gaprindashvili vs E Polihroniade  1-0381961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C47 Four Knights
13. G Gresser vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½231961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
14. S Handsuren vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1501961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B41 Sicilian, Kan
15. N Gaprindashvili vs E Rinder  1-0431961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C88 Ruy Lopez
16. K Zvorykina vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½441961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
17. N Gaprindashvili vs V Borisenko-Belova  1-0401961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B30 Sicilian
18. L Volpert vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1331961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)D28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
19. N Gaprindashvili vs T Zatulovskaya  1-0521961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
20. H Konarkowska vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1361961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
21. M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili 0-1331961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)A02 Bird's Opening
22. N Gaprindashvili vs C Chaude de Silans  ½-½271961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C47 Four Knights
23. L Lane vs N Gaprindashvili ½-½371961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
24. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1371962World Championship (Women)D01 Richter-Veresov Attack
25. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova  1-0411962World Championship (Women)B27 Sicilian
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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:

Mar-08-17  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)

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  woldsmandriffield: Nona G takes the World 65+ women's crown with 8.5/11 at the age of 78!
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  HeMateMe: Nona still in there pitching, at age 79.
May-03-20  Granny O Doul: And Roman Djin turns 76 tomorrow. Admittedly, they both have a ways to go till they catch these countrymen:
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  HeMateMe: geez, who would have thought Dzindzi would live to see age 76? I just assumed the bookies caught up to him at some point and gave him a Jimmy Hoffa going away party...
Dec-15-20  Sally Simpson: ***
Nona is not too pleased about her playing record in the 'Queens Gambit.'

"The first female chess grandmaster has blasted drama ­makers for an error about her in series The Queen’s Gambit.

Nona Gaprindashvili, women’s world champion from 1962-78, is furious the Netflix show wrongly tells viewers she never competed against men.

The fabrication claim is the latest accusation against the streaming giant, which faces criticism for a conjecture about Prince Charles and Princess Diana in its hit series The Crown.

In an exclusive interview, Nona, 79, who was shown The Queen’s Gambit by her granddaughter, said: “I was very displeased to ­discover this very serious, even crude error."

The book mentions Nona but nothing about her not playing men.


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  Williebob: <Sally> That's unfortunate, and totally unfair to Nona - though I am glad that the Mirror story gets straight to the facts.

I like the show a lot, but have not gotten to the offending episode yet. The acting is top notch, the story is believable enough and contains real tension. The drug and alcohol abuse are fascinating recurring motifs, since they never seem to derail Beth's progress.

They could have done a better job with the chess parts.
Dec-15-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Sorry Willie, I maybe should have have given a spoiler alert.

I've not watched it yet, the overall feedback has been good only a few complaints.

One lad got upset because someone played the Albin Counter Gambit v her...

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...adding no good player would play that in a serious game.

However the same game later shown is infact from Ivanchuk vs Wolff, 1993 (not from an Albin bit from a Queens Gambit!) and I'm thinking the opening moves are given as a nod to serious chess payers, only we get it.

The theme is the male player underestimates the female so what better way to show this to chess players than a dodgy gambit.

This would have gone over the head of the regular viewer but to us it's a wee invite to an in joke from Pandolfini and Kasparov. (As I said, this a 'perhaps' personally I don't think it is anything to get het up about.)


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  Williebob: No need Sal, hardly a spoiler!

I think you are correct about the wink and nod from the show's chess consultants. That always-posting YouTuber, Agadmator, did a good one on the game you mention. The game in the show deviates, forget the exact move, with an improvement for White!
Agadmator also observed that they may have selected an Ivanchuk game due to Beth's occasional staring at the ceiling on her move, which is a charming idea. Also not really a spoiler! :)
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