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Pia Cramling
P Cramling 
Photo by Lars O A Hedlund 
Number of games in database: 3,141
Years covered: 1976 to 2022
Last FIDE rating: 2464 (2396 rapid, 2320 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2550

Overall record: +1019 -494 =1191 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 437 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (171) 
    D02 A46 E10 A40 A41
 King's Indian (163) 
    E90 E60 E71 E92 E94
 Queen's Indian (146) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E14
 Slav (141) 
    D17 D15 D11 D10 D16
 Queen's Gambit Declined (136) 
    D38 D37 D30 D39 D31
 English (87) 
    A15 A13 A14 A17 A10
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (613) 
    B40 B43 B42 B47 B22
 Sicilian Kan (142) 
    B43 B42 B41
 Sicilian Taimanov (141) 
    B47 B48 B46 B49 B45
 Queen's Pawn Game (113) 
    D02 A46 A45 E00 D00
 King's Indian (103) 
    E94 E62 E92 E60 E67
 Slav (93) 
    D12 D17 D10 D15 D11
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   P Cramling vs Korchnoi, 1984 1-0
   P Cramling vs Kindermann, 1991 1-0
   P Cramling vs A Galliamova, 1994 1-0
   P Cramling vs J Yrjola, 1984 1/2-1/2
   P Cramling vs R Klipper, 2006 1-0
   Bronstein vs P Cramling, 1993 0-1
   P Cramling vs E Tsuboi, 1992 1-0
   P Cramling vs K Spraggett, 1994 1-0
   K Niemi vs P Cramling, 2005 0-1
   R Haring vs P Cramling, 1981 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Lucerne Olympiad (Women) (1982)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (Women) (1984)
   European Championship (Women) (2003)
   Tromso Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   European Championship (Women) (2010)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2019)
   Tel Aviv (1990)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (Women) (1988)
   World Cup (Women) (2000)
   Jakarta Interzonal (Women) (1993)
   Dresden Olympiad (Women) (2008)
   European Championship (Women) (2004)
   Gibraltar Masters (2009)
   Manila Olympiad (1992)
   Gibraltar Masters (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Hostdans Veterans vs Ladies 1997 by Phony Benoni
   Sigeman & Co 2001 by Tabanus
   1997 (women's) candidates tournament by gauer
   Women WCC Index [FIDE 2000 Knockout Matches] by chessmoron

   🏆 European Rapid Chess Championship
   P Cramling vs D Mastrovasilis (Dec-18-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   P Cramling vs N Grandelius (Dec-18-22) 0-1, rapid
   J Spalir vs P Cramling (Dec-18-22) 0-1, rapid
   C Maier vs P Cramling (Dec-18-22) 0-1, rapid
   P Tregubov vs P Cramling (Dec-18-22) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Apr-23-1963, 59 years old) Sweden

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Pia A. Cramling was born in Stockholm. She was awarded the WGM title in 1982, the IM title in 1983 and the GM title in 1992. She also won the Women's Chess Oscar in 1983. She is the younger sister of Dan Cramling and is married to Spanish GM Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez. She competed in the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012) and beat Shayesteh Ghader Pour in round 1 before losing to Irina Krush in the 2nd round tiebreaker.

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Wikipedia article: Pia Cramling

Last updated: 2022-01-08 04:48:45

 page 1 of 128; games 1-25 of 3,178  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Jean Pierre Lejeune vs P Cramling  ½-½301976Wch U16C95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
2. P Nikolic vs P Cramling  0-1401976Wch U16A36 English
3. P Cramling vs O Foisor  1-0461976Wch U16A19 English, Mikenas-Carls, Sicilian Variation
4. P Cramling vs Petursson  1-0321976Wch U16A34 English, Symmetrical
5. P Cramling vs I Rogers  0-1411976Wch U16A13 English
6. P Cramling vs N Grinberg  0-1611976Wch U16E94 King's Indian, Orthodox
7. V Unni vs P Cramling  0-1341978Buenos Aires Olympiad (Women) Final-BA07 King's Indian Attack
8. D Nutu-Gajic vs P Cramling  0-1411978Buenos Aires Olympiad (Women) Final-BA71 Benoni, Classical, 8.Bg5
9. N Snitkowsky vs P Cramling  0-1401978Buenos Aires ol (Women) prelB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. P Cramling vs V Unni  ½-½101978Buenos Aires ol (Women) prelA15 English
11. A M Zubieta vs P Cramling  0-1291978Buenos Aires ol (Women) prelB40 Sicilian
12. E Belle vs P Cramling  ½-½501978Buenos Aires Olympiad (Women) Final-BD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. P Cramling vs M Mott-McGrath  1-0301978Buenos Aires Olympiad (Women) Final-BD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
14. P Cramling vs S Warkentin  1-0401978Buenos Aires Olympiad (Women) Final-BC66 Ruy Lopez
15. P Cramling vs A Jurczynska  0-11051978Buenos Aires ol (Women) prelA04 Reti Opening
16. P Cramling vs V Baltgailis  1-0471978Buenos Aires ol (Women) prelA04 Reti Opening
17. P Cramling vs M Cazon de Hase  1-0281978Buenos Aires Olympiad (Women) Final-BD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
18. S G Myreng vs P Cramling  0-1281980Gausdal IntA05 Reti Opening
19. J Hvenekilde vs P Cramling  1-0411980Politiken CupA65 Benoni, 6.e4
20. P Cramling vs U Jahr  1-0351980Politiken CupD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
21. K J Wicker vs P Cramling  0-1411980Politiken CupB40 Sicilian
22. P Cramling vs K Bjerring  0-1261980Politiken CupC77 Ruy Lopez
23. P Cramling vs L M Kovacs  1-0741980Politiken CupB27 Sicilian
24. P Cramling vs F Rayner  0-1221980Politiken CupB83 Sicilian
25. P Cramling vs S Fries Eriksen  1-0341980Politiken CupA30 English, Symmetrical
 page 1 of 128; games 1-25 of 3,178  PGN Download
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Jan-28-16  waustad: After a loss today to Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant, she has taken an elo hit over the last several weeks. I recall from looking at her rating history that her rating seems to drop when she's playing a lot. Perhaps Rilton, the Swedish League and Gibraltar in a short time are leaving her a bit played out.
Feb-06-16  waustad: She's playing in Tehran in a few days. After the last very busy month I can hope she'll do well, but her form in Gibraltar does not make one feel good about her chances.
Apr-23-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Pia Cramling.
Apr-23-16  waustad: 53 a prime of life! Happy b'day!
Oct-22-17  waustad: I see that she's entered in the European Women's Blitz Championship this year, though she didn't play in the rapids. Her blitz rating is much lower than for the other time categories.
Dec-30-17  virginmind: After the first half of blitz games in Riad Rapid&Blitz World Championship, she leads with 9.5/11 points against the world elite. Impressive. Congratulations, Pia Cramling!
Apr-23-18  diagonal: Happy Birthday, with best wishes from Switzerland:

It was in Zurich, SGZ Jubilee Open in 1984, where Cramling met her future husband, Spanish GM Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez. In 1984, too, Pia Cramling beat Viktor Korchnoi at Biel/Bienne, in the closed Invitation Tournament.

It was in Bern, SVB Open in 1992, were Cramling made her final male GM norm. Subsequently, she became the third female to earn the FIDE GM title through conventional tournament play (fifth woman overall).

Since the early 1980s, Cramling has been one of the strongest female players in the world. She has been ranked clear No. 1 woman in the FIDE Elo list in January 1984, and joint No. 1 woman in July 1984.

Recent picture:

List of the 36 women to hold the GM title (as of January 2018):

Apr-23-18  offramp: How does one craml?
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  thegoodanarchist: <offramp: How does one craml?>

It's like fingers.

Everyone calls them fingers.

But have you ever seen them fing?

Jun-24-18  PhilFeeley: Missing Schterenberg-Cramling (or vice versa) from the 1982 Olympiad.
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  perfidious: Not true; see Cramling-Starr above, as Shterenberg's games are listed under Nava Starr.
Aug-31-18  waustad: A tournament in her name is starting this weekend.
Jan-05-19  Caissanist: Interesting interview with Cramling at from last year, covering (among other things) her and her daughter's decision to not play for the Swedish olympic team: .
Mar-24-19  sonia91: She won the Västgöta Open in Skara, Sweden. her husband came second, half point behind:
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  Troller: And now she won in Halmstad, a full point clear of Jobava:
Apr-23-20  oolalimk1: Happy Birthday.
May-23-21  macer75: I'm surprised Anna Cramling doesn't have a page on Chessgames. Someone should create it.
May-23-21  fabelhaft: She had one for at least five years...
May-23-21  macer75: <fabelhaft: She had one for at least five years...>

How come I can't find it?
search "anna cramling"

May-23-21  fabelhaft: It’s here: Anna Cramling Bellon
May-23-21  macer75: <fabelhaft: It’s here: Anna Cramling Bellon>

Many thanks, old acquaintance from! ;)

Jul-08-21  Albertan: Pis Cramling leads the Swedish Championship:

Dec-16-21  Albertan: Pia Cramling is one of the participants in the 2022 ´´Battle of the Sexes.´’. For more information about this event,go to: and

A list of the participants is at:

Jan-31-22  Albertan: A Strong duo:An interview with Pia and Anna Cramling:

Aug-10-22  areknames: Cramling scores +8 =3 at the Olympics, winning the 1st board gold with an ELO performance of 2532.
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