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Nona Gaprindashvili
Number of games in database: 997
Years covered: 1959 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2270 (2199 rapid, 2105 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2495

Overall record: +447 -249 =271 (60.2%)*
   * 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 B44 B40 B42 B52
 King's Indian (44) 
    E73 E75 E63 E74 E80
 Ruy Lopez (40) 
    C69 C73 C77 C84 C89
 Nimzo Indian (40) 
    E21 E20 E46
 Modern Benoni (30) 
    A57 A70 A56 A60 A79
 Slav (25) 
    D10 D11 D13 D15 D12
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (66) 
    B43 B45 B22 B42 B32
 Robatsch (64) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (49) 
    A40 A41 D02 E00 A45
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B15 B10 B14 B12 B13
 Uncommon Opening (36) 
    B00 A00
 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
   N Gaprindashvili vs A Blagidze, 1963 1-0
   D Mardle vs N Gaprindashvili, 1965 0-1
   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
   Ujtumen vs N Gaprindashvili, 1971 0-1
   J Polgar vs N Gaprindashvili, 1990 0-1
   S Vuksanovic vs N Gaprindashvili, 1992 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Split Olympiad (Women) (1963)
   Dubai Olympiad (Women) (1986)
   Oberhausen Olympiad (Women) (1966)
   Dortmund (1978)
   Lone Pine (1977)
   Valletta Olympiad (Women) (1980)
   Euwe Stimulans (2007)
   Hastings 1964/65 (1964)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (Women) (1984)
   6th Soviet Team Cup (1968)
   Amsterdam IBM-B (1976)
   Novi Sad Olympiad (Women) (1990)
   European Seniors Championship (2011)
   European Championship (Women) (2003)
   World Seniors Championship (2005)

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
   1969 World (women) chess championship by gauer
   1965 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 Gruzmann (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 41; games 1-25 of 1,007  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Gaprindashvili vs V Nedeljkovic 0-1321959URS-YUGB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
2. N Gaprindashvili vs Khuberashvili 1-04119592nd Soviet Spartakiad Final-AB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
3. N Gaprindashvili vs Goikhenberg 1-03819592nd Soviet Spartakiad qual-2B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
4. R Bilunova vs N Gaprindashvili  0-14319592nd Soviet Spartakiad qual-2B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
5. V Rozlapa vs N Gaprindashvili  0-14319592nd Soviet Spartakiad Final-AB06 Robatsch
6. Natasha Kolotij vs N Gaprindashvili  0-15819592nd Soviet Spartakiad Final-AB01 Scandinavian
7. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bishard  ½-½3519592nd Soviet Spartakiad Final-AC49 Four Knights
8. N Gaprindashvili vs T Zatulovskaya  1-0521961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
9. H Konarkowska vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1361961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C96 Ruy Lopez, Closed
10. L Volpert vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1331961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)D28 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
11. V Nedeljkovic vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½481961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C99 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Chigorin,
12. N Gaprindashvili vs F Heemskerk  1-0801961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
13. N Gaprindashvili vs E Rinder  1-0431961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
14. N Gaprindashvili vs V Borisenko-Belova  1-0401961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B30 Sicilian
15. N Gaprindashvili vs E Ladanyike-Karakas  ½-½271961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C10 French
16. N Gaprindashvili vs E Polihroniade  1-0381961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C47 Four Knights
17. K Zvorykina vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½441961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C90 Ruy Lopez, Closed
18. S Handsuren vs N Gaprindashvili  0-1501961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B41 Sicilian, Kan
19. G Gresser vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½231961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B09 Pirc, Austrian Attack
20. N Gaprindashvili vs A Nicolau van der Mije  1-0311961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)B30 Sicilian
21. M Lazarevic vs N Gaprindashvili 0-1331961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)A02 Bird's Opening
22. L Lane vs N Gaprindashvili ½-½371961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
23. N Gaprindashvili vs C Chaude de Silans  ½-½271961Vrnjacka Banja ct (Women)C47 Four Knights
24. E Bykova vs N Gaprindashvili  ½-½521962World Championship (Women)B08 Pirc, Classical
25. N Gaprindashvili vs E Bykova 1-0421962World Championship (Women)B27 Sicilian
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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! :)
Dec-15-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Willie,

You may be right, I was thinking of an episode from the 'The High Chaparral'

There is chess in one show and the producer/director was a chess enthusiast so added a line when John Cannon asked a cowboy who taught him to play good chess he replied it was a little fellah from New Orleans.

The lad said he wanted that bit in so only chess players would get it.

see: World Championship Candidates (2020) (kibitz #600)


Dec-16-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Willie,

Looks like I am wrong. In the original 1982 book Tevis gives the opening as an Albin Counter. So they got it from there. (maybe Tevis was giving chess players a nod back in 1982!)


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  Williebob: ^^Got it, thanks Sally. They should call it The Sexism Gambit!

<little fellah from New Orleans> - good catch
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  AylerKupp: <<Sally Simpson> One lad got upset because someone played the Albin Counter Gambit v her...adding no good player would play that in a serious game.>

I just finished reading "The Queen's Gambit". And that was no "good player" who played that against her, it was Vasily Borgov (a nod to Smyslov?), the reigning world champion for the previous 5 years. And it was indeed a "serious" game. It was the last round of a Moscow tournament when Harmon and Borgov, both undefeated, met in the final round to determine the tournament winner.

There seems to be some question as to whether Borgov played the Albin Countergambit or not since the opening was described as the "Albin Counter". But the book is clear that the opening started with 1.d4 d5 2.c4 e5. And, furthermore, after a few comments the game was described as continuing by 3.dxe5 d4 which is definitely the Albin Countergambit. I am familiar with the Albin Countergambit as a result of my participation in Team White vs Team Black, 2012, when I was part of Team Black.

As to whether Borgov was indicating his contempt for Harmon, which he had recently beaten twice before without apparent difficulty, by playing a defense in an important game which for players rated 2500+ is dubious (the ChessTempo database has 125 games with 3...d4 between players rated 2500+ and the results are that White wins 44%, Black wins 24.8%, with 31.2% draws) I'll others decide.

I liked the book. It accurately captured a lot of the essence of chess tournament play. I particularly enjoyed "in-jokes" such a reference to a "Mr. Byrne" which I don't think could have been a coincidence and Harmon winning the US Championship with a score of 11-0 which is clearly an homage to Fischer. And some of the boorish behavior of some of her opponents when they lost were familiar, although I've been associated with far worse when my opponent got up from the table and threw his king across the board, knocking down many of the pieces, and stormed away. And when (spoiler alert!) Harmon wins the final tournament game against Borgov, Borgov gets up and begins to applaud her, followed by the audience. A clear reference to Spassky vs Fischer, 1972 when, after he resigned, Spassky stood up and started to applaud Fischer, followed by the audience. Too bad that we don't have a video of that scene.

Sure, there were some inaccuracies in the book starting on p. 9 where in Harmon's first lesson, playing Black, she was subjected to the Scholar's Mate in 4 moves when one of the reasons was given as her teacher's play of Ng1-f3. In the Scholar's Mate? And the story is set in the 1960s, yet there was a reference to international player ratings. Well, FIDE didn't start officially publishing their ratings until 1970, so this could not have been possible. But these are nitpicks and, overall, I detected a much smaller number of technical flaws than I expected to detect given previous chess-related novels I've read and chess-related movies I've seen. . I have not yet seen the Netflix series since I don't subscribe to Netflix but I may join just to see it. And maybe find more technical flaws. :-)

Dec-17-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi AylerKupp,

You are correct about FIDE rating lists but there were rating lists long before ELO. Here is a BCF 1958 list.

I've been using the old ones to decipher Aitken's handwriting regarding opponents.


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  AylerKupp: <<Sally Simpson> You are correct about FIDE rating lists but there were rating lists long before ELO.>

Yes, of course. Many countries had their own rating systems before FIDE officially introduced theirs in 1970, although Dr. Elo had provided FIDE with rating lists from 1966 through 1999. For example, the USCF used the Elo rating system starting in 1960 and the Harkness rating system before that. And, of course, the different countries' ratings are not directly comparable. But I doubt that either the BCF or the USCF would have assigned a rating to the world chess champion who happened to be a Soviet at that time, and there would be no question of comparing the ratings of participants from different countries in an international tournament. So I could only assume that they were referring to the non-existent FIDE rating based on the Elo rating system.

But again, that was a nitpick, particularly about a fictional character. Which is a good segue to mention a fun book I have. It's called "The 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived". It lists, among many James Bond, Robin Hood, Dracula, Sherlock Holmes, Romeo and Juliet, Harry Potter, and many others (actually more than 100).

Dec-21-20  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi AylerKupp,

I knew you knew, others we know may not have known what we know. (but I suspect you knew that.)

Quite a few of "The 100 Most Influential People Who Never Lived" were based on or inspired by real people, but you knew that as well.


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  kingscrusher: The Netfix news has just come to light on reddit:

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  Tabanus: She always played men, but also played in women events. She did well in e. g. Lone Pine (1977).
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  Williebob: May as well go for that big shady Netflix money, though it seems a marginal case for defamation (an intentional 'underpromotion' is a long way from false accusation; I'm sure they just want to quietly settle with the big rich company if possible). At least the media coverage of the lawsuit makes the truth abundantly clear for the public. Hopefully a loss in court wouldn't be a financial loss for Nona herself - I hope she's getting good counsel. She certainly deserves the attention and respect in the wake of the show, being the real Beth Harmon of the 60s and 70s!
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  al wazir: <Georgian chess icon Nona Gaprindashvili has filed a defamation lawsuit against Netflix, saying she was incorrectly portrayed in the hit series The Queen's Gambit.

The case refers to a sequence in the drama's final episode which says Gaprindashvili, now 80, had never played competitive chess with men.

The document says that by 1968, the year in which the episode is set, she had faced at least 59 male players.>

I'm really, really glad that I never watched this potboiler.

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  MissScarlett: Next they'll be telling us that Beth Harmon wasn't world champion.
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  RookFile: Classic nuisance lawsuit - she'll settle out of court for whatever she can get.
Sep-18-21  nok: Evidence?

Do you enjoy public misinformation about you?

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  kingscrusher: <RookFile> But Rookfile it seems that she was the real "Beth Harmon" - she even drew with Vishy Anand among her achievements. See my blog post here:

It seems a bit bad of Netflix do these historical fiction dramas but with license to apparently pick on real name characters around the same time, and then kind of erase their achievements. She was actually a breakthrough women player - the first Woman Grandmaster and the 5th Women's world champion. Also the Netflix series did not feature any of her games.

It seems the fictional Beth Harmon has been at the expense of the real Beth Harmon on this occasion.

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  kingscrusher: This story made it to the front of the BBC news site last night btw - 17th September 2021
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  kingscrusher: BBC News link:
Sep-28-21  Sally Simpson: Viz (a comic adult only UK publication) have done a 5 page piece on chess. A page is dedicated to the Nona lawsuit though the names have been changed to protect the innocent and keep the lawyers at bay.

In this case it is a male ex-laundry worker claiming his life and Beth Harman are too similar for it to be a coincidence citing many ridiculous examples.

Oct-09-21  Albertan: Netflix must compensate legendary female chess player:

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  HeMateMe: She wont get a dime in court. Yes, netflix was rude and ignorant but Nona G. has suffered no financial damages. There was no money in chess five minutes ago and there isn't any money now. I suspect netflix will wait and see if a court will even hear it. If so, she'll be offered a very modest sum to drop the case. She'll go home with a little money and a weak apology.
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