Valentina Gunina

Valentina Evgenyevna[1] Gunina (Russian: Валентина Евгеньевна Гунина; born February 4, 1989 in Murmansk)[2] is a Russian chess grandmaster. She has won thrice the Women's European Individual Chess Championship (2012, 2014, 2018) and four times the Russian Women's Championship (2011, 2013, 2014, 2021). She was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the Women's Chess Olympiads of 2010, 2012, 2014, at the Women's European Team Chess Championships of 2007, 2009, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019 and at the Women's World Team Chess Championship of 2017.

Valentina Gunina
Valentina Gunina 2015.jpg
Gunina in Chita, Russia, 2015
Full nameValentina Evgenyevna Gunina
Born (1989-02-04) February 4, 1989 (age 32)
Murmansk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
TitleGrandmaster (2013)
FIDE rating2471 (December 2021)
(No. 16 ranked woman in the March 2016 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating2548 (June 2015)

Gunina won the 2016 London Chess Classic Super Rapidplay Open in one of the best performances for a female at a top level chess tournament, defeating several male Grandmasters along the way.[3]


Gunina won the gold medal in the 2000 European under-12 girls championship, 2003 world U14 girls championship, 2004 European U16 girls championship and in the 2007 world U18 girls championship. She was the bronze medalist in the 2006 European U18 girls championship.[4]

In 2006, she won the Women's Russian Championship Higher League scoring 7/9 and qualified for the Russian Women's Championship Superfinal.[5] She placed eleventh with 2.5/11.[6] In 2008, she won for the second time the Women's Russian Championship Higher League with 7.5/9. In the Superfinal she scored 4/9. In 2009, she won the Russian junior (under 20) girls championship.[7]

In 2012, she won the Women's World Blitz Championship in Batumi, Georgia.[8] In the same year, Gunina competed for the first time in the Women's World Championship: she defeated Gu Xiaobing in the first round, then she was knocked out by Alisa Galliamova in round two. Gunina won the Russian women's rapid chess championship 2014 in Saint Petersburg.[9]

In January 2015, she took part in the Tata Steel Challengers tournament in Wijk aan Zee, the Netherlands, where she scored 5/13.[10] At the Women's World Chess Championship 2015 Gunina made it to the third round, where she was eliminated by Pia Cramling, after knocking out Camilla Baginskaite and Olga Girya. In September 2015, she won the Moscow Women's Blitz Championship.[11]

In February 2019, she became the first ever winner of The Cairns Cup, in Saint Louis, as she ended victoriously the tournament with 7 out of 9.[12]

In late May 2019, Valentina faced American GM Irina Krush in the quarterfinal match of the 2019 Women's Speed Chess Championship, an online blitz and bullet competition hosted by[13] Valentina dominated the match and won with an overall score of 24–5.[14]


On 25 October 2014, she was awarded the Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", 1st class "for great contribution to the development of physical culture and sport, the high sporting achievements at the XXXXI World Chess Olympiad in Tromsø (Norway)".[15]


  1. ^ "Vladimir Putin Congratulates Russian Women's Chess Team". Natalia Pogonina's website. 2014-08-20. Retrieved 2015-08-22.
  2. ^ GM title application FIDE
  3. ^ Pein, Malcolm (December 24, 2016). "London Chess Classic: Valentina Gunina wins Super Rapid". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved February 11, 2017.
  4. ^ European Youth Chess Championship 2006 - Girls U18.
  5. ^ TWIC 609
  6. ^ TWIC 632
  7. ^ [1] TWIC 757
  8. ^ "Valentina Gunina is Women World Blitz Championship". Chessdom. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  9. ^ "Maletin and Gunina are new Russian Rapid Champions". Chessdom. 2014-05-22. Retrieved 13 March 2016.
  10. ^ "Carlsen wins Wijk masters, Wei Yi wins B". ChessBase. 2012-01-25. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  11. ^ "Ian Nepomniachtchi and Valentina Gunina win the Moscow Blitz Chess Championships". FIDE. 2015-09-11. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  12. ^
  13. ^ "Nakamura Defeats So to Repeat as Speed Chess Champion".
  14. ^ Doggers, Peter (28 May 2019). "Women's Speed Chess: Gunina Crushes Krush".
  15. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 25 октября 2014 года № 680 "О награждении государственными наградами Российской Федерации"" [Russian Federation Presidential Decree of 25 October 2014 No. 680 "On conferring state awards of the Russian Federation"] (PDF). (in Russian). p. 22. Retrieved 1 December 2016.

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