Women's Chess Olympiad

The Women's Chess Olympiad is an event held by FIDE (the International Chess Federation) since 1957 (every two years since 1972), where national women's teams compete at chess for gold, silver and bronze medals. Since 1976 the Women's Chess Olympiad has been incorporated within Chess Olympiad events, with simultaneous women's and open tournaments.

The Soviet Union has won it the most often: 11 times. Since the break-up of the Soviet Union, China have won the event six times, Georgia – four times, Russia – three times and Ukraine – two times. It has also been won by Hungary (twice) and Israel (once in 1976 when it was boycotted by the Eastern Bloc).

ResultsEdit

From 1957 to 1974 the Women's Olympiad was a separate event (with except of the 1972 event). Since 1976 it has been held in the same place and at the same time as the open event.

Year Event Host Gold Silver Bronze
1957 1st Women's Chess Olympiad   Emmen, Netherlands   Soviet Union 10½
Olga Rubtsova
Kira Zvorykina
  Romania 10½
Maria Pogorevici
Margareta Teodorescu
  East Germany 10
Edith Keller-Herrmann
Ursula Altrichter
1963 2nd Women's Chess Olympiad   Split, Yugoslavia   Soviet Union 25
Nona Gaprindashvili
Tatiana Zatulovskaya
Kira Zvorykina
  Yugoslavia 24½
Milunka Lazarević
Verica Nedeljković
Katarina Jovanović-Blagojević
  East Germany 21
Edith Keller-Herrmann
Waltraud Nowarra
Eveline Kraatz
1966 3rd Women's Chess Olympiad   Oberhausen, West Germany   Soviet Union 22
Nona Gaprindashvili
Valentina Kozlovskaya
Tatiana Zatulovskaya
  Romania 20½
Alexandra Nicolau
Elisabeta Polihroniade
Margareta Perevoznic
  East Germany 17
Edith Keller-Herrmann
Waltraud Nowarra
Gabriele Just
1969 4th Women's Chess Olympiad   Lublin, Poland   Soviet Union 26
Nona Gaprindashvili
Alla Kushnir
Nana Alexandria
  Hungary 20½
Mária Ivánka
Zsuzsa Verőci
Károlyné Honfi
  Czechoslovakia 19
Štěpánka Vokřálová
Květa Eretová
Jana Malypetrová
1972 20th Chess Olympiad   Skopje, Yugoslavia   Soviet Union 11½
Nona Gaprindashvili
Alla Kushnir
Irina Levitina
  Romania 8
Elisabeta Polihroniade
Gertrude Baumstark
Alexandra Nicolau
  Hungary 8
Mária Ivánka
Zsuzsa Verőci
Gyuláné Krizsán-Bilek
1974 6th Women's Chess Olympiad   Medellín, Colombia   Soviet Union 13½
Nona Gaprindashvili
Nana Alexandria
Irina Levitina
  Romania 13½
Elisabeta Polihroniade
Gertrude Baumstark
Margareta Teodorescu
  Bulgaria 13
Tatjana Lematschko
Antonina Georgieva
Venka Asenova
1976 22nd Chess Olympiad *   Haifa, Israel   Israel 17
Alla Kushnir
Ljuba Kristol
Olga Podrazhanskaya
Lea Nudelman
  England 11½
Jana Hartston
Sheila Jackson
Elaine Pritchard
Susan Caldwell
  Spain 11½
Pepita Ferrer Lucas
Nieves García Vicente
María del Pino García Padrón
Teresa Canela Giménez
1978 23rd Chess Olympiad   Buenos Aires, Argentina   Soviet Union 16
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nona Gaprindashvili
Nana Alexandria
Elena Akhmilovskaya
  Hungary 11
Zsuzsa Verőci-Petronić
Mária Ivánka
Zsuzsa Makai
Rita Kas
  West Germany 11
Anni Laakmann
Gisela Fischdick
Barbara Hund
Hannelore Weichert
1980 24th Chess Olympiad   Valletta, Malta   Soviet Union 32½
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nona Gaprindashvili
Nana Alexandria
Nana Ioseliani
  Hungary 32
Zsuzsa Verőci-Petronić
Mária Ivánka
Mária Porubszky-Angyalosine
Tünde Csonkics
  Poland 26½
Hanna Ereńska-Radzewska
Grażyna Szmacińska
Małgorzata Wiese
Agnieszka Brustman
1982 25th Chess Olympiad   Lucerne, Switzerland   Soviet Union 33
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nana Alexandria
Nona Gaprindashvili
Nana Ioseliani
  Romania 30
Margareta Mureșan
Marina Pogorevici
Daniela Nuţu-Terescenko
Elisabeta Polihroniade
  Hungary 26
Zsuzsa Verőci-Petronić
Mária Ivánka
Mária Porubszky-Angyalosine
Tünde Csonkics
1984 26th Chess Olympiad   Thessaloniki, Greece   Soviet Union 32
Maia Chiburdanidze
Irina Levitina
Nona Gaprindashvili
Lidia Semenova
  Bulgaria 27½
Margarita Voyska
Rumiana Gocheva
Pavlina Chilingirova
Stefka Savova
  Romania 27
Margareta Mureșan
Elisabeta Polihroniade
Daniela Nuţu
Gabriela Olărașu
1986 27th Chess Olympiad   Dubai, United Arab Emirates   Soviet Union 33½
Maia Chiburdanidze
Elena Akhmilovskaya
Nona Gaprindashvili
Nana Alexandria
  Hungary 29
Zsuzsa Verőci-Petronić
Ildikó Mádl
Mária Ivánka
Mária Grosch
  Romania28
Margareta Mureșan
Daniela Nuţu
Elisabeta Polihroniade
Gabriela Olărașu
1988 28th Chess Olympiad   Thessaloniki, Greece   Hungary 33
Zsuzsa Polgár
Judit Polgár
Ildikó Mádl
Zsófia Polgár
  Soviet Union 32½
Maia Chiburdanidze
Elena Akhmilovskaya
Irina Levitina
Marta Litinskaya
  Yugoslavia 28
Alisa Marić
Gordana Marković
Suzana Maksimović
Vesna Bašagić
1990 29th Chess Olympiad   Novi Sad, Yugoslavia   Hungary 35
Zsuzsa Polgár
Judit Polgár
Zsófia Polgár
Ildikó Mádl
  Soviet Union 35
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nona Gaprindashvili
Alisa Galliamova
Ketevan Arakhamia
  China 29
Xie Jun
Peng Zhaoqin
Qin Kanying
Wang Lei
1992 30th Chess Olympiad   Manila, Philippines   Georgia 30½
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nona Gaprindashvili
Nana Ioseliani
Nino Gurieli
  Ukraine 29
Alisa Galliamova-Ivanchuk
Marta Litinskaya
Irina Chelushkina
Lidia Semenova
  China 28½
Xie Jun
Peng Zhaoqin
Wang Pin
Qin Kanying
1994 31st Chess Olympiad   Moscow, Russia   Georgia 32
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nana Ioseliani
Ketevan Arakhamia
Nino Gurieli
  Hungary 31
Zsuzsa Polgár
Zsófia Polgár
Ildikó Mádl
Tünde Csonkics
  China 27
Xie Jun
Peng Zhaoqin
Qin Kanying
Zhu Chen
1996 32nd Chess Olympiad   Yerevan, Armenia   Georgia 30
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nana Ioseliani
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
Nino Gurieli
  China 28½
Xie Jun
Zhu Chen
Wang Lei
Wang Pin
  Russia 28½
Alisa Galliamova
Svetlana Matveeva
Svetlana Prudnikova
Ludmila Zaitseva
1998 33rd Chess Olympiad   Elista, Russia   China 29
Xie Jun
Zhu Chen
Wang Pin
Wang Lei
  Russia 27
Svetlana Matveeva
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
Tatiana Shumiakina
Tatiana Stepovaya-Dianchenko
  Georgia 27
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nana Ioseliani
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant
Nino Khurtsidze
2000 34th Chess Olympiad   Istanbul, Turkey   China 32
Xie Jun
Zhu Chen
Xu Yuhua
Wang Lei
  Georgia 31
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nana Ioseliani
Nino Khurtsidze
Nino Gurieli
  Russia 28½
Alisa Galliamova
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
Svetlana Matveeva
Tatiana Stepovaya-Dianchenko
2002 35th Chess Olympiad   Bled, Slovenia   China 29½
Zhu Chen
Xu Yuhua
Wang Pin
Zhao Xue
  Russia 29
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
Svetlana Matveeva
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Tatiana Kosintseva
  Poland 28
Iweta Radziewicz
Joanna Dworakowska
Monika Soćko
Beata Kądziołka
2004 36th Chess Olympiad   Calvià, Spain   China 31
Xie Jun
Xu Yuhua
Zhao Xue
Huang Qian
  United States 28
Susan Polgar
Irina Krush
Anna Zatonskih
Jennifer Shahade
  Russia 27½
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Tatiana Kosintseva
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
Nadezhda Kosintseva
2006 37th Chess Olympiad   Turin, Italy   Ukraine 29½
Natalia Zhukova
Kateryna Lahno
Inna Gaponenko
Anna Ushenina
  Russia 28
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Tatiana Kosintseva
Nadezhda Kosintseva
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya
  China 27½
Zhao Xue
Wang Yu
Shen Yang
Hou Yifan
2008 38th Chess Olympiad   Dresden, Germany   Georgia 18
Maia Chiburdanidze
Nana Dzagnidze
Lela Javakhishvili
Maia Lomineishvili
Sopiko Khukhashvili
  Ukraine 18
Kateryna Lahno
Natalia Zhukova
Anna Ushenina
Inna Gaponenko
Natalia Zdebskaya
  United States 17
Irina Krush
Anna Zatonskih
Rusudan Goletiani
Katerina Rohonyan
Tatev Abrahamyan
2010 39th Chess Olympiad   Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia   Russia 22
Tatiana Kosintseva
Nadezhda Kosintseva
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Alisa Galliamova
Valentina Gunina
  China 18
Hou Yifan
Ju Wenjun
Zhao Xue
Huang Qian
Wang Yu
  Georgia 16
Nana Dzagnidze
Lela Javakhishvili
Salome Melia
Sopiko Khukhashvili
Bela Khotenashvili
2012 40th Chess Olympiad   Istanbul, Turkey   Russia 19
Tatiana Kosintseva
Valentina Gunina
Nadezhda Kosintseva
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Natalia Pogonina
  China 19
Hou Yifan
Zhao Xue
Ju Wenjun
Huang Qian
Ding Yixin
  Ukraine 18
Kateryna Lahno
Mariya Muzychuk
Natalia Zhukova
Anna Ushenina
Inna Gaponenko
2014 41st Chess Olympiad   Tromsø, Norway   Russia 20
Kateryna Lagno
Valentina Gunina
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Olga Girya
Natalia Pogonina
  China 18
Hou Yifan
Ju Wenjun
Zhao Xue
Tan Zhongyi
Guo Qi
  Ukraine 18
Anna Muzychuk
Mariya Muzychuk
Anna Ushenina
Natalia Zhukova
Inna Gaponenko
2016 42nd Chess Olympiad   Baku, Azerbaijan   China 20
Hou Yifan
Ju Wenjun
Zhao Xue
Tan Zhongyi
Guo Qi
  Poland 17
Monika Soćko
Jolanta Zawadzka
Karina Szczepkowska-Horowska
Klaudia Kulon
Mariola Woźniak
  Ukraine 17
Anna Muzychuk
Mariya Muzychuk
Natalia Zhukova
Anna Ushenina
Inna Gaponenko
2018 43rd Chess Olympiad   Batumi, Georgia   China 18
Ju Wenjun
Shen Yang
Huang Qian
Lei Tingjie
Zhai Mo
  Ukraine 18
Anna Muzychuk
Mariya Muzychuk
Anna Ushenina
Natalia Zhukova
Iulija Osmak
  Georgia 17
Nana Dzagnidze
Lela Javakhishvili
Nino Batsiashvili
Bela Khotenashvili
Meri Arabidze
2022 44th Chess Olympiad   Chennai, India   Ukraine 18
Mariya Muzychuk
Anna Muzychuk
Anna Ushenina
Nataliya Buksa
Iulija Osmak
  Georgia 18
Nana Dzagnidze
Nino Batsiashvili
Lela Javakhishvili
Salome Melia
Meri Arabidze
  India 17
Koneru Humpy
Harika Dronavalli
Rameshbabu Vaishali
Tania Sachdev
Bhakti Kulkarni
2024 45th Chess Olympiad   Budapest, Hungary
2026 46th Chess Olympiad   Uzbekistan

* In 1976 the Soviet Union and other Socialist states did not compete for political reasons.

Total team rankingEdit

The table contains the women's teams ranked by the medals won at the Chess Olympiad, not including the unofficial events, ranked by the number of first place medals, ties broken by second-place medals, etc.

RankNationGoldSilverBronzeTotal
1  Soviet Union112013
2  China64414
3  Georgia4239
4  Russia3339
5  Hungary2529
6  Ukraine2338
7  Israel1001
8  Romania0527
9  Poland0123
10  Bulgaria0112
  United States0112
  Yugoslavia0112
13  England0101
14  East Germany0033
15  Czechoslovakia0011
  India0011
  Spain0011
  West Germany0011
Totals (18 nations)29292987

Most successful playersEdit

Boldface denotes active chess players and highest medal count among all players (including these who not included in these tables) per type.

Multiple team championsEdit

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Nona Gaprindashvili   Soviet Union
  Georgia
1963 1992 11 1 12
2 Maia Chiburdanidze   Soviet Union
  Georgia
1978 2008 9 3 1 13
3 Nana Alexandria   Soviet Union 1969 1986 6 6
4 Nana Ioseliani   Soviet Union
  Georgia
1980 2000 5 1 1 7
5 Zhao Xue   China 2002 2016 3 3 1 7
6 Alexandra Kosteniuk   Russia 2002 2014 3 2 1 6
7 Xie Jun   China 1990 2004 3 1 3 7
8 Zhu Chen   China 1994 2002 3 1 1 5
9 Nino Gurieli   Georgia 1992 2000 3 1 4
Irina Levitina   Soviet Union 1972 1988 3 1 4

Multiple team medalistsEdit

The table shows players who have won at least 6 team medals in total at the Chess Olympiads.

Rank Player Country From To Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 Maia Chiburdanidze   Soviet Union
  Georgia
1978 2008 9 3 1 13
2 Nona Gaprindashvili   Soviet Union
  Georgia
1963 1992 11 1 12
3 Nana Ioseliani   Soviet Union
  Georgia
1980 2000 5 1 1 7
4 Zhao Xue   China 2002 2016 3 3 1 7
5 Xie Jun   China 1990 2004 3 1 3 7
6 Anna Ushenina   Ukraine 2006 2022 2 2 3 7
7 Nana Alexandria   Soviet Union 1969 1986 6 6
8 Alexandra Kosteniuk   Russia 2002 2014 3 2 1 6
9 Natalia Zhukova   Ukraine 2006 2018 1 2 3 6
10 Mária Ivánka   Hungary 1969 1986 4 2 6
Elisabeta Polihroniade   Romania 1966 1986 4 2 6
Zsuzsa Verőci-Petronić   Hungary 1969 1986 4 2 6

Best individual results in the women's sectionEdit

The best individual results in order of overall percentage are:

Rank
Player       Country       Ol. Gms.   +     =     –    %    Individual
medals
  Number of
ind. medals
  Team medals   Number of
team medals
  1  Nona Gaprindashvili   Soviet Union (11)
  Georgia (1)
12 128  94  26   8 83.6 8 – 3 – 0 11 11 – 1 – 0 12
  2  Nadezhda Kosintseva   Russia 5 51  36  13   2 83.3 4 – 0 – 0 4 2 – 1 – 1 4
  3  Pia Cramling   Sweden 9 107  71  33   3 81.8 3 – 2 – 2 7 0 – 0 – 0 0
  4  Zsófia Polgár   Hungary 4 48  32  13   3 80.2 2 – 0 – 1 3 2 – 1 – 0 3
  5  Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant   Soviet Union (1)
  Georgia (4)
  Scotland (3)
8 86  58  19   9 78.5 2 – 0 – 1 3 2 – 1 – 1 4
  6  Wang Lei   China 4 32  21   8   3 78.1 1 – 0 – 0 1 2 – 1 – 1 4
  7  Zsuzsa (Susan) Polgár   Hungary (3)
  United States (1)
4 56  31  25   0 77.7 1 – 2 – 1 4 2 – 2 – 0 4
  8  Valentina Gunina   Russia 5 46  27  16   3 76.1 2 – 0 – 0 2 3 – 0 – 0 3
  9  Nana Alexandria   Soviet Union 6 54  35  12   7 75.9 4 – 0 – 0 4 6 – 0 – 0 6
  10  Alisa Galliamova
(Galliamova-Ivanchuk)
  Soviet Union (1)
  Ukraine (1)
  Russia (3)
5 57  39   8  10 75.4 0 – 2 – 0 2 1 – 2 – 2 5
  11  Zhao Xue   China 8 81  49  24   8 75.3 3 – 0 – 0 3 3 – 3 – 1 7
  12  Maia Chiburdanidze   Soviet Union (7)
  Georgia (8)
15 167  89  73   5 75.1 4 – 2 – 3 9 9 – 3 – 1 13
  13  Iman Hasan Al-Rufaye   Iraq 5 48  31  10   7 75.0 1 – 2 – 0 3 0 – 0 – 0 0
  14  Hou Yifan   China 6 61  34  23   4 74.6 1 – 3 – 2 6 1 – 3 – 1 5
  15  Nana Ioseliani   Soviet Union (2)
  Georgia (6)
8 88  49  32   7 73.9 2 – 2 – 1 5 5 – 1 – 1 7
  16  Zhu Chen   China 5 59  34  19   6 73.7 2 – 1 – 0 3 3 – 1 – 1 5
  17  Nino Batsiashvili   Georgia 5 45  27  12   6 73.3 1 – 1 – 0 2 0 – 1 – 1 2
  18  Zsuzsa Verőci-Petronić   Hungary 10 118  62  48   8 72.9 0 – 3 – 2 5 0 – 4 – 2 6
  19  Sarasadat Khademalsharieh   Iran 4 40  22  14   4 72.5 0 – 0 – 0 0 0 – 0 – 0 0
  20  Edith Keller-Herrmann   East Germany 4 49  26  19   4 72.4 0 – 1 – 1 2 0 – 0 – 3 3
Notes
  • Only players participating in at least four Olympiads are included in this table.
  • Medals indicated in the order gold - silver - bronze. The statistics of individual medals includes only medals which are awarding to the top three individual players on each board. The medals for overall performance rating (awarded in 1984–2006) are not included into this statistics, but are listed separately below the table.
  • Nona Gaprindashvili played eleven Olympiads for the Soviet Union, and one for Georgia. She won another one individual gold medal and one individual bronze medal for overall performance rating. In total she won 9 gold, 3 silver and 1 bronze individual medals.
  • Pia Cramling won another one individual silver medal and one individual bronze medal for overall performance rating. In total she won 3 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze individual medals.
  • Zsófia Polgár won another one individual gold medal for overall performance rating. In total she won 3 gold and 1 bronze individual medals.
  • Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant played her first Olympiad for the Soviet Union, then four for Georgia and three for Scotland. She won another one individual gold medal and one individual bronze medal for overall performance rating. In total she won 3 gold and 2 bronze individual medals.
  • Wang Lei won another one individual gold medal for overall performance rating. In total she won 2 individual gold medals.
  • Zsuzsa Polgár played three Olympiads for Hungary, and one for the United States (as Susan Polgar). She won another one individual gold medal and two individual bronze medals for overall performance rating. In total she won 2 gold, 2 silver and 3 bronze individual medals.
  • Alisa Galliamova played her first Olympiad for the Soviet Union, then one for Ukraine (as Galliamova-Ivanchuk) and three for Russia. She won another two individual silver medals for overall performance rating. In total she won 4 individual silver medals.
  • Zhao Xue won another two individual gold medals and one individual bronze medal for overall performance rating. In total she won 5 gold and 1 bronze individual medals.
  • Maia Chiburdanidze played her first seven Olympiads for the Soviet Union, the rest for Georgia. She won another one individual gold medal and three individual bronze medals for overall performance rating. In total she won 5 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze individual medals.
  • Hou Yifan won another one individual bronze medal for overall performance rating. In total she won 1 gold, 3 silver and 3 bronze individual medals.
  • Nana Ioseliani played her first two Olympiads for the Soviet Union, the rest for Georgia. She won another one individual silver medal and one individual bronze medal for overall performance rating. In total she won 2 gold, 3 silver and 2 bronze individual medals.
  • Zhu Chen won another two individual gold medals for overall performance rating. In total she won 4 gold and 1 silver individual medals.

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