GM Valentina Gunina

Full name
Valentina Gunina
Feb 4, 1989 (age 30)
Place of birth
Murmansk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

One of the best female blitz chess players in the world, Grandmaster Valentina Gunina is also one of the top long-game female chess players as well. With her world record 17/17 perfect score at the Women’s section of the 2010 Moscow Blitz tournament, she put herself on the map and the public has taken notice. Also a prodigy who won all different sections of youth tournaments, she now has recently become the 17th highest rated female chess player in the world, definitely one player to watch out for in the near future.

Valentina Gunina learned to play chess from her father at a young age. She became the Russian Champion in almost every single one of the girls age sections at some point. This includes her being the Russian Champion in the Girls’ U-10, U-14, U-16, U-18 and U-20 sections. She also won the 2000 U-12 European Youth Chess Championship, the 2003 U-14 World Youth Championship, the 2004 U-16 European Youth Championship and the 2007 U-18 World Youth Championship. She became a Woman Grandmaster in 2010 and in that same year she scored an amazing 17/17 perfect score at the Women’s section of the 2010 Moscow Blitz tournament. The next year, in 2011, she became a full International Master. She won the 2011 Russian Women’s Superfinals, probably her biggest tournament success of her career so far. In 2012, she won the European Individual Women’s Championship, defeating Anna Muzychuk in the final round. She also won the 2012 European Women’s Blitz Championship a few days later, scoring an impressive 13/15. In 2013 she won the Russian Women’s Superfinals for the second time and in the same year she also earned the full Grandmaster title. Now that she is ranked as the 17th best female chess player in the world, we will definitely be seeing more things to come from her in the near future.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Old Indian Defense (9) : A53 A54
Giuoco Piano Game (13) : C50 C54 C53
Italian Game (3) : C58
Alekhine Defense (5) : B04 B03
Petrov's Defense (3) : C42
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01
Caro-Kann Defense (9) : B10 B18 B11 B19
Bogo-Indian Defense (29) : E11
Pirc Defense (4) : B07
Ruy Lopez Opening (3) : C84 C77 C67
King's Indian Attack (15) : A07
Queen's Gambit Accepted (28) : D20 D28 D22 D27 D25 D26 D21
Queen's Indian Defense (70) : E18 E15 E16 E17 E12 E19
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (2) : A57
Scotch Game (2) : C45
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (4) : A40
Modern Defense (7) : A40 A42
Queen's Pawn Opening (27) : A41 A40 D02 A43 D00
English Defense (1) : A40
Catalan Opening (3) : E01 E00 E09
Blumenfeld Countergambit (4) : E10
Old Benoni Defense (2) : A44 A43
Reti Opening (18) : A04 A05 A09
Semi-Slav Defense (31) : D45 D43 D44
London System (4) : A48
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (4) : A58 A59
Torre Attack (7) : A48 A46
Budapest Defense (5) : A52
Benko Gambit Declined (5) : A57
Benoni Defense (6) : A60 A70 A61 A56
Tarrasch Defense (7) : D32 D34 D33
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (8) : D79 D73 D78
Undefined (2) : A00
Semi-Slav Defense Accepted (4) : D44
Black Pieces
Indian Game (18) : A45 A46 E10
Colle System (6) : D05 D04
King's Indian Attack (40) : A07
Catalan Opening (9) : E01 E00
Queen's Pawn Opening (24) : D02 D03 D00 A40
Ruy Lopez Opening (9) : C67 C65 C78 C89
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (4) : A01
Reti Opening (12) : A06 A05 A04 A09
Vienna Game (2) : C26
Queen's Indian Defense (17) : E12 E16 E18 E17 E15
Giuoco Piano Game (1) : C54
Trompowsky Attack (3) : A45
Semi-Slav Defense (23) : D45 D43 D47 D48 D46
Petrov's Defense (3) : C42
Italian Game (1) : C56
Bogo-Indian Defense (4) : E11
Scandinavian Defense (4) : B01
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
King's Indian Defense (3) : E61 E60
Tarrasch Defense (16) : D34 D32
Pirc Defense (2) : B08 B07
Benoni Defense (1) : A61
Undefined (1) : A00
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (1) : A58
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Queen's Gambit Accepted (1) : D20
Neo-Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D79