Women's World Chess Championship 1962

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The 1962 Women's World Chess Championship was won by Nona Gaprindashvili, who beat the reigning champion Elisabeth Bykova in the title match.

1961 Candidates Tournament[edit]

The Candidates Tournament was held in Vrnjačka Banja in October-November 1961 and utterly dominated by rising star Gaprindashvili, who went through the event undefeated and finished a full two points ahead of her closest competitor.[1]

1961 Women's Candidates Tournament
Player 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Points Tie break
1  Nona Gaprindashvili (Soviet Union) - 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 13
2  Valentina Borisenko (Soviet Union) 0 - 0 ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 11
3  Kira Zvorykina (Soviet Union) ½ 1 - ½ 1 0 0 1 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 0 1 1 10
4  Verica Nedeljković (Yugoslavia) ½ ½ ½ - 0 0 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 68.00
5  Milunka Lazarević (Yugoslavia) 0 0 0 1 - 1 0 ½ 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 1 1 ½ 67.75
6  Tatiana Zatulovskaya (Soviet Union) 0 0 1 1 0 - 1 0 0 ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 64.00
7  Alexandra Nicolau (Romania) 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 - 1 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ 1 9 66.50
8  Larissa Volpert (Soviet Union) 0 ½ 0 ½ ½ 1 0 - 1 1 ½ 0 1 1 0 1 1 9 65.00
9  Eva Ladanyike-Karakas (Hungary) ½ 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 - 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 9 63.25
10  Elisabeta Polihroniade (Romania) 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 - 1 1 ½ 1 0 1 1 8
11  Henrijeta Konarkowska (Poland) 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 - ½ 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ 7
12  Chantal Chaudé de Silans (France) ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ - 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 6 48.75
13  Gisela Kahn Gresser (USA) ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 1 0 - 1 1 ½ 0 6 46.50
14  Lisa Lane (USA) ½ 0 0 ½ 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ 1 0 - 1 0 1 6 42.25
15  Fenny Heemskerk (Netherlands) 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 ½ 1 ½ ½ 0 0 - 0 1 40.50
16  Elfriede Rinder (West Germany) 0 0 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 ½ 1 ½ 1 1 - 1 31.00
17  Hundsuren (Mongolia) 0 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 1 0 0 0 -

1962 Championship Match[edit]

The championship match was played in Moscow in 1962. A 20-year old Gaprindashvili crushed the defending champion Bykova by 9-2, not losing a single game, to become the fifth - and by far youngest - Women's World Champion.[2]

Women's World Championship Match 1962
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Total
 Elisabeth Bykova (Soviet Union) ½ 0 0 0 ½ 0 0 ½ ½ 0 0 2
 Nona Gaprindashvili (Soviet Union) ½ 1 1 1 ½ 1 1 ½ ½ 1 1 9

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