Pia Cramling is a Swedish Chess Grandmaster, wife of Grandmaster Juan Manuel Bellón López, and mother of FIDE Master Anna Cramling.
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Full Name: Pia Ann Rosa-Della Cramling
Title: Grandmaster (1992)
Born: April 23, 1963
Place of birth: Stockholm, Sweden
World Ranking: 1083
Pia cramling was born in Stockholm, Sweden, on April 23, 1963. She is now aged 59. Pia is a female Grandmaster playing under the Swedish Chess Federation. She attained the Grandmaster title in 1992, becoming the third woman to achieve the status of a Grandmaster. Pia is married to Juan Manuel Lopez. Juan Lopez is also a Spanish Grandmaster, and the couple has one daughter together, Anna Cramling.
Anna Cramling is also a chess player, having earned the Woman Fide Master. Pia and Anna once shared the same arena at the 42nd Chess Olympiad in Baku in 2016. Anna played on board five while her mother played on board one representing the Swedish team. Pia Cramling was introduced to chess at a younger age, motivating her to become one of the best in the world. She is among the top female chess players in the world.
They realized Pia Cramling’s passion for chess at a tender age. Pia started her career taking part in the World Championship Under 16. Pia played her first match in 1976, aged 13 years. She, however, lost the game 0-1 to a fellow youngster, N Grinberg. Pia didn’t give up despite a disappointing start to her career. She went ahead to win her first match the same year (1976) at the World Under 16 championship.
Pia won by 1-0 against O Foisor. She was starting to show a great career ahead by winning against Petursson and a tie against Rogers at the same tournament. She could, however, bow out of the World Under 16 Championship by losing to Rogers by 0-1. At age 15, Pia Cramling had one of her best performances as a youngster at the Buenos Aires of Women. She won all her matches at the tournament losing only one round to Jurcynska by 0-1. With her spectacular performances, Pia won multiple prizes and accolades at the junior competitions. She was fast getting noticed by chess enthusiasts for her great display at chess.
Pia was becoming hard to beat and proving par above her peers. In her teens, she had become one of the strongest female chess players in the world. It was time to show the world what she indeed was. She won the Gausdal Open in 1980, beating S GMyreng by 1-0. she had a promising chess career ahead of her.
Pia Cramling attained the status of Grandmaster in 1992 and became an International Master in 1983. She has been the highest-rated Woman on FIDE world ratings the World three times. Pia is the third woman to earn the Grandmaster title. In 2003 and 2010, Pia won the European Individual Chess Championship. Pia had a memorable performance in Biel where she won the Accentus Ladies Tournament. Pia cramling has been a famous figure representing Sweden in many tournaments. She has had great success with the team at European Team Chess Championship, Nordiac Cup and Telechess Olympiad. She has also represented the country in the Women and Open categories in the Chess Olympiad.
In 1984 and 1988, Pia won gold in the individual categories in the Women’s Chess Olympiad. Pia was the best player on Board one at the Women’s Chess Olympiad in the two years. she also won the gold medal representing Cercle d’Echecs in the European Club Cup for Women. Pia won the gold in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2016. Pia Cramling currently ranks at position 13 nationally in Sweden and position 781 in Europe. Pia cramling has had a tremendous career winning various prizes and accolades.
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