Born on New Year’s Day, her passion for chess also developed during the holidays, when her grandmother taught her to play… draughts. 5-year-old Sopiko was curious what the other pieces were for. Her mother, also a chess player, did the rest, and Guramishvili developed into one of the best players of her generation. In 2003 she won silver in the U12 World Youth Championship and bronze in the European, while in 2006 she crowned her junior career by winning the U16 World Youth Championship.
Her rise didn’t stop there, and she gradually acquired chess titles: in 2007 she became a Woman’s International Master, in 2009 a Woman’s International Grandmaster and in 2012 a Men’s International Master.
Her play is bright and aggressive, and her personality shines through both on and off the board. Until graduation in 2013 she managed to combine her chess with studying English and Spanish at the Ilia Chavchavadze University of Georgia in Tbilisi.
Sopiko has the ability to be one of the top female players, but she’s also instantly recognisable to chess fans as the wife of Dutch prodigy Anish Giri. Together they make up one of the most popular and highest rated couples in world chess, and they've even managed to synchronise their wins on the chessboard - when Giri won his first supertournament in Reggio Emilia in early 2012 Sopiko claimed the women's title.
The young Georgian is also fast becoming one of chess24’s most versatile authors, with her video series ranging from the cutting edge opening theory of A complete Najdorf repertoire (does what it says on the tin!) to her experimental series with WGM Anna Rudolf, where she plays “Miss Tactics” to her co-author’s “Miss Strategy”. You can observe their chemistry in the following clip!
photo: Anastasia Karlovich
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