Nino Khurtsidze 1975-2018

by André Schulz
4/24/2018 – Nino Khurtsidze died Monday in Tbilisi after a long illness. The multiple times youth and junior world champion was one of the best players in Georgia. In 2017, she was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 41. | Photo: David Llada

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Nino Khurtsidze was born on September 28, 1975, and lived in Tbilisi. She learned chess at a young age and was soon successful on a national and international level. She earned the WGM title in 1993 and the IM title in 1999.

Here are just a few of her career highlights:

  • 1991 she won the U16 Girls' World Championship
  • 1992 she became U20 European champion and U18 Vice World Champion of the girls
  • In 1993 and 1995 she was first in the Girls U20 World Championships, and second in 1994
  • Georgian national champion among women five times: 1989, 1993, 2005, 2006 and 2013
  • In 1998, she even won the Georgian national championships in open competition

Khurtsidze played on the Georgian women's team in five Chess Olympiads: 1998, 2000, 2002, 2006 and 2012. In 2000, she won the silver medal with the team and achieved the best single result on the third board and the third best individual result of all participants.

In 2007, 2011 and 2013, she took part in Georgia's World Team Championships teams. Between 1999 and 2013, she also played seven times with the Georgian team at the European Women's European Championship.

Khurtsidze was a member of several club teams in various European leagues. In the German Women's League, she played with the SC Baden-Oos (2003, 2004 and 2005), the German Team Champion. With Mearni Tbilisi she won the European Club Cup in 1996, with Agrouniversal Zemun in 2001 and with Mika Yerevan in 2006. With 6 out of 7 she won gold in the individual ranking at the 2006 competition on the fourth board.

At the Women's World Cup 2017 in Tehran, Khurtsidze reached the quarter-finals, losing to Antoaneta Stefanova.

Her last tournament was the Georgian Women's Championship in March 2017, where she finished second. In the penultimate round, she won against Miranda Mikadze.


Nino Khursidze was coached for many years by GM Konstantin Aseev.

In the summer of 2017, her cancer became known when friends raised money for medical treatment. Nino Khutsidze was 42 years old.

Translation from German: Macauley Peterson


André Schulz started working for ChessBase in 1991 and is an editor of ChessBase News.


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