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Nana Ioseliani : biography

12 February 1962 -

Nana Mikhailovna Ioseliani (born 12 February 1962) is a Georgian woman chess player. She has held the FIDE Woman Grandmaster title since 1980, and the International Master title since 1993.

She has twice won the candidate's tournament to play for the Women's World Chess Championship. In 1988 she challenged defending champion Maia Chiburdanidze, and lost 8½ to 9½ (+2, =11, -3). In 1993 she played Xie Jun, and lost heavily, 2½ to 8½.

She has won the Women's Soviet Chess Championship four times. She played in 8 Women's Chess Olympiads between 1980 and 2002, winning team gold 5 times in total, twice with Russia (in 1980 and 1982) and three times with Georgia (1992, 1994 and 1996). Her individual score was 65 points from 88 games (+49, =32, -7).

Ioseliani also played for Georgia in the 1997 World Men's Team Championship, scoring 1½/7 on board 2.

Since 2003, Ioseliani has taken a break from chess playing, and is an entrepreneur in Prague.

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