2018 US Women’s Chess Champion Nazi Paikidze

Nazi Paikidze after winning the 2018 US Women’s Championship. Photo: Lennart Ootes

Nazi Paikidze

2018 and 2016 U.S. Women’s Champion and International Master

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Birthday: October 27, 1993

City: Las Vegas, Nevada

Nazi Paikidze is known for being a dominant force at the US Women’s Championship. Out of the four times she’s competed, she’s a two-time winner (2016 and 2018), and her two “worst” performances were both 2nd place (tying in 2015 and clear 2nd in 2017).

Paikidze was a notable prodigy throughout her childhood, winning 12 medals at the World Youth, World Junior, and European Junior Championships, including two World Youth gold medals in the U-14 Girls  in 2007 and U-16 Girls in 2008. Paikidze earned the International Master title in 2012 and moved to the U.S. to study at the University of Maryland, Baltimore and compete for its prominent chess team in 2013.

One of Paikidze’s most impressive victories was the last round of the 2016 US Women’s Championship when she defeated the top seed, GM Irina Krush, in a beautiful attacking game with black to secure clear 1st.

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