Photograph (6" x 9 1/2") of the tournament players, their seconds, coaches or trainers assembled for the International Woman's Chess Tournament held in Tbilisi and Batumi, George in 1961. The photograph has the signatures of the players and seconds in the picture on the verso. Those which can be identified are Venka Asenova (Bulgaria), Ursula Liebert (Germany) Kira Alexeevna Zvokrikina (Soviet Union), Valentina Yakovlena Kozlosvskaya (Soviet Union), Kveta Eretovea (Czechoslovakia) and T Giorgadze (Georgia, Traniner).
Pictured at the center is Nona Gaprindashvili, who rose to stardom in 1961 as she earned the chance to compete for the Womenâ€™s World Chess Championship against Elizaveta Bykova. She would go on to use her sharp, attacking style to defeat Bykova 9-2 in the 1962 Womenâ€™s World Chess Championship. The tournament was held April 24 through May 15 1961 with the first half played in the Georgian capital o Tbilisi and the second half in the Black Sea resort of Batumi. The contestants were Nona Gaprindasviliova capturing first place with 11 point. Alla Cajkovska captured second a point behind. A three way tie took place for third between EEliso Kakabadze, Kira Zvorykinova and Vera Tichomirova each with a score of 9.5. Sixth and seventh was shared between Manna Togonizde and Kveta Eretove at 8.5. In sole seventh was Alexandra Ekatarina Nicolau with 7. Capturing 6 points, Valentina Kozloskaya, T Hugashvili and V Asenova shared ninth. Katarina Jovanovic took sole twelfth with 5, followed by the rest of the field who all shared the thirteen through fifteenth place.
The photograph has some light wear in very good condition.