Since the early 1980s, Pia Cramling has been one of
the strongest female players in the world. She regularly plays on the Swedish
(Men's) team in the World Chess Olympiads, one of only three women to regularly
play on the "men's" teams. In 1992, she was awarded the title of
grandmaster by the International Chess Federation (FIDE). Cramling, married to
the Spanish grandmaster Juan Bellon, lived in Spain for a number of years. She
won the 2003 women's European Individual Chess Championship.
She was member of the Monte Carlo Chess Club which won
the European Club Cup twice in 2007 and 2008. She won the Mon Roi Grand Prix in
2007 and also took the second place with 6 points in İş Bank Atatürk
International Women Masters tournament last year. She advanced to the semi
final last year in FIDE World Women Chess Championship in Nalchik but
eliminated by the eventual champion Alexandra Kosteniuk.