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Alisa Melekhina
Number of games in database: 161
Years covered: 2006 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2192 (2139 rapid, 2117 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2304
Overall record: +42 -70 =49 (41.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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A07 King's Indian Attack (11 games)
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B01 Scandinavian (5 games)
C45 Scotch Game (5 games)
E92 King's Indian (5 games)
B07 Pirc (4 games)
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   🏆 US Chess Championship (Women)
   A Melekhina vs K Nemcova (Apr-25-16) 0-1
   N Paikidze vs A Melekhina (Apr-24-16) 1-0
   A Melekhina vs C Yip (Apr-23-16) 1/2-1/2
   Jennifer Yu vs A Melekhina (Apr-22-16) 1-0
   A Melekhina vs T Abrahamyan (Apr-21-16) 0-1

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(born Jun-26-1991, 28 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality United States of America)

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WIM and FIDE master. Beginning to play chess at age 5, Alisa Melekhina has represented the US in eight consecutive World Youth Chess Championships, in three Pan-Americans, the World Juniors, and the World University Chess Championships, placing in the top 10 several times.

She was the youngest player invited to the 2007 US Women's Chess Championship, finished tied for third in the 2009 Championships, and remains the youngest player once again in the 2011 US Women's Championships. Her biggest chess accomplishments are the gold medal at the 2009 Women's World Team Championships held in Ningbo, China, and an International Master norm earned in 2008. Alisa has also been active in ballet and dance since in the age of 6, but after earning her bachelor's degree in philosophy at 19, she focused on her legal studies at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, from which she graduated in 2014. She is now a litigation associate at Devoise & Plimpton in New York.

Wikipedia article: Alisa Melekhina

(1) (2) (2017 podcast interview with Ben Johnson of Perpetual Chess).

Last updated: 2017-11-20 23:31:08

 page 1 of 7; games 1-25 of 161  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. A Samuelson vs A Melekhina  0-173200634th World OpenC24 Bishop's Opening
2. R Hess vs A Melekhina  ½-½462007World OpenC77 Ruy Lopez
3. A Melekhina vs J Bartholomew  0-1482007World OpenB01 Scandinavian
4. A Melekhina vs T Bartell  1-0472007World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
5. S Uesugi vs A Melekhina  ½-½422007World OpenC53 Giuoco Piano
6. D Rensch vs A Melekhina 1-0392007World OpenC45 Scotch Game
7. A Melekhina vs K Gulami  0-1402007World OpenB23 Sicilian, Closed
8. A Melekhina vs D Ludwig  ½-½452007World OpenA07 King's Indian Attack
9. J Bonin vs A Melekhina  ½-½452007World OpenE92 King's Indian
10. A Melekhina vs T Abrahamyan  ½-½382007US Women's ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
11. A Zatonskih vs A Melekhina  1-0362007US Women's ChampionshipE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
12. A Melekhina vs T Batchimeg 1-0452007US Women's ChampionshipC48 Four Knights
13. T Battsetseg vs A Melekhina  1-0722007US Women's ChampionshipC53 Giuoco Piano
14. A Melekhina vs C Baginskaite  0-1782007US Women's ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
15. C Airapetian vs A Melekhina  0-1802007US Women's ChampionshipC45 Scotch Game
16. A Melekhina vs E Vicary  1-0322007US Women's ChampionshipB25 Sicilian, Closed
17. I Krush vs A Melekhina  1-0652007US Women's ChampionshipE73 King's Indian
18. K Rohonyan vs A Melekhina ½-½562007US Women's ChampionshipA10 English
19. I R Ibragimov vs A Melekhina ½-½302008Foxwoods OpenE70 King's Indian
20. A Melekhina vs R Gonzalez  ½-½362008World OpenB01 Scandinavian
21. A Melekhina vs N Mohota  ½-½522008World OpenB02 Alekhine's Defense
22. S Bercys vs A Melekhina  ½-½192008World OpenA42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
23. J Becerra Rivero vs A Melekhina  1-0472008Pan-American ContinentalC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. A Almeida Saenz vs A Melekhina  1-01002008Pan-American ContinentalE64 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Yugoslav System
25. A Melekhina vs S Barrientos Chavarriaga 0-1712008Pan-American ContinentalB01 Scandinavian
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  offramp: An anagram of <I am as Alekhine>.
Jan-06-14  Fluffy: Her ELO has been sliding steadily for the last couple years, but I'm guessing it's because she's having to focus most of her attention on her law degree classes.

I'm hoping she pursues chess once she graduates; it would be nice to have another American woman in the hunt. But since law surely pays much more than chess I'm guessing she will put her time into a law career.

<<WannaBe>> Too bad it wasn't a simul and you could submit your game to CG.

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  offramp: <Fluffy: ... she's having to focus most of her attention on her law degree classes.> Is she taking her law degree at the Sorbonne?
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  JointheArmy: <WannaBe> I played at the same tournament (i.e. Bay Area International/Amateur). She played RIGHT behind me for the first couple rounds (i.e. I played in the XA section).

<offramp> No. An ivy league university (UPenn).

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  offramp: Better than the Sorbonne!
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  WannaBe: <JointheArmy> Sheeeet, if I had known that, I'd say 'Hi'.

Are you (possibly) the guy that was wearing Seahawks jersey? Friday night game?

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  JointheArmy: <WannaBe> No, but I believe I remember the Seahawks jersey guy.

I was the white kid with glasses and the really bushy hair. I would always hover over Ladia's game (i.e. the blonde hair kid).

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  Richard Taylor: I just watched a few videos by her on YouTube. Very attractive and interesting also, on the c3 and also endgames and how to recognize when the nature of the position has changed.

That is hard, I often get quite despondent when things go for the worse.

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  Richard Taylor: It is good she is studying philosophy and law. Chess can be a back up (I DONT mean because she is a woman, it applies to young men also): and I think that a career in Law etc can be as interesting and advantageous as Chess.

But she can still get back to chess later.

Feb-26-14  schnarre: ...She's roughly the same age as my little sister (also in ballet, among other performing arts).
Mar-17-14  Caissanist: Melekhina writes about her chess career, and about how law school has affected her chess: .
Mar-17-14  John Abraham: <Caissanist> Insightful article, thanks for posting!
May-07-14  PinnedPiece: Good luck in the 2014 U.S. Women's Championship!

If she does any better than last place, it should be a confidence builder; otoh if she comes behind the 13-yr old Eswaran, this could be her last appearance at the national level.


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  ketchuplover: She may crush Krush!
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  ketchuplover: It was a draw :(
May-19-14  PinnedPiece: Alissa wins two games, including the last game of the tournament.

Not too bad.


May-19-14  Chess for life: Superwoman.
Sep-02-14  Karpova: The article linked to by <Caissanist> on March 17, was now published on chessbase (part I of it) with more pictures and a link to her video <How to win in the c3 Sicilian in 21 moves or less>:
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  PhilFeeley: She annotates one of her best games in the c3 Sicilian here:

I'm unsure of the date. The game, which is not here yet:

Philiadelphia, 2010 (?)
1. e4 c5 2. c3 Nf6 3. e5 Nd5 4. Nf3 e6 5. d4 cd4 6. cd4 d6 7. Bc4 Be7 8. 0-0 0-0 9. Qe2 Nc6 10. Nc3 Nxc3 11. bc3 de5 12. de5 Qc7 13. Qe4 b6 14. Bg5 Bb7 15. Bd3 g6 16. Bf6 Rfd8 17. Qe3 Rd7 18. Rad1 Na5 19. Ng5 Bxf6 20. ef6 Rad8 21. Ne4 1-0

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  cro777: The game Malekhina - Shabalov was played at the Philadelphia International, 2011. The event began with a big upset as FM Alisa Melekhina defeated GM Alexander Shabalov in round two.

Alisa's next tournament is Millionaire Chess Open in Las Vegas, a tournament that boasts a total of a million dollars in prizes. Round 1 starts on Thursday, October 9th.

Oct-01-14  SirRuthless: I knew a Malkina(sp). She was the Valedictorian of my high school class as well as a real smokeshow. She resembled Melekhina as well...
Apr-02-16  Caissanist: I have updated Melekhina's bio with information from her LinkedIn profile; she has now graduated and taken a job as an associate at a prestigious NYC firm. Given the typical junior associate workload I am surprised she continues to play at all; my guess is she gives that up before long to concentrate on getting some sleep.
Apr-23-16  Caissanist: Trying to maintain your standing as a top-level chess player while competing for a partnership at a top NYC law firm is basically impossible, as Melekhina's current result in the US Women's Championship demonstrates (+0 -6 =2). Hope she enjoys her last three rounds of play there, it'll be a long time before she qualifies for that tournament again.
Jul-05-17  John Abraham: picture of Alisa with Tania Sachdev:
Apr-23-18  Caissanist: It seems that she still hasn't found it necessary to get any sleep. Not only does she continue to play frequently in tournaments, but she's also found the time to write a self-help book called <Reality Check: What the Ancient Game of Chess Can Teach You About Success in Modern Competitive Settings>, which she has promoted at some of her tournaments. An excerpt from the book can be found here: .
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