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E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya 
Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya
Number of games in database: 103
Years covered: 1975 to 2003
Last FIDE rating: 2375
Highest rating achieved in database: 2410
Overall record: +22 -35 =45 (43.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      1 exhibition game, odds game, etc. is excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 King's Indian (7) 
    E60 E97 E69
 Sicilian (7) 
    B90 B40 B95 B50 B39
 Grunfeld (6) 
    D76 D97 D79
 Queen's Pawn Game (4) 
    A40 E00 E10 A45
With the Black pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C92 C91 C95 C93 C71
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (10) 
    C92 C91 C95 C93
 Orthodox Defense (4) 
    D50 D63 D58
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(born Mar-11-1957, died Nov-18-2012, 55 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Elena Bronislavovna (Donaldson)-Akhmilovskaya was born in Leningrad, USSR. In 1976, she tied for 1st in the Women's Interzonal in Roosendaal. She was awarded the WIM and WGM titles in 1977. In 1985, she took 2nd at the Women's Interzonal in Havana. She was Women's World Championship Challenger in 1986. At the Salonika Olympiad in 1988 she married US Team Captain John William Donaldson and defected to the United States. She won the U.S. Women's Championship in 1990 and 1994, and tied for 1st in 1993.

Elena was a participant in the 1978, 1986, and 1988 Women Chess Olympiads with the Soviet team. She was a participant in the 1992, 1994, 1998, and 2002 Women Chess Olympiads for the USA team. In 1978, she won the Gold medal for best individual performance (winning 100% of her games). In 1988 Donaldson won the Silver medal for best individual performance.

She became a FIDE Instructor in 2010.

The Donaldsons divorced and in 1995 she married IM Georgy Orlov. She died on November 18, 2012, nine months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.

Wikipedia article: Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya

 page 1 of 5; games 1-25 of 103  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs M Litinskaya-Shul  1-050 1975 URS-ch (Women)B39 Sicilian, Accelerated Fianchetto, Breyer Variation
2. Z Veroci Petronic vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  ½-½29 1976 Roosendaal izt wC91 Ruy Lopez, Closed
3. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs R Haring  ½-½45 1976 Roosendaal izt wA02 Bird's Opening
4. M Lazarevic vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  0-153 1976 Roosendaal izt wA03 Bird's Opening
5. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½41 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)B53 Sicilian
6. Chiburdanidze vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  ½-½89 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)A04 Reti Opening
7. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½41 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)A37 English, Symmetrical
8. Chiburdanidze vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  1-087 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)B08 Pirc, Classical
9. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs Chiburdanidze  0-141 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)A49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
10. Chiburdanidze vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  0-176 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
11. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs Chiburdanidze  1-031 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)B90 Sicilian, Najdorf
12. Chiburdanidze vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  1-039 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)E18 Queen's Indian, Old Main line, 7.Nc3
13. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½67 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)B50 Sicilian
14. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs Chiburdanidze  1-047 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)A10 English
15. Chiburdanidze vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  1-050 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)C93 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Smyslov Defense
16. Chiburdanidze vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  ½-½26 1977 Tallinn csf (Women)A08 King's Indian Attack
17. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs N Gaprindashvili  1-030 1979 Spartakiada URSA14 English
18. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs M Ranniku  1-034 1979 URS SpartakiadC19 French, Winawer, Advance
19. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs M Litinskaya-Shul  1-041 1979 URS-ch (Women)B83 Sicilian
20. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs N Gaprindashvili  1-030 1979 Spartakiada URSA14 English
21. R Popivoda vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  ½-½41 1979 URS-ch (Women)C49 Four Knights
22. M Litinskaya-Shul vs E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya  ½-½42 1979 URS SpartakiadE07 Catalan, Closed
23. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs M Litinskaya-Shul 1-041 1979 Alicante izt (Women)B40 Sicilian
24. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs N Gaprindashvili  0-131 1979 Ch URS (w)B06 Robatsch
25. E Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya vs Chiburdanidze 0-132 1979 URS-ch (Women)B95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
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Mar-16-05  pazzed paun: <percyblakeney>isn't she now married to g.orlov?
Mar-30-05  pazzed paun: I think when she won the U.S. women's championship in 1990 the title took a huge jump and it has not looked back-the year before 1989 it was won by 2300 rated Alex Root then 1990 2500 E.D. won it.
Mar-11-07  BIDMONFA: Elena Donaldson-Akhmilovskaya


Mar-11-09  brankat: Happy Birthday Elena!
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  wordfunph: Soviet WGM Elena Akhmilovskaya eloped with American IM John Donaldson, team captain of US team, while playing in the 1988 Thessaloniki Chess Olympiad in Greece. They were married at the US Consulate in Greece. She returned to the Soviet Union almost a year later to get her 7 year-old daughter. She later divorced John Donaldson and married International Master Georgi Orlov.

colorful lovelife, happy birthday Elena Donaldson!

Mar-11-10  HeMateMe: I think GM Joel Benjamin described that in "American Grandmaster." Not sure if Donaldson was playing, or was the coach, but he took off in a big hurry with his new bride, before the Olympiad was finished.

She used to work for Yasser seriwan's chess magazine, writing, and i think they also sponsored some sort of chess cruise, where you go on a boat somewhere, and get chess lessons with pros, and play touraments, while on your way to go whale watching, or whatever. It was kind of funny, the ads for the cruise--they would show Elena with this sort of low cut top, satin blouse, lots of makeup, and the caption said "Elena Will Be There!" It was the time of that whole cheesy "mail order bride" era.

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  BLarsen1967: Elena won the US Champ.(w) in 1994,she scored 7 out of 9,a very solid performance with no losses. Her game ag. Beatriz Marinello is in this db,here is Elena's round 3 game ag. Alexey Root

[Event "USA-ch (Women)"]
[Site "USA"]
[Date "1994.??.??"]
[Round "3"]
[White "Akhmilovskaya,Elena"]
[Black "Root, Alexey"]
[Result "1-0"]
[BlackElo "2040"]
[ECO "E76"]
[Opening "King's Indian"]
[WhiteElo "2410"]

1. d4 g6 2. Nf3 d6 3. c4 Bg7 4. Nc3 Nc6 5. d5 Na5 6. e4 c5 7. Bd2 Bd7 8. Rb1 Nf6 9. h3 O-O 10. a3 Rc8 11. Bd3 a6 12. O-O b5 13. b3 bxc4 14. bxc4 Qc7 15. Qc2 Rb8 16. Ne2 e5 17. Qc3 Nb7 18. Rb2 Nxe4 19. Bxe4 f5 20. Rfb1 fxe4 21. Ng5 Bf5 22. Qe3 Bh6 23. h4 Bc8 24. Qg3 Bf5 25. Ne6 Bxe6 26. Bxh6 Bf5 27. Bxf8 Kxf8 28. Qe3 Bc8 29. Ng3 Ra8 30. Qxe4 a5 31. f4 exf4 32. Qxf4+ Kg7 33. Rf1 Bd7 34. Nh5+ gxh5 35. Qg5+ Kh8 36. Rf7 Rg8 37. Qf6+ 1-0

Nov-19-12  Abdooss: <>

Susan Polgar reported of her demise in the above-mentioned post in her blog today. RIP WGM Elena!

Nov-19-12  ketchuplover: RIP ASAP
Nov-19-12  Eastfrisian: Sad, to read that. She was to young. R.I.P.
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  Stonehenge: Too young indeed :(


Nov-19-12  brankat: Very sad indeed. R.I.P. GM Akhmilovskaya.
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  vector: She and her husband, IM Georgi Orlov, have been a major influence on the Seattle chess scene for many years, especially children. She will be missed.
Nov-20-12  Old King Cole: She ran a Sunday column in the Seattle Times, Chess Studio, with a good variety of games, problems.
Nov-20-12  Prugno: Very sorry to hear about this, perhaps her illness explains why she had stopped playing in recent years. I hope something is done to remember her at the ongoing Women's World Championship.
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  TheFocus: Saddened to hear about this.

R.I.P. Elena.

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  Abdel Irada: Good heavens. I didn't learn until now that Elena had died; I didn't even know she was sick.

It's hard to believe it's been 24 years since she was all over the cover of _Chess Life_ after eloping with John Donaldson and defecting. I remember her — a pretty, young woman with a vivacious smile — from that cover as if it were in last month's issue.

In pace requiescat.

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  Shams: Poor Georgi, and terrible news for chess in Washington State.
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  Calli: The NYT obituary reports her name as Elena Akhmilovskaya Donaldson. Anyone know for sure?
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  WannaBe: you (actually) trust the NYT?! =))
Nov-22-12  Old King Cole: The problems in Elena's Chess Studio column (Seattle Times, 1990s), usually White to Play and Win or Draw, were some of the most vexing I have ever seen. I do not know their origin, and they seemed from other than classic ilk. (They were the kind which were very hard, then the solution showed a lot of simplicity, and you kickrf yourself for not knowing all along.)
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  Shams: <Old King Cole> I'm pretty sure that was a NY Times feature that the Seattle Times just ran in syndication. Didn't she usually have one easy and one more difficult puzzle?

It did irk me that in her column she called herself "U.S. Women's Champion Elena Donaldson" for years after she no longer held the title. But, that's just marketing, probably not her choice anyway.

Dec-07-12  vinidivici: RIP Akh!!
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  Abdel Irada: <WannaBe: you (actually) trust the NYT?! =)) >

That emoticon is very nearly a perfect ASCII icon of your avatar, but I think it should be this:


Dec-07-12  The Last Straw: Sad to hear this. R.I.P
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