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Almira Skripchenko
A Skripchenko 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 643
Years covered: 1991 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2420 (2423 rapid, 2403 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2501

Overall record: +241 -128 =231 (59.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 43 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (138) 
    B40 B23 B30 B52 B51
 French Defense (39) 
    C01 C10 C00 C11 C07
 Caro-Kann (27) 
    B11 B10 B18 B19 B17
 French (19) 
    C10 C00 C11 C12
 King's Indian Attack (14) 
    A07 A08
 Ruy Lopez (12) 
    C69 C75 C78 C77 C95
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (89) 
    B40 B47 B33 B32 B31
 Queen's Pawn Game (46) 
    A41 D02 A40 A46 E00
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (28) 
    D27 D20 D21 D28 D22
 Robatsch (23) 
 Sicilian Taimanov (19) 
    B47 B48 B45
 King's Indian (19) 
    E67 E94 E62 E97 E90
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Skripchenko vs Fressinet, 2002 1-0
   M Congiu vs A Skripchenko, 2012 0-1
   M Leconte vs A Skripchenko, 2001 0-1
   A Skripchenko vs Lautier, 1998 1/2-1/2
   A Skripchenko vs R Ye, 1998 1-0
   A Skripchenko vs N Maisuradze, 2013 1-0
   A Stefanova vs A Skripchenko, 2000 1/2-1/2
   S Ibrahimova vs A Skripchenko, 2014 0-1
   A Skripchenko vs V Cmilyte, 2011 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   38th Biel Chess Festival (Women) (2005)
   French Team Championships (2011)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   French Championships (Women) (2015)
   French Team Championship (2014)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   Women's World Chess Championship (2010)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2010)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   EU-ch 4th, Women (2003)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2015)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2014)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)

   K Ozturk vs A Skripchenko (Apr-22-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Skripchenko vs S Gvetadze (Apr-21-17) 0-1
   M Gevorgyan vs A Skripchenko (Apr-20-17) 0-1
   A Skripchenko vs Z Mamedjarova (Apr-19-17) 0-1
   A Skripchenko vs E Cosma (Apr-17-17) 1/2-1/2

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(born Feb-17-1976, 41 years old) Moldova (federation/nationality France)

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Woman Grandmaster and International Master. Almira was born in Moldava and moved to France in 1996, becoming a French citizen in 2001. She won the Girls Under 16 World Championship in 1992, in 2001, the second European Open Women’s Championship and in 2002, she was the first and only female to play in the open French chess championship. She won the North Urals cup in 2004 ahead of Maia Chiburdanidze. Also in 2004 and in 2005, she won the Ladies' French championship. She played in the FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012), but lost her first round match to Polish GM Monika Socko.

Her mother, Naira Agababean, is also a woman grandmaster. At one time, she was married to GM Joel Lautier and is now married to GM Laurent Fressinet. Recently Almira has shown an interest in poker, in which she had some successes:

Wikipedia article: Almira Skripchenko

 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 643  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Van Wely vs A Skripchenko  1-036 1991 Bad MondorfE97 King's Indian
2. E Relange vs A Skripchenko  1-048 1993 Groningen Chess Festival; GM openD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
3. Raluca Negulescu vs A Skripchenko  ½-½32 1993 ROM-chTE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
4. Zsofia Polgar vs A Skripchenko 1-033 1993 It (active), Oviedo (Spain)B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
5. D Mitaru vs A Skripchenko  ½-½28 1993 Odorheiu Secuiesc opA07 King's Indian Attack
6. A Kogan vs A Skripchenko  1-035 1993 Groningen Chess Festival; GM openD02 Queen's Pawn Game
7. I Gaponenko vs A Skripchenko  1-082 1994 Ch World (cadets) (g) (under 18)C51 Evans Gambit
8. A Skripchenko vs Zsofia Polgar  0-129 1994 Olympiad (Womans), Moscow (Russia)B57 Sicilian
9. A Kogan vs A Skripchenko  1-025 1994 It (open)C50 Giuoco Piano
10. A Skripchenko vs S Radu  1-030 1994 ROM-chTB53 Sicilian
11. A Skripchenko vs M Muresan  0-129 1994 ROM-chTB06 Robatsch
12. A Skripchenko vs J Bonin  0-127 1994 It (open)C75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
13. T Grabuzova vs A Skripchenko  1-030 1994 Timisoara, ROMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
14. Kupreichik vs A Skripchenko  1-037 1995 Groningen opC63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
15. N Gaprindashvili vs A Skripchenko  0-169 1996 It (w)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. A Skripchenko vs A Galliamova  0-153 1996 It (w)C69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation, 6.d4
17. Chiburdanidze vs A Skripchenko  ½-½51 1996 Belgrade Yugometal (Women)D12 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
18. Z Varga vs A Skripchenko 1-09 1996 Recklinghausen (Germany)D22 Queen's Gambit Accepted
19. Ashley vs A Skripchenko  1-027 1998 It (open), Cannes (France)D27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
20. A Skripchenko vs Lautier ½-½5 1998 Lost Boys OpenC33 King's Gambit Accepted
21. R Shcherbakov vs A Skripchenko  ½-½14 1998 Groningen OpenD27 Queen's Gambit Accepted, Classical
22. A Skripchenko vs R Ye 1-020 1998 Groningen OpenC46 Three Knights
23. Z Sturua vs A Skripchenko  ½-½44 1998 Groningen OpenA30 English, Symmetrical
24. H Olafsson vs A Skripchenko  0-137 1999 Cappelle la GrandeA09 Reti Opening
25. A Skripchenko vs A Graf  0-135 1999 Cappelle la GrandeC47 Four Knights
 page 1 of 26; games 1-25 of 643  PGN Download
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  Nightsurfer: <Almira Skripchenko> is a beautiful lady with many talents. She even plays SHOGI, and on the occasion of the <International SHOGI Forum 2011> at Paris, she has taken part in a 3-board simultaneous game against Meijin Toshiyuki Moriuchi , herewith the proof by photo:

<Almira Skripchenko> has won that 2-piece handicap game against the Meijin, herewith one more photo: , and herewith the report on the <International SHOGI Forum 2011> at Paris: (<Almira Skripchenko>'s great performance has been featured in the paragraph that has the sub-headline <"Magnificent welcome party">).

<Almira Skripchenko>'s gig at Paris is a comeback: On the occasion of the <1st International SHOGI Forum 1999> at Tokyo she has fought for Moldova, please check out the participants of Group F that you will find in the report as follows: , or you can check out the interview & feature , and there please move on to the chapter after the sub-headline <"Tu es einfach ... - wie Almira und Wladimir ...">

SHOGI rules - and now even the German-language program of MTV has aired a feature on SHOGI, herewith the link:

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  Nightsurfer: In a scenic French castle our most beautiful <Almira Skripchenko> has taken part in a mixed event of SHOGI and International chess again, please ckeck it out: :-)
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  Nightsurfer: On that mixed event of SHOGI and International Chess that I have mentioned in my foregoing post (on <Apr-27-12>) and that has taken place in the autumn of 2011 at the wonderful <Chateau Villandry>/France, please check out, there have competed the SHOGI-<Meijin> Yoshiharu Habu and Toshiyuki Moriuchi versus Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ... in International Chess!
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  Nightsurfer: Not only our beautiful Queen <Almira Skripchenk> is a fan of SHOGI, but - as we learn from the report as well - the same is true for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and for Anish Giri: The three of them have battled out a SHOGI-simul against SHOGI-<Meijin> Toshiyuki Moriuchi at Paris in the autumn of 2011, please check out once more again the reportage that has published the records of the games!
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  Nightsurfer: In case that you would ask why all that fuzz about SHOGI?! Just have a look at a very entertaining feature that the German-language program of <MTV>!! has aired on that great Japanese version of Chess, please turn to the link as follows .

And there you will see Rene Gralla play a short game of a demonstration against <Daniel "Budi" Budiman>, herewith more information about the latter: , who is a very popular TV-journalist who covers electronic games in <MTV>'s magazine GAME ONE together with his partner <Simon Krätschmer>, herewith more information about <Simon Krätschmer>:

Both <Daniel "Budi" Budiman> and <Simon Krätschmer> have been the presenters of that very production on SHOGI that has been aired by <MTV>.

Apr-27-12  SimonWebbsTiger:

Please ban that eternal spam, and the spammer, from Nightsurfer

Nobody here gives a s___ about the other variants on a site devoted to CHESS.

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  Nightsurfer: Hello <SimonWebbsTiger>, frankly spoken I don't understand you (??!!??).

Chessplayers are supposed to be open-minded, they are supposed to be creative and interested in new things, the game of CHESS is no religion, and there is no such thing as CHESS AS SUCH, there are only several VERSIONS (!) of CHESS, be it the well-known version that is played conforming to the rules of FIDE (and that is just a NEW VARIANT of CHESS that only exists for round about 500 years whereas the MORE ORIGINAL version of CHESS, namely the Arab SHATRANJ, has existed for more than 800 years), be it the Chinese version XIANGQI, be it the Japanese version SHOGI, be it the Thai-version MAKRUK pp.!

I think that one should see beyond one's nose - if great players like Vladimir Kramnik or Anish GIRI or Maxime VACHIER-LAGRAVE or Almira SKRIPCHENKO are interested in SHOGI then it can not be wrong to have a look at it! And if great players like GRISCHUK or Robert HUEBNER are interested in the Chinese version of CHESS, namely XIANGQI, that can not be bad either! And therefore it is worth to check it out why those great players do not stubbornly stick to one variant of CHESS but why they have a look at the whole UNIVERSUM of CHESS.

Maybe those great players have become great players because they have great minds?!

Those people know what they are doing - since it is a given fact that, by thinking out of the box and by learning CHESS VARIANTS, one even gets better in our beloved version of CHESS that is governed by the body of FIDE.

Therefore everybody who is a REAL AFICIONADO of CHESS - namely of CHESS that depicts the whole picture of CHESS with all its variants - is interested in variants of CHESS as well. And therefore those different VERSIONS of CHESS are a topic for as well!

Once more again: people with a standing like Vladimir Kramnik - who is interested in THAI-Chess MAKRUK as well, please read - can not be that wrong, right?

Dear <SimonWebbsTiger>, there is an ages-old saying in LATIN language: <Si tacuisses philosophus mansisses ...> ...

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  wordfunph: <At one time, she was married to GM Joel Lautier and is now married to GM Laurent Fressinet.>

lucky GMs, very lucky..

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  HeMateMe: What stakes do you suppose they play for, in a quiet evening at home, after opening a bottle of wine?
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  Wild Bill: Congratulations to Mlle. Skripchenko on winning her fifth French women's title today.

With tomorrow's round left to play, she is a point and a half ahead of her nearest rival, Sophie Milliet.

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  Nightsurfer: La belle <Almira Skripchenko> has joined with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and with the Superstars of Shogi, Yoshiharu Habu and Toshiyuki Moriuchi, in Tokyo at the end of September 2012 in order to battle out one more mixed event of Chess and <Shogi>, herewith a short feature by <ChessBase>, please check out , and herewith a page where the chessgames of that very event of <Chess Meets Shogi Tokyo 2012> can be replayed: .

A huge audience has watched the battle of crossover-chess that has been covered by Japanese TV.

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  Nightsurfer: La belle <Almira Skripchenko> is well on her way to follow in the footsteps of Larry Kaufman who - as <ughaibu> has pointed out in this forum here on <Sep-01-03> - is the top rated gaijin shogi player for many years.
Feb-17-13  vinidivici: This lady also good in poker. Her winnings prize in poker exceed 250.000 dollars.

How much her winnings in chess? anybody knows?

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  Stonehenge: Nice poker picture:

Feb-28-13  waustad: Here is an interview for a poker site:
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  OhioChessFan: I didn't think it was possible to have a bad pic of her, but this profile pic is awful.
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  Method B: French Team Championship (2013)/Almira Skripchenko

She scored 10 out of 10 in the French team championship. Quite a performance!

Jun-09-13  JPi: Yes and it could be 11/11 with a little care. A Fischer score among women!
Dec-25-13  Fluffy: <<I didn't think it was possible to have a bad pic of her, but this profile pic is awful.>>

She does look bedraggled. There are definitely more flattering pictures out there.

It might be my fault. Several years ago I suggested Chessgames use her wiki picture, but shortly after that the wiki changed the nice picture to this icky one.

The nice picture I tried to suggest back then is a few pictures down on this website with the white sweater and Almira playing a Sicilian. Nice hair and great chess themed picture:

But I think her best shot is probably the Britney Spears pose in black/white and chin-on-fingertips:

Top of this article:

And again for link redundancy - fourth down on the left:

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  OhioChessFan: <Fluffy> when using a link to a picture on a website, if you stick your cursor on the picture in question, then right click, then left click on properties, a box will open up that shows the URL direcctly to the pic. Copy that, then paste it in the kibitzing box. That will provide a direct link to the picture itself and you don't need us dialup types fighting through a slow loading page of pictures to see one. Here's a quick link to the white sweater picture:

Dec-25-13  Fluffy: <<Dailup>> Dang!

Thanks for the tip. In Firefox it looks like it's View Image Info on the right click, and then it actually shows all the picture URLs in a single box. Awesome! Good to know.

Merry Christmas to you my friend and also to Almira, since we're at her profile. I doubt she reads here, but what the heck. I'm feeling jolly!

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to WGM/IM Almira Skripchenko!
Feb-17-14  dx9293: She's 38 years old today...hard to believe!

Happy Birthday, Almira.

Feb-17-16  waustad: Happy b'day. 40 isn't bad, I had a blast at the party.
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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Almira Skripchenko.

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