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Diane Savereide
Number of games in database: 26
Years covered: 1976 to 1988
Last FIDE rating: 2250
Overall record: +7 -14 =5 (36.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Nov-25-1954, 64 years old) United States of America

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Diane Savereide was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. She was the second woman in the United States to attain the National Master title (Gisela Kahn Gresser being the first). FIDE awarded her the WIM title in 1977. She was the U.S. women's champion in 1975, 1976, 1978 (with Rachel Crotto), 1981 and 1984. She married New Zealand player Philip Alan Clemance, but they later divorced.

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Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Elder vs D Savereide  0-1291976Haifa Olympiad (Women)A56 Benoni Defense
2. P Ferrer Lucas vs D Savereide  0-1291976Haifa Olympiad (Women)B80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
3. D Savereide vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½211976Tbilisi Interzonal (Women)B32 Sicilian
4. D Savereide vs N Hoiberg  ½-½281976Haifa Olympiad (Women)C68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
5. J Bellin vs D Savereide  1-0441976Haifa Olympiad (Women)A57 Benko Gambit
6. D Savereide vs A Laakmann  ½-½311976Haifa Olympiad (Women)C05 French, Tarrasch
7. M Litinskaya-Shul vs D Savereide  1-0311976Tbilisi Interzonal (Women)A42 Modern Defense, Averbakh System
8. D Savereide vs A Laakmann  ½-½351976Haifa Olympiad (Women)C05 French, Tarrasch
9. H P Cartel vs D Savereide  0-1281976Haifa Olympiad (Women)D78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
10. A Kushnir vs D Savereide  1-0341976Haifa Olympiad (Women)A05 Reti Opening
11. D Savereide vs H Healy  1-0261976Haifa Olympiad (Women)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
12. D Savereide vs A Nicolau Van Der Mije  0-1331976Haifa Olympiad (Women)B33 Sicilian
13. M Litinskaya-Shul vs D Savereide  0-1381979Alicante izt (Women)E98 King's Indian, Orthodox, Taimanov, 9.Ne1
14. D Savereide vs J Bellin  1-0381980Chess Olympiad (Women)B42 Sicilian, Kan
15. D Savereide vs Chiburdanidze  0-1331980Chess Olympiad (Women)B76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
16. E Frumkin vs D Savereide  0-124198182nd US OpenA34 English, Symmetrical
17. D Savereide vs T Weinberger 0-1271981Lina Grumette's Chess Set FuturityC67 Ruy Lopez
18. C Bruinenberg vs D Savereide  1-0171982Chess Olympiad (Women)D82 Grunfeld, 4.Bf4
19. Chiburdanidze vs D Savereide  1-0411982Chess Olympiad (Women)B44 Sicilian
20. D Savereide vs M Muresan  0-1521982Chess Olympiad (Women)B13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
21. D Savereide vs N Minev  0-1341984NWC February opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
22. D Savereide vs Kudrin  0-12719848th Lloyds Bank Masters OpenB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
23. D Savereide vs J Richmond  0-1411984Chess Olympiad (Women)C80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. D Savereide vs Chiburdanidze  ½-½251984Chess Olympiad (Women)B32 Sicilian
25. Kasparov vs D Savereide 1-0361988Cannes simulA30 English, Symmetrical
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  Joshka: This gal was the top female player in 1976.....did she just give up the game?...thanks in advance
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  Joshka: USA, Women's Champion in 1976 I believe.
Apr-10-07  centercounter: At the time, tops in women's chess in the USA was rather an unhelpful title where making a living at the game was concerned. Rachel Crotto was another native-born woman who consistently ranked highly until the foreign influx.

I think Savereide even got a WGM title, for what that's worth.

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  WannaBe: WIM was as high as she got, and there have been no FIDE activity for a long time:

Her last activity on USCF was a while back too:

Apr-10-07  RookFile: Good for her. Anybody rated 2250 FIDE is quite strong.
Apr-10-07  centercounter: Rookfile: Hard to know if you're kidding or not there... :)

But Savereide might have been, during a period, the only U.S. woman rated over 2200. Not sure if it reflects on the lack of activity on the part of female players at the time, or the inflation of the rating system in the past 30 years, or a combination thereof.

Of course, rating is relative...

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  michael104: Some additional information about this player is at this site:
Apr-10-07  SBC: and here:
Apr-10-07  RookFile: No, I realize 2250 isn't 2700, but hey, 2250 is nevertheless a very strong rating, an impressive result.
Jun-09-07  Strygaldwir: I ran into Diane in 1990 or so. It was at a bridge tournament in San Diego of all places. She said she had grown tired of Chess and had been playing competitive bridge for a number of years. Nice lady, had the opportunity of loosing and drawing with her at US opens. Play against her and Kim Commons in informal Siemese chess at Santa Monica Bay Chess club. My partner and I would win as often as we lost against them. Go figure!
Jul-23-07  Petrosianic: She won 6 US Women's Titles out of 7 (1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1981, and 1984), tied with Crotto in '77 and '78, and failing only in 1979 when Crotto had her 10 out of 11 result.

Yes, I think there was a time in the early 80's, when Savereide was the only US woman over 2200, though many of her successes came before then. Her first title was in 1975 and her rating in December '75 was 1926.

There were several US women in the 1900/2000 range around that time (including Gisela Gresser, who at one point had also been the only female US Master, but had slipped back to around 1900 by this time), but Savereide was the dominant one from 1975-1984. After that, the influx of high-rated foreign women began, driving the average level of the US Women's Championship up considerably.

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  brankat: Happy Birthday Diane!
Aug-07-10  rookhouse: Diane is being inducted into the U.S. Chess Hall of Fame this afternoon.

The ceremony coincides with the last weekend of the U.S. Open in Irvine, California.

The Hall of Fame formerly resided in Miami, Florida from 2001-2009. The new location in St. Louis, Missouri is under construction and due to open this Winter.

I am told that Diane will be in attendance.

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  yiotta: I heard she found computer programming intellectually similar to chess, but financially more rewarding.
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  perfidious: <centercounter: Rookfile: Hard to know if you're kidding or not there... :)>

It is true that 2250 FIDE is not even of international standard--take it from this poster, who did not quite get to 2200 FIDE in his playing days--but such a player will smash the average tournament player.

Dec-04-15  Rookiepawn: This site

shows a game won by Savereide against Tony Miles.

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