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Lyudmila Rudenko
Number of games in database: 45
Years covered: 1946 to 1957

Overall record: +16 -18 =11 (47.8%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Ruy Lopez (5) 
    C90 C61 C95 C68 C70
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (4) 
    B28 B68 B73 B56
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   L Rudenko vs R M Bruce, 1946 1-0
   M T Mora Iturralde vs L Rudenko, 1950 0-1
   L Rudenko vs E Bykova, 1949 1-0
   L Rudenko vs O Rubtsova, 1950 1-0
   M Karff vs L Rudenko, 1950 0-1

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   0 -- 000 temp 49/50 WWCC by crawfb5
   1949-50 World (women) chess championship by gauer

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(born Jul-27-1904, died Feb-26-1986, 81 years old) Russia
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Lyudmila Vladimirovna Rudenko was born in Lubny*. Awarded the IM title and WIM title in 1950 and the WGM title in 1976, she was the 2nd Women's World Champion 1950-53. Early on, Peter Arsenievich Romanovsky coached her - followed by Alexander Kazimirovich Tolush and Grigory Levenfish after the war. She was also USSR Women's Champion in 1952. Rudenko died in 1986 (on the 26th of February, according to Russian Wikipedia).

*Wikipedia article: Lubny

Wikipedia article: Lyudmila Rudenko

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. L Rudenko vs R M Bruce 1-0281946Radio MatchB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
2. R M Bruce vs L Rudenko 0-1301946Radio MatchE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
3. I Larsen vs L Rudenko  ½-½301949Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE20 Nimzo-Indian
4. L Rudenko vs F Heemskerk 1-0721949Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE47 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3
5. Keller-Hermann vs L Rudenko ½-½441949Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
6. L Rudenko vs E Bykova 1-0481949Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE01 Catalan, Closed
7. G Gresser vs L Rudenko 1-0411949Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC64 Ruy Lopez, Classical
8. L Rudenko vs J Langos  1-0531950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSD04 Queen's Pawn Game
9. R Hermanowa vs L Rudenko  0-1361950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE17 Queen's Indian
10. E Tranmer vs L Rudenko ½-½641950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC41 Philidor Defense
11. M Karff vs L Rudenko  0-1341950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSE17 Queen's Indian
12. L Rudenko vs C Benini  1-0511950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSD24 Queen's Gambit Accepted
13. L Rudenko vs C Chaude de Silans  ½-½271950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
14. N Hruskova-Belska vs L Rudenko 0-1491950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC41 Philidor Defense
15. L Rudenko vs V Borisenko-Belova  ½-½311950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC70 Ruy Lopez
16. L Rudenko vs O Rubtsova  1-0581950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSA22 English
17. M T Mora Iturralde vs L Rudenko 0-1361950Moscow, WCH Woman RUSC41 Philidor Defense
18. E Bykova vs L Rudenko 1-0601953WCH matchB56 Sicilian
19. L Rudenko vs Zezina  0-14119542nd Soviet Team CupA16 English
20. O Ignatieva vs L Rudenko 1-0471954URS-chTB73 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
21. L Rudenko vs F Bondarenko  0-1431954URS-chTC02 French, Advance
22. K Sirotkina vs L Rudenko  ½-½411954URS-chTD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. L Rudenko vs V Borisenko-Belova 1-0411954URS-chTC95 Ruy Lopez, Closed, Breyer
24. M Lauberte vs L Rudenko  ½-½5619542nd Soviet Team CupA46 Queen's Pawn Game
25. L Rudenko vs N Voitsikh  0-1421954URS-chTD05 Queen's Pawn Game
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  sonia91: <Tabanus: Olimpbase may be wrong here?> Most probably <> is wrong and it's not the first time...

<I cannot find any Olga Rudenko elsewhere> She is not the only soviet player in Olimpbase who cannot be found elsewhere.

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Champion Rudenko.
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  Sally Simpson: Google are today celebrating her 114th birthday

This is their logo for today.

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  OhioChessFan: Google's doodle brought me here also, Sally.
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  gregory2188: My wife brought me here! Oh doodle! Lol😄 Cheers everyone!
Jul-27-18  Monocle: Rudenko seems a rather obscure player for this sort of recognition, even in the context of women's chess.
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  TheFocus: Obscure except that she was the Womens' World Champion.
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  MissScarlett: Well, off the top of your head, can you name any female pole vault world champion?
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday (114), and congratulation on being today's Google (home page) Doodle!!
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  morfishine: Rudenko's career was interrupted by WWII
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  tpstar: <Google's doodle brought me here also> And me also.

Nice graphic.

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  louispaulsen88888888: Never heard of her before today’s Google doodle! That IS a nice graphic.
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  TheFocus: <MissScarlett: Well, off the top of your head, can you name any female pole vault world champion?>

Do women pole vault? Is that a new thing? Is that safe or legal? Are the Asians also competing?

Maybe you meant pole dancing world champion instead? I can name the last three of them - Tiffany, Amber, and Bubbles.

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  Penguincw: Nona Gaprindashvili is the first woman to become GM, but Lyudmila Rudenko is the first woman to become IM.

I never heard of her either prior to today. I wondered if it was because she was influential outside of chess, that wanted her to be lost in history.

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  louispaulsen88888888: Ekaterini Stefanidi
Jul-27-18  nok: Isinbayeva

C'mon, that was easy.

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  Sally Simpson: 'Pole Vaulting'.

This wonderful game. V Kuznetsov vs G Gajewski, 2007 has the pun. 'Pole Vaulting.'

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  morfishine: <TheFocus:...Do women pole vault?> Of course they do, remember before the countries demise, East German women won Olympic gold in pole vaulting all the time.
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  zanzibar: Have to admit that I didn't recognize her name. Here's all the mention that Soltis gives her in his <Soviet Chess> book:

<Development (1950-1961): Beginning around 1950, women's chess was taken more seriously, particularly in Leningrad. A top trainer, Alexander Konstantinopolsky, devoted himself to women's chess from 1954 to 1976 and helped a generally older generation of women, in their late 40s (<Ludmilla Rudenko>, Elizaveta Bykova, Olga Rubtsova), to dominate Soviet events and eventually the world women's championship. <<>>>

<Soltis - Soviet Chess 1917-1991 p348 (emph added)>

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  OhioChessFan: Anyone else thinking, "I really should have heard of her before."?
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  zanzibar: <OCF> well, she was the successor to Menchik, and established/signaled the Soviet dominance to come, so I would say yes, at some level.

(Yes, note the qualification)

Reading the bio, it's interesting to also note the awarding of WGM in 1976, which seems long after her active career was over.

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  OhioChessFan: I have been thinking about this, and pretty much my knowledge of women's chess is:

1. Menchik
2. Polgar
3. All the physically attractive players of this generation.

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  OhioChessFan: FWIW, I am running a Rybka eval of a game just to make sure I am not missing anything. There is a great game in her repetoire that I think has a pretty interesting move that is maybe a Wednesday/Thursday POTD position. I'm pretty sure it's solid but I'll let the engine idiot proof my analysis.
Aug-02-18  oolalimk1: Rudenko helped to save the lives of thousands of children during the siege of Leningrad. That is why Google honored her.
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  HeMateMe: Rudenko was certainly muti talented:

<In World War II, Rudenko organized a train to evacuate children from the Siege of Leningrad. She described this as the most important accomplishment in her life.[2]

Rudenko became the swimming champion of Odessa in the 400-metre (1,300 ft) breaststroke. In 1925, she was swimming vice-champion of Ukraine (breaststroke).[2] She started a career as an economic planner for the Soviet Union, and chess became a hobby.[2][3][4] >

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