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Irina Levitina
Number of games in database: 135
Years covered: 1969 to 1995
Last FIDE rating: 2405

Overall record: +50 -41 =44 (53.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (12) 
    B32 B30 B92 B97 B47
 Queen's Pawn Game (8) 
    D02 A41 A45
 Queen's Indian (5) 
    E17 E16
 English (4) 
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (18) 
    B46 B22 B53 B40 B42
 French Defense (10) 
    C03 C15 C01 C00
 French Tarrasch (6) 
 King's Indian (6) 
    E94 E98 E75 E73
 Modern Benoni (5) 
    A70 A60 A67 A58
 Bogo Indian (5) 
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Levitina vs Goltsova, 1978 1-0
   N Alexandria vs Levitina, 1975 0-1
   Levitina vs N Gaprindashvili, 1979 1-0
   Levitina vs N Alexandria, 1983 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Manila Olympiad (Women) (1992)
   Thessaloniki Olympiad (Women) (1984)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   1983 (women's) World Championship semi-final by gauer
   1983 (women's) World championship quarter-final by gauer

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(born Jun-08-1954, 66 years old) Russia (federation/nationality United States of America)

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Irina Solomonova Levitina was born in Leningrad, USSR. Awarded the titles of WIM in 1972 and WGM in 1976, she was World Women's Championship Challenger in 1984. She's also been USSR Women's Champion in 1971, 1978 (jointly), 1979 and 1980-81. US Champion in 1991, 1992 and 1993. She has stopped playing chess and plays bridge now. In contract bridge she has been five times World Champion.

Wikipedia article: Irina Levitina

 page 1 of 6; games 1-25 of 135  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E D Epstein vs Levitina  0-1461969URS-chT U18B53 Sicilian
2. Levitina vs Tagere  1-0371969URS-chT U18B30 Sicilian
3. Levitina vs L Semenova 0-1271969URS-chTB97 Sicilian, Najdorf
4. C Kuperman vs Levitina  0-1391969URS-chT U18A85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
5. A Kushnir vs Levitina  1-0351970URS-ch (Women)A27 English, Three Knights System
6. Levitina vs K Eretova  1-0381970Leningrad-PragueC48 Four Knights
7. E Pritchard vs Levitina 0-1401972Skopje Olympiad (Women) Final-AB02 Alekhine's Defense
8. Levitina vs V Shikova  1-0321972Skopje Olympiad (Women) Final-AC41 Philidor Defense
9. Levitina vs C Hoelzlein  1-0311972Skopje Olympiad (Women) Final-AB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
10. V Kozlovskaya vs Levitina  0-1421974Candidates Semi-final MatchA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
11. Levitina vs N Alexandria  0-1501975Moscow cf (Women)C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
12. N Alexandria vs Levitina  1-0341975Moscow cf (Women)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
13. N Alexandria vs Levitina  1-0361975Moscow cf (Women)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
14. Levitina vs N Alexandria  1-0401975Moscow cf (Women)B69 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 11.Bxf6
15. N Alexandria vs Levitina  1-0611975Moscow cf (Women)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
16. Levitina vs N Alexandria  ½-½241975Moscow cf (Women)C04 French, Tarrasch, Guimard Main line
17. N Alexandria vs Levitina  ½-½411975Moscow cf (Women)C77 Ruy Lopez
18. Levitina vs N Alexandria  1-0371975Moscow cf (Women)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
19. N Alexandria vs Levitina  ½-½461975Moscow cf (Women)B46 Sicilian, Taimanov Variation
20. Levitina vs N Alexandria  ½-½411975Moscow cf (Women)B32 Sicilian
21. N Alexandria vs Levitina  ½-½251975Moscow cf (Women)A07 King's Indian Attack
22. Levitina vs N Alexandria  ½-½621975Moscow cf (Women)B05 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
23. N Alexandria vs Levitina  ½-½551975Moscow cf (Women)C63 Ruy Lopez, Schliemann Defense
24. Levitina vs N Alexandria  ½-½621975Moscow cf (Women)B32 Sicilian
25. N Alexandria vs Levitina  ½-½471975Moscow cf (Women)B40 Sicilian
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Kibitzer's Corner
Mar-16-06  SickedChess: quoted from New In Chess:
<"Mixed talents are a rarity. Or should we speak of one talent exploited twice if a player excels in both chess and bridge? Genna Sosonko portrays Irina Levitina, who after she had played for the world championship in women's chess in 1984, became bridge world champion 18 years later.">

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  Benzol: I believe Bridge attracted a number of well known players. Lasker, Capablanca, Alyekin, Sir George Thomas, Korchnoi and Karpov I've heard all played. The last two sometimes partnered one another.
Jun-08-06  BIDMONFA: Irina Levitina


Jul-01-06  alexapple: Levitina won gold in 2006 Bridge world championship in women's pairs in Italy (together with Kerri Sanborn)!
Jun-08-07  Caissanist: The story on Levitina mentioned by <SickedChess> was included in Sosonko's most recent collection <Smart Chip in St. Petersburg>. One of the points that Levitina mentions is that it is not as hard for an older player to compete at the top level in bridge as in chess.
Jun-08-07  Caissanist: During the sixties and seventies bridge was very popular among top chess players; in those days you could play at the top level without having to spend as much time keeping up with theory as you do now. J.H. Donner once wrote an amusing account of a tournament where he and most of the other participants played mostly short draws (much to the consternation of the organizers), so that they could concentrate on their bridge games.
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  Joshka: I also believe it was the thrashing by Fischer over Gil Ramirez, that led him to a career in bridge. Ramirez was an up and coming junior talent until he ran into Bobby.
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  Joshka: So do we have "vice versa"?..who were the top bridge players who dabbled into chess?....Omar Shariff still has his column in newspapers, does he play chess?
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  Phony Benoni: <Joshka> For bridge players who dabbled in chess, Alan Fraser Truscott springs to mind.
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  Phony Benoni: <Joshka> For bridge players who dabbled in chess, Alan Fraser Truscott springs to mind.
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  Joshka: I have never tried to learn bridge, really have never much cared for card games, maybe that's my hangup. Also from what I have read, bridge is a partner type of game, so really it is not an individual type of endeavor....if I ever were to get involved with a card game, seems like poker would suit me better, as it's still a solo effort against others....but there must be some attraction in bridge that I'm missing....any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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  whiteshark: Bio:
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  Breunor: Peter Lee was a top bridge and chess player.

As usual, Edward Winter has something to say onthe subject:

Mar-25-11  BLarsen1967: Irina L. at 17,winner of the 1971 USSR Champ.(w)

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