Obituary - WGM Elena Akhmylovskaya Print
Tuesday, 27 November 2012 11:09

Woman Grand Master and FIDE Instructor Elena Donaldson Akhmilovskaya died in Seattle after a nine-month battle with cancer on November 18, 2012. Born on March 11, 1957 in St Petersburg, Elena was a three-time US Women's chess champion (1994, 1990 and co-champ in 1993) and Women's World Championship candidate. After winning the Candidates tournament Elena played a match against Maia Chiburdanidze for the Women's World Championship in 1986. She lost the match 8.5-5.5.

Elena eloped to the United States with IM John Donaldson at the 1988 Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki, Greece.

She later remarried to IM Georgi Orlov, who survives her along with her two children.

Elena was working with children for the last decade.



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