2004 is the year of Women`s World Chess Champion Lyudmila Rudenko Print
Tuesday, 09 March 2004 00:00
The FIDE Presidential Board at its meeting in Kotor, Montenegro, 28-29 February 2004, has approved the request of the Russian Chess Federation to declare the 2004 year the year of Women`s Chess Champion Lyudmila Rudenko to show the appreciation for women`s chess and especially this outstanding sporting personality.

The FIDE Presidential Board at its meeting in Kotor, Montenegro, 28-29 February 2004, has approved the request of the Russian Chess Federation to declare the 2004 year the year of Women`s Chess Champion Lyudmila Rudenko to show the appreciation for women`s chess and especially this outstanding sporting personality. After Vera Menchik&rsquos death in 1944, the Women&rsquos Championship title lay vacant until the aftermath of World War II. During the winter of 1949-50, FIDE set up a world championship match in Moscow. Sixteen players from twelve countries attended, but it was the four entrants from the Soviet Union who took the first four places. The winner was Ludmilla Vladmirovna Rudenko (IM, WIM) (7/27/04-3/4/86). Mrs. Rudenko held the title until 1953, when she lost it to her countrywoman, Elizaveta Bykova. Mrs. Rudenko had a career as an economic planner, but her avocation was chess. Her father taught her to play when she was ten, and she was active in tournaments from 1926 onward. Today, with the demise of the Iron Curtain and Cold War, it is difficult to imagine under what conditions Mrs. Rudenko played.


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