Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Happy Birthday Kira Alekseyevna Zvorykina!

Soviet chess player WIM Kira Alekseyevna Zvorykina turned 90 years old on September 29, 2009. Photo: Zvorykina v. Mikhail Tal, 1952. From Alexandra Kosteniuk's chess blog, a tribute to a survivor and a woman who is an inspiration. AK wrote an overview of Kira Alekseyevna's life, who was born in Ukraine in 1919, and about meeting her at the Olga Rubtsova Memorial Tournament in August. A WIM, international arbiter, 3-times USSR chess champion (1951, 1953 and 1956), 2-times winner of the Chess Olympiads in 1957 and 1963, the winner of the Candidates tournament in 1959, 2-times vice-champion of the world (played 2 final matches in 1959 and 1960 against Elizaveta Bykova). Kira Alekseyevna recently competed in the Olga Rubtsova Memorial Tournament in Moscow, Russia, in August, 2009, which GM Kosteniuk attended and wrote about at her blog. She became the USSR Women's Chess Champion in 1951 - the year I was born.

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