Saturday, September 5, 2009

Almira Skripchenko (Эльмира Скрипченко)

FIDE rating card
Profile at
OlimpBase: Women's Chess Olympiads
Interview at (German)

Almira Skripchenko (17 February 1976) is a French International Master of chess (1998) and Woman Grandmaster (1995). She was born to a Russian father (Fedor Skripchenko) and an Armenian mother (Naira Agababian).
She won the World Youth Chess Championships (under 16) of 1992 and 1993. In 2001, she celebrated her biggest success ever, winning the European Individual Women's Chess Championship. In the same year she was chosen best Moldavan Sports Personality of the Year and was awarded the National Order of Merit. She was the first woman to have competed in the Men's French Individual Championship (2002, 2003). In 2004, 2005 and 2006, she won the Ladies' French Chess Championship. In team play, she won the French Nationale Chess League with celebrated club side NAO Chess Club (2003, 2004) and the German Chess Bundesliga with Werder Bremen (2005). She played in in the Women's Chess Olympiads of 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Other results include: 1st at Krasnoturinsk 2004; 1st at Biel 2004.
On the September 2009 FIDE list, she has an Elo rating of 2448, making her number 40 female chess player in the world and France's number two.
Skripchenko has also played in major poker tournaments. In 2009, she finished seventh in the World Series of Poker No Limit Hold'em tournament. Among poker players she is known as "ChessBaby".