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WGM Lyudmila Rudenko | The world of business

According to Wikipedia, a Google doodle is a special and temporary alteration of the logo on Google’s home pages that commemorates holidays, events, goals and people. By 2014, Google had published over 2,000 regional and international doodles on all of its home pages, often with guest artists, musicians and personalities.

On July 27, Google’s doodle for the day featured a photo of former female world champion Lyudmila Rudenko. I’m not sure if I’m allowed to reproduce the doodle here, but still here is that part with the image:

Lyudmila Rudenko
WGM Lyudmila Rudenko

Many of our readers may not be familiar with the women’s world championship, so here is a short list of our champions:

1. Vera Menchik CZE 1927-1944 (his death)

2. Lyudmila Rudenko UKR 1950-1953

3. Elisaveta Bykova RUS 1953-1956, 1958-1962

4. Olga Rubtsova RUS 1956-1958

5. Ninth Gaprindashvili GEO 1962-1978

6. Maia Chiburdanidze GEO 1978-1991

7. Xie Jun CHN 1991-1996, 1999-2001

8. Susan Polgar HUN 1996-1999

9. Zhu Chen CHN 2001-2004

10. Antoaneta Stefanova BUL 2004-2006

11. Xu Yuhua CHN 2006-2008

12. Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS 2008-2010

13. Hou Yifan CHN 2010-2012, 2013-2015, 2016-2017

14. Anna Ushenina UKR 2012-2013

15. Mariya Muzychuk UKR 2015-2016

16. Tan Zhongyi CHN 2017-2018

17. Jun Wenjun CHN 2018-present

Vera Menchik was the first player to compete on a level playing field with the main male chess masters in the world. Have you ever heard of the “Vera Menchik Club?” During the 1929 Carlsbad tournament, the Viennese master Albert Becker, who also wrote a very influential chess column, ridiculed his entry and proposed that any player who lost with her should be listed in the “Vera Menchik Club”. Well, he became the first member. In the following years the other “induced” members will include the future world champion Max Euwe, Mir Sultan Khan, the famous English C.H.O.D. Alexander, Samuel Reshevsky and many others.

Vera Menchik did an aerial bombing which destroyed her home in London in 1944. At that time she was still the world champion of women and so the title became vacant for a number of years after the war.

In the winter of 1949-1950 the World Chess Federation (FIDE) organized a tournament in Moscow to determine the new women’s world champion.

World Women’s Chess Championship
Mosk Russia
December 20, 1949-January. 16, 1950

Final ranking

1. Lyudmila Rudenko UKR 11.5 / 15

2. Olga Rubtsova RUS 10.5 / 15

3-4. Elisaveta Bykova RUS, Valentina Borisenko RUS, 10.0 / 15

5-7. Edith Keller Hermann GER, Eileen Betsy Tranmer ENG, Chantal Chaude de Silans FRA, 9.5 / 15

8. Fenny Heemskerek NED, 8.0 / 15

9. Clarice Benini ITA, 7.0 / 15

10-11. Jozsa Langos HUN, Maria Teresa Mora Iturralde CUB, 6.0 / 15

12-14. Gisela Gresser USA, Nina Hruskova-Belska CZE, Mona May Karff USA, 5.0 / 15

15. Ingrid Larsen DEN, 4.5 / 15

16. Roza Maria Hermanowa POL, 3.0 / 15

Lyudmila Rudenko was born on July 27, 1904 in Lubny, Ukraine. During her youth she was an avid swimmer and also a chess player.

Here is a short list of his creations:

1925 – becomes the swimming champion of Odessa in the break of 400 meters. She therefore started a career as an economic planner for the Soviet Union and moved to Moscow.

1928 – wins the women’s championship in Moscow and then moves to Leningrad where he gets married and has a son.

1929 – begins training with the famous Leningrad master Peter Romanovsky. He has won the Leningrad women’s championship three times.

1941-1944, the siege of Leningrad. The siege lasted nearly 900 days and resulted in the death of over a million civilians. At that time he worked in an armaments factory in that city which was evacuated before the advance of the German troops, but the sons of the workers were left behind. At the beginning of the siege, she was commissioned to save them and organized a special train that saved thousands of children’s lives. He described this as the most important achievement of his life and the main reason he now has his Google doodle.

1950 – won the women’s world championship and held it until 1953 where he lost in a game against Elisaveta Bykova with a score of 5 wins 2 draws and 7 defeats.

2015 – has been included in the World Chess Hall of Fame.

In the “Soviet Chess School” the authors Kotov and Yudovich describe Rudenko as a master of the combinative game and offer his game with Maria Teresa Mora Iturralde of Cuba, played during the 1950 world championship.

Mora Iturralde, Maria Teresa – Rudenko, Liudmila [C41]
World Women-ch Moscow (Russia) (10), 06.01.1950

Today when you talk about Philidor’s Defense the move order is 1.e4 d6 2.d4 Nf6 3.Nc3 e5 4.Nf3 Nbd7 5.Bc4 rather than the one used in the game. I will explain in the notes.

1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 Nd7 4.Bc4 c6

Some pitfalls that Black has fallen for:

4 … Ae7? 5.dxe5 Nxe5 (5… dxe5 6.Qd5 Black loses a piece) 6.Nxe5 dxe5 7.Qh5! ± with a double attack on e5 and f7;

4 … h6? 5.dxe5 dxe5 6.Bxf7 + Kxf7 7.Nxe5 + ± Kf6 8.Nc3! White’s attack is winning. The king cannot take the knight because of 8 … Kxe5 9.Qd5 + Kf6 10.Qf5 + Ke7 11.Nd5 + Kd6 12.Bf4 + Kc6 13.Qe6 + get the picture;

Would you believe that 4 … Ngf6? also lose? Here’s why: 5.dxe5 Nxe5 (5 … Nxe4 6.Qd5; 5 … dxe5 6.Ng5) 6.Nxe5 dxe5 7.Bxf7 + Kxf7 8.Qxd8 Bb4 + 9.Qd2! Bxd2 + 10.Nxd2 Black is a downward pawn without compensation;

Yet another trap: 4 … exd4 5.Nxd4 Be7? (5 … Ngf6 is correct, but did you want your initial game to lead to this position?) 6.Bxf7 + !! Kxf7 7.Ne6 !! Qe8 (7 … Kxe6 8.Qd5 + Kf6 9.Qf5 #) 8.Nxc7 Qd8 9.Qd5 + Kf8 10.Ne6 + Ke8 11.Nxg7 + Kf8 12.Ne6 + Ke8 13.Qh5 #

5.dxe5

The reason why people avoid the move order in this game is that with 5.0–0 Be7 6.dxe5 dxe5 7.Ng5 Bxg5 8.Qh5 Qe7 9.Bxg5 Ngf6 10.Qe2. Theorists give White a stable advantage here, since Black has no compensation for the two bishops.

5… dxe5 6.0–0 Be7 7.Nc3

White gives up on the opportunity to play 7.Ng5! Nh6 (7… ​​Bxg5 8.Qh5 is nice for white too) 8.Ne6 !! fxe6 9.Bxh6 Nb6 (9… gxh6? 10.Qh5 + Kf8 11.Bxe6 Qe8 12.Qxh6 #) 10.Qh5 +! Kf8? (The best is 10 … g6 11.Qe2 but also white is clearly better here) 11.f4 !! 1–0 A. Mende-M.Tyrtania, 2ND Bundesliga 1987-1988.

The famous Bobby Fischer vs Reuben Fine skittle game that reached “My 60 Memorable Games” continued 7.Qe2 Ngf6 8.Rd1 Threatening 9 Nxe5. 8… Qc7 9.Ng5 0–0 10.Bxf7 +! Black resigned because of 10 … Rxf7 11 Qc4 or 10 … Kh8 11 Ne6. Fischer, R-Fine, R New York Blitz 1963.

7… Ngf6 8.Qe2 0–0 9.Rd1 Qc7 10.a3 Nc5 11.b4 Ne6 12.h3 b5 13.Bb3 a5

Now Black starts taking control of the game.

14.bxa5 Qxa5 15.Bb2 Qc7 16.Nb1 Nf4 17.Qe3 Ng6 18.Nc3 Nd7 19.Ne2 Nc5 20.Rd2 Na4 21.Bxa4 Rxa4 22.Nc3 Ra8 23.Rad1 Be6 24.Rd3 Nf4 25.R3d2 f6 26. Kh2 Ra7 27.Ne1 Rfa8 28.Nb1 Qa5 29.Nd3 Nxd3 30.Rxd3 Qa4 31.R3d2 Qc4

Now Black will transfer his bishop from e7 to the diagonal g1 – a7.

32.f3 Bc5 33.Qd3 Qa2!

POSITION AFTER 33… QA2

Funny how putting a queen on a2 can paralyze your opponent’s forces so much.

34.c3 Bc4 35.Qc2 Bb3 36.Rd8 +?

White whips impatiently. He could continue to resist 36.Qc1 Bxd1 37.Qxd1 Bxa3 38.Bxa3 Qc4 even if White’s position still remains difficult to defend.

36 … Bf8 0–1

WGM Lyudmila Rudenko. He has achieved the highest title in his passion for chess and the best possible result in his service to humanity. This is what you call a well-lived life.

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By the way, last Saturday at the kind invitation of Mr. Larry Murillo, I visited the New Life Academy of the Evangelical Church of Makati to meet the coaches and members of their chess club to talk to them about computer chess, the various ways of using it in the ‘chess training and tools available, some free, some not free.

I was very surprised by the club facilities, with DGT watches, cards, air-conditioned training room and really nice facilities.

Mr. Murillo told me how he would like to start a basic program to develop high school and high school students to reach their chess potential. His plans are quite impressive. If one of ours BW readers are of the same idea, that to develop the next Wesley So we need a program from elementary school and we would like to help, please send me an email to my address and send me a message. I will contact you and proceed from there.

Bobby Ang is a founding member of the National Chess Federation of the Philippines and its first executive director. Chartered accountant, he has taught accounting at the University of Santo Tomas for 25 years and is currently Chief Audit Executive of the Equicom group of companies.

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