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Akhmilovskaya, Elena Bronisklavovna

Elena Bronislavovna Akhmilovskaya, born March 11, 1957, is a Woman Grandmaster (1977) from Tbilisi, Georgia who was the 1986 World Women's Championship challenger (losing to Maya Chiburdanidze with 1 win, 4 losses, and 9 draws).  She was equal first in the 1988 challengers, but lost the playoff to Ioseliani.  In 1988 she eloped with American International Master John Donaldson, captain of the US team, while playing in the chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki, Greece. At the time, she was the number two Soviet woman player.  The two were married at the U.S. Consulate in Greece.  She returned to the Soviet Union almost a year later to get her 7 year-old daughter.  It took three weeks to secure their exit visas.  Her mother, Lydia Akhmilovskaya, qualified several times for the USSR Women's Championship and was a top-ranked correspondence player.  She is now married to IM Georgi Orlov.

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