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Alburt, Lev Osipovich

Lev Alburt, born Aug 21, 1945, was a Russian Grandmaster (1977) from Odessa who defected from the USSR to the United States in 1979.  He was three-time Ukrainian champion, first winning in 1974.  He has won the U.S. Championship 3 times (1984, 1985, 1990) and the U.S. Open twice.  He led the U.S. team at the 1980 Malta Olympiad.  He has a doctorate in physics and natural philosophy.  He was the first grandmaster ever elected to the governing body of the United States Chess Federation (USCF).  His highest rating was 2667, ranked #28 in the world.  His current Elo rating is 2550.

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