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Chiburdanidze, Maya

Maya Chiburdanidze, born Jan 17, 1961, is a six-time World’s women champion for 13 years, from 1978 until her defeat by Xie Jun of China in 1991.  Her coach had been Eduard Gufeld.  She was USSR women’s champion at 15, won the women’s Interzonal at 16, defeated three of the best women in the world (Alexandria, Akhmilovskaya, and Kushnir) in matches at 17, and world champion (defeating Gaprindashvili) at age 17, the youngest of any world champion in chess.   She was awarded the title of International Woman Master in 1974 at the age of 13, making her the youngest title holder in the history of chess up to that time.  She didn’t even have a FIDE rating.  In 1977, she was awarded the Women's Grandmaster title.  In 1977, she won the USSR Women's Chess Championship.  In 1978, she was awarded the International Master title.  In 1984, she was awarded the Grandmaster title.

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