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Donaldson, John Walter

William John Donaldson, born in 1958, is an International Master (1983).   In 1983 he was the captain of the US team at the Greece Olympiad when he eloped with one of the top Russian lady players, Elena Akhmilovskaya.    He is director of the San Francisco Mechanics Institute Chess Club.  He has a BA in history from the University of Washington.    He has been captain of the U.S. Chess Olympic team six times.  He edited Northwest Chess from 1983 to 1984, The Players Chess News from 1984 to 1985.  He was a staff member for Inside Chess for 11 years.  He has written over 20 chess books.

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