Anjelina Belakovskaia

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Anjelina Belakovskaia (Russian: Анжелина Белаковская; Anzhelina Belakovskaya; born May 17, 1969[1]) is a United States chess player who has achieved the FIDE Woman Grandmaster title. She is a three-time U.S. Women's Chess Champion, with victories in 1995, 1996, and 1999.[2]


Belakovskaia grew up in Odessa, Ukraine, and is a graduate of the Odessa Agricultural University.[3] She came to the United States to play competitive chess. She recalls flying from Moscow to New York City and arriving with little money and knowing only a few English words.[3] Belakovskaia's first job in the United States was slicing watermelons and winning money from the chess hustlers at Washington Square Park.[3] She won $35 the first day, and soon the hustlers would no longer play her because they had lost too much money.[3] Belakovskaia had a brief cameo in the movie Searching for Bobby Fischer in 1993.[4]

Belakovskaia became a naturalized U.S. citizen on November 24, 1999.[5] Later that year, she began graduate work at New York University, and in 2001 earned a Master's Degree in Mathematics in Finance.[6]

Soon after, she got a position as a weather derivatives trader at Williams Cos. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In May 2001, Belakovskaia became the head of the Weather Derivatives desk at Williams EM&T (Energy, Marketing, and Trading). There, she was recognized as Best Female Employee for her contribution to the Company’s success.[citation needed]

Since January 2011, Belakovskaia has taught finance classes at the Eller College of Management at The University of Arizona.[6] In 2012, she became a member of the American Meteorological Society Committee on Financial Weather/Climate Risk Management. In 2013, she became an honors professor, adding the "Chess, Leadership and Business Strategy" course at UA Honors College to her course load.[7]


In July 1991, she came to the U.S. to play in the Chess World Open in Philadelphia.[3]

In 1993, she was awarded the FIDE Woman Grandmaster title (WGM).[8] Belakovskaia won the New York Women's Chess Championship three times and played on the U.S. team in the Chess Olympiads in 1994, 1996, and 1998.

In 1995, she won the first of her three US Women's Chess Championship titles, tying for first with Sharon Burtman.[9] In 1997, she took second place in the US Women's Championship.[10] The next year she won the title outright, and in 1999 she became champion for the third time.[11] Her third tournament was won through her "superior grasp of the middle game."[11]

In 2000, Belakovskaia was Honored by Howard Golden - president of Brooklyn, City of New York - for superlative skills and outstanding achievement.[12]

In 2010, Belakovskaia started a chess program for children in Tucson, Arizona.[13] She is also a member of the FIDE Chess in Schools commission.[14] In 2013, she coordinated an all girls' chess tournament in Tucson during the month of April.[15]

Preceded by
Elena Donaldson
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Esther Epstein
Preceded by
Irina Krush
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
Succeeded by
Elina Groberman - Camilla Baginskaite


  1. ^ Sports Illustrated for Women Fall 1997 Issue
  2. ^ D'Arcy, Ashley (20 March 2012). "The Best of NYU's Lesser-Known Alumni". NYU Local. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Anjelina Has a Home for You". Chess News. ChessBase. 18 November 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Chauduri, Pras (18 February 2013). "Pras On World Films: SEARCHING FOR BOBBY FISCHER". Pras on World Films. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  5. ^ Шахматы РФ
  6. ^ a b "Anjelina Belakovskaia". Department of Finance. University of Arizona. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  7. ^ Belakovskaia, Anjelina
  8. ^ "FIDE Chess Profile". World Chess Federation. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  9. ^ Brown, Ty (5 December 1995). "'Draw,' She Said, to Round Up a Share of Women's Chess Title". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  10. ^ Peters, Jack (7 September 1997). "Chess: International News". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  11. ^ a b Byrne, Robert (21 November 1999). "Third Women's Title is Won by a Brooklyn Grandmaster". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  12. ^ FIDE rating history :: Belakovskaia, Anjelina
  13. ^ Huicochea, Alexis (25 August 2010). "Chess Champ Starts Program to Help Kids Develop Life Skills". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  14. ^ "FIDE Commissions' Members". World Chess Federation. 10 November 2014. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  15. ^ "Girls Chess Tournament". Arizona Daily Star. 13 April 2013. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 

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