Helen Milligan (chess player)

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Helen Milligan
Helen Milligan 2010.jpg
Helen Milligan at the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 2010.
New Zealand
Born (1962-08-25) 25 August 1962 (age 57)
Glasgow, Scotland
TitleCandidate Master
Woman FIDE Master
Peak Elo rating2138 (July 1999)[1]

Helen Milligan (born Helen Scott; 25 August 1962) is a Scottish-New Zealand chess player holding the FIDE titles of Candidate Master (CM) and Woman FIDE Master (WFM), and three-time Asian senior women's champion.

In 2004 Milligan co-authored the book "Chess for Children" with Grandmaster Murray Chandler.[2] She is an officer of the New Zealand Chess Federation,[3] and works as a coach at Murray Chandler's National Chess Centre in Auckland.[4]

Chess career[edit]

Milligan has won or jointly won the Scottish women's championship three times: in 1982, 1986 and 1988.[5] In 1983 she was joint British ladies' champion with Rani Hamid.[6]

Milligan represented Scotland in eleven Women's Chess Olympiads between 1982 and 2006. Since 2008 she has played for New Zealand in this competition,[7] having transferred national federations in 2007.[8]

Milligan became Oceania women's champion at the Queenstown Chess Classic tournament in January 2012.[9] She also competed in Women's Zonal Chess Championships in Bath 1987, Blackpool 1990, Delden 1993, Saint Vincent 1999, and Gold Coast 2009.[citation needed]

She won the Asian senior women's champion title in 2015 in Larestan, Iran,[10] 2016 in Mandalay, Myanmar[11] and 2017 in Auckland.[12]

Personal life[edit]

She has a doctorate in Astrophysics from the University of Saint Andrews; her thesis was on the pulsation of Delta Scuti stars.[13]

Notable games[edit]


  1. ^ Helen Milligan FIDE rating history, 1983-2001 at OlimpBase.org
  2. ^ Chandler, Murray; Milligan, Helen (2004). Chess for Children. Gambit Publications. ISBN 978-1904600060.
  3. ^ New Zealand Chess Federation official web page
  4. ^ National Chess Centre - Private Coaching
  5. ^ Scottish Women's Champions. Chess Scotland.
  6. ^ British Chess Champions. BritBase.
  7. ^ Helen Milligan team chess record at Olimpbase.org
  8. ^ Player transfers in 2007. FIDE.
  9. ^ 2012 Queenstown Chess Classic Archived 4 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine. New Zealand Chess.
  10. ^ "Mahmood & Khan Wins 6th Asian Seniors Chess Championship in Larestan,Iran". Asian Chess Federation. 2015-10-04.
  11. ^ Priyadarshan Banjan (2015-12-09). "Wazeer Ahmad Khan is Asian 65+ Champion". ChessBase India.
  12. ^ "GM Eugene Torre, IM Mahmood Lodhi Win Asian Seniors". FIDE. 18 October 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2017.
  13. ^ "The pulsation of Delta Scuti stars". St Andrews University Library.

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