Levitina during the 1984 Chess Olympiad
|Full name||Ирина Соломоновна Левитина|
|Born||June 8, 1954|
Leningrad, Soviet Union
|FIDE rating||2405 (May 2019)|
Irina Solomonovna Levitina (born June 8, 1954) is a Russian-American chess and bridge player. In chess, she has been a World Championship Candidate in 1984 and gained the title Woman Grandmaster. In contract bridge she has won five world championship events, four women and two mixed, including play on two world-champion USA women teams.
In 1973, she tied for 2nd–5th in Menorca (interzonal). In 1974, she beat Valentina Kozlovskaya 6,5 : 5,5 in Kislovodsk (semifinal match). In 1975, she lost to Nana Alexandria 8 : 9 in a final match in Moscow. In 1977, she lost to Alla Kushnir 3 : 6 in a quarterfinal match in Dortmund.
In 1982, she took 2nd in Tbilisi (interzonal). In 1983, she beat Nona Gaprindashvili 6 : 4 in Lvov (quarterfinal), and Alexandria 7,5 : 6,5 in Dubna (semifinal). In 1984, she beat Lidia Semenova 7 : 5 in Sochi (final) and became World Women's Championship Challenger. Levitina lost to Maia Chiburdanidze 5½ : 8½ in a title match at Volgograd 1984.
In 1986, she took 7th in Malmö (Candidates Tournament; Elena Akhmilovskaya won). In 1987, she tied for 2nd–4th in Smederevska Palanka (interzonal). In 1988, she tied for 3rd–4th in Tsqaltubo (Candidates). In 1991, she tied for 3rd–4th in Subotica (interzonal). In 1992, she took 6th in Shanghai (Candidates; Susan Polgar won).
She was the Soviet Women's Champion four times—in 1971, 1978 (jointly), 1979, and 1981, who was not allowed to play in the 1979 Women's Interzonal in Buenos Aires and for the World Women's Championship because her brother immigrated (legally) to Israel.
Levitina is now a professional bridge player. She has won 5 world champion titles in women's bridge and many "national" titles (major events at North American Bridge Championships, thrice-annual 10-day meets). Sometime prior to the 2014 European and World meets (summer and October), Levitina ranked 15th among 73 Women World Grand Masters by world masterpoints (MP) and 5th by placing points that do not decay over time.
In 1986, Levitina won the Alpwater Award for the best played hand of the year by a woman player, becoming the first Soviet citizen to win a bridge award.
- Alpwater Award 1986
- Venice Cup (1) 2007
- World Women Team Olympiad (1) 1996
- McConnell Cup (1) 2002
- World Women's Pairs (1) 2006
- Transnational Mixed Teams (1) 2000
- North American Bridge Championships (9)
- United States Bridge Championships (5)
- Women's Team Trials (5) 1996, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2009
- McConnell Cup (1) 2006
- North American Bridge Championships (5)
- United States Bridge Championships (3)
- Women's Team Trials (3) 2000, 2004, 2008
Notable chess games
- Nana G Alexandria vs Irina Levitina, Moscow cf (Women) 1975, Sicilian Defense: Kan, Knight Variation (B43), 0-1
- Irina Levitina vs Goltsova, Sevastopol 1978, Sicilian Defense: Old Sicilian, General (B30), 1-0
- World Chess Championship for Women
- "Who's Who In Chess". Archived from the original on October 28, 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-28.
- Past U.S. Women's Chess Champions
- "Women World Grand Masters" Archived 2016-03-04 at the Wayback Machine. WBF. Retrieved 2014-11-10.
- Alan Truscott's column, The New York Times
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- Irina Levitina player profile and games at Chessgames.com
- "International record for Irina Levitina". World Bridge Federation.
- Women Stars at the World Bridge Federation – with biographies (not yet Levitina, November 2014)
- LEVITINA Irina athlete information at the 1st SportAccord World Mind Games (2011)
- Controversy over anti-Bush placard: New York Times article, on YouTube, on YouTube, The Nation website
| U.S. Women's Chess Champion
1991 (with Esther Epstein), 1992, and 1993 (with Elena Donaldson)