Jana Bellin

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Jana Bellin
Jana Miles (Bellin), Olympiad Luzern 1982
Born (1947-12-09) 9 December 1947 (age 76)
Prague, Czechoslovakia
TitleWoman Grandmaster (1983)
Peak rating2340 (January 1987)

Jana Bellin (née Malypetrová; born 9 December 1947) is a British, formerly Czechoslovak chess player. She was awarded the Woman International Master chess title in 1969 and the Woman Grandmaster title in 1982.[1]

Bellin was born in Prague, Czechoslovakia. She was the Czech Women's Champion in 1965 and 1967 under her maiden name of Malypetrová.[2] After her marriage to William Hartston she moved to England in 1970[2] and won the British Women's Championship in 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977 (after a play-off), and 1979.[3] She has fifteen appearances in the Women's Chess Olympiads, representing Czechoslovakia in 1966 and 1969 and England thirteen times from 1972 through 2006, seven times on first board.[4] At the Olympiad she earned individual silver medals in 1966 and 1976, a team bronze medal in 1968 with the Czechoslovakian team, and a team silver in 1976 with England.[4]

Bellin is a medical doctor specialising in anaesthetics, and works in intensive care at Sandwell General Hospital, West Bromwich, England.[5]

She is also Chairman of the FIDE Medical Commission,[6] which supervises drug testing of chess players.[7]

Bellin was married first to International Master William Hartston, then to Grandmaster Tony Miles,[1][3] and after that to International Master Robert Bellin. She and Bellin have two sons: Robert (born 1989) and Christopher (born 1991).[citation needed]

She is the granddaughter of thrice-Prime Minister of Czechoslovakia Jan Malypetr[citation needed] and cousin of author and human rights campaigner Jiří Stránský.


  1. ^ a b Gaige, Jeremy (1987), Chess Personalia, A Biobibliography, McFarland, p. 265, ISBN 0-7864-2353-6
  2. ^ a b Golombek, Harry, ed. (1977), "Hartston, Dr Jana", Golombek's Encyclopedia of Chess, Crown Publishing, pp. 136–137, ISBN 0-517-53146-1
  3. ^ a b Whyld, Ken (1986), Chess: The Records, Guinness Books, p. 154, ISBN 0-85112-455-0
  4. ^ a b OlimpBase Women's Chess Olympiads Jana Bellin
  5. ^ Dr J Bellin | Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals, retrieved 10 August 2014
  6. ^ FIDE Directory: Medical Commission Archived 2013-03-08 at the Wayback Machine, retrieved 5 March 2013.
  7. ^ FIDE Handbook: Chapter 14, Doping and Drug Use, retrieved 5 March 2013

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