Maria Manakova (born 1 March 1974) is a Russian-born Serbian chess player holding the title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM). Born in Kazan, she lived in Serbia for several years and played for the Yugoslav women's chess team. Manakova was first board reserve on the silver medal-winning Yugoslav team at the Women's European Team Chess Championship in Batumi 1999, although she did not play any games. The following year, she competed in the Women's World Championship, where she reached round 2. In 2013, she won the Serbian women's championship.
She appeared partly wrapped in a fur coat on the cover of the Russian magazine Speed in 2004, which along with her “forthright views", caused a stir in some circles, according to London's The Telegraph.
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- Maria Manakova rating card at FIDE
- Maria Manakova player profile and games at Chessgames.com
- Maria Manakova chess games at 365Chess.com
- The Sunday Times: World Chess Beauty Contest - "Soft-Pawn" causes flap
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