Nava Starr

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Nava Starr (Shterenberg) 1982 Interzonal tournament Bad Kissingen

Nava Starr (née Shterenberg; April 4, 1949 in Riga, Latvia) is a Canadian chess player holding the title of Woman International Master (WIM). She is an eight-time Canadian ladies' champion, has represented Canada 13 times in the Women's Chess Olympiad, and six times in the Women's World Championship.

Biography, chess achievements and style[edit]

Born Nava Sterenberg, Starr was born in Riga, Latvia. She has lived in Toronto, Ontario, Canada since the mid-1970s. She is married to Sasha Starr; the couple has one married daughter, Regina and two grandchildren, Mathew and Naomi. Sasha Starr is also a Master-strength player.

Starr's chess style is sharp, offensive and always looking for combinations. She favours sharp and unusual openings, such as the Grand Prix Attack (Sicilian), b2-b3 against the French, ...f7-f5 variations in the Ruy Lopez, the Philidor Defence as Black, and many others. She received the WIM title by winning her first Ladies' Canadian Chess Championship in 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia. The best players she has defeated are: Pia Cramling (Sweden), Milunka Lazarević (Former Yugoslavia), Barbara Hund (Switzerland) and Roman Pelts (Canada). Starr wrote an article in En Passant magazine dealing with the reasons "Why men are superior to women in chess". She is a member of the Canadian Chess Hall of Fame.

Major tournament and match results[edit]

Totals in Olympiad play for Canada: 147 games (all-time Canadian record, for women and men), +73 =42 −29, for 63.9 per cent.[1]

Notable chess games[edit]


  1. ^, the Nava Starr results file

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