Yulia Makarenkova

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Yulia Makarenkova
Personal information
Birth name Yulia Weinstein
Full name Yulia Vladimirovna Makarenkova
Nationality  Ukraine
Born (1973-09-02) September 2, 1973 (age 43)
Kiev, Ukrainian SSR
Residence Kharkiv, Ukraine
Country Ukraine
Sport Draughts
Event(s) Russian checkers
Brazilian draughts
Turned pro 1982
Coached by V. A. Shalimov
Achievements and titles
World finals Russian: champion (1994, 1999, 2009)
Brazilian: 3rd (2007)
Regional finals Europe: champion (2002, 2007)
National finals USSR: champion (1988, 1990)
Ukraine: champion (8 times Russian, 2 times International)

Yulia Vladimirovna Makarenkova (Ukrainian: Юлiя Вoлoдимировна Макаренкова, Russian: Юлия Владимировна Макаренкова; b. (1973-09-02)September 2, 1973 in Kiev, Ukrainian SSR) is a draughts player from Ukraine and International Grand Master (GMI). She specializes in Russian checkers and Brazilian draughts played on a small board but also takes part in competitions in International draughts. Yulia Makarenkova is a three-times World champion and two-times European champion in Russian checkers, two-times national champion of the Soviet Union and multiple times Ukrainian national champion in Russian checkers and International draughts.


Yulia Weinstein was born in Kiev and in 1996 graduated from the National University of Kyiv. She first met her future husband Valeriy Makarenkov at the World championships in Alushta in 2000. The couple with two children currently lives in Kharkiv.

Sports career[edit]


Yulia Weinstein was introduced to draughts when she was four years old. When she was in the third grade, in late 1982, she started training seriously under the guidance of Mikhail Litvinenko. In 1984, Weinstein won her first meaningful title when she became the champion of Kiev among U-18 girls. During the tournament, she defeated some of the girls who were two levels higher than her in the Soviet sporting rankings.

In 1988, Makarenkova became the youngest Soviet champion in Russian checkers, winning the national championships at the age of 15. In 1989, she became the champion of the Ukrainian SSR, and in 1990 won the Soviet championship for the second time.[1]

Starting from 1993, Makarenkova regularly took part in the World championships in Russian checkers, organized both by the leading international organization, FMJD, and the alternative International Association of Russian Checkers (Russian: Международная ассоциация русских шашек, МАРШ). She won the FMJD World championships three times, in 1994, 1999 and 2009, and was a medalist multiple times. In 2007 at the first World Women Championships in Brazilian draughts, Makarenkova won a bronze medal. In addition, she is two-time European champion in Russian checkers (in 2002 and 2007), also winning medals in 2004 and 2006. In addition, she won the world championship (Russian checkers) in rapid draughts and blitz in 2003.[2]

During the period of national independence, starting 1992, Yulia Makarenkova (Weinstein) won the Ukrainian national championships in Russian checkers seven times (1992, 1993, 1997—1999, 2007 and 2008) and became six-time silver medalist and two-times bronze medalist.[1]

Record in World and European championships in Russian and Brazilian variants [3][edit]

Year Competition Place Tournament / match Result Place
1993 WC Ukraine Kerch Tournament 5/8 2
1993 WC (MARSH) Russia Oryol Tournament 3
1994 WC Ukraine Alushta Tournament 21/32 1
1994 WC (MARSH) Russia Yakutsk Tournament 12.5/17 2
1996 WC Ukraine Alushta Tournament 3
1999 WC Ukraine Simferopol Tournament 22/28 1
2001 WC Ukraine Alushta Tournament 19/26 2
2003 WC Russia Saint Petersburg Tournament 19/28 21
2002 EC Ukraine Dnepropetrovsk Tournament 1
2004 EC Russia Kaluga Tournament 3
2006 EC Germany Saarbrücken Tournament (Swiss+PO) +3=5-12 2
2007 WC (Brazilian) Poland Nidzica Tournament +5=5-1 33
2007 EC Ukraine Lviv Tournament +8=3-0 1
2007 WC (MARSH) Abkhazia Pitsunda Tournament 9/13 2
2008 WMSG China Beijing Tournament (Swiss+PO) +2=7-1 44
2008 EC Russia Kargopol Турнир (Swiss+PO) +3=3-35 4
2009 WC Ukraine Rubizhne Tournament (Swiss+RR) +6=8-06 1
2010 EC Bulgaria Sunny Beach Tournament (Swiss) +2=6-1 7

1 Lost to Russia Antonina Langina 2-4 in a 1st place barrage
2 +3=4-0 in Swiss tournament, drew in semifinal against Ukraine Viktoriya Motrichko, lost in the final to Russia Elena Bushueva
3 By the results of an additional round robin tournament took part in a 3rd place barrage and defeated Russia Stepanida Kirillina
4 +2=5-0 in Swiss tournament, lost in semifinal to Moldova Elena Miskova, in a 3rd place barrage drew against Moldova Yuliya Romanskaya and lost the bronze medal based on ranking[4]
5 +3=3-1 in Swiss tournament, lost in semifinal to Russia Yulia Kuzina and in the 3rd place barrage to Belarus Daria Fedorovich
6 +2=5-0 in Swiss tournament, +4-3=0 in the final round robin

International draughts[edit]

Although small board draughts remain the primary specialization field for Makarenkova, she also participates in national and international competitions in International draughts. She won the national championships in International draughts twice (in 1999[1] and 2009[5]) and was a medalist several times.

The best result by Makarenkova in international competitions was sharing the 4th place at the World championship in Bamako (Mali) after winning 4 games, drawing 7 and losing 2. She also took part in 1997 and 1999 World championships and in 2008 and 2010 European championships with less success. She was a member in the Ukrainian national team in the 2010 European team championships.[6]


  1. ^ a b c Yulia Vladimirovna Makarenkova (Weinstein) Archived September 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine. at the website of the Academy for chess and draughts arts (Russian)
  2. ^ List of medalists at the World, European and Asian championships at the FMJD Section-64 website (Russian)
  3. ^ based on materials from Websites:History of World championships in draughts-64 Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. at the Ukrshashki website (Russian)List of medalists at the World, European and Asian championships at the FMJD Section-64 website (Russian)Results of the World Women Championships I-VII at the MARSH website (Russian)
  4. ^ Results of Swiss tournament and play offs in the Tournament base of the Dutch Draughts Federation
  5. ^ J.Makarenkova & A.Ivanov: New Ukrainian champions at the European Draughts Confederation website
  6. ^ Results at the Tournament base of the Dutch Draughts Federation

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