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Astra Klovāne

Born Astra Ērgle
October 13, 1944
Baldone, Latvia

Astra Klovāne (born October 13, 1944, Baldone as Astra Ērgle) is a former Latvian chess player. Astra Klovāne won the Latvian Chess Championship for women seven times - 1963, 1964, 1965, 1969, 1970, 1977, and 1978. She won also the Latvian women speed championship in 1977, 1978, and 1981.

Chess career

She learned to play chess at the age of 11. Her first teachers were her father and brother, but her first coach was Zigurds Pigits. In 1959, at the age of 15, she won the Latvian Girl Championship, and two years later she won the Baldone Club Championship. In 1961 she shared 1-3 prize in a Moscow tournament. Astra Klovane won three Latvian Ladies Championships in a row - 1963, 1964, and 1965, without losing a game, and won also the Riga Ladies Championship in 1964. Astra Klovāne played for Latvia in Soviet team competitions:

Personal life

In 1968 Astra Klovāne graduated from the Latvian University Foreign Language Faculty and worked as a journalist. Astra Klovāne has been active in Latvian Olympic Committee reconstruction, and for several years was President of the Audit Commission. She was married to the nine-time Latvian Champion Jānis Klovāns (1935-2010) and had two daughters.