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Elena Fatalibekova

Elena Fatalibekova in Bad Kissingen, 1982
Full name Елена Абрамовна Фаталибекова
Country Russia
Born October 4, 1947
Moscow, Soviet Union
Title Woman Grandmaster
Peak rating 2317 (July 2003)

Elena Fatalibekova (Russian: Елена Абрамовна Фаталибекова; born October 4, 1947, in Moscow) is a Russian chess Woman Grandmaster (WGM, 1977), and the 2000, 2001 and 2004 Senior Women's World Chess Champion.

Daughter of fourth Women's World Chess Champion Olga Rubtsova. First great success - shared victory in Soviet Junior Chess Championship in 1963.

In 1970 Fatalibekova placed second in a women's international tournament at Tbilisi but the next year won international tournament in Chelyabinsk. She was awarded the title of Woman International Master in 1970. In 1974 Fatalibekova won the Women's Soviet Chess Championship.

Fatalibekova successfully playing in the Women's World Chess Championship 1978. In 1976 she won Tbilisi Women's Interzonal (ahead Maia Chiburdanidze). In 1977 the first round knock-out series of matches Fatalibekova won Valentina Kozlovskaya in Sochi - 6 : 2 (+4 −0 =4) but in semifinals lost Alla Kushnir in West Berlin - 3½ : 6½ (+2 −5 =3). Fatalibekova was awarded the title of Woman Grandmaster in 1977.

Later in the Women's World Chess Championship this success is no longer able to replicate. Fatalibekova placed 6th in 1979 Women's Interzonal in Alicante and 8th in 1982 Women's Interzonal in Bad Kissingen.

Fatalibekova is three time winner of World Senior Chess Championship (2000, 2001, 2004) and two time winner of European Senior Chess Championship (2007, 2008).