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Helen Milligan - chess player

Helen Milligan at the 39th Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia 2010.
Country New Zealand
Born 25 August 1962
Glasgow, Scotland
Title Woman FIDE Master (WFM)
Peak rating 2135 (Oct 2002)

Dr Helen Milligan (born Helen Scott on 25 Aug 1962 in Glasgow, Scotland), is a chess Woman FIDE Master (WFM).


Milligan has won or jointly won the Scottish Women's Chess Championship three times in 1982, 1986 and 1988. She also jointly won the British Women's Chess Championship in 1983.

Milligan represented Scotland in eleven Chess Olympiads between 1982 and 2006, and represented New Zealand in the three Chess Olympiads since then. Her best results were in 1982 and 1988 when she scored 7/11 and finished in 10th and 11th place respectively in those two years.

Milligan won the Oceania Women's Chess Championship held in Queenstown in January 2012 on tiebreak. She also competed in Women's Zonal Chess Championships in Bath 1987, Blackpool 1990, Delden 1993, Saint Vincent 1999, and Gold Coast 2009.

Milligan co-authored the book "Chess for Children" with GM Murray Chandler, 2004, Gambit Publications, ISBN 1-904600-06-9. She is an officer of the New Zealand Chess Federation.

Milligan has a doctorate in Astrophysics. Her thesis was on the pulsation of Delta Scuti stars.

Notable games