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Irina Berezina

Irina Berezina playing in the Women's World Chess Championship 2012
Country Australia
Born 7 July 1965
Kiev, Ukraine
Title International Master (IM)
FIDE Trainer
Peak rating 2304 (January 2000)

Irina Berezina (born 7 July 1965 in Kiev) is a chess International Master and experienced chess tutor. Berezina has a degree in Chess Coaching from Kiev Institute of Physical Culture and Sport.

Chess career

Berezina gained the FIDE Woman International Master (WIM) title in 1993 after coming equal first in the 1993 Asian Women's Zonal Championship in Jakarta.

Berezina won the 1995 Asian Women's Zonal Chess Championship in the Genting Highlands, Malaysia and went on to play in the 1995 Women's Interzonal Chess Championship in Kishinev, Moldova where she scored 5.5 points from 13 games.

Berezina won the Australian Women’s Chess Championship in 1999. In 1999 Berezina gained the open International Master (IM) title after scoring 6 points from 9 games, and coming equal second, in the inaugural 1999 Oceania Zonal Chess Championship held on the Gold Coast, Australia. She won the Oceania Women’s Chess Championship five times in 2002, 2005, 2007, 2011, and 2013.

In 2005 Berezina was accredited as a FIDE Trainer by the World Chess Federation, FIDE.

Berezina competed in the knock-out format Women's World Chess Championship 2006 in Ekaterinburg, Russia where she was eliminated in round 1 by Subbaraman Vijayalakshmi from India. She also competed in the Women's World Chess Championship 2012 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia where she was eliminated in round 1 by Marie Sebag of France.

Berezina has also played on board one of the Australian Women’s Chess Team at six Chess Olympiads in 1994, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006.

She is a co-owner of "Chess Masters", a chess coaching business in Sydney, Australia, with her husband IM Vladimir Feldman.