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William John Donaldson

Country United States
Born September 24, 1958
Los Angeles
Title International Master (1983)

William John Donaldson (born September 24, 1958, in Los Angeles) is an International Master of chess. He has been an IM since 1983. He is also an author, organizer, journalist and chess politician. He was Captain of the US Team in six Chess Olympiads from 1986 to 1996, including the 1986 World Chess Olympiad in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and again at the 1988 Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki Greece.

At the Olympiad in Saloniki, Donaldson married Elena Akhmilovskaya, a member of the Russian team. Afterwards, while the tournament was still going on, the couple immediately travelled to the United States. They divorced approximately one year later.

In 1990, Donaldson was elected to the Policy Board of the United States Chess Federation. He also became an editor of Inside Chess magazine published by Yasser Seirawan. After the magazine folded, he moved to San Francisco where he became chess director of the San Francisco Mechanics Institute. He is constantly writing and producing chess books, mostly biographies of historical chess figures. He qualified to play in the 2002 and the 2003 U.S. Chess Championship. He has achieved two grandmaster norms, Lindsborg 2002 and Stratton Mountain 2003.

On the July 2009 FIDE list his Elo rating is 2394.

On December 9, 2006, Donaldson was named USA Zone President in FIDE, the World Chess Federation, replacing Robert Tanner, who resigned on Monday, December 4, 2006.