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Almira Skripchenko
A Skripchenko 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 845
Years covered: 1991 to 2021
Last FIDE rating: 2418 (2227 rapid, 2298 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2501

Overall record: +256 -151 =259 (57.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 179 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (155) 
    B40 B30 B51 B52 B23
 French Defense (55) 
    C01 C00 C10 C11 C07
 King's Indian Attack (37) 
 Caro-Kann (35) 
    B18 B10 B11 B17 B16
 French (27) 
    C00 C10 C11 C12
 Giuoco Piano (19) 
    C53 C50 C54
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (96) 
    B40 B47 B33 B32 B31
 Queen's Pawn Game (60) 
    A41 D02 A46 A40 A45
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (36) 
    D27 D20 D21 D26 D22
 Sicilian Taimanov (26) 
    B47 B45 B48
 King's Indian (22) 
    E94 E67 E90 E97 E62
 Pirc (22) 
    B07 B09 B08
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Skripchenko vs Fressinet, 2002 1-0
   A Skripchenko vs J C Blazquez Gomez, 2000 1-0
   A Stefanova vs A Skripchenko, 2000 1/2-1/2
   M Congiu vs A Skripchenko, 2012 0-1
   A Skripchenko vs N Maisuradze, 2013 1-0
   A Skripchenko vs Rongguang Ye, 1998 1-0
   S Ibrahimova vs A Skripchenko, 2014 0-1
   M Leconte vs A Skripchenko, 2001 0-1
   A Skripchenko vs E Sedina, 2005 1/2-1/2
   M Choisy vs A Skripchenko, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   French Championship (Women) (2005)
   French Team Championship (2013)
   French Championship (Women) (2015)
   French Team Championship (2011)
   French Team Championship (2015)
   French Team Championship (2014)
   French Team Championship (2012)
   French Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Championship (Women) (2008)
   YUG-chT (Women) (2001)
   European Championship (Women) (2010)
   Turin Olympiad (Women) (2006)
   European Championship (Women) (2014)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2015)
   Batumi Olympiad (Women) (2018)

   🏆 European Club Cup (Women)
   A Skripchenko vs M Stojkovska (Sep-24-21) 1-0
   S Trajkovska vs A Skripchenko (Sep-23-21) 0-1
   I Hrescak vs A Skripchenko (Sep-20-21) 1/2-1/2
   A Skripchenko vs M Sebag (Jul-17-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   A Skripchenko vs M Sebag (Jul-17-21) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Feb-17-1976, 47 years old) Moldova (federation/nationality France)

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WGM & IM Almira Fyodorovna Skripchenko was born in Moldava and moved to France in 1996, becoming a French citizen in 2001. She won the Girls Under 16 World Championship in 1992, in 2001, the second European Open Women’s Championship and in 2002, she was the first and only female to play in the open French chess championship. She won the North Urals cup in 2004 ahead of Maia Chiburdanidze. Also in 2004 and in 2005, she won the Ladies' French championship. She played in the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012), but lost her first round match to Polish GM Monika (Bobrowska) Socko.

Her mother, Naira Agababean, is also a woman grandmaster. At one time, she was married to GM Joel Lautier and is now married to GM Laurent Fressinet. Recently Almira has shown an interest in poker, in which she had some successes:

Wikipedia article: Almira Skripchenko

Last updated: 2018-03-13 18:19:38

 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 906  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Van Wely vs A Skripchenko  1-0361991Mondorf Masters OpenE97 King's Indian
2. A M Botsari vs A Skripchenko  1-0241992Manila Olympiad (Women)E80 King's Indian, Samisch Variation
3. A Skripchenko vs L Zaitseva  1-0371992European Team Championship (Women)C00 French Defense
4. A Skripchenko vs H Erenska-Barlo  1-0481992European Team Championship (Women)B40 Sicilian
5. M Tsiganova vs A Skripchenko  1-0491992European Team Championship (Women)D45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
6. A Skripchenko vs C Baumann  ½-½331992European Team Championship (Women)C41 Philidor Defense
7. A Skripchenko vs A Csoke  1-0471992European Team Championship (Women)C00 French Defense
8. A Skripchenko vs N Koskela  ½-½391992European Team Championship (Women)C23 Bishop's Opening
9. C Jahn vs A Skripchenko  1-0451992European Team Championship (Women)B18 Caro-Kann, Classical
10. Raluca Negulescu vs A Skripchenko  ½-½321993ROM-chTE95 King's Indian, Orthodox, 7...Nbd7, 8.Re1
11. D Mitaru vs A Skripchenko  ½-½281993Odorheiu Secuiesc opA07 King's Indian Attack
12. S Polgar vs A Skripchenko 1-03319933rd Principe de Asturias rapidB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
13. E Relange vs A Skripchenko  1-0481993Groningen OpenD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
14. A Kogan vs A Skripchenko  1-0351993Groningen OpenD02 Queen's Pawn Game
15. A Skripchenko vs S Radu  1-0301994ROU-chTB53 Sicilian
16. T Grabuzova vs A Skripchenko  1-0301994Timisoara, ROMD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. A Skripchenko vs B Zisman  0-1631994New York opB01 Scandinavian
18. A Skripchenko vs M Muresan  0-1291994ROU-chTB07 Pirc
19. A Skripchenko vs K Qin  ½-½701994Moscow Olympiad (Women)B04 Alekhine's Defense, Modern
20. E Danielian vs A Skripchenko  0-1391994Wch U18 GirlsA00 Uncommon Opening
21. A Skripchenko vs J Bonin  0-1271994New York opC75 Ruy Lopez, Modern Steinitz Defense
22. I Gaponenko vs A Skripchenko  1-0821994Wch U18 GirlsC51 Evans Gambit
23. A Skripchenko vs S Polgar  0-1291994Moscow Olympiad (Women)B57 Sicilian
24. A Skripchenko vs V M Vehi Bach  0-1301994Groningen OpenB40 Sicilian
25. J Borek vs A Skripchenko  0-1451994Groningen OpenA36 English
 page 1 of 37; games 1-25 of 906  PGN Download
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  Nightsurfer: On that mixed event of SHOGI and International Chess that I have mentioned in my foregoing post (on <Apr-27-12>) and that has taken place in the autumn of 2011 at the wonderful <Chateau Villandry>/France, please check out, there have competed the SHOGI-<Meijin> Yoshiharu Habu and Toshiyuki Moriuchi versus Maxime Vachier-Lagrave ... in International Chess!
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  Nightsurfer: Not only our beautiful Queen <Almira Skripchenk> is a fan of SHOGI, but - as we learn from the report as well - the same is true for Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and for Anish Giri: The three of them have battled out a SHOGI-simul against SHOGI-<Meijin> Toshiyuki Moriuchi at Paris in the autumn of 2011, please check out once more again the reportage that has published the records of the games!
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  Nightsurfer: In case that you would ask why all that fuzz about SHOGI?! Just have a look at a very entertaining feature that the German-language program of <MTV>!! has aired on that great Japanese version of Chess, please turn to the link as follows .

And there you will see Rene Gralla play a short game of a demonstration against <Daniel "Budi" Budiman>, herewith more information about the latter: , who is a very popular TV-journalist who covers electronic games in <MTV>'s magazine GAME ONE together with his partner <Simon Krätschmer>, herewith more information about <Simon Krätschmer>:

Both <Daniel "Budi" Budiman> and <Simon Krätschmer> have been the presenters of that very production on SHOGI that has been aired by <MTV>.

Apr-27-12  SimonWebbsTiger:

Please ban that eternal spam, and the spammer, from Nightsurfer

Nobody here gives a s___ about the other variants on a site devoted to CHESS.

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  Nightsurfer: Hello <SimonWebbsTiger>, frankly spoken I don't understand you (??!!??).

Chessplayers are supposed to be open-minded, they are supposed to be creative and interested in new things, the game of CHESS is no religion, and there is no such thing as CHESS AS SUCH, there are only several VERSIONS (!) of CHESS, be it the well-known version that is played conforming to the rules of FIDE (and that is just a NEW VARIANT of CHESS that only exists for round about 500 years whereas the MORE ORIGINAL version of CHESS, namely the Arab SHATRANJ, has existed for more than 800 years), be it the Chinese version XIANGQI, be it the Japanese version SHOGI, be it the Thai-version MAKRUK pp.!

I think that one should see beyond one's nose - if great players like Vladimir Kramnik or Anish GIRI or Maxime VACHIER-LAGRAVE or Almira SKRIPCHENKO are interested in SHOGI then it can not be wrong to have a look at it! And if great players like GRISCHUK or Robert HUEBNER are interested in the Chinese version of CHESS, namely XIANGQI, that can not be bad either! And therefore it is worth to check it out why those great players do not stubbornly stick to one variant of CHESS but why they have a look at the whole UNIVERSUM of CHESS.

Maybe those great players have become great players because they have great minds?!

Those people know what they are doing - since it is a given fact that, by thinking out of the box and by learning CHESS VARIANTS, one even gets better in our beloved version of CHESS that is governed by the body of FIDE.

Therefore everybody who is a REAL AFICIONADO of CHESS - namely of CHESS that depicts the whole picture of CHESS with all its variants - is interested in variants of CHESS as well. And therefore those different VERSIONS of CHESS are a topic for as well!

Once more again: people with a standing like Vladimir Kramnik - who is interested in THAI-Chess MAKRUK as well, please read - can not be that wrong, right?

Dear <SimonWebbsTiger>, there is an ages-old saying in LATIN language: <Si tacuisses philosophus mansisses ...> ...

Jun-07-12  wordfunph: <At one time, she was married to GM Joel Lautier and is now married to GM Laurent Fressinet.>

lucky GMs, very lucky..

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  HeMateMe: What stakes do you suppose they play for, in a quiet evening at home, after opening a bottle of wine?
Aug-23-12  Wild Bill: Congratulations to Mlle. Skripchenko on winning her fifth French women's title today.

With tomorrow's round left to play, she is a point and a half ahead of her nearest rival, Sophie Milliet.

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  Nightsurfer: La belle <Almira Skripchenko> has joined with Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and with the Superstars of Shogi, Yoshiharu Habu and Toshiyuki Moriuchi, in Tokyo at the end of September 2012 in order to battle out one more mixed event of Chess and <Shogi>, herewith a short feature by <ChessBase>, please check out , and herewith a page where the chessgames of that very event of <Chess Meets Shogi Tokyo 2012> can be replayed: .

A huge audience has watched the battle of crossover-chess that has been covered by Japanese TV.

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  Nightsurfer: La belle <Almira Skripchenko> is well on her way to follow in the footsteps of Larry Kaufman who - as <ughaibu> has pointed out in this forum here on <Sep-01-03> - is the top rated gaijin shogi player for many years.
Feb-17-13  vinidivici: This lady also good in poker. Her winnings prize in poker exceed 250.000 dollars.

How much her winnings in chess? anybody knows?

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  Stonehenge: Nice poker picture:

Feb-28-13  waustad: Here is an interview for a poker site:
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  OhioChessFan: I didn't think it was possible to have a bad pic of her, but this profile pic is awful.
Jun-09-13  Method B: French Team Championship (2013)/Almira Skripchenko

She scored 10 out of 10 in the French team championship. Quite a performance!

Jun-09-13  JPi: Yes and it could be 11/11 with a little care. A Fischer score among women!
Dec-25-13  Fluffy: <<I didn't think it was possible to have a bad pic of her, but this profile pic is awful.>>

She does look bedraggled. There are definitely more flattering pictures out there.

It might be my fault. Several years ago I suggested Chessgames use her wiki picture, but shortly after that the wiki changed the nice picture to this icky one.

The nice picture I tried to suggest back then is a few pictures down on this website with the white sweater and Almira playing a Sicilian. Nice hair and great chess themed picture:

But I think her best shot is probably the Britney Spears pose in black/white and chin-on-fingertips:

Top of this article:

And again for link redundancy - fourth down on the left:

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  OhioChessFan: <Fluffy> when using a link to a picture on a website, if you stick your cursor on the picture in question, then right click, then left click on properties, a box will open up that shows the URL direcctly to the pic. Copy that, then paste it in the kibitzing box. That will provide a direct link to the picture itself and you don't need us dialup types fighting through a slow loading page of pictures to see one. Here's a quick link to the white sweater picture:

Dec-25-13  Fluffy: <<Dailup>> Dang!

Thanks for the tip. In Firefox it looks like it's View Image Info on the right click, and then it actually shows all the picture URLs in a single box. Awesome! Good to know.

Merry Christmas to you my friend and also to Almira, since we're at her profile. I doubt she reads here, but what the heck. I'm feeling jolly!

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to WGM/IM Almira Skripchenko!
Feb-17-14  dx9293: She's 38 years old today...hard to believe!

Happy Birthday, Almira.

Feb-17-16  waustad: Happy b'day. 40 isn't bad, I had a blast at the party.
Feb-17-16  TheFocus: Happy birthday, GM Almira Skripchenko.

Player of the Day.

Nov-07-18  Saniyat24: She is really beautiful...blonde with brains and from France..aha Poison Ivy...!
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  Check It Out: Just saw <Almira> on a World Poker Tour rerun where she placed second. Nice showing. You could tell that poker wasn't her top game, but she did all right.
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