Yelena Dembo

Yelena Dembo

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Yelena Dembo (born December 8, 1983, in Penza, Russia) is a Greek International Master of chess. On the May 2010 FIDE rating list for women, she is ranked 31st in the world, with a rating of 2470. She became a Woman Grandmaster when she was seventeen years old, and an International Master at age nineteen. She is also a chess teacher and author.

Family background

Dembo first began to read when she was two-and-a-half years old and at the age of three years and nine months, played for the first time in a chess tournament among boys under twelve, enabling her to become a rated chess-player.

Dembo's mother is a USSR Master of Sports in chess, a linguist, chess journalist and trainer. In the past she won gold and silver medals in the USSR Chess Championships and was Russian Champion at 'Under 20' level in 1967. She also played for Israel at the 1992 Chess Olympiad in Manila, Philippines. Dembo's father is a professional pianist, who graduated from Leningrad Academy of Music, but is also a chess trainer, journalist and psychologist. He has been her trainer ever since she was three years old.

At seven years of age, her family emigrated to Israel and the young Dembo was Israeli girls' champion five times, including once in the 'Under 20' category.

Chess and coaching career

Much of her time is spent working as a chess coach. Her parents created a chess academy attended by more than one hundred students from thirty plus countries...
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