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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Mother-Daughter Women Grandmasters

     While surfing the Internet I discovered that the Maria Albulet Memorial tournament which started on September 10in Braila, Romania ends today. Official Site
Maria Albuleţ
    Maria Albuleţ (June 16, 1932 in Braila - January 17, 2005 in Ploiesti) was a Romanian player who was also known as Maria Pogorevici. Dr. Maria Albulet-Pogorevici was a pediatrician and was awarded the WGM title in 1985. In the 1950s, she was one of Romania's leading players and won the women's championship in1951, 1955 and 1956. She finished second in 1953 and 1972 and tied for third in 1958. She was also a strong correspondence player and participated in the first correspondence Olympiad for women.

     Albulet's last Elo rating was 2100, however in her day world class male GM's were around 2500. She took part in the Women's World Candidates' Championship held in Plovdiv in 1959, but her finish was a disappointing tie for 12-13 (out of 15) with Elfriede Rinder of West Germany. Since 2008, in her hometown of Braila, a Memorial Tournament has been held in honor. 
Marina Makropoulou
    Her daughter, Marina Makropoulou is a Greek WGM (awarded in 1985), but was born in Romania. Makropoulou was Greek Women Champion in 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2004 and 2007. She has participant in thirteen Women's Olympiads since 1982 including one with Romania (1982) where she was awarded a team silver medal and an individual bronze medal for the third best performance at board 2. She also participated in the 1982 Women's Interzonal where she finished 7th. She is married to IM Georgios Makropoulos.

     The following exciting game was played by Makropoulou.

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