|In the early years|
Chess was always the favorite game in her family and her father, a professor at a technical institute in Moscow, had a First Category rating during his student years and often played n Moscow tournaments. A First Category rating was equal to around 2000 Elo.
During the Moscow 1925 tournament is when he taught Olga to play chess; afterward she attended the tournament and analyzed the games. Not long after that she was invited to play in her school's championship and made a creditable score. After the tournament, with the help of her father, she analyzed the games she had lost and was determined not to repeat the mistakes she made in those games.
|In the later years|
She also played correspondence chess, and became first Women's World Correspondence Chess Champion in 1972 (she also finished second in the next championship, only losing the title to Lora Jakovleva on tie-break, and fifth in the one after that). She is the only player, male or female, to become World Champion in both over-the-board and correspondence chess. Her daughter, Elena Fatalibekova, is also a strong player.
In the following game U.S. women's champion Mona Mae Karff plays too slowly and instead of seeking counterplay she resorts to defensive moves and ends up getting a sound whipping.