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Generation Next -- Almira Skripchenko

Talking Chessboards and Green Felt With Almira Skripchenko

by Rebecca McAdam |  Published: Oct 01, 2009

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Almira “Chessbaby” Skripchenko is a woman of many talents. She appears to do well with anything she sets her mind to, and, in recent times, has increasingly become a great threat at the poker table. She did not progress from her previous profession into poker, but instead juggles both, allowing them to complement and aid each other. Originally born in Moldova (at the time, the Soviet Union) she has lived in Paris for the past 13 years. She came to the game as a professional chess player and from the beginning has a strong presence at the felt. She holds all the factors of a tough opponent — intelligence, determination, ambition, and capability, not to mention beauty, so Card Player just had to find out more. Rebecca McAdam: Can you tell me a little about yourself? Almira Skripchenko: I’m 33 and I am a professional chess player, holding the title ...


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