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The Mysterious Diane Savereide
March 26, 2004
Diane Savereide is one of the most mysterious persons I've tried to research.
She won the US Women's Chess Championship in 1975 and 1976.
The next Championship was held in 1981 and Savereide regained the title.
She held it until 1986, having only to win it in 1984.
In total, she was the US Women's Champion for 9 years, winning a total of six tournaments.
In the 1988 Olympiads, Diane played on the American team. The American women's team is generally considered weak in the Olympiads, but this particular year they upset the applecart by drawing their match against the Russian team. The really surprising part was that Diane Savereide, the only non-Russian playing on the American team. She was considered possibly the weakest player on the team. But in that match she was the only player to score a win. The win was against Irina Levitina, a former official challenger for the Woman's World Championship and US Women's Champion 1991, 1992, 1993. The game went into a drawish ending that she converted into a win through sheer determination.
While she's not on any current list, to gauge her strength, here's where she would fall today:
[Event "Malta Olympiad"]
1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Bd3 Nc6 6.Be3 Nf6 7.O-O Ne5 8.h3 d5 9.Nc3 dxe4 10.Nxe4 Nd5 11.Bd2 Nxd3 12.cxd3 Be7 13.Qg4 g6 14.Qg3 O-O 15.Bh6 Re8 16.Rac1 Nf6 17.Qe5 Nh5 18.Nf3 f6 19.Qc3 Bd7 20.Qb3 Bc8 21.Nc5 Qd5 22.Qb6 Bd8 23.Qb4 b6 24.Ne4 Bb7 25.Rc4 e5 26.Rd1 Qe6 27.Rdc1 Bd5 28.R4c2 Be7 29.Qd2 Rac8 30.Rxc8 Rxc8 31.Rxc8+ Qxc8 32.Qe3 Qc6 33.b3 Ng7 34.g4 g5 35.h4 Bxe4 36.dxe4 Bc5 37.Qd3 Ne6 38.hxg5
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