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Liza Orlova

Player Profile: Yelizaveta Orlova (2073) – 16 years old

Liza Orlova, 16

Yelizaveta Orlova is a 16-year-old chess player in Toronto, with a CFC rating of 2073. She works with the children’s programme at Annex Chess Club – and she’ll be giving the ACC chess lecture this Monday June 6, at 7:00 pm.

Liza knew how to play chess when she was four years old, but her chess career really started when she was nine. She used to watch her father playing chess online, and he promised that if she studied chess with him, he would take her to Kitchener to play a simultaneous exhibition against an IM (International Master).

Liza’s father, Sergiy Orlov, was a Candidate Master in Odessa, Ukraine, when he was her age. Her grandfather, too, was an IM in America.

At age nine, she’d had just a couple months of training with her father, when he took her to a simul in Kitchener – and Liza drew her game against the IM! That’s when she decided to play chess seriously. And she got off to a good start by placing second later that year among girls her age in the Canadian Youth Chess Championship.

Liza has a long list of chess accomplishments in the past seven years, including two of her proudest moments: tying for ninth place in the World Youth Chess Championship, at age 14; and playing with the Canadian Women’s Olympiad team in 2011, at age 16. She enjoys travelling the world and meeting serious chess players like herself: “It’s fun to go somewhere, where everyone is doing something you’re good at.”

She warns young players, or anybody just learning the game, not to try to learn by themselves: “It’s better for someone to be there for you, when you’re starting.” In her case, after studying with her father for only five months, she achieved a 1400 rating.

Liza Orlova, age 10

Although White is normally considered to have an advantage in chess, Liza prefers playing black. She explains, “Sure, White gets to play the first move, but Black gets to choose the opening.” For example, if White plays 1. e4, it’s Black who makes the game a Sicilian by playing 1…c5. “I know my openings better as Black,” she admits.

Liza recommends studying openings and tactics. Tactical play, she says, is her most important strength: “If you can see tactics against you, or see a tactic against your opponent, you are good.”

Her current chess goal is to raise her chess rating to 2130, and to play again on next year’s Canadian Olympiad team.

Check out Liza’s blog for updates on her chess career, or to register for private lessons.

Here is Liza’s first win from the 2011 Chess Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia. She is playing black.

White: Joanitah Justine Butindo
Black: Yelizaveta Orlova (1917) CAN

2010.09.21 Chess Olympiad (Women) (1)
Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

B32 Sicilian 4…Qb6

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Kids’ Chess-for-Points Results

Things are changing in our children’s programme. We’re taking a break from CFC-rated tournaments, and working to sharpen the skills of our young players with group lessons, individual problem solving, and chess-for-points play – where players earn points for achieving specific objectives in their games, solving checkmate riddles, etc.

Yakos Spiliotopoulos, who teaches chess in schools with Ted Winick’s Chess Institute, is spearheading this change. He and the kids have a great time every Monday night. Yakos says they’re one of the strongest groups he’s ever worked with. And our parents have been full of praise for the new programme. Yakos is away in July and August, but the lesson structure he has been using will continue through the summer with other Chess Institute instructors filling in.

Come on out to our children’s chess training sessions Monday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, and join this elite crew of talented young players. Youth teaching assistants, Liza Orlova, Assaf Bar-Natan, and David Tang, are on hand to provide individual help. Email the club for more information.

Here is the cumulative points leaderboard to Monday June 27.

# Player May 30 June 6 June 13 June 20 June 27 total
1 Noah Kohn 0 10 10 13 18 51
2 William Culligan 17 0 0 0 32 49
3 Mary Bellissimo 17 13 0 10 8 48
4 Teresa Bellissimo 4 7 6 20 0 37
5 Heiko Dorre-Grasso 4 2 3 20 7 36
6 Julian Levit 0 14 8 13 0 35
7 Olivia Gale-Wagner 9 5 5 15 0 34
8 Francis He 0 0 24 0 0 24
9 Thomas Gregory 0 14 0 0 0 14
10 Tianhao 2 0 8 0 0 10
11 Liam Hinzman 0 0 8 0 0 8
12 Bradley Ho 7 0 0 0 0 7
13 Jordan Jamali 6 0 0 0 0 6
14 Kazuo Nambara 0 0 6 0 0 6
15 Asher 0 4 0 0 0 4
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