About Me

I was born on December 8th, 1983 in Russia. I began to read when I was 2,5 years old. At the age of 3 years and 9 months I played  for the first time in a chess tournament among boys under thirteen years old and became a rated chess-player.
When  I  was 7  years old me and  my parents immigrated to  Israel. There my parents opened their own private chess school. During the next nine years  they  trained many young players, over 40 of which became winners and  prize-winners in junior tournaments in Israel.
I was Israeli champion among the girls 5 times, including once in the category under 20 years.

I have 8 medals from World and European championships, including the gold medal in the 2002 European Rapid Championship for girls under 20 in Novi Sad, Yugoslavia and, most significantly, the bronze medal in the European Women’s Championship 2005!

I have played in men’s and women’s leagues in the following countries: Israel, Croatia, Hungary, Germany, UK, Serbia, Greece and Turkey.

Some of my successes:

I was a member of the Hungarian women’s Olympic team  in Bled, Slovenia 2002 (second board). My team finished 5th.

I won the 1st place in Hungarian women’s championship 2003 with 7,5 points out of 9 games (there were 6 WGMs playing).

I shared 1st place in the 2003 Acropolis WGM Tournament in Athens, Greece with a result of 6,5 out of 9.

My team won the silver medals in the 2003 European Women’s Team Championship in Plovdiv, Bulgaria where I played on the first board. My result was 6 out of 9.

I received the men’s International Master title in October 2003 at the age of 19.

I won the Bykova Memorial WGM Tournament in Vladimir, Russia, in December 2004.

I finished clear 2nd in the 2005 Acropolis WGM Tournament.

I won the bronze medal in the 2005 European Women’s Championship in Moldova.

I finished tied for 6th place in the very strong Hamburger Schachfestival, making a GM norm in the process with a performance of over 2600.

I tied for 10th place in the huge open of Cappelle la Grande 2006 with 6.5/9, among almost 100 GMs.

I tied for 3rd place in the 2006 European Women’s Championship in Turkey.

I tied for 3rd place in the 2007 Mediterranean Championships and won the Women’s title.

I tied for 2nd place in the 2008 European women’s Championship in Bulgaria.

Shared 3rd place in 2010 European Women’s Championship in Croatia.

Shared 71st place in 2011 European Men’s Championship in France (started the event being ranked 183 :))

Shared 2nd place in World Mind Sports Games in China in the Blindfold event.

I work much as a chess coach. My parents and I created a Chess Academy and have had more than 100 students from 30+ countries (Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Hungary, UK, USA, Canada, Israel, China, India, Malaysia, Brunei, Syria, Kuwait, Ireland etc). The level of our students ranges from unrated till 2500.
In my coaching work I make use of my huge collection of more than 13,000 instructive game fragments and examples, classified under more than 400 themes! You can see a very small sample of the material in my collection by reading my books (there are six of them already)! If you would like to purchase parts of my collection you may send an e-mail to yelena@yelenadembo.com .

I am also a  chess journalist. I write articles and annotate games in Austrian, German, Czech, Hungarian, Greek and Russian chess magazines.

I have more than 160 games published in the famous Serbian publication “Chess Informant” with my analysis and novelties. One can also find several of my games in the Encyclopaedia of Chess Openings.

I have appeared on a post stamp in Austria! Check out “Der Schachtherapeut”  for more information! You can see the stamp here.

A detailed interview of mine to well-known Russian chess journalist Misha Savinov has been published by the very popular ChessCafe website! You can read the interview here!

My parents also live in Athens! Here are a few things about them:

    My mom is a USSR Master of Sports in chess, linguist, chess journalist and trainer! In the past she won gold and silver medals in USSR Championships and was Russian Champion under 20 years old in 1967! She also played for Israel in the 1992 Chess Olympiad in Manila, Philippines.

    My dad is a professional pianist who graduated from Leningrad Academy of Music but also is a chess trainer, journalist and psychologist. He has been my trainer ever since I was 3 years old and he has a lot of experience in this subject as he was also the trainer of my mom!

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