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Default Woman's Chess Grandmaster Irina Levitina is competing at the WorldMind Sports Games in Beijing

Woman's Chess Grandmaster Irina Levitina is competing at the World
Mind Sports Games in Beijing

Levintina is one of the top woman chess players in the world. She was
a candidate for the World Chess Championship three times. She won the
Soviet woman's championship four times and, after emigrating to the
USA she won the USA Woman's Championship three times.

She became World Women's Championship Challenger in 1984. Levitina
lost to Maia Chiburdanidze 5½ : 8½ in a title match at Volgograd 1984.

However, the real surprise is she is not here to play chess. She is
here to play bridge where she had been on world championship teams
three times.

http://www.worldmindgames.net/en/schedule/

Sam Sloan
now in Beijing China
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On 12/11/2011 09:12 AM, samsloan wrote:
Woman's Chess Grandmaster Irina Levitina is competing at the World
Mind Sports Games in Beijing

Levintina is one of the top woman chess players in the world. She was
a candidate for the World Chess Championship three times. She won the
Soviet woman's championship four times and, after emigrating to the
USA she won the USA Woman's Championship three times.

She became World Women's Championship Challenger in 1984. Levitina
lost to Maia Chiburdanidze 5½ : 8½ in a title match at Volgograd 1984.

However, the real surprise is she is not here to play chess. She is
here to play bridge where she had been on world championship teams
three times.


Levitina has been a bridge professional for a long time.
She played for the USA in the Olympiad in 1996 (winning)
and in the Venice Cup in 1997 (3rd place). I was there
in 1997. Levitina found quite a few plays missed by some
strong male players.


Thomas

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Irina Levitina is the only instance I know of where a woman or a man
is in the top ten in the world in two different sports.

What they should do is let her play in both events, first bidding on a
bridge hand and then running over to make a chess move and then
running back to make another bid at bridge.

Sam Sloan
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"samsloan" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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Irina Levitina is the only instance I know of where a woman or a man
is in the top ten in the world in two different sports.


Except for Sam (Dung Bi Tel) Sloan, of course.

Sloan is the self-declared World Chumpeen of Chinese Chess
(Foreign White Devil Section) and
World Champion in Copyright Piracy (Currently-Out-of-Jail
Section) and, at the same time, World Chumpeen at
Liar's Poker (Pseudo-Journalist Section).

Liar's Poker is a variant of the card game, played
without cards, where the person who wins is the one
who can pack the greatest number of falsehoods into a single
sentence without being challenged (i.e. when Taylor Kingston
isn't paying attention).


What they should do is let her play in both events, first bidding on a
bridge hand and then running over to make a chess move and then
running back to make another bid at bridge.


Yes, that would be uproarious. Dung Bi Tel does have
a very subtle sense of humor. Rather like the George Bushes,
both of them.


Sam Sloan
in Beijing China


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On Dec 11, 12:36*am, samsloan wrote:
Irina Levitina is the only instance I know of where a woman or a man
is in the top ten in the world in two different sports.


Eddie Kantor is a reasonable candidate -- twice world champion at
bridge you'd have to rate him top ten sometimes. As a youth he was
world championship level at table tennis. At least US top ten, maybe
world. And one of those endeavors is actually a sport.

Charles


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"Charles Brenner" schrieb im Newsbeitrag
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On Dec 11, 12:36 am, samsloan wrote:
Irina Levitina is the only instance I know of where a woman or a man
is in the top ten in the world in two different sports.


Eddie Kantor is a reasonable candidate -- twice world champion at
bridge you'd have to rate him top ten sometimes. As a youth he was
world championship level at table tennis. At least US top ten, maybe
world. And one of those endeavors is actually a sport.


There is no real point to contradicting Sloan's innumerable false
claims. He thinks up new ones every minute.

Jim Thorpe? Bob Hayes? Deion Sanders?

Many people are very good at more than one activity but
nobody knows how good a bridge player really is, since the
players themselves don't want to know. There is, for example,
no top-level player who isn't a "multiple national champion"
and world champions are produced by the dozen every couple of
years.


Charles


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On Dec 11, 3:36*am, samsloan wrote:

Irina Levitina is the only instance I know of where a woman or a man
is in the top ten in the world in two different sports.


Bo Jackson? Bo knows.
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On Dec 11, 7:28*am, Jürgen R. wrote:
"Charles Brenner" schrieb im ...

On Dec 11, 12:36 am, samsloan wrote:
Irina Levitina is the only instance I know of where a woman or a man
is in the top ten in the world in two different sports.


There is no real point to contradicting Sloan's innumerable false
claims. He thinks up new ones every minute.

Jim Thorpe? Bob Hayes? Deion Sanders?


Sir George Thomas, the British chess master, was good enough at
tennis to play at Wimbledon, and won 90 titles in badminton, though he
was never in the top ten of chess.
A lot of chess masters have been bridge players. Lasker and Bisguier
were/are pretty good, IIRC, while Alekhine was said to be dreadful.
Deschapelles was good enough at whist to make a living from it.
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Irina Levitina is the only instance I know of where a woman or a man
is in the top ten in the world in two different sports.
................................

You need to do better research.

Rebecca Romero for example - Silver medal in the 2004 Olympics for Rowing,
then Gold in the 2008 for Cycling.

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Default Woman's Chess Grandmaster Irina Levitina is competing at theWorld Mind Sports Games in Beijing

Irina Levitina is sufficiently highly ranked at bridge in the open
game that she was selected to participate in the presigious par
contest in Lille 1998 --she was in second place after day one before
finishing 14th.
So it is not just in the women's game that she has a deservedly high
reputation. I played with her when we qualified for the second day of
the Reisinger tournament at the Fall Nationals a decade ago -- that
was my first time of getting that far.

Barry Rigal

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