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also appears in following countries/origins/languages: German
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was a Soviet chess player and the second Women's World Chess Champion from 1950 until 1953. Rudenko held the FIDE International Master and Woman International Master titles. Born in Lubny in the Poltava region of Ukraine, in the Russian Empire, her father taught her to play chess at age 10 although at first she was more serious about swimming. After grammar school, she moved to Odessa and took a degree in economics. Rudenko became the Odessa swimming champion in the 400m breaststroke. Her professional career would be as an economic planner for the Soviet Union, and chess would remain a hobby.