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Google Doodle Honors 114th Birthday Of Chess Champion Lyudmila Rudenko

Google Doodle
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Google Doodle on July 27, 2018.

A bold and dynamic Google Doodle overlooks the search engine's homepage today (July 27).

This particularly colorful Doodle marks and honors the 114th birthday of chess champion Lyudmila Rudenko, born on July 27, 1904 in Lubny, Ukraine, which was a part of the Russian Empire at the time. As a little girl, she was a very serious swimmer, and at the age of 10 she started to learn how to play chess from her father. 

When she was 24 years old, in 1928, Rudenko became the second person to earn the title of Women's World Chess Champion. She held the title until 1953. Although she wasn't a professional chess player, she spent decades studying chess theory while working as a economic planner for the Soviet Union and taking care of her son. 

During the two year long Siege of Leaning in World War II, Rudenko organized and successfully executed an evacuation for all the children of factory workers. The effort ensured the migration of over 400,000 children from The Soviet Union to areas such as the Urals, the Volga, Serbia, and Kazakhstan.

Rudenko passed away on March 4, 1986 at the age of 81 in Leningrad. In 2015, she was honored and inducted into the World Chess Hall of Fame.

 


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