Akhsharumova and her husband became famous in the late-1970s as Soviet Refuseniks. They were finally allowed to leave the Soviet Union and immigrate to the United States in 1986. She won the Women's Soviet Chess Championship in 1976 and 1984. She won the 1987 U.S. Women's Chess Championship, with a perfect score.
Her best Elo rating was 2400 in 1989.
- "Women's Chess Olympiads: Anna Akhsharumova". Olimpbase.org. Retrieved 20 October 2011.
- Anna Akhsharumova rating card at FIDE
- U.S. Women's Chess Champions
- Anna Aksharumova at ChessGames.com
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