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Anna Rudolf (born 12 November 1987 in Miskolc) is a Hungarian chess player holding the FIDE titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM).[3] She is a popular chess personality, having worked as a commentator and analyst at many major tournaments including the 2016 World Chess Championship [4] and 2018 World Chess Championship.

Anna Rudolf
Anna Rudolf 2016 (cropped).jpg
Anna Rudolf at the 2016 Chess Olympiad
Born (1987-11-12) 12 November 1987 (age 31)[1][2]
Miskolc, Hungary
FIDE rating2325 (July 2018)
Peak rating2393 (July 2010)


Chess careerEdit

Anna spent her childhood in Bátaszék, a small town in southern Hungary. She started to play chess along with her sister Kata at the age of four. Many competitions and successes followed. From a young age Anna maintained a position as one of Hungary's top players. Her achievements include winning the European Junior Rapid Championship and the Hungarian Women's Championship in 2008, 2010 and 2011.[5] She has also represented the Hungarian national team at the Chess Olympiad every year since 2008.

In April 2018, Rudolf covered PRO Chess League Finals with IM Daniel Rensch, WFM Alexandra Botez and GM Robert Hess.[6]

Rudolf has a YouTube channel on which she posts videos in which she gives instructional comments, as well as idle chit-chat, while playing challengers in online chess games.

She studied Russian and English at the University of Pécs and then in 2010 moved to Madrid, where she was able to combine teaching chess with tournaments.

Playing styleEdit

She is a positional player and a proponent of the French Defence.[7]

Notable gamesEdit

Position after 24...Qc5

Rudolf vs. Alina Kashlinskaya, Gyorgy Marx Memorial IX (Women) (2011); Scotch Game: Potter Variation (ECO C45)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.d4 exd4 4.Nxd4 Bc5 5.Nb3 Bb6 6.Nc3 Nf6 7.Qe2 0-0 8.Be3 Re8 9.f3 d6 10.0-0-0 Be6 11.Kb1 Ne5 12.Qd2 Nc4 13.Bxc4 Bxc4 14.g4 Nd7 15.g5 Qb8 16.h4 Bxe3 17.Qxe3 b5 18.h5 b4 19.Ne2 Qb6 20.Ned4 a5 21.g6 a4 22.Nc1 Ra5 23.gxh7+ Kxh7 24.Qf4 Qc5 (diagram) 25.b3 axb3 26.cxb3 Rb8 27.bxc4 b3 28.Ndxb3 Qa3 29.h6 Ne5 30.hxg7+ 1–0


  1. ^ "Anna Rudolf". Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  2. ^ "Anna Rudolf player profile". Retrieved 17 September 2018.
  3. ^ McClain, Dylan Loeb (13 January 2008). "Latvians Say Foe Got Signals From Her Tube of Lip Balm". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  4. ^ Svensen, Tarjei J. (2018-02-04). "Meet our official commentators: Anna Rudolf and Yasser Seirawan". Fischer Random 2018. Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  5. ^ FIDE News: Anna Rudolf wins the Hungarian Women Chess Championship
  6. ^ Pete (2018-04-06). "5 Reasons To Watch The PRO Chess League Live Finals This Weekend". Retrieved 2018-06-26.
  7. ^ IANS (2017-09-27). "Harika Dronavalli loses at Isle of Man chess clash". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 2018-06-26.

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