Donaldson, William John

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Donaldson, William John Gender: M
born on 24 September 1958 at 00:26 (= 12:26 AM )
Place Los Angeles, California, 34n03, 118w15
Timezone PDT h7w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 00°45' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 20°41 Asc.s_cancol.18.gif 11°30'

William John Donaldson
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American International Master of chess. He has been an IM since 1983. He is also an author, organizer, journalist and chess politician. He was Captain of the US Team in six Chess Olympiads from 1986 to 1996, including the 1986 World Chess Olympiad in Dubai, United Arab Emirates and again at the 1988 Chess Olympiad in Thessaloniki Greece.

At the Olympiad in Saloniki, Donaldson married Elena Akhmilovskaya, a member of the Russian team. Afterwards, while the tournament was still going on, the couple immediately travelled to the United States.

In 1990, Donaldson was elected to the Policy Board of the United States Chess Federation. He also became an editor of Inside Chess magazine published by Yasser Seirawan. After the magazine folded, he moved to San Francisco where he became chess director of the San Francisco Mechanics Institute. He is constantly writing and producing chess books, mostly biographies of historical chess figures. He qualified to play in the 2002 and the 2003 U.S. Chess Championship. He has achieved two grandmaster norms, Lindsborg 2002 and Stratton Mountain 2003.

On the July 2009 FIDE list his Elo rating is 2394. On December 9, 2006, Donaldson was named USA Zone President in FIDE, the World Chess Federation.

Link to Wikipedia biography

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes date, year and place from the California births index. Same data plus time of birth from an astrology chart by Joyce Jillson on Donaldson's colleague Jeremy Silman's official website: <>.


  • Vocation : Sports : Games - Bridge/ Chess/ Other