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WIM Yulia Levitan (USA) is a new ACP Board Member



9 September 2014
WIM Yulia Levitan (USA) is a new ACP Board Member. WIM Yulia Levitan will replace GM Dmitry Kryakvin (Russia) , who had to leave the ACP Board due to the personal reasons.
Born in 1973, Yulia lives in Kansas, USA, with her young son and two rescue dogs. Yulia grew up in Minsk and had the same chess coach as GM Boris Gelfand. In late 1980s and early 1990s, Yulia stayed in top 10 in the world among girls U20. She represented Soviet Union in 1990 in U18 Girls World Championship in Singapore and United States in 1992 in Olympiad in Manila. Yulia holds degree in finance and international business (New York University) and law degree (Brooklyn Law School). She works as federal litigation attorney for US Department of Housing and Urban Development and is admitted to the bar in New York, Minnesota, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Since 1993, Yulia has been financially assisting elderly in Minsk, creating not-for profit "The Gift of Love" in 1996. She also supports animal rescue organizations in Minsk. Yulia's interests include history, geography and collecting coins, old maps and military decorations. Even after Yulia has quit the playing career, she kept closely following the chess world, and in the recent years this connection has become more and more evident. 
The ACP Board welcomes Yulia Levitan and thanks GM Dmitry Kryakvin for his contribution in the capacity of the Board Member.