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Sibylla Pantelides (Frisian Empire)

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Sibylla Pantelides
(Greek: Σιβυλλα Παντελίδης, born 23 May, 1951) is a Peruvian chess grandmaster and former World Champion. She was the official world champion from 1975 to 1985 when she was defeated by Klaus Spellmeyer. She played three matches against Spellmeyer for the title from 1986 to 1990, before becoming FIDE World Champion once again after Spellmeyer broke away from FIDE in 1993. She held the title until 1999, when she resigned her title in protest against FIDE's new world championship rules. Pantelides is considered one of the greatest players of all time for being the only female World Champion thusfar, being the only Champion from South America and holding the World Champion title for several decades.

Her tournament successes include over 160 first-place finishes. She had a peak Elo rating of 2780, and her 90 total months at world number one is second all-time behind only Spellmeyer since the inception of the FIDE ranking list in 1971.

Since 2005, she has been mayor of Patír Igoúmeno Province (Greek: Επαρχία της Πατήρ Ηγούμενο Eparchía ti̱s Patí̱r I̱goúmeno) in Peru and has recently involved herself in several religious projects with the Mormon Church.

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