Grandmaster Judit Polgar
born July 23, 1976 in Budapest, in Hungary
The best female chess player in the world in history
Judit Polgar is a Hungarian chess grandmaster, for many years number 1 in the women fide chess ratings and by far the best female chess player in history. At the age of 12, in 1988 Judit and her sisters represented country in the Women’s Olympiad in Thessaloniki. Hungary’s women’s team won the championship which was the first time it was not won by the Soviet Union. Two years later, at the Women’s Olympiad in Novi Sad, Hungary’s representation with three sisters again won the gold medal. In 1988 she won the World U12 Boys Championship. She repeated her success two years later winning World U14 Boys Championship. She became the first girl, who won the boys’ World Youth Chess Championship two times. At the age of 15, she became Grandmaster as youngest grandmaster in history at the time.
Polgar regularly starts in the most prestigious tournaments in the world, in which she competes with men. In 2011 in Aix-les-Bains at the European Individual Championship she took third place, winning the bronze (behind Vladimir Potkin and Radoslaw Wojtaszek), which is her one of the biggest success. In 2011 she was also in the quarterfinal of World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Judit Polgar is currently the only woman on the list of the top 100 chess players in the world. Her peak rating was 2735 in 2005, when she was ranked number 8 in the world.
Grandmaster Anna Muzychuk
born February 28, 1990 in Lviv, in Ukraine
The bronze medalist of European Women’s Championship 2012
She is a Slovenian chess player of Ukrainian origin. She took an early liking to chess, leading her to become the U8 European champion in 1996. She has competed in and won numerous age-based championship tournaments for girls in the Ukraine, Europe and the world: she was a European champion in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, the world champion in 2005 and the world champion U20 in 2010. In 2003, when she was 13, she won women’s Ukrainian championship.
In 2004 she became a citizen of Slovenia, where she is the strongest Slovenian female player. Since 2004 she has represented Slovenia on board 1 in women’s Olympiads.
2012 was a great year for Muzychuk. She had 3rd place in the European Individual Women’s Championship. In the Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Kazan she was second. In the August 2012 rating list, she recorded a career high rating of 2606 points Elo, only the fourth female player to rate over 2600 points Elo.
Grandmaster Nana Dzagnidze
born January 1, 1987 in Katuazi in Georgia
Olympiad’s Champion with Georgia’s women’s team’2008
Nana Dzagnidze is a chess player from Georgia, who achieved the title of Grandmaster in 2008.As a junior player, she showed early promise by winning the World Girls U12 Championship in 1999.
Since 1995 she has participated in world and Europe’s youth championships, winning 6 gold medals: in 1997 in Tallinn at the European Junior Championship U10, two years later in Litohoto in the category U12 and in the same year in Oropesa del Mar at the World U12 Championship, in 2001 in Oropesa del Mar at the World U16 Championship, in 2003 in Chalkidiki at the World U18 Championship and two years later in Nakhchivan at the World U20 Championship.
She made a significant leap in the last quarter of 2008 and playing more chess than ever, continued the upsurge into 2009. In January 2009 she was located in the first 10th women in the world.
She represented Georgia in many important chess events. In 2008 in Dresden in the Chess Olympiad playing on board 2 she helped Georgia’s women’s team reclaim the gold medal. At the European Team Championship in 2005 she took a team silver medal and individual gold medal for board 4. Second team silver medal she won in 2009 in Novi Sad at the European Team Championship playing on board 1. In 2011 she achieved with team a third place.
Grandmaster Kateryna Lahno
born December 27, 1989 in Lviv, in Ukraine
European Women’s Champion’2003, 2008
Kateryna Lahno is one of the greatest talents and a classical child prodigy in chess. In 2002 she became, at the age of twelve years, four months and two days, the youngest Woman Grandmaster in chess history breaking Judit Polgar’s record. In 2007 she was awarded the “men’s” grandmaster title. Kateryna Lahno won the World Junior Championship U10 in 1999 and European Junior Championship U14 in 2001.
At the age of 15 she won the European Individual Women’s Championship, held in Kishinev in Moldova. Tied with Russian Nadezhda Kosintseva at the end of the 12th round with 9 points each, Lahno won both games of a two-game rapid-play tie-break playoff to win the championship. She repeated this success in 2008 in Plovdiv. In 2010, Kateryna became world woman blitz champion.
In 2009 she became Russian team champion with the club of Spartak, and in the same year she won with Ukraine’s representation the European Team Championship in Ohrid. At the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul in 2012 she won the individual bronze medal for her performance on board one. In March 2013 she won with Ukraine’s representation the gold medal at the Women’s World Team Championship held in Kazakhstan.
Grandmaster Antoaneta Stefanova
born April 19, 1979 in Sofia, in Bulgaria
World Women’s Champion 2004-2006
Antoaneta Stefanova is a world renowned chess Grandmaster. From an early ages she was considered as the revelation of the Bulgarian chess. Her chess career developed in parallel with successes of the best Bulgarian player – Veselin Topalov. She started playing chess at 4 years old. She won her first tournament at the age of 7 in Sofia. In 1989, she became the inaugural U10 world girls champion.
In 2003 she earned the title of Grandmaster, a title then held by only several other women. In 2004 she won the FIDE Women’s World Championship in Elista. In 2007 in Dresden she won the title of Europe’s vice-champion. One year later she won the strongest in the history women’s chess tournament North Urals Cup in Krasnoturinsk. In 2011 in Tbilisi she earned second time a silver medal at the European Women’s Championship. In 2012 she was the runner-up in the Women’s World Championship losing to Anna Ushenina in the final on the tie-break. In the same year she became the women’s world rapid champion.
She achieved her peak rating of 2560 in January 2003, and she was second on the women’s world list FIDE. In 2009 she obtained the right of FIDE trainer.
Grandmaster Pia Cramling
born April 23, 1963 in Stockholm, in Sweden
European Champion’ 2003, 2010
Pia Cramling is a Swedishchessgrandmaster. Since the early 1980s, she has been one of the strongest female players in the world. She is a chess legend. She was a precursor (with sisters Polgar) of women’s starts in men’s tournaments. In 1992 she was awarded the title of Grandmaster by FIDE as a fourth woman in history.
She won two times a title of women’s European individual chess champion. She came first in 2003 in Istanbul and in 2010 in Rijeka. In 2007 she won a silver medal in the Swedish open chess championship. She repeated this success in 2009, being again in the second place.
She represented Sweden at many chess Olympiads. She plays in women’s team but also regularly plays on the Swedish “men’s” team. She participated also in the European Team Championship (in category “Open”), winning in 1989 a silver medal for the individual score on the board 5.
Grandmaster Tatiana Kosintseva
born April 11, 1986 in Arkhangelsk, in Russia
European Women’s Champion’2007, 2009
Tatiana Kosintseva is a Russian chess Grandmaster. She achieved her title from FIDE in 2009.
Along with elder sister Nadezhda, the six-year-old Tatiana became a chess player by virtue of a twist of fate. For a long time she followed in Nadezhda’s footsteps and like the older sister she achieved many medals of Europe’s and world’s championships in junior categories. In 1996 she won gold at the European U10 Championship. She has also 5 silver medals winning in 1996 in the category U10 and in 1997 in the category U12 at the World Youth Championship, in 1998 at the European and World Championship in the category U12 and in 2000 at the European U18 Championship.
In 2004 and 2007 Tatiana won the Russian Women’s Championship. In 2007 she was also the winner of European Individual Women’s Championship with a tournament performance rating of 2774. In 2009 she became second time the European champion.
Since 2002 Tatiana Kosintseva is a part of Russian women’s national team and represents federation on the most important team events. She won two times in a row the gold medal in the Chess Olympiad in 2010 in Khanty-Mansiysk and in 2012 in Istanbul. She has also 3 gold medals of European team championship (2007, 2009, 2011).
Grandmaster Viktorija Čmilytė
born August 6, 1983 in Šiauliai, in Lithuania
European Women’s Champion’2011
Viktorija Čmilytė is a Lithuanian chess player with the titles of Woman Grandmaster and Grandmaster (2010). She started playing chess when she was six. She collected many important junior titles, including a victory at the European Junior Championship U10 in 1993, gold medal at the World Championship in Szeged in 1995 and at the European Championship in Verdun in the category U12.
In 2000, at the age of 16, Čmilytė won the Women’s Lithuanian Championship. In the same year she won “open” Lithuania’s championship competing with men and overcoming three male grandmasters. She repeated this success five years later in her home city, in Šiauliai.
Čmilytė has also enjoyed considerable success at the women’s European individual championship, where she captured silver medals in 2003 in Istanbul, in 2008 in Plovdiv, and in 2010 in Rijeka. In 2011 she became the European women’s individual champion with 9/11 points. Čmilytė competed also at the women’s world chess championship several times. In 2004 she was qualified to the quarter-finals. In 2006 she was in semi-final where she lost to Alisa Galliamova.
In team chess, she has represented Lithuania at most of the major events. She is an Olympiad’s double gold medal individual winner for outstanding performances on board 1; the first at Istanbul in 2000 (9½/12) and the second at Calvia 2004 (8½/11).
born April 23, 1984 in Perm, in Russia
World Women’s Champion 2008-2010
In 2001, at the age of 17, she reached the final of the world women’s chess championship, but she was defeated by Zhu Chen. Seven years later, in 2008 she achieved the greatest success in her career winning the women’s world championship and beating in the final the young Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan, with a score of 2,5:1,5. In 2004 she became European women’s champion by winning the tournament in Dresden.
As a women’s world chess champion she spent a lot of time promoting chess around the globe and showing that chess is cool. She is also a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport. She produces a popular series of chess podcasts promoting women chess, maintains a chess website and writes chess books. She appeared in a Russian film and in fashion magazines as a model and she proves that beauty and intelligence can go together.
For several years she is a leading Russian chess player, representing country at the chess Olympiads and world and European championships. She won together with the team Chess Olympiad in Kanty-Mansyjsk (2010) and in Istanbul (2012). She is also tree times winner of the European team championship (2007, 2009, 2011).
Grandmaster Anna Ushenina
born August 30, 1985 in Kharkov, in Ukraine
World Women’s Champion’2012
Her mother introduced her to chess at the age of seven, being determined that the young Ushenina would develop intellectual and creative talents.
She became the Ukrainian girls champion U20 at just 15 years. She won a Ukrainian Women’s Championship in 2005. In 2008, she came third in the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship held in Plovdiv.
She attained the biggest success in her career in 2012 winning Women’s World Championship. She achieved a tiebreak victory 1,5:0,5 over Antoaneta Stefanova and became the 14th and first Ukraine’s women’s world chess champion. This automatically entitles her to the title of Grandmaster. In the next year she will defend title against Yifan Hou, who won the Women’s Grand Prix.
Ushenina reached many successes in team chess. She won gold medal as a debutant for Ukraine in the Chess Olympiad in 2006 held in Turin, silver in Olympiad in 2008 in Dresden and bronze in 2012 in Istanbul. In March 2013 she won with Ukraine’s representation the gold medal at the Women’s World Team Championship held in Kazakhstan.