Anna Zatonskih

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Anna Zatonskih
Anna Zatonskih.jpg
at the European Club Cup, Halkidiki, October 2008
Country  United States  Ukraine
Born (1978-06-17) June 17, 1978 (age 36)
Mariupol, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Title International Master, WGM
FIDE rating 2476 (November 2014)
(No. 21 ranked woman in the November 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2537 (May 2011)

Anna Zatonskih (Ukrainian: Ганна Затонських; born Mariupol, June 17, 1978) is a chess player from the United States. She is a Woman Grandmaster, as well as an International Master. She is a chess professional, who coaches players and competes in tournaments. Zatonskih is the 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011 U.S. Women's Chess Champion.

Zatonskih learned chess at age five from her parents, who are both strong players. Her father Vitaly is rated about 2300, while her mother is a Candidate Master. Anna beat her mother for the first time at age 14.

Anna won many Ukrainian Girls' titles in several age categories. She was awarded the WGM title in 1999. She twice won the Ukrainian Women's Chess Championship, in 2001 and 2002. She represented Ukraine in two Chess Olympiads: at Istanbul 2000, she scored 7/11 (+5 =4 -2) on board two; and at Bled 2002, she scored 3.5/7 (+2 =3 -2) on board three.

She represented the U.S. in the Chess Olympiads of 2004, 2006, and 2008. The Americans won the team silver in 2004, their highest finish ever. Zatonskih won the United States Women's Championship in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.[1] In 2008, she beat the defending U.S. Women's Chess Champion, Irina Krush, by a single second under time control, a moment that has been widely-viewed on the Internet because of Krush's reaction of smacking her king across the room in anger.

She is married to Latvian-born Grandmaster Daniel Fridman.

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Preceded by
Rusudan Goletiani
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Irina Krush
Preceded by
Irina Krush
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2008
Succeeded by
Self
Preceded by
Self
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Irina Krush
Preceded by
Irina Krush
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Irina Krush