|Full name||Kateryna Oleksandrivna Lahno
Катерина Олександрівна Лагно
December 27, 1989 |
Lviv, Soviet Union
|FIDE rating||2543 (December 2013)
(No. 7 ranked woman in the November 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
|Peak rating||2557 (January 2012)|
Kateryna Oleksandrivna Lahno (Ukrainian: Катерина Олександрівна Лагно; born December 27, 1989) is a Ukrainian chess player. She earned the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM) at the age of 12 years and 4 months, breaking Judit Polgár's record to become the youngest ever to earn this title. She is now a full Grandmaster (GM). Born in Lviv, Lahno grew up in the industrial and chess-friendly town Kramatorsk. As of 2005, she lives in Donetsk.
Lahno was the fifth seed for the 64-player knockout 2004 Women's World Chess Championship. At the age of 15 she won the 2005 European Individual Women's Championship, held in June in Chişinău, Moldova. Tied with Russian IM 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 won IV Women's "North Urals Cup – 2006", attaining a full grandmaster norm in the process. In May 2008, Lahno won the European Individual Women Chess Championships again in Plovdiv, by one-half point in the 11-round open tournament.
On February 25, 2009 she married Robert Fontaine, French chess grandmaster and TV reporter. The same year, she became Russian Team champion with the club of Spartak, and then won the European Team championship in Ohrid. In August 2010, Kateryna became World Woman Blitz Champion. At the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul in 2012, she won the individual bronze medal for her performance on Board One.
- FIDE: List of Titles Approved, June 25, 2007
- Final standings of the European Individual Women Chess Championships 2008, the Chess-Results web
- ChessBase.com - Chess News - Kateryna and Robert – pour la vie à jamais unis...