Aleksandra Goryachkina

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Aleksandra Goryachkina
Alexandra Goryachkina 2012.jpg
Alexandra Goryachkina, World Junior Championship 2012 in Athens
Full name Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina
Country  Russia
Born (1998-09-28) September 28, 1998 (age 18)
Orsk, Russia[1]
Title Woman Grandmaster (2012)
FIDE rating 2478 (August 2017)
Peak rating 2509 (March 2016)

Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina (Russian: Александра Юрьевна Горячкина; born 28 September 1998 in Orsk) is a Russian chess prodigy holding the title of Woman grandmaster.


She won twice the World Junior Girls Chess Championship, in 2013 and in 2014. She also won the World Under-10 Girls Championship in 2008, the European Under-12 Girls Championship in 2010, both the European and World U14 Girls Championships in 2011 (scoring 9/9 in the latter), both the European and World U18 Girls Championships in 2012.

She was the runner up in the European U12 Girls Championship and bronze medalist in the World U12 Girls Championshiop in 2009.[2][3]

In 2011, she won the Lyudmila Rudenko Memorial in Saint Petersburg[4] and during that year her rating climbed almost 300 points from 2045 to 2333.

In 2012, she finished equal second (third on tiebreak) in the Russian Junior (Under 20) Girls Championship [5] and won the Women’s Russian Cup knockout competition.[6]

She took part in the Tata Steel C Tournament in Wijk aan Zee in early 2013, scoring 3.5 points out of 13 games (1 win, 5 draws, 7 losses).[7] In April 2013, she came second in the Russian U19 Championship (open section).[8] In June of that year, she placed equal second (third on tiebreak) in the Russian Championship Higher League (women's section).[9] Thanks to this result she qualified for the first time for the Russian Women's Championship Superfinal, in which she scored 4.5/9, placing equal fourth (sixth on tiebreak).[10] In December 2013 she competed in the open section of the World U18 Championship in Al Ain and scored 6.5/11.[11]

In March 2014, she participated for the first time in the European Individual Chess Championship and scored 5/11. In June of the same year, she placed equal third (fifth on tiebreak) in the Women's Higher League with 6/9 and qualified for the Women's Superfinal. In September 2014, she placed equal first (fourth on tiebreak) in the Satka Autumn women's open tournament.[12] In November of that year, she placed third in the Women's Superfinal scoring 5.5/9.[13]

In February 2015, Goryachkina competed in the European Individual Championship scoring 6.5/11 with a rating performance of 2554.[14] In the following month, she finished second in the women's tournament of the Moscow Open with 7/9.[15] In April 2015, Goryachkina took part in the Women's World Chess Championship 2015 and reached the second round, in which she was knocked out by Anna Muzychuk.

In August 2015 she won the Russian Women's Championship Superfinal in Chita with 8/11.[16] Goryachkina won for the second time the Women's Russian Cup in December 2015.[17]

Her father Yuri is a FIDE Master and her first coach, her mother is a Candidate Master.[18][19]

Team competitions[edit]

Goryachkina played on top board for Russia in the 2012 European Under-18 Girls Team Championship and scored 3/3, contributing to win team gold.[20]

Goryachkina made her debut in the national women's team playing on reserve board at the 2013 Women's European Team Chess Championship. She scored 2.5/5 and helped the Russian team to win silver.[21]

In December 2014, she helped the Russian team to win silver at the Under-16 Chess Olympiads in Győr, scoring 6/10 on second board.[22] She also won a brilliancy prize for her game against Cemil Can Ali Marandi in the seventh round.[23]

In April 2015, she helped Russia to win silver in the 2015 Women's World Team Chess Championship scoring 5/7.[24] Thanks to this effort she also won individual silver on fourth board.[25] In July of the same year, she took part in the 9th China-Russia Match in Ningbo, scoring 5/10 in the blitz games and 1.5/5 in the classical encounter.[26][27] In the 2015 Women's European Team Championship in Reykjavík she won team gold and also the individual gold on board three.[28]

Goryachkina played for Yamal team on the third board in the Russian Team Championship (open section): she scored 3/7 in 2013 with a performance rating of 2408,[29] 3/6 in 2014 (performance 2535),[30] 3.5/7 (performance 2638) in 2015.[31]

In 2017, she was second in the European Women's Championship in Riga.[32]


  1. ^ WIM title application FIDE
  2. ^ European Youth Chess Championship 2009 Girls - 12 Chess-Results
  3. ^ World Youth Chess Championship 2009 (U12G) Chess-Results
  4. ^ "Aleksandra Goryachkina Superior in the Lyudmila Rudenko Memorial". 2011-08-31. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  5. ^ Crowther, Mark (2012-04-20). "TWIC 912: Russian Junior Championship 2012". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  6. ^ "Bartosz Socko and Aleksandra Goryachkina are winners of the Russian Cup". Chessdom. 2012-12-13. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  7. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-01-27). "75th Tata Steel Wijk aan Zee 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  8. ^ "Russian Youth won by Artemiev and Kashlinskaya". ChessBase. 2013-04-25. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  9. ^ Crowther, Mark (2013-06-20). "66th Russian Championship Higher League 2013". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  10. ^ Superfinal Women 2013 Chess-Results
  11. ^ WYCC U18 Open Classic Chess-Results
  12. ^ "Five players share first place in Satka Autumn 2014". Chessdom. 2014-09-30. Retrieved 2015-08-21. 
  13. ^ Crowther, Mark. "Russian Championship Superfinal 2014". The Week in Chess. Retrieved 25 August 2015. 
  14. ^ European Individual Chess Championship 2015: Aleksandra Goryachkina Chess-Results
  15. ^ Moscow-Open 2015 B Chess-Results
  16. ^ "Tomashevsky and Goryachkina Become Champions". Russian Chess Federation. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  17. ^ "Aleksandra Goryachkina wins Women Russian Cup 2015". Chessdom. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 3 January 2016. 
  18. ^ Aleksandra Goryachkina's profile chess24
  19. ^ "Interview with Alexander Potapov". Moscow Open website. 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2015-08-20. 
  20. ^ European youth team championship U18 - GIRLS Chess-Results
  21. ^ 19th European Women's Team Chess Championship 2013 Chess-Results
  22. ^ World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2014 Chess-Results
  23. ^ Mihail Marin (23 December 2014). "India wins U16 Olympiad in Gyor". ChessBase. Retrieved 15 August 2015. 
  24. ^ Women's World Team Chess Championship 2015
  25. ^ Board standings
  26. ^ 2015 “Yin Zhou” Cup China-Russia Scheveningen Blitz Women
  27. ^ 2015 “Yin Zhou” Cup China-Russia Chess Match Scheveningen system Women Chess-Results
  28. ^ "2015 ETCC: Individual board prizes - Women's section" (PDF). ETCC 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015. 
  29. ^ 20th Russian Team Championship Chess-Results
  30. ^ 21st Russian Team Championship 2014
  31. ^ 22nd Russian Team Championship 2015 Chess-Results
  32. ^ 18th European Women's Championship 2017 | Mark Crowther - Sunday 23rd April 2017

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