Aleksandra Goryachkina

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Aleksandra Goryachkina
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Alexandra Goryachkina in 2016
Full nameAleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina
Born (1998-09-28) 28 September 1998 (age 21)
Orsk, Russia[1]
TitleGrandmaster (2018)
FIDE rating2572 (December 2019)
Peak rating2575 (October 2019)

Aleksandra Yuryevna Goryachkina (Russian: Александра Юрьевна Горячкина; born 28 September 1998) is a Russian chess grandmaster. She is a two-time Russian Women's Chess Champion and was also twice World Girls Under-20 Champion.


Goryachkina won the gold medal at the World Youth Chess Championships in the Girls Under 10 category in 2008, the Girls Under 14 in 2011 (scoring 9/9 points) and the Girls Under 18 in 2012, and at the European Youth Chess Championships in the Girls Under 12 in 2010, the Girls Under 14 in 2011 and the Girls Under 18 in 2012. She also won a silver medal in the Girls Under 12 section at the European Youth Championships[2] and a bronze medal in the same division at the World Youth Championships in 2009.[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 tied for second place in the Russian Junior Girls Championship, finishing third on tiebreak,[5] and won the Women's Russian Cup knockout competition.[6]

Goryachkina took part in the Tata Steel C Tournament in Wijk aan Zee in January 2013, scoring 3.5 points out of 13 games (1 win, 5 draws, 7 losses).[7] In April of the same year, she finished second in the Russian U19 Championship open section, competing with the boys.[8] In June, she tied for 2nd–3rd in the Women's Russian Championship Higher League.[9] Thanks to this result she qualified for the first time for the Russian Women's Championship Superfinal. In this tournament she scored 4½/9 points.[10] In December, she competed in the U18 open section of the World Youth Championships in Al Ain and scored 6½/11 points.[11] She won the World Junior Girls Chess Championship in 2013 and in 2014.

In March 2014, she participated for the first time in the European Individual Chess Championship and scored 5/11. In September 2014, she tied for first place in the Satka Autumn women's open tournament, finishing fourth on tiebreak.[12] In November of that year, she placed third in the Women's Superfinal scoring 5½/9.[13]

In February 2015, Goryachkina competed in the European Individual Championship scoring 6½/11 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. Here she was knocked out by Anna Muzychuk.

In August 2015 she won the Russian Women's Championship Superfinal in Chita with 8/11 points.[16] Goryachkina won for the second time the Women's Russian Cup in December 2015.[17] In 2017, she won the silver medal in the European Individual Women's Championship in Riga[18] In December 2017, Goryachkina won the Russian Women's Superfinal for the second time after beating Natalia Pogonina in a rapid playoff.[19]

In 2018 she was awarded the Grandmaster title.[20]

In 2019, Goryachkina won the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament with 9.5/14(6 wins,1 loss and 7 draws) and qualified for the Women's World Chess Championship 2019 match against Ju Wenjun.[21]

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.[22]

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.[23]

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.[24] She also won a brilliancy prize for her game against Cemil Can Ali Marandi in the seventh round.[25]

In April 2015, she helped Russia to win silver in the 2015 Women's World Team Chess Championship scoring 5/7.[26] Thanks to this effort she also won individual silver on fourth board.[27] 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.[28][29] In the 2015 Women's European Team Championship in Reykjavík she won team gold and also the individual gold on board three.[30]

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,[31] 3/6 in 2014 (performance 2535),[32] 3.5/7 (performance 2638) in 2015.[33]

In 2019, Goryachkina played the first board for the Yamal team in the Russian Team Championship (Higher League) and scored 6/8(performance 2670).[34] This result helped her Yamal team qualify for the Russian Team Championship (Premier League) in 2020.

Personal life[edit]

Her father Yuri is a FIDE Master and her first coach, and her mother is a Candidate Master.[35][36] She is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in civil engineering through online classes at the Moscow State University.

Aleksandra is active on Skype and Discord, where she offers private lessons.


  1. ^ WIM title application. FIDE.
  2. ^ European Youth Chess Championship 2009 Girls – 12.
  3. ^ World Youth Chess Championship 2009 (U12G).
  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. ^ "18th European Women's Championship 2017 | The Week in Chess". Retrieved 2018-01-03.
  19. ^ "Peter Svidler and Aleksandra Goryachkina are 2017 Russian Champions". Chessdom. 2017-12-15. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
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  22. ^ European youth team championship U18 – GIRLS Chess-Results
  23. ^ 19th European Women's Team Chess Championship 2013 Chess-Results
  24. ^ World Youth U-16 Chess Olympiad 2014 Chess-Results
  25. ^ Mihail Marin (23 December 2014). "India wins U16 Olympiad in Gyor". ChessBase. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  26. ^ Women's World Team Chess Championship 2015
  27. ^ Board standings
  28. ^ 2015 “Yin Zhou” Cup China-Russia Scheveningen Blitz Women
  29. ^ 2015 “Yin Zhou” Cup China-Russia Chess Match Scheveningen system Women Chess-Results
  30. ^ "2015 ETCC: Individual board prizes – Women's section" (PDF). ETCC 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 November 2015. Retrieved 23 November 2015.
  31. ^ 20th Russian Team Championship Chess-Results
  32. ^ 21st Russian Team Championship 2014
  33. ^ 22nd Russian Team Championship 2015 Chess-Results
  34. ^ "Chess-Results Server - XXVI чемпионат России по шахматам среди мужских команд "Высшая лига"". Retrieved 2019-07-31.
  35. ^ Aleksandra Goryachkina's profile chess24
  36. ^ "Interview with Alexander Potapov". Moscow Open website. 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2015-08-20.

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