Alexandra Obolentseva

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Alexandra Obolentseva
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Alexandra Obolentseva, 2018
Full name Alexandra Sergeevna Obolentseva
Country Russia
Born (2001-06-21) 21 June 2001 (age 17)
Tula, Russia
Title Woman International Master (2017)
Peak rating 2364 (September 2017)

Alexandra Sergeevna Obolentseva (Russian: Александра Серге́евна Оболенцева; born 21 June 2001) is a Russian chess player. She has won the World Youth Chess Championships, the World Schools Chess Championships and the European Schools Chess Championships in her age girls category.


Obolentseva began playing chess in September 2007 at six years of age, in the Sport School No. 4 of Tula. Her coach was Nikolai Mikhailovich Golovin.[1] She won the Russian Youth Championships three times, in the categories girls U8 in 2009,[2][3] girls U10 in 2011,[4] and girls U12 in 2012.[5]

In 2009, by finishing first in an event for children at the 6th International Chess Festival "Moscow Open",[6] she qualified to play in the World School Chess Championships in Thessaloniki, Greece. In this event, Obolentseva took fifth place in the Girls Under 9 division, and first place in the under-8 subgroup.[2]

In 2010, in the 6th World School Chess Championships in Kayseri, Turkey, Obolentseva came in second place on tie-break in the girls U9 section, losing out to Khanim Balajayeva from Azerbaijan.[7] At the World Youth Championships 2010 in Halkidiki, Greece, under the guidance of her new coach, Vladimir Wulfson, she finished third.[8] As a result, she was awarded the FIDE title of Woman Candidate Master.

In November 2011, at the World Youth Championships in Caldas Novas, Brazil, she took the gold medal to become girls under 10 world champion. As a result, she was awarded the title of Woman FIDE Master. In 2012, she won the girls under 11 event of the World School Championship in Iași, Romania,[9] and won the bronze medal at the European Youth Chess Championships in Prague in the girls under 12 category.[10]

In 2013, she played for Russia's second team in the girls' section of the European Youth Team Championship in Maribor, Solovenia.[11] In 2014 Obolentseva won the girls U13 event of the European School Chess Championships in Kavala, Greece.[12] In 2015, she won the European Schools Championship in the Girls Under 15 division,[13] and took the bronze medal in the Girls Under 14 event at the European Youth Championship.[14]

In February 2016, she shared first place in the women's event of the Moscow Open with Anastasia Bodnaruk and Soumya Swaminathan, finishing third on tiebreak.[15][16] She also earned a norm for the title of International Master (IM) thanks to her rating performance of 2548.[17] In June, she won the girls U15 event at the European School Chess Championship in Halkidiki.[18][19] The following month, she played for the silver medal-winning Russian team in the World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad in Poprad, Slovakia.[20][21] In the 2017 edition of the same event, her team won the gold medal.[22][23]


  1. ^ The Tula official information portal (in Russian)
  2. ^ a b "Alexandra Obolentseva wins the Russian U8 chess championship". Chessdom. 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2011-12-14.
  3. ^ Kosteniuk, Alexandra (2009-06-01). "Women Chess Kaleidoscope". Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Blog. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  4. ^ FInal report with pictures. Russian Chess Federation (in Russian)
  5. ^ U12 Girls Russian Championship. Russian Chess Federation (in Russian)
  6. ^ Moscow Open 2009
  7. ^ "6th World School Chess Championship - UNDER 9 GİRLS". Turkish Chess Federation. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  8. ^ "2010 World Youth Chess Championship – Final report". ChessBase. 2010-11-01. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  9. ^ 8th World School Individual Chess Championship Girls U11.
  10. ^ European Youth Chess Championship 2012.
  11. ^ Bartelski, Wojciech. "European Girls' U18 Team Chess Championship: Alexandra Obolentseva". OlimpBase.
  12. ^ "European School Chess Championships 2014 Girls under 13". Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  13. ^ "EUROPEAN SCHOOLS CHESS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2015 GIRLS U15". Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  14. ^ "25th European Youth Chess Championship 2015 U14 - Girls". Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  15. ^ "RSSU Chess Cup Moscow Open 2016 – All Winners". Chessdom. Retrieved 2016-06-17.
  16. ^ Fischer, Johannes (2016-02-09). "Talents shine in Moscow Open". ChessBase. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  17. ^ "Certificate of International Master norm" (PDF). FIDE.
  18. ^ "Russians Are Successful In European School Chess Championship". Russian Chess Federation. 2016-06-26. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  19. ^ "European School Chess Championship 2016 Finished" (PDF). European Chess Union.
  20. ^ "Russia Finishes Second At The Junior Olympiad". Russian Chess Federation. 2016-07-30. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  21. ^ Shohreh Bayat; Sahar Noori (2016-08-14). "World Youth Under-16 Chess Olympiad". ChessBase. Retrieved 2016-09-02.
  22. ^ "Russia wins World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2017". FIDE. 2017-12-17. Retrieved 2018-01-07.
  23. ^ "Russia wins World Youth Chess Olympiad 2017 with a round to spare". Chessdom. 2017-12-18. Retrieved 2018-01-07.

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