|Full name||Anna Olegivna Muzychuk|
February 28, 1990 |
Lviv, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
|FIDE rating||2544 (August 2016)
(No. 5 ranked woman in the March 2016 FIDE World Rankings)
|Peak rating||2606 (July 2012)|
|Peak ranking||No. 2 ranked woman (August 2012)|
Anna Olegivna Muzychuk (Ukrainian: Ганна Олегівна Музичук; Slovene: Ana Muzičuk; born February 28, 1990 in Lviv) is a Ukrainian chess Grandmaster. From 2004 to 2014 she played for Slovenia. She is the fourth woman, after Judit Polgar, Humpy Koneru and Hou Yifan, to cross the 2600 Elo rating mark, having achieved a rating of 2606 in July 2012.
Muzychuk was taught to play chess at the age of two by her parents, both professional chess coaches. She played her first tournament at five and in the same year she placed second in the under-10 girls championship of Lviv Oblast.
From 1997 to 2005 she won several medals at Ukrainian, European and World Youth Championships. She won gold in the European Under-10 girls championship in 1998 and 2000, Ukrainian under-10 girls championship in 2000, Ukrainian and European under-12 girls championships of 2002, European Under-14 girls championship in 2003 and 2004, World U16 girls championship in 2005. She took silver at the European Under-10 girls championship in 1997 and 1999, European Under-12 girls championship in 2001, World Under-12 girls championship in 2002 and World U14 girls championship in 2004. She was the bronze medalist in the World Under-10 Girls Championship in 2000.
In 2004, Muzychuk started to play for Slovenia by coincidence: she was offered a contract by the Slovenian chess federation and was supported by them over the course of the next ten years. She played for the club from Ljubljana, and since 2004, for the Olympiad Slovenian national team. She represented them first in junior and then in adult tournaments, in these years becoming the strongest female chess player in Slovenia and the third best female player in the world. Muzychuk continued to play for Slovenia even when while she lived in Stryi (Ukraine) and her younger sister Mariya, twice represented the Ukrainian national team.
In 2010 she played in the Corus chess tournament Group B, finishing 10th with a score of 5½/13 and a performance of 2583. In the same year, Muzychuk won the World Junior Girls Championship in Chotowa, Poland.
She won the bronze medal in the Women's European Individual Chess Championship of 2012. In the same year Muzychuk took part in the ACP Golden Classic in Amsterdam along with Vassily Ivanchuk, Gata Kamsky, Emil Sutovsky, Le Quang Liem, Krishnan Sasikiran and Baadur Jobava. It was a round-robin tournament in which the rate of play was two hours and half for forty moves followed in case by adjournment. She finished fourth with a score of 3/6 and a rating performance of 2721.
Muzychuk finished fourth in the 2014 Tata Steel Challengers tournament, scoring 8/13 (+4=8-1). In April 2014 Muzychuk won the Women's World Blitz Championship. In May 2014, she returned to the Ukrainian chess federation. Muzychuk won the 2014 Ukrainian women's championship in Lviv. In January 2016, she won the women's first prize at the Masters tournament of the Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival.
Muzychuk played on the top board for Slovenia in the Women's Chess Olympiads of 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. In her first Olympiad, in 2004, she defeated, among others, the then-reigning Women's World Champion, Antoaneta Stefanova. In the 37th Chess Olympiad in 2006 the Slovenian women's team, seeded 17th, finished tenth.
In 2014 in the 41st Chess Olympiad Muzychuk played on the top board for the Ukrainian team which gathered third place behind Russia and China. In the 2015 Women's European Team Chess Championship, she contributed to Ukraine's silver medal.
- 2nd place in the International Women's Hungarian Championship 2006.
- 1st place in Moscow Open Women's Section in 2008.
- 1st place in Scandinavian Ladies Open 2008.
- 3rd place in Scandinavian Rapid Open 2008.
- 1st place in Maia Chiburdanidze Cup 2010.
- 3rd place in the Women's FIDE Grand Prix Rostov 2011.
- 2nd place in the Women's FIDE Grand Prix Shenzhen 2011.
- 3rd place in the Women's World Blitz Championship 2012.
- 2nd place in the Women's FIDE Grand Prix Kazan 2012.
She lives in Stryi with her parents and her sister.
- Interview with Anna Muzychuk Pakchess. 2011-08-21. Retrieved 19 October 2015
- Grandmaster title application FIDE
- "Meet the Muzychuk sisters". ChessBase. 11 April 2004. Retrieved 9 September 2015.
- C.to Europeo U10 femminile Italian Chess Federation
- "Lagno to Russia, Muzychuk to Ukraine, Sharevich to USA". Chess News Agency. May 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- Partac, Elena (2007-08-11). "Viktorija Cmilyte wins European Women's Rapid Championship". ChessBase. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- "World Junior and Girls Chess Championships - Chotowa, Czarna 2010". WJCC2010.pl. Retrieved 23 October 2010.
- Silver, Albert (2012-07-16). "ACP Golden Classic – Tournament for the nostalgic". ChessBase. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
- "Ivanchuk wins ACP Golden Classic; Giri is Dutch champion". ChessBase. 2012-07-23. Retrieved 21 January 2016.
- "Standings of Tata Steel Challengers 2014". Tata Steel Chess. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- "Anna Muzychuk wins Women's World Blitz Championship". Chessdom. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 17 October 2015.
- "Anna Muzychuk to represent Ukraine". chessdom.com. May 7, 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2014.
- "Yuriy Kuzubov and Anna Muzychuk are 2014 Ukrainian champions". Chessdom. 2014-11-25. Retrieved 10 October 2015.
- "Muzychuk Anna on Her Return to Ukrainian Federation and Maidan". chess-news.ru. Retrieved 2014-08-23.
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