Anna Zatonskih

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Anna Zatonskih
Anna Zatonskih.jpg
at the European Club Cup, Halkidiki, October 2008
Country Ukraine (until 2004)
United States (since 2004)
Born (1978-07-17) July 17, 1978 (age 38)
Mariupol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Title International Master
Woman Grandmaster
FIDE rating 2449 (September 2016)
Peak rating 2537 (May 2011)

Anna Zatonskih (Ukrainian: Ганна Затонських; born Mariupol, July 17, 1978[1]) is a Ukrainian (until 2004) and American (since 2004) chess player who holds the titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She is a chess professional, who coaches players and competes in tournaments. Zatonskih is a four-time U.S. Women's Champion, as well as a former Ukrainian Women's Champion.

Career[edit]

Zatonskih learned chess at age five from her parents, who are both strong players. Her father Vitaly is rated about 2300, while her mother is a Candidate Master. Anna beat her mother for the first time at age 14.

Zatonskih won many Ukrainian girls' titles in several age categories. In 1999 she was awarded the WGM title. She won the Ukrainian Women's Chess Championship in 2001. She represented Ukraine in two Chess Olympiads: at Istanbul 2000, she scored 7/11 (+5 =4 -2) on board two; at Bled 2002, she scored 3.5/7 (+2 =3 -2) on board three.

She represented the U.S. in the Chess Olympiads of 2004, 2006, and 2008. The Americans won the team silver in 2004, their highest finish ever. Zatonskih won the United States Women's Chess Championship in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.[2] In 2008, she beat the defending U.S. Women's Champion, Irina Krush, by a single second under time control, a moment that has been widely viewed on the Internet because of Krush's reaction of smacking her king across the room in anger.

She is married to Latvian-born Grandmaster Daniel Fridman.

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Preceded by
Rusudan Goletiani
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Irina Krush
Preceded by
Irina Krush
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Irina Krush
Preceded by
Irina Krush
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Irina Krush