Maria Kursova

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Maria Kursova
Maria Kursova 2013.jpg
Maria Kursova at the European Chess Team Championship in Warsaw 2013
Country  Russia
 Armenia
Born (1986-01-03) 3 January 1986 (age 31)
Severodvinsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Woman Grandmaster (2007)
Peak rating 2366 (July 2007)

Maria Kursova (Russian: Мария Курсова, Armenian: Մարիա Կուրսովա; born 3 January 1986 in Severodvinsk)[1] is a Russian-Armenian chess player holding the title of Woman Grandmaster. She won the Under-10 Girls' World Championship in 1996 and the Under-16 Girls' European Championship in 2001.

Kursova tied for first place with Natalia Pogonina, placing second on countback, in the 2003 European U18 Girls Championship,[2] and was the bronze medalist in the 1998 European U12 Girls Championship.[3]

She competed in the Women's World Chess Championship 2006 as FIDE president nominee. Kursova defeated Zhao Xue in the first round, but she was eliminated in the second one by Ekaterina Kovalevskaya.

She plays for Armenia since 2011.[4] Kursova won the 2012 Women's Armenian Chess Championship.[5]

She played for the Armenian team in the Women's Chess Olympiads of 2012 and 2014, Women's World Team Chess Championships of 2011 and 2015, Women's European Team Chess Championships of 2011 and 2013.[6]

Kursova is married to Armenian grandmaster Arman Pashikyan.[7]

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