Tatiana Kosintseva at Iraklion, 2007
|Full name||Tatiana Anatolyevna Kosintseva
Татьяна Анатольевна Косинцева
11 April 1986 |
Arkhangelsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|FIDE rating||2475 (September 2016)|
|Peak rating||2581 (November 2010)|
She is two-time European women's champion and three-time Russian women's champion. Kosintseva was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the Women's Chess Olympiads of 2010 and 2012, and at the Women's European Team Chess Championships of 2007, 2009 and 2011.
Chance start and instant success
Along with elder sister Nadezhda, the six-year-old Tatiana became a chess player by virtue of a twist of fate. Wandering home from dance lessons with their mother, the pair happened upon a chess club and decided then and there to take up the game.
Soon after, she became a fearsome competitor at the top level of junior chess, her collection of tournament prizes rivalling even her sister's haul. At the World Youth Chess Championship, she earned silver medals at the Under-10 (Cala Galdana, 1996) and Under-12 (Cannes, 1997) events. In the Under-10 category of the 1996 European Youth Chess Championship held at Rimavska Sobota she went one better, that time taking home the gold medal. Silver medals were added at the Euro events in Mureck (1998) and Kallithea (2000), at Under-12 and Under-18 levels, respectively.
National and European Champion
Sharing a mutual talent for chess, the sisters are also close companions outside the game; both attend a law course at Pomor University in their hometown and study together. Inevitably, they play side by side in team competitions, most notably at the Chess Olympiad as part of the Russian Women's national team.
FIDE Women's Grand Prix
In 2010 Kosintseva won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Nalchik with a performance rating of 2735. Her score was 9/11 or +7 −0 =4; 1½ points ahead of her nearest rival Hou Yifan. She gained 160 Grand Prix points in Nalchik.
- Russian Women's Chess Championship Superfinal 2006
- "Morozevich clinches Biel with a 2863 performance". ChessBase. 2004-08-02. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
-  Tatiana Kosintseva new European Women's Champion 2009
-  European Women's Championship: Mkrtchian and Konsintseva win
- "Gaziantep: Tatiana Kosintseva wins European Rapid". ChessBase. 2012-03-16. Retrieved 9 October 2015.
- "Tatyana Kosintseva is winner of FIDE Grand Prix round in Nalchik". FIDE. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 8 May 2010.
- "Nalchik GP: Kosintseva wins hands down". ChessBase. 2010-05-10. Retrieved 10 May 2010.
- "Anna Muzychuk is Women's World Blitz Champion". FIDE Women World Rapid and Blitz Championships. 2014-04-28. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
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