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Aleksandra Goryachkina
Number of games in database: 599
Years covered: 2009 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2493 (2476 rapid, 2449 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2509

Overall record: +154 -93 =189 (57.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 163 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (38) 
    E00 A40 A50 A46 A41
 Queen's Gambit Declined (29) 
    D37 D38 D30 D31 D39
 Catalan (26) 
    E06 E04 E01 E03
 King's Indian (20) 
    E92 E70 E71 E91 E81
 Slav (19) 
    D10 D11 D17 D12
 Modern Benoni (19) 
    A62 A60 A56 A58 A70
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (45) 
    B30 B33 B52 B32 B90
 Slav (37) 
    D12 D10 D17 D18 D16
 Caro-Kann (30) 
    B12 B10 B11 B13 B15
 Queen's Pawn Game (21) 
    D00 D02 A46 E00 A45
 English (20) 
    A11 A13 A12 A17 A15
 French Defense (20) 
    C11 C01 C07 C00 C02
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Goryachkina vs B Khotenashvili, 2013 1-0
   A Goryachkina vs A Nasybullina, 2014 1-0
   Lahno vs A Goryachkina, 2016 0-1
   S Khademalsharieh vs A Goryachkina, 2014 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Youth Championship (Girls) (2012)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2015)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2014)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2017)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2013)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2017)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2015)
   67th Russian Championship Higher League (Women) (2014)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2012)
   FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2015)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)
   European Individual Championship (2015)

   🏆 Aeroflot Open
   A Predke vs A Goryachkina (Feb-28-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Esipenko vs A Goryachkina (Feb-27-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Goryachkina vs S Zhigalko (Feb-26-18) 1/2-1/2
   R Svane vs A Goryachkina (Feb-25-18) 1/2-1/2
   A Goryachkina vs H Martirosyan (Feb-24-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Sep-28-1998, 19 years old) Russia
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WGM (2012); World U10 Girls Champion (2008); U14 Girls World Champion (2011); U18 European Girls Champion (2012); World U18 Girls Champion (2012) and World Junior (Girls) Champion (2013 & 2014). She has three or more IM norms and at least one GM norm (as of August 2015). Goryachkina is the daughter of Jouri Goriatchkin.


Goryachkina won the Russian PriFR 2008 Girls U18, the European U12 Girls Championship 2010, and the European Girls U14 championship in 2011, and came second in the European U12 Girls Championship in 2009 and third in the World Girls U12 Championship, also in 2009. 12 year old Aleksandra won the 2011 Lyudmilla Rudenko Memorial Tournament, one of the qualifier tournaments for Russia’s Women’s Cup, ahead of 8 WGMs and an IM, by a point with 7.5/9 (TPR 2441), earning her first WGM norm in the process. She subsequently won the European Girls U14 Championship held in Albena in Bulgaria in September 2011 with a score of 7.5/9 (+7 -1 =1).

In November 2011, she won the World Girls U14 Championship held in Brazil with a stunning score of 9/9 and a 2700+ TPR, gaining her 20 Elo for that event alone. In April 2012, the 13 year old came =2nd in the Russian Girls U20 Championship behind 20 year old IM Anastasia Bodnaruk. She contested the World Junior Championship (Girls) (2012), scoring 8/13, 1.5 points off the lead, and placing =11th; it was (for her) a sub-par performance. Soon afterwards she won the European U18 Girls Championship with 7.5/9 (+7 -1 =1), winning the title at the age of 13 years and nearly 11 months. In November 2012, she won the World Girls U18 Championship with 9.5/11 at the age of 14 years 1 month and 21 days. In June 2013, she placed =2nd (3rd on tiebreak) at the 66th Russian Championship Higher League (Women) (2013), a point behind the winner Anastasia Bodnaruk and qualifying for the Russian Women's Superfinal 2013. In July-August, she competed in the European Individual Women's Championship (2013), scoring 6.5/11 and an IM norm after 9 rounds.

So far she has won the World Junior Championship (Girls) (2013) with 10.5/13, a point clear of the field, and still a couple of days shy of her 15th birthday in the U20 event, following up with a successful defence of her title at the World Junior Championship (Girls) (2014) with an even more decisive 11/13, a point and a half clear of the field and runner-up Sarasadat Khademalsharieh. She followed up her 2013 triumph by participating in the World U18 Championship, scoring 6.5/11 and her first attempt at the European Individual Championships (2014), where she scored a par for rating 5/11. Then followed =3rd with 6/9 at the Russian Women's HL Championship 2014, 6.5/11 at the European Individual Women's Championship (2014), and =3rd with 5.5/9 at the Russian Superfinals (Women) (2014). She also scored 6.5/11 at the European Individual Championship (2015), winning a double IM norm. She was the outright winner of the Russian Superfinals (Women) (2015) with 8/11, and picked up a GM norm for her efforts.

Goryachkina competed in the FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015), which was a knock out event. She won her first round against Lilit Mkrtchian, but was defeated in the second round by Anna Muzychuk.


Goryachkina scored 5/9 in the 2011 Chigorin Memorial, including a win against Moldavian IM Vladimir Hamitevici. Despite a slightly below par performance (3/9) at the 2012 Aeroflot Open B, a strong 5.5/9 at the 2012 Moscow Open E improved her rating for the rating period to March and earned her 2nd WGM norm, although she slipped two places in her open age division. In March 2012, Goryachkina scored 6/11 (TPR 2351) at the European Individual Women's Championship (2012), earning her 3rd WGM norm. She is the youngest WGM in the world at the age of 13 years 5 months, and the youngest since Yifan Hou (12 years and 3 months). Also in March she won the Rector Cup 2012 held in Kharkov with 7/9, 1.5 points clear of the field. In July, she scored a solid 5/9 in the Czech Open - GMA, although her record against her 5 GM opponents was =2 -3. She beat Olga Girya to win the Final of the Russia Cup for Women in December 2012, held in Khanty-Mansiysk. Perhaps over-awed by the occasion, Goryachkina's first participation at Wijk aan Zee was unsuccessful, as she scored only 3.5/13 at Tata Steel Group C (2013), winning only one game, placing 12th and shedding 16 rating points. She recovered some of these points with a solid 5.5/9 at the Karpos Open held in March in Macedonia. She recovered further points with her =2nd placement at the Russian U19 Boys Championship in April, bringing her back up to the 2400 mark. She finished 2013 with a solid 4/9 at the powerful IX Gubernators Cup Ugra 2013 open, including a win over Boris Savchenko. In 2014, she placed =2nd at the Moscow Open - B with 7/9, a point behind the winner Tingjie Lei.

Team Events

In the European Team Championship (Women) (2013), Goryachkina played board 4 for Russia, which won silver. She played board 3 for Yamal Yamalo-Nenets in the Russian Team Championships (2013), the Russian Team Championships (2014) and the Russian Team Championship (2015). She scored 6/10 for her team's 2nd board at the 2014 World youth team chess Olympiad. In 2015 she won team and individual silver (for board 4) at the Women's World Team Championship,


Goryachkina placed =2nd at the Orsk-Open 2014 Blitz with 9/11 and also placed =2nd in the Rapid division of that event with 5.5/7.


Goryachkina has been one of the world's top female junior players since she was 13 and has been the number one Junior (U20) in the female ranks since January 2015. She entered the ranks of the top 100 women players in the world in August 2012 before her 14th birthday, remaining in the top 100 since. Her highest rating to date is 2489 achieved in June 2015.

Sources and references

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Wikipedia article: Aleksandra Goryachkina

Last updated: 2017-02-07 05:09:45

 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 599  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. M Manakova vs A Goryachkina 1-042200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA80 Dutch
2. A Goryachkina vs O Lelekova  0-157200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
3. A Goryachkina vs S Bezgodova  0-160200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
4. T Elizarova vs A Goryachkina  0-136200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA80 Dutch
5. A Goryachkina vs V Korchagina  0-156200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
6. E Makka vs A Goryachkina  1-026200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. A Kiseleva vs A Goryachkina  0-161200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA80 Dutch
8. A Goryachkina vs E Nikanova  ½-½82200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. I Petrukhina vs A Goryachkina  1-042200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA80 Dutch
10. L Abuladze vs A Goryachkina  ½-½57200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
11. A Goryachkina vs V Minina  0-146200910th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA03 Bird's Opening
12. E Tomilova vs A Goryachkina  ½-½952011Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Goryachkina vs B Kovanova  ½-½422011Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)A44 Old Benoni Defense
14. K Ambartsumova vs A Goryachkina  1-0432011Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. A Goryachkina vs D Belenkaya  ½-½772011Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. O Girya vs A Goryachkina  ½-½1022011Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. A Goryachkina vs S Bezgodova  1-0372011Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)A55 Old Indian, Main line
18. A Goryachkina vs Z Severiukhina  0-1372011Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)E92 King's Indian
19. A Travkina vs A Goryachkina  0-1422011Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)B30 Sicilian
20. A Goryachkina vs S Matveeva  ½-½652011Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)E17 Queen's Indian
21. A Goryachkina vs V Nozdrachev  ½-½742011Chigorin MemorialA63 Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7
22. A Goryachkina vs H Ozturk 0-1512012European Individual Women's ChampionshipD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. E Averchenko vs A Goryachkina 0-1602012European Individual Women's ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
24. A Goryachkina vs Aslihan Durmus  1-0572012European Individual Women's ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
25. A Goryachkina vs E Paehtz  ½-½482012European Individual Women's ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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Jun-01-15  ketchuplover: Top Junior Girl
Jun-24-15  sonia91: <was defeated in the second round by the eventual winner and new Women's World Champion, Mariya Muzychuk.>

She was defeated by Anna Muzychuk, not Mariya.

Aug-18-15  Mudphudder: I thought this girl was from Kazak or Uzbek? No?
Aug-18-15  Nerwal: Some sources claim she's born in Orsk in South Ural. Some others she's from Salekhard, much in the North, and she indeed plays for Yamal in russian team events.
Aug-20-15  Harvestman: Congratulations to Aleksandra on winning the Russian Women's Superfinal for the first time. She is a player on the up.
Aug-20-15  fisayo123: <Harvestman> Yes. She's the most talented female player I've seen in a long while besides Hou Yifan.
Aug-20-15  dx9293: Congratulations! Winning the Russian Championship at 16? Really impressive.
Aug-20-15  sonia91: Congratulations to Sasha on becoming Russian Champion!
Aug-20-15  sonia91: <She has three or more IM norms and at least one GM norm (as of August 2015).>

She has 4 IM norms, all coming from European Individual Championships (both open and women's):

Her 2629 performance in the Russian Women's Superfinal should be her first GM norm.

Aug-20-15  dx9293: I'm not sure Goryachkina gets a GM norm, because I believe a player needs to play at least one-third GMs (which would be 4 for a tournament 10-12 rounds). The only GMs were Gunina, Kosteniuk, and Lahno. I hope I'm wrong.
Aug-20-15  sonia91: I think 2 games can be deleted (--> 9 games norm) and her performance should be still 2600+
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  twinlark: That seems to be the case, although with a possible caveat.

Any games to be deleted from a 9+ round event have to be won games. Hence if we delete Goryachkina's wins against Ovod (2321) and Savina (2429), the average ratings of her opponents rises from 2460 to 2477, just squeezing into the rating bandwidth 2475-2519 that needs 6/9 for a GM norm (with 3 GMs).

Subtract 2 points for her deleted games from her final score of 8/11 and we get 6/9, so it seems young Goryachkina has a GM norm as well as the Russian Championship.

The only thing that is unclear from the title regs is whether more than one game can be deleted. The relevant portion of the regs reads that:

<For 10 rounds or more it is possible that deleting a game that has been won could be advantageous.>

Dec-10-15  sonia91: She just won the Women's Russian Cup (a knockout tournament) in Khanty-Mansyisk by beating Alina Bivol in the final 1.5-0.5. Bravo Sasha! This is her second vctory at the Women's Russian Cup, the first one was in 2012.

Someone should add in the bio that she won two gold medals at the European Team Championship (Women) (2015): team and individual on board 4.

Jan-26-16  detritus: Ju-u-u-u-ust missed a Goryachkina-Nakamura Round 2 pairing at Tradewise Gibraltar.
Apr-23-17  paavoh: And a #2 spot in the 2017 European Championship. Her improvement is steady.
May-23-17  PolgarFanGirl: If she has 3 or more IM norms (and 1 GM norm!!) how is she not an IM? Her FIDE rating's way over 2400.
May-24-17  Nerwal: <If she has 3 or more IM norms (and 1 GM norm!!) how is she not an IM? Her FIDE rating's way over 2400.>

You have to apply to get the title. Some WGMs (like Girya, Pogonina or Goryachkina) just do not seem very interested in the IM title.

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  alexmagnus: Which I always found weird. The discriminatory WGM title is somehow worth more to them.

I actually think women's titles and women's championships take away motivation for women to improve. It is the second factor on why top women are worse in chess than top men despite being their equals in the childhood and early teens (the other factor is the stagnation in teenage years, which seems to inevitably befall them all, even Polgar). Same with Goryachkina. I remember when at 14 she was criticized by some for playing girls' U18 WC and not boys' U14, where the competition was slightly tougher but she had good winning chances too.

Now, at 18, she isn't even remotely close to best boys of her age.

May-24-17  Nerwal: <Which I always found weird. The discriminatory WGM title is somehow worth more to them. >

Not sure it is the main reason. For those who teach chess and/or play often in open tournaments the IM title is probably much more valuable than for those who play in the woman elite circuit and/or for national teams (then rating is more important than titles).

Jul-01-17  John Abraham: recent photo of Aleksandra at the European women's championship 2017:
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  HeMateMe: is she hot?
Jul-01-17  John Abraham: <is she hot?> while that is a totally inappropriate question, I will say that she resembles a very intensely concentrating teddy bear, who would rather easily blow me off the board, but that is another topic for another day.
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  WorstPlayerEver: It's simple actually (about titles); if the women want to be the joke's on them, then probably the joke's on them.

Actually those 'babe' pics say it (loud!) already. Ladies, some dumb pic don't make you play better chess. Just sayin'.

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  WorstPlayerEver: <while that is a totally inappropriate question,..,>

It's not. Joke's on Kosteniuk and blablamova or something like that (I know their pic but forgot the name).

Dec-14-17  John Abraham: Congrats to the new Russian women's champion! truly an outstanding performance throughout the tournament and very strong composure in the tiebreaks!
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