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.
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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Last updated 20 August 2015