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Aleksandra Goryachkina
Number of games in database: 464
Years covered: 2009 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2466 (2462 rapid, 2401 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2509

Overall record: +131 -81 =149 (56.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 103 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (36) 
    E00 A40 A46 A50 A41
 Queen's Gambit Declined (24) 
    D37 D38 D39 D31 D30
 Catalan (22) 
    E04 E01 E06 E03
 Slav (15) 
    D10 D12 D11 D17
 Modern Benoni (15) 
    A62 A58 A60 A56 A70
 King's Indian (14) 
    E92 E91 E70 E71 E86
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (44) 
    B30 B33 B32 B52 B50
 Slav (33) 
    D12 D10 D17 D18 D11
 Caro-Kann (28) 
    B12 B10 B13 B15 B11
 Queen's Pawn Game (15) 
    D00 A46 D02 A45 E00
 English (15) 
    A11 A13 A12 A15 A17
 Queen's Gambit Declined (13) 
    D30 D31 D38 D35
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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
   O Girya vs A Goryachkina, 2015 0-1
   Lahno vs A Goryachkina, 2016 0-1

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

   A Goryachkina vs Le Thao Nguyen Pham (Feb-15-17) 0-1
   Le Thao Nguyen Pham vs A Goryachkina (Feb-14-17) 1/2-1/2
   Mo Zhai vs A Goryachkina (Feb-12-17) 0-1
   A Goryachkina vs Mo Zhai (Feb-11-17) 1/2-1/2
   A Goryachkina vs A Ushenina (Dec-30-16) 1/2-1/2, blitz

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(born Sep-28-1998, 18 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 19; games 1-25 of 464  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Manakova vs A Goryachkina 1-042 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA80 Dutch
2. A Goryachkina vs O Lelekova  0-157 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
3. A Goryachkina vs S Bezgodova  0-160 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipD57 Queen's Gambit Declined, Lasker Defense
4. T Elizarova vs A Goryachkina  0-136 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA80 Dutch
5. A Goryachkina vs V Korchagina  0-156 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA02 Bird's Opening
6. E Makka vs A Goryachkina  1-026 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipB84 Sicilian, Scheveningen
7. A Kiseleva vs A Goryachkina  0-161 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA80 Dutch
8. A Goryachkina vs E Nikanova  ½-½82 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
9. I Petrukhina vs A Goryachkina  1-042 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA80 Dutch
10. L Abuladze vs A Goryachkina  ½-½57 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipB01 Scandinavian
11. A Goryachkina vs V Minina  0-146 2009 10th European Individual Women's ChampionshipA03 Bird's Opening
12. E Tomilova vs A Goryachkina  ½-½95 2011 Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Goryachkina vs B Kovanova  ½-½42 2011 Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)A44 Old Benoni Defense
14. K Ambartsumova vs A Goryachkina  1-043 2011 Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)C92 Ruy Lopez, Closed
15. A Goryachkina vs D Belenkaya  ½-½77 2011 Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)D10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
16. O Girya vs A Goryachkina  ½-½102 2011 Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)D18 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Dutch
17. A Goryachkina vs S Bezgodova  1-037 2011 Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)A55 Old Indian, Main line
18. A Goryachkina vs Z Severiukhina  0-137 2011 Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)E92 King's Indian
19. A Travkina vs A Goryachkina  0-142 2011 Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)B30 Sicilian
20. A Goryachkina vs S Matveeva  ½-½65 2011 Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women)E17 Queen's Indian
21. A Goryachkina vs V Nozdrachev  ½-½74 2011 Chigorin MemorialA63 Benoni, Fianchetto, 9...Nbd7
22. A Goryachkina vs H Ozturk 0-151 2012 European Individual Women's ChampionshipD56 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. E Averchenko vs A Goryachkina 0-160 2012 European Individual Women's ChampionshipB95 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6...e6
24. A Goryachkina vs Aslihan Durmus  1-057 2012 European Individual Women's ChampionshipE91 King's Indian
25. A Goryachkina vs E Paehtz  ½-½48 2012 European Individual Women's ChampionshipE00 Queen's Pawn Game
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  cro777: The defending champion Goryachkina leads World Junior Chess Championship 2014 (Girls) after 9 rounds. Four more rounds are remaining.

The Championship, an under-20 chess tournament, is being held in Pune, India.

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  cro777: Goryachkina won the 2014 World Junior Girls Chess Championship by 1.5 point.

Oct-19-14  Mr. V: She is so far ahead of the girls her age, I really hope she works hard enough to someday compete with the men.
May-05-15  detritus: She's broken even through the first five rounds of the Russian League, which is a TPR of somewhere around 2620:

She just cracked the Top 20 in the Women's Live Ratings after beating Dmitry Frolyanov.

If I'm reading the cross table correctly, she's still got one of Jakovenko/Wang Yue/Korobov and one of Jobava/Rublevsky/Aleexev in her last two games, assuming she continues to play Board 3 for her team, and depending on how the other teams set their lineups.

May-07-15  UncleBent: Goryachkina finished the Russian Team Ch with draws against Korobov(2708) and Alekseev(2653). As a WGM rated 2474, she went 3.5-3.5 against all GM opposition with an average rating of 2653. She gained 15 ELO pts and is now at 2489. At just 16 years old, she is ranked 19th overall amongst women, and every one ahead of her is at least 5 years older. Most of them more than 10 years older.

Her ability to hold her won against all GM opposition should get her some choice invitations to tournaments.

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  cro777: Goryachkina was the only woman player in the open (men) section.

May-10-15  detritus: Will she earn a GM norm for her performance here?
May-10-15  waustad: Were there enough foreign players? A national championship is an exception, but usually there has to be a country mix to get a norm.
May-10-15  Nerwal: <Will she earn a GM norm for her performance here?>

Probably not, a norm requires 9 games. There are special cases requiring only 7 or 8 games but it doesn't seem to be one of them.

May-10-15  detritus: Yeah, I guess it fails both the "too many opponents were Russians" and "the tournament was not long enough" tests, so no GM or even IM norm for her.
May-10-15  waustad: I downloaded the FIDE PDF about norms and it is amazing how often it comes in handy for a chess nerd.
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  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.
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