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M Socko 
Photo © Farid Khayrulin; courtesy of Zahir Ahmadov.  
Monika (Bobrowska) Socko
Number of games in database: 561
Years covered: 1992 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2463 (2482 rapid, 2377 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2505
Overall record: +169 -106 =161 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      125 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (40) 
    B40 B51 B31 B90 B30
 Slav (29) 
    D10 D11 D12 D13 D18
 Nimzo Indian (26) 
    E32 E46 E42 E39 E48
 King's Indian (19) 
    E92 E70 E76 E91 E98
 Queen's Gambit Declined (18) 
    D37 D31 D38 D35 D30
 Ruy Lopez (16) 
    C69 C68 C67 C65 C64
With the Black pieces:
 French Defense (72) 
    C05 C18 C11 C01 C06
 French Tarrasch (32) 
    C05 C06 C07 C03
 Sicilian (30) 
    B30 B32 B22 B35 B36
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    A45 A46 E10 E00 A40
 King's Indian (25) 
    E63 E62 E97 E98 E90
 Nimzo Indian (18) 
    E32 E46 E47 E30 E39
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Yifan Hou vs M Socko, 2012 0-1
   Yifan Hou vs M Socko, 2012 0-1
   M Socko vs M Dziuba, 2008 1/2-1/2
   M Socko vs A Bigg, 2008 1-0
   M Socko vs B Kadziolka, 2001 1-0
   M Socko vs Ju Wenjun, 2006 1/2-1/2
   D Daulyte vs M Socko, 2015 0-1
   M Socko vs J Shahade, 2002 1-0
   O Zimina vs M Socko, 2010 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2010)
   Arctic Chess Challenge (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   10th European Individual Women's Championship (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2014)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Team Chess Championships (Women) (2007)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2007)
   Rilton Cup (2013)
   Gibraltar (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Gibtelecom (2009)
   Chigorin Memorial (2012)

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(born Mar-24-1978, 37 years old) Poland

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Monika Socko (formerly Bobrowska and Miroslawska) is a WGM (1995) and a Grandmaster (2008).

Socko won the Polish Women's Championship in 1995, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2013 and 2014. She qualified for the FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012) and defeated French IM Almira Skripchenko and Women's World Champion GM Yifan Hou in the first two rounds before being eliminated in round three by former Women's World Champion, Bulgarian GM Antoaneta Stefanova.

Monika Socko is married to Bartosz Socko who won the Polish Championship in 2008 and 2013 for the couple to share a unique pair of "doubles".

Wikipedia article: Monika So%C4%87ko

 page 1 of 23; games 1-25 of 561  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. M Brodsky vs M Socko  1-034 1992 Karvina opC06 French, Tarrasch
2. Kholmov vs M Socko  1-022 1992 Wisla BES opC05 French, Tarrasch
3. M Socko vs A Stefanova  ½-½47 1992 European Youth ChessD13 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav, Exchange Variation
4. M Fierro vs M Socko  1-075 1993 Wch U16 GirlsC01 French, Exchange
5. M Socko vs Kholmov  ½-½53 1993 Warsaw opA46 Queen's Pawn Game
6. Oral vs M Socko  1-036 1994 Cappelle op 10thC06 French, Tarrasch
7. A Stefanova vs M Socko  ½-½64 1995 Dresden A48 King's Indian
8. M Litinskaya-Shul vs M Socko  ½-½21 1996 Warsaw op (Women)E68 King's Indian, Fianchetto, Classical Variation, 8.e4
9. M Socko vs A Stefanova  1-051 1996 Olympiad (w)D02 Queen's Pawn Game
10. M Socko vs Hebden  0-158 1997 open Cappelle la Grande FRAE92 King's Indian
11. M Litinskaya-Shul vs M Socko  ½-½48 1997 POL-chTE71 King's Indian, Makagonov System (5.h3)
12. Movsesian vs M Socko  1-035 1998 MK Cafe Cup-AC02 French, Advance
13. Zhaoqin Peng vs M Socko  1-032 1998 EUCup 3rd (Women)A52 Budapest Gambit
14. Xie Jun vs M Socko  1-035 1998 Elista ol (Women)C06 French, Tarrasch
15. M Socko vs Chiburdanidze 0-122 1998 Elista ol (Women)E15 Queen's Indian
16. M Socko vs I Mai  1-032 1999 Bundesliga 1998/99 (w), GermanyD43 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
17. J Gdanski vs M Socko  ½-½21 1999 Cappelle la GrandeC02 French, Advance
18. N Ioseliani vs M Socko  1-037 1999 Bundesliga 1998/99 (w), GermanyE97 King's Indian
19. M Socko vs J Stocek  ½-½31 1999 Passau op 7thA47 Queen's Indian
20. M Socko vs A Galliamova  0-161 2000 Women's OlympiadD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
21. L Mkrtchian vs M Socko  1-044 2001 FIDE WCh Women KOC05 French, Tarrasch
22. E Andrzejewska vs M Socko  0-137 2001 ch-POL wB06 Robatsch
23. M Socko vs S Tereladze  1-035 2001 2nd ch-EUR WomenA69 Benoni, Four Pawns Attack, Main line
24. M Socko vs J Zawadzka  ½-½66 2001 ch-POL wE76 King's Indian, Four Pawns Attack
25. C Jahn vs M Socko  0-144 2001 Frauen Bundesliga -2C05 French, Tarrasch
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  ahmadov: Congratulations! She really did a good job in Baku...

Sep-18-07  alexapple: Socko got a GM norm!! congratulations!
Sep-18-07  Mameluk: Congratulations to Ahmadov for his photo report at chessbase!

Very fine that Socko won. She looks so much suffering at every photo. Probably naughty children.

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  ahmadov: <Mameluk: Congratulations to Ahmadov for his photo report at chessbase!> Thanks a lot <Mameluk>!
Feb-22-08  wolfmaster: She socked everybody at Baku.
Feb-24-08  Bratek: Congratulations on winning Polish womens championship 2008. <Mameluk:She looks so much suffering at every photo.Probably naughty children.>Monika has 3 children.Its certainly difficult for her especially as her husband is also a professional chessplayer!
Feb-24-08  slomarko: and she went undefeated too +7 -0 =4
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  whiteshark: Mistrzyni Polski Kobiet w szachach 2008!

Congratulations on winning Polish womens championship 2008! (+7 =4)
Tournament page:

May-18-08  kwi: She got another GM norm at Kaupthing Open.

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  whiteshark: Monika Socko @ Dresden 2008:
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  whiteshark: Grandmaster title (men) approved to her at the 79th FIDE Congress which was held 16-26 November 2008 in Dresden, Germany.


Jul-23-09  BoardLord: GM Monika Socko will participate in Arctic Chess Challenge 2009 in Tromsų, Norway which starts 1st of August. In connection with this I have written a profile of her that you can read at my blog Sjakkfantomet. It's in English:

Aug-10-09  slomarko: congratulations to Monika for winning the Arctic Chess Challenge!
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  whiteshark: Congratulations on winning the <Arctic Chess Challenge 2009> :D *

* (a tournament missed here)

Aug-16-09  Open Defence: I see she likes to play the French Defence
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  whiteshark: Monika, the exclusive interview:
Nov-03-09  Raisin Death Ray: Socko it to me!
Mar-24-10  Birthday Boy: Happy Birthday!!!Monika Socko!!!
Mar-24-12  brankat: Happy Birthday Monika!
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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday Socko!
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  waustad: Both Monika and her husband won the Polish championships this year:
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  waustad: Her games from the olympiad are under her maiden name: Monika Bobrowska
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  waustad: Congratulations on winning the Internationales Grossmeisterturnier / Erfurter Frauenschachfestival 2014 with a score of 6.5/9. The players who were hoping for GM norms all came up a little short, with Shen Yang losing in the final round and Elisabeth Paehtz drawing too many games. Lela Javakhishvili lost to Shen Yang in the penultimate round, taking her out of norm contention.
Jan-27-15  Severin: Surely, there must be a better photo of her than the one here...
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  waustad: One of her games from the Internationale Schachopen Graz 2015 has commentary here (in German): As of now, she is tied for the lead with 4/4 and is playing her co-leader Boris Chatalbashev today.

About the picture. The most flattering picture I've seen of her is from a calendar where a professional makeup and photography team put together pictures of the players at a tournament in Wroclaw. Here is a link to some of these pictures:

Most of these players don't spent that much time primping and generally just get on with life.

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