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Anna Ushenina
A Ushenina 
Photograph courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.  
Number of games in database: 1,000
Years covered: 2000 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2447 (2489 rapid, 2419 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2502

Overall record: +235 -136 =307 (57.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 322 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (85) 
    D02 A46 A40 E00 A45
 Nimzo Indian (52) 
    E32 E34 E47 E53 E20
 Slav (44) 
    D10 D11 D15 D12 D18
 Queen's Gambit Declined (35) 
    D38 D31 D37 D35 D39
 Semi-Slav (32) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47
 King's Indian (32) 
    E62 E90 E92 E63 E70
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (144) 
    B31 B33 B22 B90 B30
 Caro-Kann (48) 
    B12 B18 B17 B10 B13
 Slav (46) 
    D11 D10 D12 D18 D15
 Semi-Slav (28) 
    D45 D43 D44 D47 D48
 Queen's Pawn Game (27) 
    D02 D00 A45 E00 D05
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (24) 
    D20 D25 D27 D21 D23
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ushenina vs O Girya, 2013 1/2-1/2
   A Ushenina vs Svidler, 2013 1-0
   A Ushenina vs J Rapport, 2010 1-0
   A Ushenina vs M Lomineishvili, 2015 1/2-1/2
   Yifan Hou vs A Ushenina, 2013 1/2-1/2
   A Ushenina vs N Ziaziulkina, 2017 1-0
   A Ushenina vs N Kosintseva, 2010 1-0
   A Ushenina vs Zhaoqin Peng, 2008 1-0
   A Ushenina vs A Stefanova, 2012 1-0
   A Ushenina vs A Stefanova, 2012 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2016)
   European Championship (Women) (2018)
   Women's World Team Championship (2007)
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2010)
   Russian Team Championship (Women) (2019)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2015)
   7th European Individual Championship: Women (2006)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2005)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2018)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)

   🏆 Grand Swiss IoM
   A Ushenina vs E Iturrizaga (Oct-16-19) 1-0
   Andriy Vovk vs A Ushenina (Oct-14-19) 1-0
   M Parligras vs A Ushenina (Oct-13-19) 1-0
   A Ushenina vs D Kolbus (Oct-13-19) 1-0
   I Papaioannou vs A Ushenina (Oct-11-19) 1-0

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(born Aug-30-1985, 34 years old) Ukraine
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Anna Ushenina was the 14th Women's World Champion, winning the crown in December 2012. She lost the title to Yifan Hou in September 2013 in the Ushenina - Hou Women's World Championship (2013).

WIM (2001); WGM (2003); IM (2007); GM (2012).

Early years

Ushenina was born in Kharkov where she still lives. She learned chess at the age of 7 from her mother and she attended what was then the Sport School of Olympic Reserves and is now called the Kharkov School of Physical Culture and Sports from 2000 and graduated in 2002. Her coach from 2000 until 2002 was Artiom Tsepotan, who is the founder of the live ratings site


After winning a number of age based national girls championships, Ushenina won the Ukrainian Championship (Girls U20) in 2002 and the Ukrainian Women’s Championship in 2005. She participated in the FIDE Women's World Championship (2006) and defeated 2004 Women’s U20 World Champion Ekaterina Korbut in the first round before losing to the eventual winner and Women’s World Champion of 2006, Yuhua Xu. Two years later at the Women's World Championship (2008) held in Nalchik, Ushenina defeated Vietnam’s Thanh Tu Le, Germany’s Elisabeth Paehtz, and Russia’s Svetlana Matveeva before losing in the quarter finals to the eventual winner and 2008 Women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk. Also in 2008, she came third in the European Individual Championship (Women) (2008) held in Plovdiv.

In 2012, she came =1st at the Ukrainian Women's Championship, but placed third on tiebreak behind Mariya Muzychuk and Kateryna Lahno respectively. She qualified for the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012) and defeated Peruvian WGM Deysi Estela Cori Tello, Slovenian GM Anna Muzychuk, Russian WGM Natalia Pogonina, Russian GM Nadezhda Kosintseva and WGM Ju Wenjun to reach the final where she played and defeated former Women's World Champion, Bulgarian GM Antoaneta Stefanova, in the first set of tiebreakers after drawing the classical portion of the match 2-2. Her victory also gained her the Grandmaster title.

Ushenina competed in the first event of the Women's Grand Prix series 2013-14, the Women Grand Prix Geneva (2013), scoring 6/11 and placing =5th, scoring 75 Grand Prix points. Her second event in the series was at FIDE Women's Grand Prix Dilijan (2013) where she placed 5th with 5.5/11 (+1 -1 =9), earning another 80 GP points. Qualifying for the World Cup (2013) as current Women's World Champion, she met Peter Svidler in the 1st round and after drawing with the Russian GM in the two standard games and in the 25 minute rapid game tiebreakers, she eventually lost in the 2nd set of rapid game (10+10) tiebreakers. Her win against Svidler in the 2nd game of the standard match earned for her the highest standard rating of her career.

In September 2013, she lost her championship title to former champion Yifan Hou in the Ushenina - Hou Women's World Championship (2013) match by 5.5-1.5 (+4 =3).

In April 2014, she played in the 4th leg of the Women's Grand Prix 2013-14, and scored 5/11 for an =8th placement at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014). In September, she played in the sixth and final leg of the Grand Prix series at FIDE Women's Grand Prix Sharjah (2014), placing 3rd-6th and earning 87.5 GP points. Her final best-of-three tally for the Grand Prix Series 2013-14 was 242.5, earning her 9th place in the overall standings.

In March 2015, Ushenina competed in the FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015), winning the first round mini-match against Zhang Xiaowen but losing in the rapid game tiebreaker of the second round to Marie Sebag.

In June 2016, she won first place on tiebreaks in the European Individual Championship (Women) (2016) with 8.5/11.

Classical Tournaments:

She won the Rudenko Memorial held in Saint Petersburg in 2004 and placed 2nd at the North Urals Cup (2008). She won the round robin Rector's Cup event in 2010.

Team play:

Ushenina won a Team Gold Medal playing reserve for Ukraine in the 37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006) held in Turin, a Team Silver Medal playing board 3 for her country in the Women's Olympiad (2008) played in Dresden, and Team Bronze Medals playing board 4 for Ukraine at the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012) and board 3 at the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014). Other noteworthy achievements include Team and Individual Bronze Medals at the inaugural Women's World Team Championship (2007) held in Ekaterinburg and from top board she led Ukraine to a bronze medal in the 2nd Women’s World Team Championships in 2009 in Ningbo, China. In addition, she won individual gold at the European Team Chess Championships (Women) (2007), team bronze at the 17th European Team Championship (Women) (2009) and individual gold for board three at the European Team Championship (Women) (2011). She played board 3 for Ukraine at the FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015), her team finishing 5th.

Ushenina played in the Women's World Team Championship (2013) in Astana, Kazakhstan in March 2013, helping her team to a team gold and herself to an individual silver with a 6/8 result on board 2. She also helped her team Ugra to a gold medal in the Russian Team Championships (Women) (2013). She rounded out the year with team gold and individual bronze playing board 2 for Ukraine in the European Team Championship (Women) (2013), and scoring 6.5/8.

Ushenina played board 1 for the Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk region club in the European Women's club Cup 2014, winning individual bronze and helping her team to fourth place. She was also in the 2014 Chinese League, where she played for the Tianjing team. In 2015, she again played for Yugra in the Russian Women's Premier League, scoring team bronze.


In January 2013, the President of Ukraine awarded Ushenina the Order of Princess Olga, 2nd Class, in recognition of her winning the Women's World Championship.*

FIDE ratings and rankings:

Ushenina’s peak rating to date 2502 in July 2007 when she was ranked #8 woman in the world, her peak ranking to date.

Sources and references

Live ratings:
Wikipedia article: Anna Ushenina *
Wikipedia article: Орден княгини Ольги (Russian)
Wikipedia article: Order of Princess Olga (English)

Chessbase article following her win of the women's chess crown:

Last updated: 2016-12-09 02:01:32

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 1,000  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. G Matjushin vs A Ushenina  1-0422000Kharkov Caissa opB03 Alekhine's Defense
2. A Ushenina vs G Khodotov  1-0412000Kharkov Caissa opE10 Queen's Pawn Game
3. A Ushenina vs D Grin  ½-½372000Kharkov Caissa opD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. Y Dissky vs A Ushenina  0-1372000Kharkov Caissa opC02 French, Advance
5. I Nester vs A Ushenina  ½-½542000Kharkov Caissa opA90 Dutch
6. M Kolkin vs A Ushenina  1-0682000Kharkov Caissa opA06 Reti Opening
7. A Ushenina vs R Gevorkyan  1-0392000Kharkov Caissa opE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
8. A Ushenina vs K Askarian  0-1392000Kharkov Caissa opA53 Old Indian
9. A Ushenina vs S Rybakov  1-0402000Kharkov Caissa opE84 King's Indian, Samisch, Panno Main line
10. A Ushenina vs N Hryhorenko 0-1582001UKR-ch U20WD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. A Ushenina vs A Muzychuk  1-0422001UKR-ch U20 GirlsA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
12. A Ushenina vs Lagno  1-0522001UKR tt U18 3rdE00 Queen's Pawn Game
13. A Ushenina vs M Leonov  1-0272002Kaissa OpenA81 Dutch
14. A Ushenina vs Y Solodovnichenko  0-1242002Kaissa OpenA56 Benoni Defense
15. G Varchenko vs A Ushenina  0-1342002Kaissa OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
16. K Karanda vs A Ushenina  0-1222002Kaissa OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. A Ushenina vs E Andreev  0-1242002Kaissa OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
18. S Guliaev vs A Ushenina  1-0372002Kaissa OpenD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. A Ushenina vs A Yeremenko  1-0272002Kaissa OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
20. M Simantsev vs A Ushenina  1-0322002Kaissa OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. A Ushenina vs D Posohov  ½-½652002Kaissa OpenA80 Dutch
22. A Ushenina vs Y Kruppa  0-1462002Petrov mem opD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
23. Savon vs A Ushenina  ½-½152002SudakD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
24. A Ushenina vs Karjakin 0-1272002Sudak UKRB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
25. Lagno vs A Ushenina  ½-½792002EU-ch rapid (Women) 3rdB06 Robatsch
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  keypusher: <dx9293: <FSR: Sorry, the naysayers were right.> Sometimes, they will be. That's life.

It's really interesting that I hardly see anyone else stick their neck out and root for the underdog in these matches beforehand. In both men's and women's chess it seems that a large majority of fans just choose the rating favorite and dismiss the lower-rated as somehow being an unworthy nuisance. I've seen this attitude towards Gelfand in his match against Anand, towards Ushenina in her match against Hou, and even towards Anand in the upcoming match with Carlsen.>

Utter horseshit.

Anand, deservedly, has lots of fans who will be rooting for him in November. But if you're handicapping the match, then yes, Carlsen is a strong favorite. Many root for Anand but expect Carlsen to win.

Speaking for myself, Gelfand, though of course a great master, was not a particularly deserving challenger. He was the survivor of a silly qualification cycle which produced a world championship match that not many people gave a damn about. Nothing like the anticipation felt for Anand-Carlsen and Anand-Kramnik, certainly.

Ushenina was also the product of a silly WC cycle. She was no more the WC than Ponomariov or Kasimdzhanov was. I hope no one finds it objectionable that the new woman's WC, unlike her predecessor, can reasonably claim to be the strongest female player in the world. (More than reasonably, of course, if you don't count Judit Polgar.)

Sep-20-13  dx9293: <keypusher> You said it yourself: many expect Carlsen to win. I would go further and say <most> expect him to win. Even me, though I'm rooting for Anand.

It's hard to claim that Gelfand was an unworthy challenger after winning the World Cup, the Candidates matches (much better than deciding a Challenger based on most f---ing wins in a tournament), and drawing the Classical phase of the WC match. It's even harder to claim as since the match Gelfand has won the London GP, tied for first at the Alekhine Memorial, and won the Tal Memorial clear.

The Anand-Gelfand match wasn't highly anticipated? So what? Gelfand was the first challenger to draw a WC match in played games since 2004, where Kramnik failed and Topalov failed twice. Chess isn't a popularity contest.

Ushenina won her WC title the exact same way Hou did. For my comments on Ponomariov and Kasimdzhanov, etc. check out the Ushenina-Hou page.

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  perfidious: The increasingly strident tone of <dx9293>'s posts, as he becomes aware that not everyone subscribes to his views on KO chess, and that he cannot simply browbeat or will others into submission, has its amusing aspects.
Sep-20-13  twinlark: <Ushenina was also the product of a silly WC cycle. She was no more the WC than Ponomariov or Kasimdzhanov was.>


Actually she was. Karpov and Anand initially, then Khalifman, Ponomariov and Kasimdzhanov were products of a flawed cycle but they would have been the undisputed World Champions had the title not been split by Kasparov and FIDE, and had Kasparov been dethroned in a world championship selection event in the normal manner of OTB play.

There is no such dispute here. Hou legitimately lost her world title in the 2012 World Tournament knockout match, losing both games of a mini-match in standard time to a 2400+ player, and Ushenina legitimately won the title to become the <undisputed champion>.

Objecting to a flawed World Championship selection process is one thing, but there was never any dispute about who won the Women's World Championship as there is an unbroken succession since Lyudmila Rudenko in 1950 (Menchik if you ignore the 9 years between her death and Rudenko gaining the title) through Hou who also won in a knockout contest in 2011 through to Ushenina and again Hou.

The argument is about a flawed World Championship cycle, as there is no logical dispute about title incumbents past or present. To say Ushenina wasn't a world champion because she wasn't number 1 in the ratings or near to it is just plain wrong. Hou is not number 1 and never has been, but she was and is again the World Champion despite Polgar's dominance of the women's game for the last 25 years.

Sep-20-13  dx9293: <perfidious> I'm well aware that many chess fans disagree with my views on KO tournaments. I just give my opinions and my reasoning for them. Sometimes posters give good counter-arguments, but often it seems they haven't really thought carefully about what they're saying, and are misinformed.
Sep-20-13  dx9293: <twinlark> Great post!
Sep-20-13  GumboGambit: It seems like there is a lot of animosity and disrespect from the patzers here towards winners of KO tournaments.

Well, there is a saying: Dont hate the player, hate the game. (ie the system)

While I agree that it is inappropriate to declare a WC, using KOs to determine a challenger seems like a reasonable measure. More immediacy and excitement in the individual games. Everyone left in the tournament is eligible for victory and playing to win. The effect of GM draws is limited. Tiebreakers are determined over the board. So there are pros and cons.

But regardless, what do the internet patzers and haters expect the KO winners like Anna to do? Withdraw the title? Just forfeit the matches? If you were in her or Ruslans etc shoes, what would you do?

Sep-20-13  nok: <much better than deciding a Challenger based on most f---ing wins in a tournament> That sure was a f---ing travesty.
Sep-20-13  nok: <She was no more the WC than Ponomariov or Kasimdzhanov was.> She was WWC, they were WC. Don't mix everything up pls.
Sep-21-13  Lambda: I wouldn't be so quick to downplay links between the knockout "world championships". Knockout world championships in chess are a bit of a joke. Is it a coincidence that they've only been instigated when the "world championship" itself that they determine was a bit of a joke? Whether due to the absence of the reigning champion, or because the very basis for its existence and for gender segregation in general had been firmly disproven, I don't think anyone would dare suggesting "let's allow the champion to lose their title in a minimatch!" if the incumbent champion was a proper champion who had beaten everyone.
Sep-21-13  HSOL: Whatever someone thinks about the KO World Championships, winning the biggest women's tournament of the year, should give Ushenina some credit at least. Given Judit Polgar has been the clearly best female player this millennium, I can't see why Hou deserves whole credit of being WWC while Ushenina deserves none.
Sep-21-13  Kaspablanca: Beholder: Also remember the time Kasparov slamed the door when he lost to Anand in the 1995 World championship tournament; the day Carlsen wants to take back a piece he touched when he played Alexandra Kosteniuk in a blitz game and Kosteniuk demanded him to move that piece, the Fischer´s demands are classic,etc, etc.
Sep-21-13  Kaspablanca: Ah, i forgot about the Kosteniuk-Carlsen game, Carlsen walked away when Kosteniuk demanded to move the piece.

Sep-21-13  twinlark: Looks like Carlsen was exasperated and disgusted with himself for making a patzer level blunder (a whole rook!).

I remember once letting loose the f-bomb at one of my blunders that immediately terminated a rapid game in a local comp. No one cared as it was obviously simply a reaction to making a blunder, although I did get an amused look or two.

Imagine if Carlsen had done that! We'd never hear the last of it.

Sep-21-13  savagerules: I watched that video and it was rather amusing, kind of like he was playing his big sister and she was scolding him for trying to take back a move and he sulked away without acknowledging her. But it was a blitz game so no big deal.
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  HeMateMe: check out the utube comments below that video of Carlsen/Kosteniuk. Some very imaginative remarks about Carlsen.
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  HeMateMe: someone has a winning position...


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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to former Women's World Championship and GM Anna Ushenina.
Nov-18-14  waustad: She lost her first game in the Ukranian women's Championship and hasn't played in rounds 2-5. Since this is a round robin, that probably indicates that she is ill. Hopefully it is nothing serious.
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  cro777: Ushenina was forfeited in Women's Ukrainian Championship. She had complained about the playing conditions, particularly the absence of anti-cheating control.

Nov-18-14  waustad: Thanks for the update.
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  sonia91: Ushenina just won the European Individual Championship (Women) (2016):


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  cro777: The championship was held in Mamaia resort (Romania), from 27th May until 7th June 2016. It was qualification event for the next World Women Championship (14 players qualified).

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  cro777: David Llada:"On this photo she reminds me of Uma Thurman in 'Kill Bill'".

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  HeMateMe: Great photo! The reference is actually from Thurman's dicey character in the film Pulp Fiction:



They are doing some sort of 50s dance where you shade your eyes with a "Vee" sign.


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