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A Ushenina 
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Anna Ushenina
Number of games in database: 593
Years covered: 2000 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2487 (2489 rapid, 2467 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2502
Overall record: +165 -96 =215 (57.2%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      117 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E32 E47 E34 E48 E46
 Queen's Pawn Game (30) 
    E00 A45 A40 A41 E10
 Slav (28) 
    D10 D15 D11 D18 D12
 King's Indian (20) 
    E90 E61 E62 E71 E70
 Semi-Slav (19) 
    D45 D47 D44
 Sicilian (18) 
    B22 B32 B45 B96 B40
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (91) 
    B31 B22 B90 B33 B51
 Caro-Kann (36) 
    B12 B17 B14 B18 B10
 Slav (26) 
    D11 D10 D12 D13 D15
 Semi-Slav (24) 
    D45 D43 D48 D47 D44
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (19) 
    D20 D27 D25 D24 D21
 Sicilian Najdorf (15) 
    B90 B92 B94 B97
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   A Ushenina vs Svidler, 2013 1-0
   A Ushenina vs O Girya, 2013 1/2-1/2
   A Ushenina vs Khurtsidze, 2009 1-0
   A Ushenina vs A Stefanova, 2012 1-0
   N Mohota vs A Ushenina, 2013 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Women's World Team Championship (2007)
   Women's World Team Championship (2013)
   Corus (Group C) (2008)
   European Individual Championships (Women) (2010)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2011)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   7th European Individual Championship: Women (2006)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2005)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   European Team Chess Championships (Women) (2007)

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ANNA USHENINA
(born Aug-30-1985, 29 years old) Ukraine
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
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 http://www.2700chess.com/.

Championships:

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, and scored 5/11 for an =8th placement at the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014).

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).

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.

She is also playing in the 2014 Chinese League, where she is playing for the Tianjing team.

Award:

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:

<Standard> As of 1 September 2014, Ushenina’s rating was 2481, making her the #23 woman player in the world. Her peak rating was 2502 in July 2007 when she was ranked #8 woman in the world;

<Rapid> 2489 (women's world #14); and

<Blitz> 2467 (women's world #18).

Sources and references

Live ratings: http://www.2700chess.com/women; 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: http://chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211...


 page 1 of 24; games 1-25 of 593  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. I Nester vs A Ushenina  ½-½54 2000 Kharkov Caissa opA90 Dutch
2. A Ushenina vs K Askarian  0-139 2000 Kharkov Caissa opA53 Old Indian
3. A Ushenina vs R Gevorkyan  1-039 2000 Kharkov Caissa opE82 King's Indian, Samisch, double Fianchetto Variation
4. A Ushenina vs S Rybakov  1-040 2000 Kharkov Caissa opE83 King's Indian, Samisch
5. A Ushenina vs G Khodotov  1-041 2000 Kharkov Caissa opE10 Queen's Pawn Game
6. G Matjushin vs A Ushenina  1-042 2000 Kharkov Caissa opB03 Alekhine's Defense
7. Y Dissky vs A Ushenina  0-137 2000 Kharkov Caissa opC02 French, Advance
8. A Ushenina vs D Grin  ½-½37 2000 Kharkov Caissa opD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
9. M Kolkin vs A Ushenina  1-068 2000 Kharkov Caissa opA06 Reti Opening
10. A Ushenina vs N Hryhorenko 0-158 2001 UKR-ch U20WD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
11. A Ushenina vs Lahno  1-052 2001 UKR tt U18 3rdE00 Queen's Pawn Game
12. A Ushenina vs A Muzychuk  1-042 2001 UKR-ch U20 GirlsA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
13. Lahno vs A Ushenina  1-063 2002 EU-ch blitz (Women) 3rdB12 Caro-Kann Defense
14. A Ushenina vs M Leonov  1-027 2002 Kaissa OpenA81 Dutch
15. A Ushenina vs Karjakin 0-127 2002 Sudak UKRB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
16. A Ushenina vs E Andreev  0-124 2002 Kaissa OpenB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
17. Lahno vs A Ushenina  ½-½79 2002 EU-ch rapid (Women) 3rdB06 Robatsch
18. A Ushenina vs D Posohov  ½-½65 2002 Kaissa OpenA80 Dutch
19. K Karandoa vs A Ushenina  0-122 2002 Kaissa OpenD52 Queen's Gambit Declined
20. M Simantsev vs A Ushenina  1-032 2002 Kaissa OpenD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
21. G Varchenko vs A Ushenina  0-134 2002 Kaissa OpenD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
22. A Ushenina vs Y Kruppa  0-146 2002 Petrov mem opD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
23. A Ushenina vs A Yeremenko  1-027 2002 Kaissa OpenD34 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tarrasch
24. A Ushenina vs Lahno  0-134 2002 EU-ch blitz (Women) 3rdE48 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3 O-O 5.Bd3 d5
25. Savon vs A Ushenina  ½-½15 2002 SudakD30 Queen's Gambit Declined
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Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-30-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  ketchuplover: ditto
Aug-30-13  dx9293: Happy Birthday! Rooting for Anna to prove the naysayers wrong and defend her World Championship title later this year!
Sep-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  FSR: Sorry, the naysayers were right.
Sep-20-13  SugarDom: Aye!

Or is it nay?

Sep-20-13  John Abraham: A disappointing performance for Anna but every disappointment is also a learning opportunity. Hopefully she will not allow this match to affect her morale and will be even more motivated in the future.

On the other hand, I really think she should revert to brown hair, it is her natural hair color and suits her so much better:

http://www.scacchierando.net/public...

http://en.chessbase.com/portals/4/f...

http://cs10119.vk.com/u5595148/1298...

Sep-20-13  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.

Even though the 2013 Women's World Championship match went horribly for Anna Ushenina, I would hope that she has gained some respect and admiration for her achivements in the chess world, especially considering that she hasn't enjoyed nearly the same support that some of her peers get. How much more could she have developed with similar support to what Hou, Humpy, A.Muzychuk, and the Turks, etc. get? Even Ushenina's countrywoman Lahno got significant financial support from a young age.

Anna Ushenina is mainly a self-made chessplayer. I have a hell of a lot of respect for that.

Sep-20-13  diceman: <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.>

Its easier to <stick their neck out> for the slam dunk.

Sep-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

Sep-20-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Ushenina was also the product of a silly WC cycle. She was no more the WC than Ponomariov or Kasimdzhanov was.>

Wrong.

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WeyX...

Sep-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.
Sep-21-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: check out the utube comments below that video of Carlsen/Kosteniuk. Some very imaginative remarks about Carlsen.
Jun-09-14
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: someone has a winning position...

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Aug-30-14  Penguincw: Happy Birthday to former Women's World Championship and GM Anna Ushenina.
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