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Kateryna Alexandrovna Lagno
Photo © Farid Khayrulin; courtesy of Zahir Ahmadov.  
Number of games in database: 1,527
Years covered: 1997 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2549 (2533 rapid, 2606 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2557

Overall record: +384 -201 =443 (58.9%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 499 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (238) 
    B90 B92 B32 B33 B42
 Ruy Lopez (92) 
    C78 C77 C67 C65 C92
 French Defense (78) 
    C02 C01 C18 C11 C03
 Caro-Kann (65) 
    B12 B18 B10 B11 B13
 Sicilian Najdorf (39) 
    B90 B92 B97 B96 B91
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (26) 
    C92 C95 C84 C97 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Grunfeld (117) 
    D85 D90 D80 D82 D70
 King's Indian (72) 
    E60 E94 E63 E77 E81
 Pirc (64) 
    B07 B09 B08
 Sicilian (63) 
    B84 B90 B52 B47 B51
 Ruy Lopez (59) 
    C78 C65 C92 C69 C72
 Queen's Pawn Game (47) 
    A45 A46 A41 D02 E10
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Lagno vs M Etmans, 2004 1-0
   V Cmilyte vs Lagno, 2012 1/2-1/2
   Lagno vs A Jakubowska, 2001 1-0
   Lagno vs N A Malmdin, 2007 1-0
   B Khotenashvili vs Lagno, 2014 0-1
   Lagno vs O Kulicov, 2003 1-0
   Lagno vs M Seps, 2004 1-0
   E Tairova vs Lagno, 1999 0-1
   Lagno vs D Basekin, 2002 1-0
   Lagno vs S Shepeleva, 2001 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (Women) (2009)
   North Urals Cup (2006)
   Lahno - Negi Match (2006)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   6th European Individual Women's Championship (2005)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2011)
   Tata Steel Group C (2011)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2017)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2017)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2019)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   Chinese Chess League (2017)
   37th Chess Olympiad: Women (2006)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Lahno's Winning Minis Compiled by alexmagnus by fredthebear
   Lahno's winning miniatures by alexmagnus
   2004 Wijk Aan Zee (group C) by gauer
   Lahno! by larrewl
   B90 Sicilian Defense by osmanseza

   🏆 Grand Prix Monaco (Women)
   Lagno vs P Cramling (Dec-14-19) 1-0
   E Paehtz vs Lagno (Dec-13-19) 1/2-1/2
   Lagno vs D Harika (Dec-12-19) 1/2-1/2
   Zhao Xue vs Lagno (Dec-11-19) 1/2-1/2
   Lagno vs Kosteniuk (Dec-10-19) 1-0

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(born Dec-27-1989, 29 years old) Ukraine (federation/nationality Russia)
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Ekaterina Alexandrovna Lagno (Kateryna Olexandrivna Lahno in Ukrainian) was born on December 27, 1989 in Ukraine. In 2002 she became, at the age of twelve years, four months and two days, the youngest Woman Grandmaster (WGM) in chess history. In 2007 she became the eleventh woman to be awarded the Grandmaster title.

In 2003 she won a round-robin in Kramatorsk with a performance rating of 2622, finishing a full point ahead of a field that included three grandmasters. In 2005 she became European Women's Champion after winning a tie-break match with Nadezhda Kosintseva and repeated this success in 2008. She qualified for the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012) and defeated Khaled Mona in the first round, only to fall to Georgian IM and WGM Lela Javakhishvili in the second round, thereby exiting the title contest.

In 2009 she married French GM Robert Fontaine.

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Wikipedia article: Kateryna Lahno

Last updated: 2019-02-27 11:34:47

 page 1 of 62; games 1-25 of 1,527  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Lagno vs A Muzychuk  ½-½661997Wch U10 GirlsB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
2. Lagno vs S Vassilkova  0-1451998Wch U10 GirlsB83 Sicilian
3. B Atnilov vs Lagno 0-1291998Wch U10 GirlsC49 Four Knights
4. A Bacionyte vs Lagno 0-1281998Wch U10 GirlsC47 Four Knights
5. Lagno vs M Herrera  1-0311998Wch U10 GirlsC54 Giuoco Piano
6. Lagno vs Solene Algaba  1-0291998Wch U10 GirlsB58 Sicilian
7. E Ambrosi vs Lagno  ½-½371998Wch U10 GirlsC47 Four Knights
8. V Nebolsina vs Lagno  ½-½251998Wch U10 GirlsC46 Three Knights
9. J Xing vs Lagno 1-0471998Wch U10 GirlsA07 King's Indian Attack
10. I Lacau-Rodean vs Lagno 0-1581998Wch U10 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
11. Lagno vs T Abrahamyan  1-0471998Wch U10 GirlsC01 French, Exchange
12. Lagno vs Z Cibickova  1-0341998Wch U10 GirlsC53 Giuoco Piano
13. A Muzychuk vs Lagno  ½-½681999UKR-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
14. Lagno vs N Darbinyan  0-1541999Wch U10 GirlsB74 Sicilian, Dragon, Classical
15. K Revesz vs Lagno  0-1261999Wch U10 GirlsC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
16. S R Sgircea vs Lagno  0-1381999Wch U10 GirlsA07 King's Indian Attack
17. Lagno vs Zhang Xiaowen  ½-½601999Wch U10 GirlsC01 French, Exchange
18. Lagno vs V Gunina 1-0511999Wch U10 GirlsC01 French, Exchange
19. Lagno vs Luong Huyen Ngoc  1-0431999Wch U10 GirlsB72 Sicilian, Dragon
20. Lagno vs T Meskhi  0-1421999Wch U10 GirlsB10 Caro-Kann
21. Sun Yinan vs Lagno  0-1261999Wch U10 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
22. E Tairova vs Lagno 0-1331999Wch U10 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
23. Lagno vs V Nebolsina 1-0241999Wch U10 GirlsC24 Bishop's Opening
24. Lagno vs K Yastreb  0-1532000Ukrainian Team chB83 Sicilian
25. Lagno vs E Skilkova  1-0232000UKR-ch U12 GirlsB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
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Jul-22-14  Alien Math: <notyetagm: Does anyone know if Lagno/Lahno is ethnic Russian?> Only article found to date about descent,

<"Для меня, наполовину русской, разговаривающей на русском языке и просто помнящей нашу историю, Россия так же близка, как и Украина. > Google translate appear: "For me, half Russian, talking in Russian and just remembering our history, Russia as close as Ukraine. ~

Jul-22-14  notyetagm: <Alien Math: <notyetagm: Does anyone know if Lagno/Lahno is ethnic Russian?> Only article found to date about descent,>

Ok, so she is 1/2 Russian and Russian is her native language. Thanks.

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  alexmagnus: Half Russian, but her last name (now matter how written :)) is clearly Ukrainian.
Jul-22-14  notyetagm: Kateryna Lahno

<alexmagnus: Half Russian, but her last name (now matter how written :)) is clearly Ukrainian.>

Yes, her last name does not end in -nova, -seva, or -nina.

Jul-29-14  GumboGambit: With shifting borders, countries struggling to break free from Soviet rule, and new countries popping up (primarily in the former Yuogoslavia), it is very common for current Eastern Europeans to have 'mixed' heritage, where both sides have tense relations. (Croat-Serb, Russia-anyone).

It may not be the same as jumping between Israel and Palestine, but going from Ukraine to Russia is going to leave harsh feelings, especially at this point in history.

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  alexmagnus: <It may not be the same as jumping between Israel and Palestine, but going from Ukraine to Russia is going to leave harsh feelings, especially at this point in history.>

Well, the current war in Ukraine has clearly worsened the matters between Russia and Ukraine, in both directions. I spent my childhood between 6 and 15 is what is currently the war region (Mariupol it was, to be exact), and have many schholfriends from the region (incuding one living directly on the line of the front in Donetsk). Most have flown, but the directions to <where> they flee shows a lot about who they support. Pro-Westerners tend to flee inside Ukraine (although Russia is closer than any non-fought or not-ponentially-fought part of Ukraine), pro-Russians go to Russia. Some are reluctant to flee at all, fearing revenge from whoever wins the war if they end up fleeing in the "wrong" direction. The discussions aboze the war itself have already broken some families. The longer the war is lasting, the more Russians and Ukrainians start hating each other instead of each other's war-driven governemnts. It takes extreme courage to openly walk with a Russian flag in (the peaceful part of) Ukraine or with the Ukrainian flag in Russia.

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  alexmagnus: Katie is 25... How time flies. I remember how I cheered for her when she was... hm, 11?!
Jul-06-16  posoo: YET AGAIN anuther page FILLED with comunts about da marital statis of a player. Dos dis hapen on MENS pages. NOT A CHUNCE.

Da thril of da whiff of da CHANCE is wat drives dis SHOWVANISM.

Jan-31-17  sonia91: She is playing at Tradewise Gibraltar (2017), her first classical tournament since Russia-China Match (Women) (2016).
Dec-22-17  Eagle41257: She's divorced, having a son
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  eternaloptimist: Happy Birthday to the beautiful & brainy Kateryna Lahno!
Nov-16-18  JimNorCal: Seems like other sites, such as Chess24, call her Lagno. Should CG consider changing the spelling?
Nov-16-18  zanzibar: <<JNC> Should CG consider changing the spelling?> yes.
Dec-30-18  tigreton: Congratulations, Kateryna!
Dec-30-18  sonia91: Congratulations on winning the King Salman Blitz World Championship (Women) (2018)!

Just as her childhood friend Sergey Karjakin two years ago, after finishing as runner-up in the classical world championship, she won the blitz championship.

Dec-31-18  BUNA: Maybe it's time to fix her biography a little bit?

On official documents of FIDE ( her name is now transliterated as Lagno.

She isn't married to Robert Fontaine anymore. Instead she's living with Alexander Grischuk, with whom she has two daughters.

Dec-31-18  zanzibar: <BUNA> I'm not too sure about the last paragraph in your post.

I agree with the first two though.

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  wordfunph: good luck, Kateryna!
Jan-27-19  torrefan: Kaya mo yan Katreyona!
Jun-06-19  fabelhaft: <she's living with Alexander Grischuk, with whom she has two daughters>

That might be true, they have been very silent about these matters though. Almost all Internet sources list Grischuk and Zhukova as married and none of them mention Grischuk and Lagno in any connection.

If Grischuk and Lagno have two children it can’t be an entirely new thing either, I recollect some interview from five years ago or so, where Zhukova referred to Lagno as a ”parasite” (connected to her federation switch to Russia), and a World Blitz Championship game from around the same time between Lagno and Grischuk, which was drawn.

Lagno confirmed that she has four children. Can’t be easy to keep playing top chess with four young kids, she is only 29 herself even if it feels as if she has been playing for ages.

Jun-06-19  fabelhaft: Grischuk & Lagno has to be the strongest chess couple ever, being #6 and #5 on the respective rating lists. Zhukova never reached 2500 and is down to the lower 2300s nowadays. Ivanchuk & Galliamova come close, but when Galliamova peaked they had already been separated for a few years.
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  Tabanus: <BUNA: Maybe it's time to fix her biography a little bit?> Yes, will you volunteer? There's no <twinlark> around to do it any more. No Americans will do it eiher, probably because they've forgot about the good reasons to work for free.
Jun-10-19  BUNA: <Tabanus>I would edit the bio "when the time comes". But until now I haven't seen any "official" statements about Kateryna Lagno's personal matters. So I've been basically spreading rumors. ;)

Let's just wait for some more time.

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  virginmind: Just found from another source that she is married with Grischuk, and I was sure that it was an error, as I knew for quite some time that Grischuk's wife was (and thought it still is) Natalia Zhukova. Then I found a couple of confirmations, including this one here. Wow! I hope I don't harm some feelings, but I somehow feel better. And wish them all the best together!
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  virginmind: Sorry, by "married" I meant being a couple (they also have two children), I don't know if they are formally married or not.
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