Anna Zatonskih

The well known American women chess player Anna Zatonskih was born in June 17, 1978 in Mariupol, Ukraine. She is a woman grandmaster as well as International Master. She also coaches players and competes in tournaments. She is the continuous winner of 2006, 2008 and 2009 U.S. Women's Chess Championship. Anna Zatonskih learned how to play chess from her parents at the age of five. Her father Vitaly is rated about 2300, while her mother is a Candidate Master. However, Anna defeated her mother for the first time at the age of 14. Read on to know more about Anna Zatonskih.

Anna Zatonskih is the winner of many Ukrainian Girls' titles in different age categories. She was entitled WGM in 1999. She won twice the Ukrainian Women's Chess Championship, in 2001 and 2002. She also delineated Ukraine in two Chess Olympiads in 2001 and 2002. In that same year, Anna Zatonskih moved to the United States just in time to take part in training sessions for the first medal winning Olympic women's team (2004) in U.S. history. She represented the U.S. in the Chess Olympiads of 2004, 2006 and 2008. The Americans won the team silver in 2004, their highest finish ever.

US chess player Anna Zatonskih is known for calculation skills. To train, Anna placed a clock, studies a complicated endgame study or tactical position and note down all her analysis. In the 2008 Dresden Olympiad, Anna secured her reputation as a top team player. She earned the gold medal for her performance on board two, helping the American women earn bronze, for the second U.S. women's medal finish in history. Anna Zatonskih is also the winner of United States Women's Championship in 2006, 2008, and 2009. In the 2008 U.S. Women's Championship, a round robin in Oklahoma, Anna tied for first with Irina Krush and won in a controversial Armageddon playoff. However, she had to withdraw from the 2009 US Championship because of illness.

In US Women’s Champi onship 2009, which was held in Saint Louis Anna Zatonskih dominated the field with a massive 8.5/9 score. She also picked up the largest prize in the tournament's history, $15,000. Moreover, Anna enjoys coaching and is married to the Latvian-born, German-based Grandmaster Daniel Fridman.

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