Katerina Rohonyan who is one of the popular American chess players was born in April 25, 1984 in Nikolajew, Ukraine. She moved Ukraine to Baltimore in 2004 for a chess scholarship at the University of Baltimore County. This turned out to be more favorable for the American Olympiad team 2008, as Rohonyan was a key member of the bronze medal squad. US chess player Katerina Rohonyan has an aggressive style and uses razor-sharp openings like the Open Sicilian as White and the Sveshnikov and the Benko as Black. Read on to get more information about Katerina Rohonyan.
Rohonyan enjoys vigorous positions and thus earns better results, even if she's not always up on the latest theory. In the Dresden Olympiad, Katerina Rohonyan defeated Romanian WGM Alina Motoc. US chess player Katerina Rohonyan completed her graduation from UMBC with a degree in computer science. She works as a programmer. She doesn't think computers make chess less interesting, but chess became more robust and now being meticulous pays more than being creative. It became more of a sport than an art.
Just for enjoyment, Katerina Rohonyan likes to study chess on a board, but when preparing for a forthcoming competition, she uses a computer. Katerina Rohonyan recommends ‘My System’ by Nimzovitsch and Dvoretsky's books for those CLO readers who are looking for improvement. In comparing life in America and in Ukraine, Rohonyan finds many pros and cons. According to her, "Life in America is more goals oriented, all about planning and achieving things. However, in Ukraine, it was more family and friends oriented”. As for chess, Katerina likes to play for America, even though chess attracts more attention in Ukraine. Moreover, she finds the American system of titles and invitations more fair and transparent.
Katerina Rohonyan currently moved to Seattle from Baltimore to work for Microsoft. US chess player Katerina Rohonyan loves the "emerald city" so far. However, Rohonyan wants to earn a U.S. Women's title and another Olympic medal.