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Anna Zatonskih (Ukrainian: Ганна Затонських; born Mariupol, July 17, 1978[1]) is a Ukrainian (until 2003) and American (since April 2003) chess player who holds the titles of International Master (IM) and Woman Grandmaster (WGM). She is a chess professional, who coaches players and competes in tournaments all over the world.

Anna Zatonskih
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at the European Club Cup, Halkidiki, October 2008
CountryUkraine (until 2003)
United States (since April 2003)
Born (1978-07-17) July 17, 1978 (age 40)
Mariupol, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
TitleInternational Master
Woman Grandmaster
FIDE rating2424 (July 2019)
Peak rating2537 (May 2011)

Zatonskih is a four-time U.S. Women's Champion.

Zatonskih learned chess at age five from her parents, who are both strong players. Her father Vitaly is rated about 2300, while her mother is a Candidate Master. Anna beat her mother for the first time at age 14.Zatonskih won many Ukrainian girls' titles in several age categories. In 1999 she was awarded the WGM title. She won the Ukrainian Women's Chess Championship in 2001. She represented Ukraine in two Chess Olympiads: at Istanbul 2000 and Bled 2002 and in two European Team Championships: Batumi 1999 (silver board medal) and Leon 2001.

She represented the US in all eight Olympiads since 2004, winning: Silver team medal at Calvia 2004, bronze team medal and gold board medal at Dresden 2008. She participated in 3 World Team Championships, winning silver medal on first board in Khanty-Mansijsk 2017.

Since her change in affiliation in 2003 Anna Zatonskih headed the US women´s international players list more than any other player.

She is married to German Grandmaster Daniel Fridman. The couple has two children: daughter Sofia and son Joshua.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Anna Zatonskih Olimpbase

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Preceded by
Rusudan Goletiani
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2006
Succeeded by
Irina Krush
Preceded by
Irina Krush
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2008, 2009
Succeeded by
Irina Krush
Preceded by
Irina Krush
U.S. Women's Chess Champion
2011
Succeeded by
Irina Krush