GM Kateryna Lahno

  • Status:
    Accepted
  • Rating:
    2554
  • Title:
    Grandmaster
  • Federation:
    Ukraine
Chess Highlights:
2010 World Woman Blitz Championship, 2008 European Individual Women Chess Championship, 2006 Women's North Urals Cup, 2005 European Individual Women's Championship

Bio: GM Kateryna Lahno is a blitz world champion and also a women's champion at Fisher Random chess (Chess 960). She claimed the European Individual Women's Championship in both 2008 and 2005, and her impressive calculating ability and resilience make her both a tough opponent and a valuable asset to the women's team for this one-of-a-kind event.

Kateryna became the youngest Woman Grandmaster (WGM) in chess history at the age of 12 years, four months and two days, and earned the title of grandmaster in 2007. 

IM Anna Zatonskih

  • Status:
    Accepted
  • Birthplace:
    Ukraine
  • Rating:
    2508
  • Title:
    International Master
  • Federation:
    United States
Chess Highlights:
Four-Time U.S. Women’s Champion (2011, 2009, 2008, 2006); Gold Individual Medal in 2008 Chess Olympiad

Bio: Anna Zatonskih is a four-time U.S. Women's Champion. At the 2011 U.S. Women's Championship, she played an astounding 19 games to secure her fourth title after beating Tatev Abrahamyan on tiebreaks. Two years ago, Zatonskih won the U.S. Women's Championship with a dominating score of 8.5/9, but last year IM irina Krush thwarted her effort to repeat as champion. Although the two have been cultivating an exciting rivalry over the past few years, Krush and Zatonskih will join forces in an effort to help the women to victory.

IM Irina Krush

  • Status:
    Accepted
  • Birthplace:
    Ukraine
  • Rating:
    2472
  • Title:
    International Master
  • Federation:
    United States
Chess Highlights:
Three-time U.S. Women’s Champion: 2010, 2007, 1998 (youngest winner ever at age 14); Member of 2004 Silver Medal U.S. Olympiad Team and 2008 Bronze Medal Team

Bio: Irina Krush is a three-time U.S. Women's Champion and the youngest-ever Women's Champion at age 14 (1998).  In 2008 she received a Samford Chess Fellowship, which allowed her to concentrate on chess full time.She says she looks forward to chess matches but doesn’t spend much time contemplating her chess success or failures. “I’m more attached to my future accomplishments.” She said she enjoys the challenge of playing grandmasters most.

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk

  • Status:
    Accepted
  • Birthplace:
    Russia
  • Rating:
    2469
  • Title:
    Grandmaster
  • Federation:
    Russia
Chess Highlights:
2008 Women's World Champion, 2008 & 2006 Chess 960 Women's World Champion, 2005 Russian Women's Champion, 2004 European Women's Champion, Girls U-12 World Champion (1996)

Bio: GM Alexandra Kosteniuk is a chess superstar in every sense of the word. She started playing the game when she was just 5 and, in 1996, she burst onto the international scene by winning the U-12 Girl's World Championship. In 2001, when she was just 17, she finished second at the Women's World Championship in Moscow and then went on to capture both the Russian Women's Championship and the European Women's Championship. In 2008, she defeated Hou Yifan to claim the 12th Women's World Championship title, the crowning achievement of her career to date.  

IM Martha Fierro

  • Status:
    Accepted
  • Rating:
    2378
  • Title:
    International Master
  • Federation:
    Ecuador
Chess Highlights:
Ecuador National Champion Ecuador (1992 - 2002), World Team Championship U-26 (6th place) Argentina 1998, Silver Medal Chess Olympiads 1996, 5 times Panamerican Champion 1994 t/m 1998 World Championship U-20 (4th place tied) Brazil 1994,

Martha Lorena Fierro Baquero (born September 6, 1977 in Kingston, Rhode Island, USA) is a chess player. She holds the FIDE player titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster and the FIDE training title of FIDE Trainer, acquired after successful examination at the FIDE Seminar for Coaches in Vung Tau (Vietnam) on 29.10.2008. She has represented Ecuador in several Chess Olympiads. She is a frequent visitor to the United States and has a second home in Charlotte, North Carolina. Today she lives with her mom in Ecuador.