Natalia Zhukova

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Natalia Zhukova (born 5 June 1979 in Dresden, East Germany) is a Ukrainian Grandmaster of chess. She won several age-group titles as a teenager, both at the European and World levels. She has also triumphed in several international women's tournaments. She has played for the Ukrainian women's national team since age 17 in 1996, the same year she won the Ukrainian women's championship in her debut. She played board one on the champion Ukrainian team at the Turin 2006 chess Olympiad.In May 2010 she reached the 2500 rating and achieved the title of Grandmaster.Her current FIDE rating is 2499, 16th ranked woman in the world, as of May 2010. She is married to grandmaster Alexander Grischuk.

Early years

Zhukova was just 12 years old when she made her debut at the World Youth Championship level at Mamaia 1991, with a tied 3rd-4th place in the Girls' U12 group, with 7.5/11. She won the European Youth Championship for Girls U14 at Szombathely 1993 with 7.5/9. She won the European Championship for Girls U16 at Herculane 1994 with 7/9. She won the World Championship for Girls U16 at Szeged 1994 with 7/9. She placed 2nd in the World Championship for Girls U20 at Halle 1995 with 9/12. She debuted at the Interzonal level at Kishinev 1995, with a middle of the field result, 6.5/13.

Ukrainian women's champion at 16

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