Tatiana Anatolyevna Kosintseva
() (born April 11, 1986 in Arkhangelsk
) is a Russian chess
player who has achieved the FIDE
title of Grandmaster
(October 2009). As of July 2011 her FIDE Elo rating
is 2557, making her the fifth ranked female player in the world.
A chance start and instant success
Along with elder sister Nadezhda
, the six-year-old Tatiana became a chess player by virtue of a twist of fate. Wandering home from dance lessons with their mother, the pair happened upon a chess club and decided there and then to take up the game.
As a youngster, she recalls being inspired by a book of former world champion Alexander Alekhine
's games and was similarly impressed with the play of Garry Kasparov
and Bobby Fischer
Soon after, she became a fearsome competitor at the top level of junior chess, her collection of tournament prizes rivalling even her sister's haul. At the World Youth Chess Championship
, she earned silver medals at the Under-10 (Cala Galdana, 1996) and Under-12 (Cannes
, 1997) events. In the Under-10 category of the 1996 European Youth Chess Championship
held at Rimavska Sobota
she went one better, that time taking home the gold medal. Silver medals were added at the Euro events in Mureck
(1998) and Kallithea
(2000), at Under-12 and Under-18 level respectively.
National and European Champion
In 2004 and 2007 Tatiana won the Russian Women's Chess Championship. Going close in 2006, the sisters finished a half point behind winner Ekaterina...