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Russian Women Win Gold at Chess Olympiad

4. October 2010 by Michelle 0 Comments

A record number of 153 nations were represented at this year’s Chess Olympiad which ran from September 21st to October 3rd.


Since the tournament was held in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, and there are so many talented players from this country, Russia was represented by 5 men’s teams and 3 women’s teams.


The first Russian women’s team won the gold, thanks to Grand Master Tatiana Kosintseva and her sister, International Master Nadezhda Kosintseva. These ladies have risen to the top ranks of female chess in the last few years. However, they couldn’t win the championship alone and were joined by veteran players Alexandra Kosteniuk and Alisa Galliamova, plus newly rising star Valentina Gunina.


Tatiana Kosintseva, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Alisa Galliamova, Valentina Gunina


The ladies take home the Vera Menchik cup, which was named after the first women’s world chess champion. In the men’s tournament, Ukraine won gold while Russia won silver. The Chess Olympiad is held every two years and heads to Istanbul, Turkey in 2012.