[See my post before the Olympiads began]. For the third time in a row, our women’s Russian team won Gold, this time at the 2014 Tromso Chess Olympiads. It was an incredibly tough battle, as expected, and our team, made up of GM Valentina Gunina, myself GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, GM Kateryna Lagno, WGM Natalija Pogonina, and WGM Olga Girya achieved 10 match wins out of 11, including a decisive match win against the key competitors China. Besides our team Gold medals, Valentina Gunina and I got individual board Gold medals, with 8/10 and a performance of 2651 for Valentina and 7.5/9 and a performance of 2639 for myself. I am posting some of the results below (full results can be found here), and photos. More photos and games will be posted shortly. If you have a smart phone, subscribe to my Instagram feed, and I hope you are subscribed to my email newsletter too.
The final rankings of the Tromso Chess Olympiads:
Our winning team:
Our team’s results:
We’re happy to be at the top of the podium, with second medalists China and third Ukraine:
Thanks to David Llada for a cool photo of me taken during the last round:
Besides the Team Gold, I also got an individual Gold medal for my 2639 performance on the third board (7.5/9, 6 wins and 3 draws, no losses)
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Here are my personal results, I hope to post all of my games on this page soon. Thanks to my good performance, I am up the world rankings to #7, and have achieved a personal best rating of 2542.8, higher than the 2540 I had achieved 8 years ago. I am the top rated woman in Russia.
A “selfie” in the making of the women’s Olympic Gold winning team:
A nice “selfie”:
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In case you have not seen it, here is a 2-minute video
made after I became Women’s World Chess Champion in 2008:
And how I became the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion: