GM Nadezhda Kosintseva

Full name
Nadezhda Kosintseva
Jan 14, 1985 (age 35)‎
Place of birth
Arkhangelsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union



Nadezhda Kosintseva is a Russian Grandmaster who was a prodigy among female chess players. She won numerous bronze, silver and gold medals at youth chess championship tournaments before she turned 20 years old. She rose through the ranks, attaining each of the women’s FIDE titles, later followed by getting the full Grandmaster title. With a strong sparring partner in her sister, fellow Grandmaster Tatiana, she is currently the 14th highest rated female in the world and sure to rise even higher.

Nadezhda Kosintseva learned to play chess before she was 10 years old. She excelled among youth girls at tournaments, winning medals at the European Youth Chess Championships multiple years. She won gold medals in in 1995 in the Girls U-10 section, 1997 in the Girls U-12 and 2000 in the Girls U-18. In 1998 at the World Youth Chess Championship, she won the gold medal in the Girls U-14 section. In later years she won bronze medals at the World Junior Chess Championship in the Girls U-20 sections in 2001 and 2002. In 2001 she became a Woman International Master and in 2002 she became a Woman Grandmaster. It wasn’t until 2004 that she earned a full International Master title. After this, in 2006, she, along with her younger sister Tatiana, tied for second place at the Russian women’s superfinal. Both sisters are extremely strong at chess and are also both evenly skilled, despite an age gap. In 2008, Nadezhda won the Russian Women’s Championship and the next year she finished in second place. She gained the full Grandmaster title in 2011 and is currently ranked as the 14th best female chess player in the world.

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