GM Nadezhda Kosintseva

Full name
Nadezhda Kosintseva
Jan 14, 1985 (age 34)
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.

Best Game

Most Played Openings

White Pieces
Caro-Kann Defense (39) : B13 B19 B12 B10
Modern Defense (10) : B06
Alekhine Defense (10) : B02 B03 B05 B04
Four Knights Game (14) : C47 C46 C49 C48
Undefined (1) : A00
Catalan Opening (2) : E00 E01
English Opening (3) : A22 A35
Nimzo-Indian Defense (10) : E48 E54
Petrov's Defense (11) : C43 C42
Giuoco Piano Game (9) : C50 C51 C53
Scandinavian Defense (17) : B01
Nimzowitsch Defense Declined (1) : B00
Pirc Defense (9) : B07
Philidor Defense (7) : C41
Queen's Gambit Declined (1) : D38
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D34
Scotch Game (4) : C45
Hungarian Opening (3) : A00
Bird's Opening (2) : A03 A02
Black Pieces
Indian Game (6) : E10 A46
Queen's Pawn Opening (5) : A41 A40 D02
Reti Opening (9) : A04 A06
Four Knights Game (1) : C48
Bogo-Indian Defense (5) : E11
Caro-Kann Defense (2) : B19
Catalan Opening (16) : E01 E05 E02 E00
French Defense (2) : C18 C07
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Colle System (3) : D04
King's Indian Defense (8) : E61 E92 E74 E60 E62
Scotch Game (8) : C45
Trompowsky Attack (5) : A45
Queen's Indian Defense (4) : E15
King's Indian Attack (4) : A07 A08
Pirc Defense (1) : B07
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Tarrasch Defense (3) : D32 D34
Gruenfeld Defense (4) : D85 D81
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (2) : A01
Giuoco Piano Game (4) : C55 C52 C53
Bishop's Opening (4) : C28 C26
Undefined (1) : A00
Philidor Defense (2) : C41
Benko Gambit Fully-Accepted (2) : A58
Petrov's Defense (2) : C43
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
Benko Gambit Declined (2) : A57
Vienna Game (3) : C26 C29
Scandinavian Defense (1) : B01