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Top 10 Hottest Female Chess Players You Should Know About

Chess is a game of strategy, quick thinking, and cool logic. It was in 1978 that Soviet player Nona Gaprindashvili became the first woman grandmaster (GM), the highest title given by the International Chess Federation (FIDE) to a player, and opened the door for women to enter this largely male-dominated field.

Since then, 39 other female chess players have become GMs. While these women may not be as famous as Serena Williams or Lindsey Vonn, it’s time to give credit where it’s due. So, here’s a list of the 10 hottest female chess players who will impress you with their sharp minds and attractive looks.

The 10 Hottest Female Chess Players

#1. Alexandra Botez

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American-Canadian chess player, YouTuber, and Twitch streamer, Alexandra Valeria Botez was taught to play chess by her father when she was just six. In a New York Post interview, Botez shared how her father claimed that he could train her to play chess in two weeks, after which she would beat her mother at the game. And the young chess prodigy did exactly that. After this, her father started bringing her to local parks to play with old-timers.

Alexandra’s family eventually moved to Oregon where she became part of her high school’s chess team.

As a chess player, she was a five-time Canadian National Girls Champion and was also declared the winner at the US Girls National when she was 15 years old. She was even granted a full chess scholarship at the University of Texas at Dallas, but Botez chose to study at Stanford University and completed her graduation in International Relations. Alexandra also became Stanford University’s first female president of their chess club.

After college, she focused on chess streaming instead of playing the game.

#2. Dorsa Derakhshani

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One of the most controversial chess players of her time, Dorsa Derakhshani is an Iranian-American chess player who made waves for her clash against the chess federation in Iran.

In 2017, Dorsa played at the Gibraltar Chess Festival without wearing a hijab, after which the Iranian Chess Federation banned her from playing chess in Iran claiming “national interests.”

Competing from an early age, Dorsa received several titles and awards, including the Woman Grandmaster and International Grandmaster in 2016. She is currently a pre-med student at Saint Louis University and the captain of their school’s women’s chess team.

Dorsa’s style of making her chess pieces do a formidable dance across the board with finesse and winning results makes her one of the hottest female chess players today.

#3. Elisabeth Paehtz

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Elisabeth Paehtz is Germany’s first female international Grandmaster and a force to be reckoned with.

One of the significant contributors to her success was her father Thomas Paehtz, also a grandmaster and one of East Germany’s best chess players ever. He trained Elisabeth in chess since she was five years old. And this training paid off.

Elisabeth was hailed as the 2002 World Youth Champion for the under 18 age category and then as the 2005 World Junior Girls Champion. In 2018, she also won European Women’s Championship in rapid chess.

#4. Jennifer Shahade

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American chess player, Jennifer Shahade hails from a family of intellectuals — her father is Mike Shahade, FIDE Master and a university chemistry professor, her mother Sally Solomon is an author, and Greg Shahade, her brother, is an International Master.

She is the first and only female winner of the U.S. Junior Open (1998). Since then, she went on to win several championships including the U.S. Women’s Chess Championship in Washington in 2002. She was awarded her second International Master norm at the following U.S. Women’s Championship. In 2004, she won her second U.S. Women’s Chess Championship.

In 2005, she published her first book titled Chess Bitch: Women in the Ultimate Intellectual Sport, followed by Play Like a Girl! In 2011 and Chess Queens: The True Story of a Chess Champion and the Greatest Female Players of All Time in 2022.

Jennifer also co-founded 9 Queens, a chess non-profit, in 2007, and she is on the board of the World Chess Hall of Fame.

#5. Tatiana Kosintseva

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The pride of Russia, Tatiana Kosintseva earned her Grandmaster title in 2007.

She has won the European women’s chess championship twice and the Russian championship three times.

Tatiana was part of the winning team at the 2010 as well as 2012 Women’s Chess Olympiads, where they won the gold medal. She consistently put in an unbeatable performance in 2007, 2009, and then again in 2011 at the Women’s European Team Chess Championships.

She also won the European Women’s Rapid Chess Championship in 2012 in Turkey.

#6. Antoaneta Stefanova

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Bulgarian chess grandmaster Antoaneta Stefanova earned her first win in 1989 at the World Youth Chess Festival’s Girls U10 section in Puerto Rico. In 1992, at the European Youth Chess Championship, Stefanova won the under-14 girls’ championship in Rimavská Sobota.

She went on to then represent her country in the biennial Chess Olympiads in the Philippines, competing in the women’s division. In 2000, Antoaneta earned her rightful spot on the Bulgarian men’s team, competing in the Chess Olympiad hosted by Turkey.

She also won the third European Individual Women’s Championship in 2002 and was awarded the Grandmaster title. In 2017, Stefanova won two gold medals at China’s IMSA Elite Mind Games.

#7. Anna Ushenina

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Ukraine’s first women’s world chess champion, Anna Ushenina is a Ukrainian chess grandmaster.

Since winning the Ukrainian Girls’ (under 20) championship when she was 15, Anna has delivered an impressive track record. She refined her skills under International Master Artiom Tsepotan and also studied in Kramatorsk’s specialist facility.

After delivering impressive performances in 2005 and 2006 where she beat grandmasters, she was awarded the title “Honored Master of Sports.”

In 2017, she won the silver medal in Israel’s 2017 Maccabiah Games.

#8. Stavroula Tsolakidou

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International Master and Woman Grandmaster are just two of the titles that Stavroula holds.

Born in Northern Greece, this Greek Grandmaster started winning steak in 2013 when she won the World U14 Girls’ Chess Championship. The following year, she earned her Woman International Master title and then went on to win the World U16 Girls’ Chess Championship in 2015.

The titles kept on coming year after year, and by 2018, she was ranked as the #1 Greek female player.

#9. Anna Rudolf

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Three-time Hungarian women’s national champion winner, Anna Rudolf has had a long and impressive career.

She tasted her first success at the World Youth Chess Championships in 1999 where she finished in the top 10. She went on to win several girls’ national champion titles. In 2007, at the age of 19, she not only qualified for the Woman Grandmaster title but also won a double norm for the title at the European Individual Women’s Chess Championship.

She earned her Woman International Master title in 2005, and she was awarded Woman Grandmaster in 2008 and International Master in 2015.

#10. Ayelen Martinez

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Undoubtedly one of the hottest female chess players in chess history is Argentine Ayelen Martinez.

Since 2012, this formidable chess player has been part of her country’s Olympic Team. She was awarded the Woman International Master title in 2013 and has been the Argentinian Champion multiple times.

Aside from playing chess, she also teaches chess to girls below 17 years old and offers online lessons for the visually impaired.

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