064 A Reenergized Tournament Career with WGM Anna Zatonskih

Jul 11, 2023

For the past two decades, WGM Anna Zatonskih has been a powerhouse among women chess players in America.

She is a 4-time US Women’s champion (06’, 08’, 09’, and 11’.) Plus, she’s been a member of every US Women’s team for the Chess Olympiad since 2004.

And while she has struggled a bit competitively in recent years, Anna just achieved an incredible first-place victory at the prestigious Cairn’s Cup in St. Louis in June of 2023.

This event gathered some of the world’s best female chess players, including former World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk. 

Not only did Anna win the event - she did so with no losses.

This has renewed the fire for Anna’s competitive career.

In this interview, we discuss highlights from the tournament, what she learned from the event, and her goal of proving that “age is just a number.” 

Photo Credit: The superb photo used for this episode comes from photographer Krystal Fuller. You can follow her on Instagram.

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