Anna Muzychuk was introduced to chess as a 2-year-old by her parents, both professional chess coaches. She played her first tournament when she was five and, spurred on by the similar success of her younger sister Mariya, she went on to claim countless Ukrainian and European Championships, before crowning her junior career by winning the World Girls U20 Championship in 2010. Strangely, at least in comparison to Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru, she only gained the grandmaster title in 2012, but her rating has kept pace with her rivals. In July 2012 she became only the fourth woman in history to cross the 2600 mark, while on the August list she had the highest women’s rating below Judit Polgar.
From 2004 until her return to the Ukrainian team in 2014 Anna represented Slovenia, with one of her crowning achievements a near perfect 8.5/9 and 2797 rating performance in the 2011 European Team Championship. Other successes include finishing 4th out of 14 players in the 2014 Tata Steel Chess Challengers, winning the Women's World Blitz Championship in the same year and taking the lucrative women's top prize in the 2016 Tradewise Gibraltar Masters. In the meantime, though, her younger sister became Women's World Champion, so sibling rivalry dictates Anna's goal must now be to do the same.
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