Year of the Woman in Chess

The International Chess Federation has declared 2022 the Year of the Woman in Chess.

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Dear friends,

The Commission for Women’s Chess is truly grateful to the FIDE President Mr. Arkady Dvorkovich, the FIDE Council and the Management, for their decision to have declared 2022 the Year of the Woman in Chess.

This is our chance to take a leap forward in our mission of forming gender equity policies, practices and programs. In recent years, we have achieved a number of long-lasting strategic goals. From encouraging women to actively participate in all aspects of chess life by offering them free educational seminars, to implementing gender quotas for various official positions and assignments.

Podcast

Hou Yifan: ”There are a lot of more things that we could do for women’s chess in the future”

Hou Yifan is a four-time Women's World Chess Champion, and the second-highest-rated female player of all time (only behind Judit Polgar).

Tuesday Mar 29, 2022

Jennifer Shahade: ’”Being good at chess’ is also how well you use it to enhance your life”

Jennifer Shahade is a two-time United States women chess champion, commentator and writer, whose latest book “Chess Queens: The True Story of a Chess Champion and the Greatest Female Players of All Time” has just been published.

Tuesday Feb 15, 2022

Pia and Anna Cramling: Streaming of chess in part of the future

Pia and Anna Cramling are mother and daughter duo. One of them is one of the world’s strongest chess players, who over the last decades more than once has been one of the strongest female players in the world. Her daughter is also a chess player and one of the most successful chess streamers.

Sunday Jun 26, 2022

Fiona Steil-Antoni: ”Since my childhood, the social aspects are a huge part of why I love chess"

Fiona Steil-Antoni attends tournaments as a player, but also as a commentator, press officer and part of the media team. Many people may also know her from her streams on Twitch, where she is known as "Fionchetta".

Thursday May 19, 2022

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2022 - the Year of the Woman in Chess

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Hall of Fame / View More

Antoaneta Stefanova
  10th Women’s World Champion 

Kateryna Lagno
 World rapid and blitz champion, a mother of four 

Alexandra Kosteniuk
 12th Women's World Champion 

Hou Yifan
 four-time Women's World Chess Champion and the second highest rated female player of all time 

Nona Gaprindashvili
 5th Women’s World Champion 

Maia Chiburdanidze
 6th Women's World Champion  

Vera Menchik
 1st Women's World Champion  

Judit Polgar
 the only woman ever to be ranked in the top 10 chess players of the world  

Elisaveta Bykova
 twice Women’s World Chess Champion  

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