Sunday, April 12, 2009
Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant Joins GM Ranks
Another woman has earned the coveted GM title! In an article in the SundayMail.co.uk about newly-minted GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant who lives in and plays under the flag of Scotland, it states there are now 15 women in the world with the GM title; However, I counted more, and this list compiled from the top 100 women in the world currently active players at the FIDE website does not include GM Susan Polgar and GM Nona Gaprindashvili, who are inactive - there may be more inactive female GMs I've missed. This list shows current world ranking, title, country (flag), current rating, and date of birth: 1 Polgar, Judit g HUN 2693 (1976) 2 Koneru, Humpy g IND 2612 (1987) 3 Hou, Yifan g CHN 2590 (1994) 4 Stefanova, Antoaneta g BUL 2549 (1979) 5 Dzagnidze, Nana g GEO 2541 (1987) 7 Zhao, Xue g CHN 2531 (1985) 8 Cramling, Pia g SWE 2528 (1963) 9 Sebag, Marie g FRA 2527 (1986) 11 Kosteniuk, Alexandra g RUS 2516 (1984) 12 Chiburdanidze, Maia g GEO 2506 (1961) 16 Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan g SCO 2492 (1968) 18 Zhu, Chen g QAT 2491 (1976) 19 Hoang Thanh Trang g HUN 2490 (1980) 21 Xu, Yuhua g CHN 2479 (1976) 24 Lahno, Kateryna g UKR 2478 (1989) 34 Socko, Monika g POL 2456 (1978) 45 Peng, Zhaoqin g NED 2439 (1968) The FIDE list shows 17 active female GMs; adding S. Polgar and N. Gaprindashvili brings the count to 19. Please feel free to add others I've missed - maybe I'm not putting the right search terms into google, but I could not find a current list of ALL female GMs on the internet!