19 Hot Chess Players to Look for This Year

Males playing a sport is a common sight, but imagine females playing a sport that males mainly dominate; well, it is a sight to be seen. Similarly, we all know that Chess is a male dominating sport, with the majority of the players being male.

Moreover, a male chess player match is ok, but imagine watching a chess match of female hot chess players. Yes, most of us would prefer watching the female chess matches.

Aleksandra Kosteniuk (Source: You & Me Shop)
Aleksandra Kosteniuk (Source: You & Me Shop)

Similarly, in today’s article, we have prepared a list of hot chess players judging their looks and their talents and skills.

So, stay tuned to dig out more about them. And, who knows, you might find a few secrets about them.

19 Hot Chess Players to Look for 2022

Most importantly, before we begin the rating, let us know that the listing is not to be taken seriously. Since each player mentioned here is equally talented, nobody is less than anybody. Hope we all understand that this ranking is just a simple belief.

1Alexandra BotezCanada27 years old
2Dorsa DerakhshaniIran24 years old
3Anna MuzychukUkraine32 years old
4Tatiana KosintsevaRussia36 years old
5Elisabeth PähtzGermany37 years old
6Antoaneta StefanovaBulgaria43 years old
7Anna Yuriyivna UsheninaUkraine37 years old
8Anna RudolfHungary35 years old
9Ayelén MartinezArgentina26 years old
10Anna ZatonskihUkraine44 years old
11Stavroula TsolakidouGreek22 years old
12Lanita StetskoBelarus29 years old
13Regina PokornaSlovak-Austrian40 years old
14Natalia PogoninaRussia37 years old
15Anna SharevichAmerica36 years old
16The Polgar Sisters (Susan, Sofia & Judith)Hungary53 years old, 48 years old, 46 years old
17Nazi PaikidzeAmerica29 years old
18Eva MoserAustria40 years old
19Alexandra KosteniukRussia38 years old
20Rusudan GoletianiAmerica42 years old

19. Rusudan Goletiani

Descendant from Georgia, Rusudan Goletiani is an American professional chess player with exceptional talents and potential. 

Rusudan Goletiani
Rusudan Goletiani. (Source: Youtube)

Not to mention, Goletiani holds the FIDE titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. In addition, Goletiani was a three-time world girls’ champion of her age category.

Moreover, she was also the 2003 American continental women’s champion and 2005 U.S. women’s championship. This talented Georgian-American chess player is also considered one of the top hot chess players in the world. 

18. Alexandra Kosteniuk

We all know how hot Russian women can be when it comes to the beauty department.

However, Alexandra Kosteniuk is not just a beauty but also a chess grandmaster who was the Women’s World Chess Champion from 2008 to 2010.

Alexandra Kosteniuk
Alexandra Kosteniuk. (Source: Wikimedia)

Also, let’s not forget Kosteniuk was the 2004’s European women’s champion. Moreover, this Russian Chess hottie became Russia’s Women’s Chess Champion in 2005 and 2016.

Moreover, she won gold medals during the Women’s Chess Olympiads of 2010, 2012, and 2014. 

Talking about her recent title, Kosteniuk secured a win at the 2021 Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship and took the championship home with her.

17. Eva Moser

Born on 26 July 1982, Eva Moser was a professional Austrian chess player blessed with a great talent for Chess. 

Eva Moser
Eva Moser. (Source: Wikimedia)

Above all, she was the Woman Grandmaster and the titleholder of International Master by FIDE. In most of the competitions she attended, she would always return with a trophy. 

Similarly, she also competed in the 2008’s Women’s World Chess Championship. Besides, Moser had also published a few instructional chess DVDs. Sadly, on 31 March 2019, Moser lost her life to leukemia.

16. Nazi Paikidze

Nazi Paikidze is a Russian-born American professional Chess player who holds the International Master and Woman Grandmaster titles awarded by the FIDE. 

Nazi Paikidze
Nazi Paikidze. (Source: Wikimedia)

Not to mention, Paikidze is a two-time World Girl’s Champion and a four-time European Girl’s Champion of her age category. Similarly, she is also a two-time U.S. Women’s Champion. 

However, in the 2017’s Women’s World Chess Championship in Iran, Paikidze boycotted the competition due to the hijab dress code. Nevertheless, she immediately received support from worldwide, including the U.S. Chess Federation.

15. The Polgar Sisters (Susan, Sofia & Judith)

Chess had always been a male-dominant game. However, this all changed when three Hungarian sisters moved into the world chess frontlines. 

Sofia, Judit, Susan, Polgar sisters.
Sofia, Judit, Susan, Polgar sisters. (Source: Wikimedia)

The fascinating part about the Polgar sisters is that they never went to school or any academy, and the feats they achieved at early ages matched or even surpassed those of some of the greatest male Chess players.

Not to forget, Judith, the youngest of the three sisters, achieved the rarefied rank of Grandmaster against the male competition.

Following this, she went on to replace Bobby Fischer as the youngest person in chess history to have won this honor.

Similarly, all three Polgar sisters have each achieved top awards and titles.

14. Anna Sharevich

A lot of Belarusian-born American chess players in the hot chess players list, right? Yes, just like the other attractive Belarusian-born chess players on the list, Anna Sharevich is also a hotshot when it comes to beauty and Chess. 

Anna Sharevich
Anna Sharevich. (Source: Wikimedia)

However, not to get fooled by her looks alone, because she holds the title of Woman Grandmaster and is also the winner of the Women’s Belarusian Chess Championship (2002, 2005, 2007, and 2011).

In addition, Sharevich also played for the Belarusian team in the Women’s Chess Olympiad in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. 

However, Sharevich changed national federations from Belarus to the United States in 2014. 

13. Natalia Pogonina

Born on 9 March 1985, Natalia Pogonina is a Russian professional chess player ranked number 13th in the top hot chess players listing. 

Natalia Pogonina.
Natalia Pogonina. (Source: Wikimedia)

To sum up, Pogonina is an extremely talented professional chess player who holds the FIDE title of Woman Grandmaster and is also the runner-up of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2015.

Moreover, She was a two-time champion of the Russian Women’s Championship in 2012 and 2018.

Most importantly, she was in the gold medal-winning team of Russia at the Women’s Chess Olympiads of 2012 and 2014. And also at the 2011’s Women’s European Team Chess Championship.

12. Lanita Stetsko

Lanita Stetsko is a Belarusian women’s chess champion. She holds multiple chess championship titles and is a well-respected athlete in Chess. Moreover, Stetsko also holds the title of Women Grandmaster 2015.

Lanita Stetsko
Lanita Stetsko. (Source: Wikimedia)

Similarly, Stetsko won the International Women’s Chess Tournament in 2016. She also played for Belarus in the Women’s Chess Olympiads (2010, 2012, 2014, 2016). 

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Moreover, Stetsko represented her country in the European Team Chess Championships 2013.

Above all, after two years, she is the recipient of the 2013 FIDE International Women Master (WIM) award and the FIDE International Women Grandmaster (WGM) title.

Stetsko is not only talented in playing Chess but also in her degrees. She graduated from the Belarussian State University in Business and Management Technology Institute. She is among the hot chess players who you wouldn’t want to miss. 

11. Stavroula Tsolakidou

Ranked 11th on the hot chess player list, we have Stavroula Tsolakidou. The Greek international player is not only known for her beauty but also for her titles. This is to say, she holds to the title of  International Master and Woman Grandmaster.

Moreover, the 36 years old beauty won the World U14 Girls’ Chess Championship in 2013. This resulted in her earning the Woman FIDE Master title.

Stavroula Tsolakidou.
Stavroula Tsolakidou. (Source: Wikimedia)

Similarly, Stavroula is also the award holder of the Woman International Master 2014 title. In addition, she also won the World U18 Girls’ Championship.

Likewise, Stavroula won the Italian Women’s Team Championship, where she played two games and won in both of them.

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Most importantly, Stavroula Tsolakidou is the number one Greek female player of 2018. Also, she has been voted as ‘Most Elegant Woman Chess Player of recent times‘ by the internet community.

10. Anna Zatonskih

Anna Zatonskih is the 10th ranked hot chess player in the world. The 44 years old beauty is attractive and a talented chess player. 

Anna Zatonskih
Anna Zatonskih. (Source: Wikimedia)

Anna holds the title of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. Similarly, the Ukrainian four-time U.S. Women’s Champion coaches and competes in international tournaments worldwide.

Well, it seems Chess runs in her DNA because both her parents are professional chess players.

Moreover, her father is rated 2300, whereas her mother is a candidate master. Likewise, you would be astonished to know that Zatonskih beat her mother at the age of 14.

Similarly, she played on the 2008 U.S. Olympiad team that later won Bronze. Moreover, she is a mother of a child but doesn’t have any intention of stopping.

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9. Ayelén Martinez

Stepping at number nine on the hot chess players list, we have Ayelén Martinez. The highly talented women chess player is known for her chess skills and her beautiful looks and figure. Moreover, she is also an Instagram model. 

Ayelén Martinez
Ayelén Martinez. (Source: Wikimedia)

In addition, Martinez is also the Woman International Master (WIM) with a rating of 2279. She also holds multiple Argentinian Champion titles. And, she has been a member of the Argentina Olympic team since 2012.

Moreover, she gives coaching lessons to both adults and schools students. Similarly, she also provides online lessons for blind people, interested players, and Spanish at the same time. 

8. Anna Rudolf

The 35 years old Anna Rudolf is a Hungarian woman chess player who holds the FIDE titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster.

Anna Rudolf.
Anna Rudolf. (Source: Wikimedia)

Moreover, Rudolf is stunning and has a big following on Instagram (78.2k as of Oct 2021). She is also a popular chess sensation since she has worked as an analyst and commentator at multiple tournaments.

Similarly, outside of her chess career, she is also a T.V. reporter, chess broadcaster, freelance edutainer, Yoga/Zumba aficionado.

Rudolf tasted success at a young age after qualifying for the World Youth Chess Championships; she finished in the top ten under-12 girls’ division (1999).

Likewise, she became a three-time girls’ national champion at the under-12 and under-16 youth levels and the under-20 junior level in Hungary. In conclusion, Rudolf is a beauty with talent and dedication. 

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7. Anna Ushenina

Anna Yuriyivna Ushenina is a Ukrainian chess grandmaster who was Women’s World Chess Champion from 2012 to 2013.

Anna Ushenina.
Anna Ushenina. (Source: Wikimedia)

Besides having a smart brain, Anna is also equally blessed in terms of beauty. Her sheer presence on the chessboard will be enough to take your breath away.

Her killer eyes have an intimidating effect on her opponents. Wherever she goes, peoples admire her presence and attractive looks.

Ushenina won the European Women’s Championship in Mamaia. Well, this is just the tip of the iceberg; she holds multiple titles and prestigious awards. Moreover, the Ukrainian hottie is ranked seventh on today’s hot chess players listing.

6. Antoaneta Stefanova

The Bulgarian hottie Antoaneta Stefanova is ranked sixth on the hot chess players list. 

Stefanova’s charming face and heart-racing eye contacts are sure to leave a lasting mark on her spectators. 

Antoaneta Stefanova
Antoaneta Stefanova. (Source: Instagram)

In addition, she is a chess grandmaster and Women’s World Champion (2004 to 2006). Similarly, She represented Bulgaria in the Chess Olympiad in 2000 and has also been representing Bulgaria in the Women’s Chess Olympiad since 1992.

Most importantly, Stefanova is an eye-catchy chess champion and a member of Parliament for There Is Such A People as of 2021. Moreover, she was also nominated as the party’s candidate for the prime minister position.

5. Elisabeth Pähtz

Ranked fifth on the top hot chess players list is Elisabeth Pähtz. Pähtz is an attractive professional chess player known to shine on the chessboard and the spectator’s eyes. 

Elisabeth Pähtz.
Elisabeth Pähtz. (Source: Wikimedia)

Moreover, she holds the FIDE titles of International Master and Woman Grandmaster. Pähtz also won the German Women’s chess championship in 1999.

Similarly, Pähtz became the World Youth Champion of the girls under-18 in 2002 and the World Junior Girls Champion in 2005.

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Additionally, Pähtz won the bronze medal in the women’s World Rapid Chess Championship in 2017, followed by the European Women’s Championship in rapid Chess in 2018.
Also, she won the bronze medal in the women’s European Individual Chess Championship 2019.

4. Tatiana Kosintseva

Tatiana Anatolyevna Kosintseva is a Russian professional chess player. She is number four in the top hot chess players list. Similarly, she also holds the title of Grandmaster by FIDE.

Tatiana Kosintseva
Tatiana Kosintseva. (Source: Wikimedia)

Moreover, Kosintseva is a two-time European Women’s Champion and also a three-time Russian Women’s Champion. One way or the other, Kosintseva has definitely taken to her Russian gene for being such a hottie. 

Likewise, Kosintseva’s blue star-colored eyes are sure to charm spectators and her opponent.

3. Anna Muzychuk

Anna Olehivna Muzychuk is a 32 years old Ukrainian chess grandmaster. She is in the third position on the top hot chess players list. 

Anna Muzychuk. (
Anna Muzychuk. (Source: Wikimedia)

Similarly, Muzychuk is the fourth Woman to cross the 2600 Elo rating mark. In July 2012, she successfully achieved a rating of 2606.

Moreover, she won the Women’s World Rapid Chess Championship 2016 and the Women’s World Blitz Chess Championship 2014 and 2016.

Likewise, given her charming personality, looks, and talents, she specializes in playing under time pressure. 

2. Dorsa Derakhshani 

Iranian girls are famous for their appealing looks and sharp features. However, Dorsa Derakhshani does prove it to be a fact.

Given her pleasing personality and heart-racing body language, she falls at the number two spot on today’s listing.

Dorsa Derakhshani. (Source: Instagram)
Dorsa Derakhshani. (Source: Instagram)

To clarify, she is an Iranian professional chess player representing the United States.

She started playing for the United States after Iran banned her from playing for the Iran national team or playing in any tournaments in Iran after she played in the 2017 Gibraltar Chess Festival without wearing a hijab. 

However, given her conflict with Iran, Derakhshani is exceptionally outstanding in Chess. Dorsa bagged the Asian Youth Chess Championships gold medal three times (2012, 2013, and 2014). Besides, she is also a journalist for FIDE.

1. Alexandra Botez

Not just for Canada but also the world, Alexandra Botez is the hottest professional chess player. That’s why she ranks number one in the top hot chess players list.

Moreover, Botez is a professional player and a commentator, Twitch streamer, and YouTuber. She streams and posts videos relating to Chess on both platforms. Also, she has 471k followers on her Instagram as of Oct 2021.

Alexandra Botez
Alexandra Botez (Source: Instagram)

Similarly, the American-Canadian chess player became a five-time Canadian National Girls Champion and won the U.S. Girls Nationals at the early age of 15.

Above all, she holds the International Chess Federation title of Woman FIDE Master. Also, she achieved her highest FIDE Elo rating of 2092 in 2016. 


We have landed at the end of the hot chess players list. However, despite the rating, all the chess players mentioned above are highly talented and beautiful. No one mentioned above is less than anyone in any way.

Hope you enjoyed our today’s listing. Also, stay tuned to our website to be informed about similar content. Until next time!

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