Georgia has a fantastic tradition of strong female players, and GM Nana Dzagnidze has been carrying the torch for her country for a long time now. She was born in Kutaisi, Georgia (USSR) in 1987. She enjoyed much junior success, winning the Girl’s U12 division of the World Youth in 1999. Nana also won the World Girl’s U20 Championship in 2003, outscoring the closest competitors by a whopping two points. She won the Jermuk event of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix series in 2010 with a dominating 9 points out of 11. More recently, Dzagnidze won the 2017 European Women’s Championship as well as the Women’s World Blitz that same year.
Nana has represented Georgia in numerous team events, and has been largely instrumental to their success. The Georgian Women’s Team won the 2008 Dresden Olympiad and 2015 World Team Championships in Khanty-Mansiysk. As an individual performer, Dzagnidze won a gold medal for her board 1 performance in 2014. She has also won three gold medals at the European Women’s Chess Club Cup with the Batumi Chess Club “Nona.” The chess club is pleased to welcome Nana to Saint Louis for the first time.