Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

Scottish chess player of Georgian origin
Date of Birth: 19.07.1968
Country: Great Britain

Biography of Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant is a Scottish chess player of Georgian origin. She has defied the notion that chess tournaments should be divided by gender, often defeating male chess players of high rank.

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

In 1985, Ketevan won the World Junior Chess Championship for Girls in Dobrna. Three years later, she earned a silver medal in the same championship in Adelaide. She had already achieved the title of International Master in chess before the Australian tournament. Inspired by her impressive success, Ketevan set her sights on competing in the Women's World Championship.

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

Ketevan's performance in the qualifying competitions demonstrated her capability to compete against the best chess masters. Although she placed second at the first interzonal championship in Tuzla in 1987, she later became the champion in Jakarta in 1993 and Kishinev in 1995. However, her participation in the candidates' tournament prevented her from taking part in the corresponding World Championship.

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

Aside from preparing for the unrealized World Championship, Ketevan's chess career was not limited. In 1990, she secured first place in the women's championships in Biel and Geneva. The following year, Ketevan emerged victorious at the Doeberl Cup in Canberra, Australia. In 1993-94, she participated in Hastings Premier, surpassing six male grandmasters and ranking third overall, a feat only matched by Judit Polgár.

Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant

In 1996, Ketevan married chess player Jonathan Grant and settled in Edinburgh. In Edinburgh, their daughter Elena was born. Ketevan continued to play for the national team even after moving to the United Kingdom. Officially representing Britain in 2008, she had already accumulated numerous accolades, including a bronze medal in the Women's European Individual Championship, the Scottish Championship, and four victories in the Women's British Championship.

In 2006, Ketevan missed winning the overall championship by only half a point. That same year, her husband Jonathan Grant became the champion at the Scottish Championship, making them the first married couple to win two consecutive national championships. In 2007, Ketevan triumphed over former US Champion Hikaru Nakamura. She later visited her sister in Philadelphia, where she won the women's category at the World Open.

Ketevan's victory at the World Open led her to participate in the MonRoi Women's Grand, where she achieved an impressive level of play, ultimately sharing fourth place. In 2008, she tied for the highest score with Jovanka Houska and Yelena Dembo at the European Championship. Her participation in the Dresden Olympiad for the Scottish team resulted in her earning the title of Grandmaster after winning the final round. In July 2011, Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant emerged as the champion of the Scottish Championship.

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