Best Looking Female Chess Players in the World

The queen is the most powerful piece in chess. Coincidence? We beg to differ. Even if chess is a male-dominated sport, some women have not only achieved the highest chess titles but are also incredibly attractive. Today’s article will focus on the best looking female chess players who have ever graced this sport. Are you ready to witness some of the most impressive combinations of looks and intelligence? Here we go!

Best Looking Female Chess Players

Alexandra Valeria Botez


Is it just us, or it’s already getting hot in here? 

Alexandra Valeria Botez was born on September 24th, 1995, in Dallas, Texas. However, she was raised in Vancouver, Canada. This American-Canadian concoction of intelligence and beauty is a chess player and commentator and a famous Twitch streamer and YouTuber with over 1,000,000 followers. 

As a chess player, Alexandra boasts 5 Canadian National Girls Champion titles. In addition, she won the U.S. Girls Nationals when she was only 15. In March 2016, Alexandra achieved her highest FIDE rating, currently holding the Woman FIDE Master title.

Apart from being intelligent and beautiful, Alexandra is also a feminist, being part of the Susan Polgar Foundation’s board of directors. This non-profit organization grants prizes and scholarships to break the gender barrier in chess. This lady has it all!

Natalia Pogonina

Best Looking Female Chess Players

Born on March 9th, 1985, in Vladivostok, this Russian beauty is a chess grandmaster who has been a member of her country’s chess team since 2004, winning no less than 3 Olympic gold medals. Natalia’s highest FIDE rating was 2508.

Among her numerous achievements as a chess player, we can highlight Woman Grandmaster (WGM), bronze at the World Championship (U18), three European champion titles (U16, twice U18), European Women’s Championship, two Russian women’s champion titles (2012 and 2018), and the only player in the world to win the European Team Chess Championship and the Eurocup simultaneously.  Currently, she is the Olympic Women’s Chess Champion.

Apart from her chess-playing abilities, Natalia holds an M.A. in Law and works as a columnist at, writes chess blogs at and, has served as host and commentator for various chess events, and has been even working on two books that have not been published yet:  “Chess Kamasutra” and “Chess exposed by grandmaster Natalia Pogonina”.

To top it all, Natalia is also passionate about literature, poetry, fashion, photography, music, and flamenco. Useless to say that her physical beauty doesn’t go unnoticed either!

Anna Muzychuk

Best Looking Female Chess Players

Anna Olehivna Muzychuk was born on February 28th, 1990, in Lviv, Ukraine. But don’t let her blonde, angelical beauty mislead you! Behind this pretty face hides a fierce rapid chess champion! Anna was considered a chess prodigy, winning the European Youth Chess Championships when she was only 6. She earned the Grandmaster title at 21.

Holding the Grandmaster (GM) title and having won multiple rapid and blitz world champion titles, Anna is the 4th woman in chess history to reach an impressive FIDE rating of at least 2600. Anna was the runner-up in the Women’s World Championship (2017). Despite being Ukrainian, Anna represented Slovenia from 2004 to 2014, winning the individual gold medal for this country at the European Women’s Team Chess Championship in 2011. In 2016, she won the individual gold medal for Ukraine at the Women’s Chess Olympiad. 

In 2017, Anna made to the spotlight due to her decision not to defend her titles in the tournament organized in Saudi Arabia. Back then, Anna was writing on Facebook:   “In a few days, I am going to lose two World Champion titles – one by one just because I decided not to go to Saudi Arabia. Not to play by someone’s rules, not to wear abaya, not to be accompanied getting outside, and altogether not to feel myself a secondary creature. Exactly one year ago I won these two titles and was about the happiest person in the chess world, but this time I feel really bad. I am ready to stand for my principles and skip the event, where in five days I was expected to earn more than I do in a dozen of events combined.”

Smart, beautiful, and a woman with solid principles!

Elisabeth Pähtz

Oh, those irresistible, hypnotizing blue eyes! Born on January 8th, 1985, in Erfurt, East Germany, Elisabeth Pähtz didn’t need much time to become the best German female chess player. In 2002, she won the girls’ U18 World Youth Championship, followed by the U18 World Junior Girls Champion title in 2005. In 2018, she won the European Women’s Championship in rapid chess, scoring her third grandmaster norm in 2021.

By January 2022, her FIDE rating was 2507. She will more than likely become the first German female chess player to earn the title of Grandmaster (GM). She already holds two titles: Grandmaster (WGM) and International Master (IM). Apart from being beautiful and skilled, Elisabeth is also a woman with strong principles. In 2019, after playing for Germany in no less than 10 women’s chess Olympiads, she decided to resign from the German chess team as she considered that women were treated unequally. 

Nazi Paikidze

Best Looking Female Chess Players

Nazí Paikidze is a gorgeous Georgian-American chess player who was born on October 27th, 1993, in Irkutsk, Russia. She currently holds two FIDE titles: Woman Grandmaster (WGM) and International Master (IM). She won multiple European Girls championships and became the U.S. women’s champion twice (2016 and 2018). In 2011, Nazí reached her highest FIDE rating: 2455.

As a young chess player, Nazí won no less than 12 European Youth Chess Championship medals, out of which 6 were gold ones. 

In 2016, Nazí Paikidze made it to the spotlight for boycotting the Women’s World Chess Championship that was to be held in Tehran, Iran.  The reason behind her decision was the hijab dress code that she considered a symbol of women’s oppression.  The U.S. Chess Federation and many prominent chess players such as Nigel Short or Garry Kasparov supported her.

Anna Rudolf

Best Looking Female Chess Players

This talented Hungarian beauty was born on November 12th, 1987, in Miskolc, Hungary. She holds two titles: International Master (2015) and Women’s Grandmaster (2008). She reached her highest FIDE rating in 2017: 2325. She won the Hungarian women’s national championship three times (U12, U16, and U20) and represented her country at the European Team Chess Championship and the Chess Olympiad. 

Famous for her strategic playing style, career achievements, and humorous personality, Anna is a highly appreciated chess commentator at important tournaments. For example, she served as a commentator at the World Chess Championship in 2016 and 2018. What’s more, Anna is also a social media personality, boasting over 78k followers on Instagram, running her won YouTube and Twitch channels and releasing various online training courses. 

Ayelén Martinez

This Argentinian talented and beautiful chess player was born on May 12th, 1993, in La Rioja. She holds the Woman International Master title. In 2017, she reached her peak rating of 2279. Apart from holding five Argentinian Champion titles, she has been a member of her country’s Olympic team since 2012.

What sets Ayelén apart besides her chess skills and attractive physique? Her generous heart! Ayelén promotes chess and gives coaching lessons to blind people and children at the Children’s Oncology Centre of the San Luis Hospital and at primary and secondary schools.

Anna Sharevich

The more you look for information about Anna, the more you get convinced that she is the sexiest player to have ever graced chess! 

Just take a look at this picture of Anna at a charity event! 

There’s no wonder that her sensual belly dance won her the Queen of Sport title!

And here is another picture of this brainxy chess player that teases the imagination and leaves the viewer wondering what’s hiding behind the chess table!

Yes, we said brainxy for all the good reasons! The sexy part is obvious. However, you may not know that Anna also holds a degree in Law besides her impressive career in chess. Now that we have explained the brain part, let’s look at her chess career. 

In 2002, when she was only 16 years old, Anna won the Women’s Belarusian Chess Championship. And she would win it again three more times!  Anna played for her country’s chess team in the Women’s Chess Olympiad between 2002and 2012. Starting in 2014, she became a member of the U.S. Saint Louis Arch Bishops team, becoming the champions of the U.S. Chess League. She holds the woman Grandmaster (WGM) title, having reached a peak rating of 2378 in 2011.

Alexandra Kosteniuk

Best Looking Female Chess Players

In case you are not convinced that Aleksandra Kosteniuk is, in fact, the living proof that brain and beauty can co-exist (which is her motto!), here goes another picture of this impressive chess grandmaster and model!

Born in 1984, in Perm, Russia, Aleksandra Kosteniuk is a chess grandmaster who won the Women’s World Chess Championship from 2008 to 2010. Among her numerous achievements, we can highlight the European Women’s Champion title in 2004, the two Russian Women’s Chess Champion titles in 2005 and 2016, the three gold medals as part of the Russian team at the Women’s Chess Olympiads (2010, 2012, and 2014), the Women’s World Team Chess Champion title (2017), or the Women’s World Rapid Chess Champion title in 2021.

When she was only 14, Alexandra became a chess grandmaster, thus becoming the youngest woman in the world to obtain the title. She obtained the International Grandmaster title when she was 20, becoming the 10th woman to receive the highest FIDE title.

 Given her impressive looks, there is no wonder that Alexandra has also pursued a part-time modeling career and even acted in a movie. Additionally, she is a member of a club consisting of 54 elite athletes called the “Champions for Peace”. As the name suggests, the group dedicates its efforts to fight for peace in the world through sport. 

Anna Ushenina

Blonde with stunning blue eyes, this stunning appearance represents the natural charm of genius and beauty. Anna was born on August 30th, 1985, in Kharkiv, Ukraine. In 2003, Anna achieved the Woman Grandmaster (WGM) title. Anna and the Ukrainian team won the gold medal at the Women’s Olympiad held in Turin.

Anna remained undefeated throughout the entire contest. In 2008, at the Olympiad held in Dresden, the Ukrainian team won the silver medal. In January 2007, Anna was awarded the International Master (IM) title. In 2012, she defeated Antoaneta Stefanova to become the 14th Women’s World Chess Champion. In 2016, Anna won the European Women’s Champion title. In January 2022, Anna’s FIDE rating is 2423.  

Wrap up

Talented and beautiful, all the ladies we have included in our list prove wrong many of our programmed misconceptions:  chess is for nerdy, un-athletic, and socially marginalized men.

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