Kateryna Lagno became a WGM at just 12 years old, making her one of the youngest players ever to receive the title. She was born in Lviv, Ukraine in 1989 and competed under the Ukranian flag up until 2014. She now competes for Russia, and is the second ranked female player in the country behind Aleksandra Goryachkina. Lagno earned her GM title in 2007 and has an extensive resume of tournament accomplishments. She is a two-time European Women’s Champion (2005 and 2008), as well as a two-time Olympiad gold medal winner (2006 and 2014). Lagno also boasts three World Women’s Blitz Championship titles (2010, 2018, and 2019) along with a World Women’s Rapid Championship title in 2014. She is now ranked #5 in the world among female players.