Sabina Foisor

Sabina Foisor
Woman Grandmaster
Lubbock, TX

By the age of six, Sabina Foisor had started participating in chess tournaments and, by the time she was 18 she had already been finishing in top 3 at multiple National Romanian and European Junior Chess Championships. She says that aside from having earned her WGM title, her most memorable achievement was at the 2007 European Women’s Chess Championship where she shared 5th place qualifying for the 2008 World Women’s Chess Championship.

Foisor credits much of her early success in chess to the intense mentorship she received from her parents (both International Masters) as a child—each day devoting around five hours of studying chess. Like many U.S. Championship players, she has traveled the globe playing chess tournaments, and she has participated in each of the past seven U.S. Women's Championships (2009-2015). Additionally she has represented the U.S. at three Chess Olympiads and two World Women’s Team Chess Championships.

In 2008, after receiving a chess scholarship at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), Foisor decided to focus on her studies. She graduated Cum Laude in Modern Languages and Linguistics and continued pursuing a Masters in Intercultural Communications. Upon finishing her Masters in 2014, Sabina moved to Lubbock, Texas, where she currently serves as a Unit Coordinator for the Cross-Cultural Academic Advancement Center at Texas Tech University where she strives to organize events that promote diversity and academic excellence on campus and in the community.

Foisor does not consider herself a professional chess player anymore. However, she states that chess will always be a part of her life and she loves promoting it to make a change. She has recently started a YouTube channel where she loves to share her knowledge. Additionally her love for cooking has given her the idea to create a chess cooking website. When not working, playing or training for chess, Sabina likes to travel, read books, watch movies, cooking and blogging.