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Katarzyna Toma

Katarzyna Toma in 2008 (Karpacz)
Country Poland
Born 16 September 1985
Częstochowa, Poland
Title Woman Grandmaster (2012)
Peak rating 2319 (01.10.2014)

Katarzyna Toma (born 16 September 1985) is a Poland chess Woman Grandmaster (2012) and FIDE Trainer (2014).

Chess career

In 2000 she won the Polish Junior Championship (U16) in Wisła, and a year later, won the bronze medal in the final of the Polish Junior Championship (U20) in Brzeg Dolny. In 2001 she first time appeared in the Polish Women's Chess Championship's final and ranked 6th. In the subsequent years, she regularly took part in national championships finals.

As a junior also Katarzyna Toma successful played in rapid chess (2001 - won Europe Junior Championship in Novi Sad, 2001 - won Polish Junior Championship, 2000 - bronze medal in Polish Junior Championship) and blitz chess tournaments (2001 - silver medal in Europe Junior Championship, 2000 and 2001 - twice won Polish Junior Championship).

In 2003 Katarzyna Toma received Woman International Master (WIM) title. In 2004 she sharing second place in an international chess tournament in Frýdek-Místek and completing the first Woman Grandmaster norm. In 2007 in the same city achieved another success, taking second place in the Pobeskydi Hamont Cup and completing the second Woman Grandmaster norm. Also Katarzyna Toma won the title of vice-champion in Rapid chess. In 2011 she won the women's classification of the traditional Cracovia chess tournament in Kraków, completing the third Woman Grandmaster norm.

Katarzyna Toma played for Poland in European Team Chess Championship:

Also she won 2 gold medals (2008) in Polish Women's Team Chess Championships.

In 2014 she won the second place (behind Merab Gagunashvili) in the tournament South African Open in the Bloemfontein.

In 2014 Katarzyna Toma was the coach of South Africa women's team at 41st Chess Olympiad in Tromsø.