Kateryna Lagno is a two-time European women's champion (2005, 2008), the women's World rapid champion (2014), a two-time Word blitz champion (2010, 2018), a two-time winner of the World Chess Olympiads – in 2006 as part of the Ukrainian national team and in 2014 as a member of the Russian national team. Moreover, she is a mother of four children!
Lagno was born on December 27, 1989, in Lviv, a big city in Western Ukraine. Kateryna started her chess career as a child prodigy: she learnt to play at two years of age and at seven she became the Ukrainian champion among girls under 10 years. She won that rank two more times; furthermore, Lagno became the national champion among girls under 12 years three times in a row.
In 2000, Katya was enrolled in the famous chess school of Kramatorsk, Donetsk region, where she studied alongside Ruslan Ponomariov, Sergey Karjakin, Zahar Efimenko and other future grandmasters. In 2002, Lagno broke Judit Polgar's record (that seemed to be ironclad) having become the youngest woman grandmaster in history – she achieved honorable rank at the age of 12 years and 4 months.
Kateryna Lagno took her first big steps in professional chess very soon: she made it all the way to the quarterfinals of the Women's World Championship (Elista, 2004), won the Women's European Championship in 2005, came first at the super tournament known as the North Urals Cup in 2006, became the Olympic champion as a member of the Ukrainian national team (Turin, 2006), and won again the Women's European Championship in 2008.
Kateryna became the World women's blitz champion in 2010, the world and European champion as part of the Ukrainian national team in 2013, and won the World women's rapid championship in 2014.
In 2014, Ekaterina Lagno filed an application for switching to the Russian Chess Federation; during the Olympiad in Tromso, she played on the first board of the Russian national women's team and became the Olympic champion for the second time in her career. Ekaterina is also the world and European champion as a member of the Russian national team.
In November 2018, one month after giving birth to her fourth child, Kateryna Lagno participated in the knock-out World Women's championship in Khanty-Mansiysk. The Russian athlete made it all the way to the final where she lost to the reigning World Champion Ju Wenjun in a dramatic battle on tie-break. In December 2018, Lagno won the Word blitz women's championship for the second time in her career.