A new chess pair

by André Schulz
9/14/2019 – The chess world has a new power couple: Last Friday, the Hungarian Grandmaster Gabor Papp and the German national player WGM Sarah Hoolt tied the knot. Congratulations! | Photo: Georgios Souleidis

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Papp and Hoolt wed

The Hungarian Grandmaster Gabor Papp and the German national player Sarah Hoolt said "I do" last week. At the wedding ceremony in Bad Bentheim chess players were naturally, among the guests.

Papp and HooltGabor Papp was born in 1987 in Pecs, an ancient city in southern Hungary near the Croatian border. He earned the International Master title in 2004 and, in 2011, received the Grandmaster title. Papp plays in various European leagues, and is currently number ten player from Hungary.

Sarah Hoolt was born in Nordhorn in 1988 and grew up in Bad Bentheim. In 2006, Hoolt was German U18 champion. Between 2004 and 2006, she participated in Youth World Championships three times, in 2007 and 2008 at the Girls' World Championships U20. In 2011, Hoolt won the German Women's Championship in Bonn. She became a WGM in 2012. Between 2008 and 2014 she represented the German Chess Federation in three chess Olympiads. In the Bundesliga and women's Bundesliga, she plays for the Hamburger SK team. She is the sixth highest rated player in Germany.

Sarah Hoolt — now Sarah Papp — studied economics in Essen and graduated in 2013 with a Master of Science.

Photos: Janos Kummer

Photo: Georgios Souleidis

Chess couples

Despite the long hours spent pushing wood at chess tournaments, our game is not only a solitary affair. Here is a small sample list of prominent married chess couples (by no means definitive). 

  • Alexander Grischuk and Kateryna Lagno
  • Ivan Cheparinov and Antoaneta Stefanova
  • Radoslaw Wojtaszek and Alina Kashlinskaia
  • Richard Rapport and Jovana Vojinovic
  • Petra Papp and Sergey Grigoriants
  • Levon Aronian and Arianne Caoili
  • Alina and Erwin l'Ami
  • Anish Giri and Sopiko Guramishvili
  • Peter Heine Nielsen and Viktorija Cmilyte
  • Monika and Bartosz Socko
  • Pia Cramling and Juan Bellon Lopez
  • Pentala Harikrishna and Nadezda Stojanovic
  • Mohamad Al-Modiahki and Zhu Chen
  • Alexandra Kosteniuk and Pavel Tregubov
  • Melanie and Nikolas Lubbe
  • Daniel Fridman and Anna Zatonskih
  • Jan Gustafsson and Elisev Reppen
  • Markus Ragger und Anna-Christina Ragger
  • Suat and Ekaterina Atalik
  • Olga Alexandrova and Miguel Illescas
  • Bu Xianghzi and Huang Qian
  • Arkadij Naiditsch and Yuliya Shvayger
  • Matthieu Cornette and Daimante Daulyte
  • Hichem and Adina-Maria Hamdouchi
  • Robert Marcus and Ana Srebenic
  • Jan Werle and Josefine Paulet


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Marin Vukusic Marin Vukusic 9/17/2019 12:10
Yeah I double checked, TBH was going on Grischuk's Wiki page mostly. It seems this is all very privately kept and info is very hard to find. Incredible that Lagno has 4 kids.
JochenSchoof JochenSchoof 9/14/2019 05:42
@Marin Vukusic: Your information seems to be outdated. According to Wikipedia (who by the way link Chessbase as one source) Lagno and Fontaine split already back in 2014. So I assume the information shared above is current.
lajosarpad lajosarpad 9/14/2019 02:34
Congratulations for the pair. The pictures are nice too.
KevinC KevinC 9/14/2019 01:44
Alexander Grischuk and Kateryna Lagno are still the strongest. Giri needs to give up drawing, and start training his wife, and they could be number one! :)