For the sake of the daughter the family moved from the town Orsk, Orenburg Oblast to Salekhard. Now she is a pupil of the Polar chess school of Anatoly Karpov. By the words of Alexander Potapov, the headmaster of the school, Alexandra is a very gifted girl.
Three years ago the coach, master of FIDE (World Chess Federation) Yuriy Goryachkin was invited to the school for work. He arrived together with his daughter. Of course, she is very talented, but there, where the family lived before, there were no funds to send her to competitions. Both Yamal and the chess school of Anatoly Karpov are «the chess oasis» in this sense. According to the words of Alexander Potapov, the sportswoman of Yamal shows great promise and hopes and already justifies them. As he notes, together with her father the school sets the aim for Alexandra – to bring back the chess crown to Russia. And they will work in this direction, as he underlines.
Owing to financial support of the school and the regional department on physical culture and sport, Alexandra participated in tournaments around the whole world. As she says, her father is always near her, his presence helps her much. It is easier psychologically, when he is near. Between the matches they discuss her mood, how it needs to play, chess positions, as the young sportswoman tells.
Because of constant trips a pupil of the 9th form Alexandra Goryachkina does not have enough time for school. She has to make up the missed school material during very short time. But teachers understand her and always give the opportunity to correct something and to pass tests additionally. Every year it becomes more difficult to catch up with her classmates on the program. She has recently passed the State Final Examination. By the way, at school the young sportswoman prefers humanitarian subjects, not mathematics, what is not typical for chess players.