Hello everybody! My name is Alexandra Kosteniuk, I am the 12th women's world chess champion. I was born on April 23, 1984 in Perm, Russia. I started to play chess at the age of 5. During my chess career I have achieved many titles and won various prestigious chess events: at the age of 14 I became a woman grandmaster. In 2001, at the age of 17, I reached the final stage of the women's world chess championship and became the vice-champion of the world. In 2004 I became the European Champion among women and in 2005 I conquered the Women's Russian Championship. The peak achievement of my career was in 2008 when I won the women's world chess championship in Nalchik, getting the world crown and the 12th women's world champion title. I have been playing for the Russian National Team since 2002, together with my team I won the Chess Olympiad-2010 and became 3-times winner of the European Team Championship (2007, 2009 and 2011). More about my titles and victories you can read here. I've also spent a lot of time promoting chess around the globe and showing that chess is cool. On this page you can see fresh feeds from my personal blog, my general chess blog, my Twitter accounts (EnglishRussian), and connect with me on Facebook. I am glad if you send me an email with your ideas and comments.
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  • Kosteniuk Chess Photo surfaces after 23 years October 13, 2014, 10:28 pm

    Hi everyone! I was so happy to get an email today from Stein in Norway with the message: “I visited Moscow many years ago, and played chess with a little girl sitting on the streetside. I think the little girl was you. You won easy. I send you a picture of the girl. It was [...]

  • Chess Queen™ Kosteniuk reaches new Personal Best chess rating September 14, 2014, 10:07 pm

    I’m glad to report that I have been able to beat my personal best chess rating in the last ratings list. It’s now 2547 and I’m 7th in the world rankings and #1 in Russia. My last record was 2540 in 2006, just before I gave birth to my daughter in 2007. More info can [...]

  • Olympic Gold in Tromso for Kosteniuk and her Team August 14, 2014, 10:18 pm

    [See my post before the Olympiads began]. For the third time in a row, our women’s Russian team won Gold, this time at the 2014 Tromso Chess Olympiads.  It was an incredibly tough battle, as expected, and our team, made up of  GM Valentina Gunina, myself GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, GM Kateryna Lagno, WGM Natalija Pogonina, and WGM Olga Girya [...]

  • Russian Women’s Team is Ready for Tromsø Chess Olympiads July 30, 2014, 3:35 pm

    Hello everyone! A week of intensive training has just ended. Tomorrow morning our team is leaving for Norway to participate in the 2014 Chess Olympiads. You might recall that we won the previous Istanbul 2012 Olympiads, and so we have to do our best to defend our title. Our team will be comprised of (from [...]

  • 25 new Video Tutorials for Chess King 4 for PC/Mac posted today July 6, 2014, 11:18 pm

    Hello everybody! Following last week’s announcement that Chess King 4 for Mac is now available, I made 2 video tutorials for Chess King 4 and together with Steve Lopez’ wonderful new 23 video tutorials, posted all 25 videos online, that’s more than 2 hours of tutorials, guaranteed to make you a super user of Chess [...]

  • World Chess Match Sochi 2014 Game 9: A Short Draw November 21, 2014, 9:15 am 1 days old

    World Chess Championship Sochi 2014 Game 9: From coming near to making the world’s longest world championship game, Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand played out virtually the shortest draw in the match. Replay the game with Chess King below and read a nice report at Chess Blog. Carlsen,M (2863) – Anand,V (2792) Result: 1/2-1/2 Site: [...]

  • World Chess Match 2014 Sochi Game 8: ‘Tired’ Carlsen manages to Draw Anand November 20, 2014, 7:16 am 2 days old

    Game 8 of the World Chess Championship between Magnus Carlsen and Viswanathan Anand finished in a draw in a just over two hours leaving Magnus Carlsen still with a one-point lead. Carlsen tried a new idea, but Anand was ready to shrug off whatever was thrown at him. Carlsen seemed tired and distracted during the [...]

  • World Chess Match 2014 Sochi Game 7: Carlsen unable to Break Anand Fortress November 20, 2014, 6:35 am 2 days old

    The World Chess Champion played long and hard to to utilize minimal practical chances for a win. However, Anand demonstrated the required accuracy, and the game ended in a draw on the 122nd move, just three moves short from breaking the record for the longest World Championship game. The fifth game of the match between [...]

  • Easy Chess Tactic: Sasikiran vs John Naylor 1-0 November 19, 2014, 8:06 am 3 days old

    Let’s try a chess puzzle from World Chess Championship Challenger Viswanathan Anand’s second Sasikiran. White to play for a win. It is a simple tactic. Sasikiran vs John Naylor Result: 1-0 Site: Scarborough Date: 1999 [...] 1.♖c8+ ♔h7 2.♘f6+ ♕xf6 (2…gxf6 3.♕xd5) 3.♕xd5

  • World Chess Match Sochi 2014: Carlsen – Anand Game 6 1-0 November 17, 2014, 7:03 am 5 days old

    When disaster struck for Viswanathan Anand at the World Chess Championship in Sochi during Game 6, no one was watching… at least not the English commentary fans. There was a commercial break for a crucial 26th move by Black. World Champion Magnus Carlsen played 26.Kd2 which was a blunder and would have given Vishy Anand [...]

  • World Chess Match Game 9: Carlsen draws 'better prepared' Anand November 21, 2014, 9:36 am 1 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, World Chess Championship game 9 was a short draw. It might have been a tad frustrating for World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen as he appeared to have come for a rout with White. However, he admitted that Anand was better prepared. “You finished so fast today that the journalists didn't yet finish their coffee”, joked Ana...

  • World Chess Match Game 8: A Draw, Carlsen Keeps Lead November 21, 2014, 9:05 am 1 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, World Chess Championship 2014 in Sochi witnessed a draw in Game 8 much to the disappointment of Anand fans. Here is the insightful summary by Vladimir Barsky via the official website. You can replay the game with Chess King.“Surprised Carlsen is playing such a risky variation. No doubt he analyzed it, but it's hard to account for all Wh...

  • Magistral Ciutat de Barcelona Chess from Nov 28 November 21, 2014, 7:56 am 1 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, here's the latest chess news update via FIDE - On Friday, November 28th, the Chess Tournament 19é Trofeu Internacional (Magistral) Ciutat de Barcelona 2014 will take start. This year the Tournament is organized by the Catalonian Chess Federation and sponsored by Catalonia Hotels, the Barcelona City Hall and the Government (General...

  • Cool Chess Photo Trivia: Name event, Year! November 20, 2014, 8:48 am 2 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, this chess trivia photo brings a sweet smile. Did both the players know back then that they would meet in Sochi! Can you name the chess event and the year? This historic chess photo was part of the event press release back then. Click photo to check your answer. The event was won by Anand. From Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see...

  • Play Chess with Nakamura, Aronian: Schein-Friedman Benefit Auction Chess Auction November 20, 2014, 8:00 am 2 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, this is a cool chess event in the US - Time with Aronian and Nakamura: Schein-Friedman Benefit Auction! FM Aviv Friedman writes at the www.uschess.org. Need a creative holiday gift idea? Find details on an online auction to benefit the Schein-Friedman Scholastic Recognition Project headlined by lessons with Levon Aronian and Hikaru ...

  • CKT 063: Kramnik in Top Form Sun, 02 Aug 2009 15:50:12 -0600

    Intermediate - Middle Game: From the game Arkady Naiditsch - Vladimir Kramnik, Dortmund 2009. Black plays and wins.

  • CKT 062: Remember Saavedra? Tue, 21 Jul 2009 10:03:30 -0600

    Difficult - Study: A very beautiful 1924 chess study by Troitsky. In this short video, Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk shows you how to solve it to the end, you will enjoy it for sure.

  • CKT 061: The weak link. Thu, 28 May 2009 08:22:41 -0600

    Difficult - Middle Game: From the game Alexandra Kosteniuk - Shen Yang, Beijing 2008. White plays and wins. True strategical thinking required.

  • Chess Not Checkers, Sucka

    A great music video by Dulok Shaman about chess.

  • Kosteniuk - Polgar 1-0

    This is the blitz game where Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk beats Judith Polgar from the World Blitz Championship in Moscow 2009. The endgame is particularly fascinating and instructive, especially the move 63.g4!! played with seconds on the clock.

  • DiaryAd

    A 30 seconds web ad for Alexandra Kosteniuk's new book "Diary of a Chess Queen", to be published on December 1, 2009, on sale on www.chessqueen.com. Free autograph when ordered before publication date.