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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  • Chess Queen™ Kosteniuk reaches new Personal Best chess rating September 14, 2014, 10:07 pm 2 days old

    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 [...]

  • Kosteniuk to play in the Corsica Chess Blitz 2014 Tourney May 9, 2014, 9:17 am

    Hello everybody! In case you were planning a summer vacation in Europe, consider going to the beautiful island of Corsica, where on the Sunday July 13 will take place the Corsica Blitz Chess Tournament. Check out the official poster below, the organizers page with an introduction video in Corsican language and a mate in 1 [...]

  • Bilbao 2014 starts with Kosteniuk win over Pogonina September 14, 2014, 8:55 pm 2 days old

    The Bilbao European Club Cup started with many of the top world players in both the men and women groups. There have been lots of internet transmission errors which we hope will be fixed in the next days. Here is a nice game won by the 12th women’s world chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, playing white, [...]

  • Dr Karl Faber Chess Study: White Checkmates in Three July 26, 2014, 12:12 pm

    A cool chess study by Dr Karl Fabel. White has to checkmate in three. Are you ready? Don’t jump to any conclusions, calculate carefully Dr Karl Faber Chess Study Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: - [...] 1.a4 1.♘c7+ that actually doesn’t work in three for checkmate 1…♔a7 2.♘xa6 bxa6 1.♕f5 ♗xb5+ 2.♔e7 ♔a7 or other [...]

  • Difficult Chess Study by Kubbel: White Wins July 25, 2014, 12:52 pm

    LEVEL: Difficult CATEGORY: Study White plays and wins. 1927 Study by Leonid Kubbel.

  • Brave-Calculation Chess Puzzle: What is White’s Strongest Continuation? July 24, 2014, 12:29 pm

    Let’s get back to some strong and brave chess calculations. This position is from the game Shariyazadanov – Dobrov, Obwert, 2000. White found a nice forcing combination to win this game quickly. You might find a way to win, but what do you think is the strongest continuation for White? Shariyazadanov – Dobrov Result: 1-0 [...]

  • Super-Strong Chess Puzzle: Levon Aronian vs Erik Pedersen 1-0 July 21, 2014, 9:31 am

    Here’s a position from the chess game Aronian vs Erik Pedersen. White has a super-strong pawn lodged at g7 protected by the Bishop on e4 which is unfortunately threatened by the Knight on b3. How did White win? Levon Aronian vs Erik Pedersen Result: 1-0 Site: Morso Date: 2002 [...] 1.axb3 ♖xa1 2.♖xh6 winning in [...]

  • Chess Fever - 1925 Russian Comedy Film Starring Capablanca! July 26, 2014, 1:16 pm

    Hello chess blog friends, it's time for a chess movie! "Chess Fever" (Russian: Шахматная горячка, Shakhmatnaya goryachka) is a 1925 Soviet silent comedy film directed by Vsevolod Pudovkin and Nikolai Shpikovsky. Chess Fever is a comedy about the Moscow 1925 chess tourname...

  • GM Aleksej Aleksandrov wins 1st Minsk Chess Open 2014 July 26, 2014, 12:54 pm

    Hello chess blog friends, chess-news.ru reports that GM Aleksej Aleksandrov has won the first Minsk Chess Open. He scored a cool 7.5 in 9 rounds for a clear first ahead of five other players 1/2 a point behind. The second place was shared by Lintchevski of Russia, Podolchenko and Stupak of Belarus, Ukrainian Nosenko and FIM Trifonov. The legendary Viktor Kupreichik ...

  • Photo Chess Trivia: Name the Chess Superstars! July 25, 2014, 12:44 pm

    Hello chess blog friends, one of the best things that has happened to chess in recent times is chess superstars themselves. We have these very talented chess players who have given a new dimension to chess taking it to almost the top of mainstream news... they have brought glamour, personality, jazz and a certain impressiveness to chess. They have rescued chess so as...

  • 1st World Chess Championship Steinitz vs Zuckertort Game Analysis Video - GM Bryan Smith at St Louis Chess Club July 25, 2014, 12:34 pm

    Hello chess blog friends, a super-cool chess video coming up for you: This is GM Bryan Smith taking up the game from the first world chess championship - Wilhelm Steinitz versus Johannes Zuckertort. Sit back and enjoy! This is via the very nice St Louis Chess Club and Scholastic Center,    ...

  • World Chess Composition, Solving Championships 2014 in Berne Aug 23-30 July 25, 2014, 12:19 pm

    Hello chess blog friends, the 57th World Congress of Chess Composition and the 38th World Chess Solving Championship to be held from August 23-30, 2014 in Berne have been announced! The Schweizerische Vereinigung der Kunstschachfreunde and the Organizing Committee "OK WCCC 2014", are hosting all delegates of the WFCC, national teams, individual chess ...

  • 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.