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 [...]

  • Super-Sharp Chess Attack: Grischuk vs G Tatarliev 1-0 October 20, 2014, 9:12 am Today

    GM Alexander Grischuk is an amazing chess talent from Russia. Here is a super-sharp chess attack with White forcing a win. How did White play this? Grischuk vs G Tatarliev Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: - [...] 1.♕xh7+ ♔xh7 (1…♔f8 2.♕h8# (0:00:03) 1.Qxh7+) 2.♖h4+ ♔g8 3.♖h8# (0:00:01) 1.

  • Why Russia’s Chess Queen Trains with Chess King? October 16, 2014, 9:50 pm 4 days old

    Do you know that the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion, Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk trains with Chess King? She recently not only won the Chess Olympiad gold as a member of the Russian women’s team, but also the individual gold for her 2639 performance on the third board (7.5/9, 6 wins and 3 draws, no [...]

  • Winning Chess Puzzle: White Wins October 16, 2014, 7:42 am 4 days old

    Can you find the winning combination for White in this chess position taken? A strong player never lets an opponent escape easily once a winning edge is obtained! Chess Puzzle Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: - [...] 1.f7 ♕xf7 1…♕f8 Black Queen has to guard h7 2.♕xh7# (2.♖xh7#) (2.♕f6+ ♕g7 3.f8=♕#) 1…♖xh5+ 2.♕xh5+ ♕h7 (2…♔g7 [...]

  • Capablanca Chess Endgame: What’s White’s Magic Move? October 15, 2014, 8:39 am 5 days old

    The Russian system of chess learning begins with the endgame. Here’s a chess puzzle just to pep you up for endgame studies. Can you find the cool magic winning move for White in this chess endgame? Capablanca vs Edward Lasker Result: 1-0 Site: London Date: 1913 [...] 1.h6 “And Black is in zugzwang with the [...]

  • Logic Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Three October 14, 2014, 10:09 am 6 days old

    Are your chess tactics batteries working fine today? Try this chess puzzle: White checkmates in three! Shipman – Marc Weber Result: 1-0 Site: New York Date: 1985 [...] 1.♕f6+ ♖g6 (1…♔h5 2.♖xh7+ ♔g4 3.♕f3# (0:00:02) 1.Qf6+) 2.♖xh7+ ♔xh7 3.♕h8# (0:00:21) 1.

  • Saint Louis Chess Thanksgiving Open 2014 begins Nov 7 October 20, 2014, 8:33 am Today

    Hello chess blog friends, the Saint Louis Thanksgiving Chess Open and ALS Benefit will take place from 7-9th November at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis, 4657 Maryland Ave. Saint Louis, MO 63108. The five-round Swiss event will offer a guaranteed prize fund of $4,000.3 Sections: Open, U1800, U1400 - Open Section: (FIDE Rated) $1000-$6...

  • Tashkent Chess Grand Prix begins Today October 20, 2014, 8:18 am Today

    Hello chess blog friends, the second stage of the FIDE Chess Grand Prix Series 2014-15 begins in Tashkent, Uzbekistan today. The premier chess event runs from October 20 to November 2. Back in 2012 and 2013 Tashkent hosted one of the stages of the Grand Prix series 2012-2013 as well as one of the tournaments of the Women's Grand Prix series 2013-2014. The tournam...

  • Russia, China Rule in World Junior Chess; Aleksandra Goryachkina, Lu Shanglei World U-20 Chess Champions October 20, 2014, 8:02 am Today

    Hello chess blog friends, Russian and Chinese chess ruled at the World Junior Chess this year in Pune, India. Russia's Aleksandra Goryachkina defended her title to become the World Junior Girls' Chess Champion for the second time in a row. She earned the gold with a round to spare. In the open section, Chinese Lu Shanglei won the gold with a winning performance i...

  • Lagos Chess Classic 2014 begins October 20, 2014, 7:39 am Today

    Hello chess blog friends, there is a chess tournament in Lagos coming up with titled players from India and Egypt, apart from several other international players, taking part. This is going to be the second edition of the Lagos International Chess Classic 2014.The tournament will be hosted at the Molade Okoya-Thomas Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium and is scheduled to b...

  • 9th Continental Chess Championship begins in Brazil, offers 4 slots for Baku World Chess Cup 2015 October 18, 2014, 7:42 am 2 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, a Latin America chess news release states Cuban Grandmasters Isam Ortiz and Lazaro Bruzon will be taking part in the 9th Continental Chess Championship in Brazil starting Saturday. This event extends four tickets to the upcoming World Chess Cup in Baku, Azerbaijan next year.Bruzón, second best player in Latin America due to his 26...

  • 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.