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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  • Alexandra Kosteniuk Recommends Chess Software to Improve at chess March 30, 2014, 12:43 am

    Hello everyone! Yes that’s me on the photo! It was taken when I was a kid (remember I started to play chess at 5 years old), and my dad had created a chess program (called “Alexandra”) so I could practice tactics and endgames. It was very rare at the time and it helped me progress [...]

  • Alexandra Kosteniuk participates in April 6 Day of Sport for Peace March 28, 2014, 9:20 pm

    I am glad to announce that I will participate in the Peace and Sport International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, on April 6, 2014, and will play a goodwill simul on www.chessking.com at 8 PM Moscow time. More details will follow soon. You will recall I was named Champion for Peace (see Press Release, [...]

  • Ljubljana Chess Festival invites Chess Queen Kosteniuk for a VIP Simul February 24, 2014, 9:04 am

    Hi everyone! Just want to let you know that as a special guest of the international Ljubljana Chess Festival I will play the VIP Simultaneous Exhibition on Saturday 15th March 2014. It will take place in the Hotel Lev in Ljubljana. Chess players will compete for a prize fund of 11,000 EUR and have loads [...]

  • What is the Scacco Matto GMT-3 Gangi-Kosteniuk? February 15, 2014, 7:51 pm

    Hello everyone! New videos just were posted about what may well be the most exclusive, the most beautiful and the most expensive chess watch. You may have seen the original PRESS RELEASE, the PHOTO ALBUM, and an article I posted about it. Well now it’s time to check out the videos below! Let me know [...]

  • Kosteniuk gets Bronze in Moscow Rapid Chess Superfinal February 3, 2014, 10:13 am

    After a not-so-good start 2/5 on the first day of the Moscow Rapid Chess Superfinal, Alexandra Kosteniuk was able to come back with 4/4 to tie for 3rd place, then beat Olga Girya in the Bronze tie-break in a very sharp Sicilian Defense game. See below some photos (thanks to the organizer) of the event [...]

  • Tricky Troitzky Chess Study: White Wins April 20, 2014, 11:37 am Today

    LEVEL: Intermediate CATEGORY: Study You’ll feel good after you solve this 1898 miniature chess study by Troitzky.

  • Troitzky Chess Study: Can White Win? April 19, 2014, 12:19 pm 1 days old

    Here is a pin-n-fork chess study by A Troitzky from 1923. White is exchange down, but the Black King is holed up in the corner. What tactical ideas can you use to help White win? Troitzky Chess Study Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: 1923 [...] 1.g7+ ♖xg7 (1…♔g8 2.♘f6+ forks the King and Rook) (1…♔xg7 [...]

  • Cool Chess Trap: White Plays for Win April 18, 2014, 1:24 pm 2 days old

    Here is a nice position from the game Bernstein vs Kotov, Groningen, 1946. White came up with a very nice forced combination for a win. Can you spot it? Bernstein vs Kotov Result: 1-0 Site: Groningen Date: 1946 [...] 1.f5+ ♕xf5 (1…exf5 2.♕xh6+ gxh6 3.♖ag8# (0:00:10) 1.f5+) 2.♕xh6+ gxh6 3.♖ag8# (0:00:03) 1.

  • Download FREE GigaKing Update to Chess King NOW!!! April 17, 2014, 10:21 am 3 days old

    We’ve worked a lot recently on our Chess King software, and we’re glad to offer FREE GIGAKING UPGRADES for all registered owners of Chess King 2, Chess King 3, and Chess King 4 (all versions)! That means after you install the upgrade, you will have games until end of March 2014, as well as the [...]

  • Exciting Chess Blitz Video: Mikhail Kobalia – Alexandra Kosteniuk 0-1 April 15, 2014, 3:12 pm 5 days old

    A chess blitz game played on February 14, 2013, in Moscow, at the super strong Aeroflot Open Blitz Tournament. This is the first game of the mini-match between GM Mikhail Kobalia (Elo 2636) and the 12th women’s world chess champion chess queen Alexandra Kosteniuk (Elo 2581). After this game Kosteniuk will have a perfect 7 [...]

  • Easiest Chess Photo Trivia Ever: Name the World Champions... and Guess what are they Talking about! April 20, 2014, 10:51 am Today

    Hello everyone,You cannot get an easier chess trivia question this Sunday! Name the World Chess Champions... and, can you guess what they are talking about? ;) This historic and lovely photo is brought to you via #1 chess photo website www.chesspics.com. Browse around and let us know which chess photos you like best.From Alexandra Kosteniuk's www.chessblog.comAlso se...

  • Vugar Gashimov 'Lives Again' as Shamkir Memorial Chess 2014 begins with World's Top Chess Stars April 20, 2014, 9:54 am Today

    Hello everyone, The Shamkir Chess 2014 tournament was officially opened on Saturday at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. A touching opening ceremony included a short movie about Vugar Gashimov, for whom this tournament is a memorial. The drawing of lots resulted in the following pairings for the first round on Sunday: Carlsen-Mamedyarov, Nakamura-Carua...

  • Young Chess Players Set to Compete in Honor of Defeating Breast Cancer April 19, 2014, 11:23 am 1 days old

    Hello everyone,Charity and chess do go together. Here is a press release for such an event. We wish everyone the joy of chess and salute everyone promoting chess for a cause.  Fremont, CA (PRWEB) April 19, 2014Nearly every family has been touched by the disease known broadly as cancer. Every May, we set aside a date to honor our Mothers but this year, rather tha...

  • Kramnik Chess Trivia: What has the Russian Won, Where, When? April 19, 2014, 11:13 am 1 days old

    Hello everyone,World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen has confessed that he has been influenced by Russian GM Vladimir Kramnik's games. Kramnik has a very special place in chess history. Can you say, in the photograph, what has he won, where and when? From Alexandra Kosteniuk's www.chessblog.comAlso see her personal chess blog at www.chessqueen.comDon't miss Chess Quee...

  • Thailand Chess: GM Vallejo Pons wins 14th BCC Open 2014, GM Barbosa is second on tiebreak April 19, 2014, 10:59 am 1 days old

    Hi everyone, Thailand has annually held the BCC Chess Open regularly. Here is a report by Alexander J. Klemm via the official website. GM Vallejo Pons wins 14th BCC Open 2014, GM Barbosa is second on tiebreakThe last round of the 14th Bangkok Chess Club Open 2014 saw the much anticipated clashes GM Oliver Barbosa (7) vs. GM Francisco Vallejo Pons (7) on th...

  • 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.