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 (English, Russian), and connect with me on Facebook. I am glad if you send me an email with your ideas and comments.
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While I was playing in the Geneva Grand Prix last week (see my report for the moment in Russian and in English thanks to Google Translate), the French-Swiss magazine Echo came out with an article about chess, and I made the cover with it. Check it out below or read it on the Magazine’s site. [...]
Hello everyone! A Russian fan contacted me on Twitter to let me know that he published 2 music videos with slideshows of some of my photos. The first song is truly a chess song, called “e2-e4″ by the Russian group “Recital” of 1984 (that’s the year I was born) and with chess lyrics, the singer [...]
Hello everybody! Lots of people have asked me why I’m called the “Chess Queen”, so I decided to write an illustrated post about it. It all started in 2001, when I was 17 years old. My rating was 2469 and I had the titles of Woman Grandmaster (WGM) and Men International Master (IM). At the [...]
Dear friends! As you know, each year I organize a tournament for kids U-6, U-8, U-10, with many prizes and no entry fee, so I am glad to let you know that this year it will take place again! The 7th Alexandra Kosteniuk’s Chess Cup will take place on October 19 and 20, 2013 in [...]
Below you will find my Russian language report about the Fondation Neva FIDE Women’s Grand-Prix in Geneva (Russian Report). If you’d like to see the English Google Translate version of my post, click here. Со 2 по 16 мая 2013 в Женеве при поддержке фонда «Нева» прошел 1-й турнир серии Гран-При ФИДЕ 2013-2014 среди женщин. Турнир [...]
A game full of fireworks even though the Benoni flowed into several odd moves by black allowing White to obtain a small but lasting advantage. White passed d-pawn was a strong trump for the endgame, while its counterpart on f4 was a constant source of worry. Rustam Kasimdzhanov exchanged the pieces down to B+N endgame [...]
Gata Kamsky and Leinier Dominguez engaged in the Sicilian Naidorf defence. As usual, Kamsky went for the positional line and included his favourite a2-a4. He said that 15…Kh8 was interesting and that he got nothing out of the opening. That is why he decided to exchange the Queens and regroup the pieces. In the ensuing [...]
Peter Svidler was the first to score a victory in Thessaloniki. His game with Etienne Bacrot started as Semi-Tarrasch and for awhile it looked like black is doing fine. But later he started to err and Svidler used the opportunity to invade the seventh rank with the rooks. Bacrot admitted that he “lost control some [...]
Your mid-week puzzle is a neat position from the game Aisenstadt – Margolis, Leningrad, 1957. White has a nice tactic to get a winning position. Can you see how? Aisenstadt – Margolis Result: 1-0 Site: Leningrad Date: 1957 [...] 1.¦a8 ¦xa8 (1…h6 2.£e6+ ¢h7 (2…¢h8 3.¦xe8+) 3.¦xe8) 2.£d5+ … (2…£f7 3.£xa8+ £e8 4.£xe8# (0:00:06) 2.Qd5+) [...]
Here is a two-move checkmate sent to us by Chess King reader @swakilki via twitter. Are you following @chessking? Send us your puzzles as well. In this position, can White checkmate in two? It’s not as difficult as it looks. Think awhile with a clear mind. Chess Puzzle Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: - [...] [...]
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013Hi everyone, The 4th Danzhou Grand Master Chess Tournament is taking place in Danzhou, Hainan, from 20 May to 29 May 2013. Ten Chinese Grandmasters compete in the round robin tournament. Ni Hua is leading the field as the only player that maintained a perfect score after three round...
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013Hi everyone, Here's some cool chess news about Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk: While she was playing in the Geneva Grand Prix last week (see her report for the moment in Russian and in English thanks to Google Translate), the French-Swiss magazine Echo came out with an arti...
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013Hi everyone, The first round of the fourth stage of FIDE Grand Prix tournament in Thessaloniki got under way on 22nd May, with the Greek-Russian businessman Ivan Savvidis, main sponsor of the event, making the first symbolic move in the game Kamsky - Dominguez.After playing 1.e2-e4, Savvi...
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013Hi everyone, The opening ceremony of the 4th stage of FIDE Grand Prix Series 2012-2013 took place in the Amphitryon hall of Makedonia Palace Hotel in Thessaloniki (Greece) on the 21st of May. The players and guests were greeted by the Tournament Director Theodoros Tsorbatsoglou, Presiden...
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013Hi everyone, Here is a super chess video on children and chess. It covers the Chess for Change programme in South Africa, children playing chess in the Bronx area in the US and more. Playing chess an-hour a-day is great for children. Sit back and enjoy the video. From Alex...
Intermediate - Middle Game: From the game Arkady Naiditsch - Vladimir Kramnik, Dortmund 2009. Black plays and wins.
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.
Difficult - Middle Game: From the game Alexandra Kosteniuk - Shen Yang, Beijing 2008. White plays and wins. True strategical thinking required.
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.
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.