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 [...]

  • Pretty Chess Combination: Kosteniuk – Edouard 1-0 (Video) December 18, 2014, 4:15 am Today

    Watch the pretty chess combination played by the 12th women’s world chess champion and Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk against French champion Romain Edouard at the Geneva Chess Masters. The game and combination are presented by Almira Skripchenko using the Chess King 3 Pro Chess Software. Can you see what White played?

  • Tricky Chess Study: White Checkmates in Two December 17, 2014, 4:01 am 1 days old

    Here’s a tricky chess problem – White to play and checkmate in two. Chess Study Result: * Site: - Date: - [...] 1.♔g5 f2 1…♔h1 2.♗g2# (0:00:09),1.Kg5 double check required because in Bf1 the Nh3 stops the Rook check (1…♘xh3+ 2.♖xh3# (0:00:13) 1.Kg5) (1…♘e2 2.♗f1#) 2.♕g2# (0:00:03) 1.

  • Intermediate-Level Chess Study: White Plays for Win December 16, 2014, 8:05 am 2 days old

    LEVEL: Intermediate CATEGORY: Study A 1948 Study by WOTAWA, white plays and wins.

  • Quick Chess Win: White Plays December 15, 2014, 7:29 am 3 days old

    A simple chess position which has White fighting a piece down. However, White has a forced win. Can you see it? Chess Puzzle Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: - [...] 1.♕xh7+ ♖xh7 2.♖xg8# (0:00:16) 1.

  • Blunder Chess Puzzle: How did Black Win? December 14, 2014, 8:10 am 4 days old

    In a typical chess position of the Sicilian, Black played Ng4. White, not fearing much, played h3 which, in fact was a blunder! How does Black win now? Black wins Result: 0-1 Site: - Date: - [...] 1.h3 blunder… 1…♘d4 there’s a checkmate threat with Qh2 if the Knight on f3 is captured plus the [...]

  • Basque Chess at World Mind Games: Gold for Hou, Silver for Kosteniuk December 18, 2014, 6:51 am Today

    Hello chess blog friends, chess can be strenuous, particularly if you you play Basque Chess. Beijing World Mind Games chess section concluded with the Basque chess version that has players take on their opponent with both White and Black at the same time over two boards in each round!Men’s: 1. Nepomniachtchi Ian (RUS) 2. Radjabov Teimour (AZE) 3. Vachier-Lagrave...

  • Russia the best at World Mind Games 2014 December 18, 2014, 6:30 am Today

    Hello chess blog friends, Russia emerge as the big winners in 4th edition of the SportAccord World Mind Games; China come a close second. The celebrations of the Russians marked the close of the 4th edition of the World Mind Games 2014, organised in Beijing, China from December 11-17, 2014. The final competition of this year’s event ended with Ian Nepomnian...

  • Al Ain Chess Dec 19 - GM Yuri Kuzubov of Ukraine Top Seed December 18, 2014, 6:06 am Today

    Hello chess blog friends, GM Yuri Kuzubov of Ukraine is top seed at the Al Ain Chess Tournament to be held from Dec 19 - 26 at the Hili Rotana Hotel. Forty-five Grandmasters and 14 International Masters are among 153 participants from 26 countries for the $50,000 Al Ain Classic Chess Championship. Seventeen of these players are rated above 2600 -- namel...

  • India National Chess R11: Sethuraman in Lead December 18, 2014, 5:09 am Today

    Hello chess blog friends, Indian national chess championship now has S.P. Sethuraman in sole lead after 11 rounds after he drew with Vidit Gujrathi in Kottayam, India. He leads by 1/2 a point. Sethuraman leads with 7.5, and is followed by Deep Sengupta and Sahaj Grover on seven points. In fourth place is Vidit Gujrathi on 6.5 points. All four of them have wo...

  • Vishy Anand Chess Trivia: What Trophy is That? December 16, 2014, 7:56 am 2 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, for all fans of former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand of India - the chess trivia question today: What trophy is he holding? From Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see her personal chess blog at www.chessqueen.comDon't miss Chess Queen™YouTube Channel ...

  • 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.