Recently Crowned 12th in History
Women's World Chess Champion
Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk




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2008 women's
World Chess Champion
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk.

Alexandra is the
12th world champion
in the history of chess.

She also holds the world
champion title in Chess960.

Alexandra has the highest
Grandmaster (men) title, and
her FIDE ELO is 2516.

And she is the one & only
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Alexandra Kosteniuk's "Chess is Cool" PODCAST PAGE

Listen to the last Episode HERE

Started November 7, 2005

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More than 2,000 regular weekly downloads , growing weekly.

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Episode 35 (NEW! 12-30-09)

December 30 , 2009:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #35 just came out!

Alexandra gives a full review of her tournament life during the end of 2009, and following her brilliant wins at the World Blitz Championship gives more than 50 tips on better playing blitz chess.

September 29 , 2009:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #34 came out.

Alexandra tells us what has kept her busy in the summer of 2009, and gives you some chess tips.

Link to buy Alexandra's DVD about the World Championship.

April 13 , 2009:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #33 came out.

Alexandra tells us what has kept her busy since the beginning of 2009, and what her plans for the future are. She has a tip about improving the position of your pieces.

Link to buy Alexandra's DVD about the World Championship.

December 30 , 2008:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #32 came out.

Alexandra speaks about her winning the Women's World Chess Championship in Nalchik. She played the very talented Chinese Hou Yifan in the finals. Alexandra created an exclusive DVD with a movie about the championship and every single game commented in detail. The DVD has more than 3.5 hours of video and is very instructive.

Link to buy Alexandra's DVD about the World Championship.

November 2008:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #31 came out.

June 29 , 2008:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #30 came out.

Alexandra speaks about the coming women world chess championships in both regular chess (to be played in Nalchik, Russia), and in Fischer Random Chess (Chess960), to be played in Mainz, Germany. She gives a few tips about the usefulness of playing speed games (blitz) and why it's useful to widen your opening repertoire.

Link to a good site about Chess960.

March 14 , 2008:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #29 came out.

Alexandra speaks about her plans and gives somes tips about objectively evaluating your position.

November 30 , 2007:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #28 came out.

Alexandra speaks about her success at the European Team Championships in Crete, where both men and women teams from Russia won their event. She also talks about the World Blitz Championships in which she participated to the Qualifyers and she commented the final key game between Anand and Ivanchuk.

Watch the photos of the Crete European Team Championships: Players and Prize Ceremony.

Watch the decisive game from the World Blitz Championships in video: Flash or Quicktime.

Watch the video podcasts she discusses in the show on the Chess Killer Tips video podcast official site.

Link to the official site of the Khanty-Mansiysk World Cup.

October 25 , 2007:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #27 came out.

Alexandra speaks about the new World Chess Champion Anand, then she discusses events in Gmunden and Villandry.

Watch the video podcasts she discusses in the show on the Chess Killer Tips video podcast official site.

September 11 , 2007:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #26 came out.

Alexandra speaks about the coming World Chess Championship Tournament in Mexico, and the new mechanism to select the new world champion. She then talks about her plans, and discusses the best way to train for chess.

Links discussed relevant to the podcast:
17th World Senior Chess Championships, Gmunden, Austria
FIDE's explanation of the new World Championship Cycle
Chess Killer Tips Video Podcast, Vote, Subscribe in iTunes, View Statistics

July 21 , 2007:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #25 came out.

Alexandra is finally back on the air. She tells us why she was away so long, that was due to her pregnancy and to the birth of her daughter, Francesca. She also gives us a surprise which you will surely like. Her tip is about taking and keeping the initiative at chess.

October 25 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #24 came out.

Alexandra speaks about the wonderful Mexico Chess Festival, in which 2 Guinness World Records were achieved. She also tells about her competition, in which she won two matches out of three against stronger rated opponents, Viktor Korchnoi and Gilberto Hernandez.
She gives a tip about thinking in terms of ideas in the middle game tied to specific pawn strauctures, rather than trying to memorize blindly chess opening theory.

October 18 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #23 came out.

Alexandra congratulates Kramnik for his win against Topalov in Elista World Chess Reunification match.
She gives a tip about "the weakest link", see and download the games
both games in pgn, Huebner-Kasparov pdf, Aronian-Navara pdf.

September 22 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #22 came out.

Alexandra just came back from playing in the male 2006 Russian Chess Championship in Tomsk. Alexandra was the only woman playing among 58 participants. Alexandra played 2 interesting games, members can watch them with detailed comments by clicking here and here. Non-members can get the normal pgn by clicking here.
In the position below Alexandra with Black can draw, but it's very difficult to do. Look at the solution and how the game unfolded by downloading this commented pgn file. The pgn file is text file, you can open it with any text editor.

August 23 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #21 is out.

Alexandra just came back from Mainz having won the title of Chess960 Women World Champion, hear about it and why she likes Fischer Random Chess.

July 7, 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #20 is out.

Alexandra is back in Miami, preparing for a Fischer Random Chess Event (Chess960) in Mainz, Germany next month. Look at the Wikipedia definition of Fischer Random chess by clicking here and click here to see the German official site, with a special page for the Mainz festival here (in German). Listen also to the inventor of Fischer Random, Bobby Fischer, who speaks about his invention, in this 1:12 MP3 audio clip. In her podcast, Alexandra gives several useful chess endgame tips that will help you play chess endgames with more confidence.

June 11 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #19 is out.

Alexandra just came back from the Torino Olympiads where her team got the silver team medals. She tells us everything about it and gives us a tip about mating with Bishop and Knight against King.

In the position in the diagram, white wins as follows (using the "W" trick as Alexandra explains and very important is the move 5.Be3! not to let the King run away):
1.Ba7 Kd8 2. Nd5 Ke8 3.Kd6 Kf7 4. Ne7 Kf6 5.Be3! Kf7 6.Bd4! Kf8 7.Ke6 Ke8 8.Bb6 Kf8 9. Nf5 Kg8 10.Kf6 Kf8 11. Ng7 Kg8 12.Kg6 Kf8 13.Bc5+ Kg8 14.Be7 Kh8 15.Nf5 Kg8 16.Nh6+ Kh8 17.Bf6 mate. Practice this position with white and black. You should be able to mate without problems!

Link to the just finished Torino Chess Olympiad site, click here .
Link to the full statistics of the Torino Chess Olympiad, click here .
Link to the Chesspics Torino Photo Gallery, click here .
Link to the Photogenics gallery, click here .
Link to the Commented Games of Torino (for members), click here .
Link to the shop (to become a member), click here .

May 9 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #18 is out.

Alexandra is preparing to the coming Chess Olympiads in Torino. She has a tip about controling squares of your opponent's pieces and she gives a very inspiring quote by Siegbert Tarrasch.

Link to the Sofia MTel Masters, click here .
Link to the coming Torino Chess Olympiad site, click here .


Link to download the pgn file with continuation of this game Euwe - Capablanca, click here .

April 24 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #17 is out.

Alexandra's 17th podcast was taped the day after her 22nd birthday and her tip is about controling squares.

Link to the FIDE announcement Topalov - Kramnik Match, click here .
Link to the European Chess Championship, click here .
Link to the Chess Festival Villa Cañada de Calatrava, click here .
Link to the coming chess olympiad site, click here .

April 8 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #16 is out.

Alexandra's 16th podcast is about her simul and visit to Frascati, and her tip is about starting a database of your chess games.

Link to the 15th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament, click here .
Link to the coming chess olympiad site, click here .

March 28 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #15 is out.

Alexandra's 15th podcast is all about the recent women World Championship in Ekaterinburg.

Link to the official site of the World Chess Championship, click here .
Link to the 15th Amber Blindfold and Rapid Chess Tournament, click here .
Link to the Poikovsky tournament (in Russian), click here .
Link to the coming chess olympiad site, click here .

Position from the game Kosteniuk - Xu Yuhua, white to move, the solution is at the bottom of this page.

March 9 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #14 is out: OXANA is the host!

Exceptionally, since Alexandra is getting ready for the World Chess Championship in Ekaterinburg, it's Oxana who will present the podcast to us. Oxana is Alexandra's little sister, 3 years younger than Alexandra. Oxana tells us about the World Championship, which is starting in 2 days.

Link to Oxana's page, click here .
Link to the photo album of Oxana against Alexandra Wilson last summer, click here .
Link to the official site of the World Chess Championship, click here .
Watch the Golden Blitz Free Video by clicking here , and buy it by clicking here .

Please continue to send Alexandra emails of support and voicemail messages, they help! Alexandra's voicemail is +1-305-767-2143. Thanks!

February 17 , 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #13 is out.

Alexandra records her podcast from Moscow, Russia, just after the end of the very strong Aeroflot A1 Grandmaster tournament. Alexandra achieved 5 points out of 9, with two wins against GM Kazhgeleyev and GM Kempinski, and only one loss against GM Petrosian. She drew ex-world champion GM Khalifman and Russian National Team member GM Motylev. After this tournament Alexandra should go up by close to 20 ELO points since her performance was 2657 ELO (vs. her ELO of 2514 ELO). Alexandra gives a tip about what kind of opponents are best to play against. On March 10 the Women World Championship will start.

Alexandra would be grateful to all of you for voting for her podcast at Podcast Alley and also for sending her short MP3 intros so she can play them on the air. You can also call her voicemail +1-305-767-2143 to leave her a message or good wishes. Thanks!
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January 31, 2006:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #12 came out today.

Alexandra records her podcast from Zvenigorod, Russia, where the temperature is at -34 Celsius = -30 Fahrenheit. She is training for the world chess championship in March and for the Aeroflot GM tournament that starts on February 8. She tells us about the winners of the Corus chess tournament, with its link: http://www.coruschess.com/ . Alexandra then gives a tip on how to choose and opening in chess. In February, please be so kind to vote for Alexandra's podcast in the 3 main podcast aggregators. You might be asked for your email address to confirm your vote.
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January 17, 206:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #11 came out today.

Alexandra records her podcast in Paris. She will fly to Moscow on January 17 and soon very important tournaments will take place. She gives news of the start of the Corus chess tournament, with its link: http://www.coruschess.com/ . Alexandra suggest you have a look at the 20 best games of December 2005, you can download them for free by clicking here. The following diagram illustrates the rule of the square in chess endings:

January 10, 20066:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #10 came out today.

Alexandra talks about what she has done in Las Vegas the last 2 weeks. She announces the winner of the Christmas competition. Her tip of the week is about how to play the endgame in chess. The news of the week is about the Corus tournament in Wijk aan Zee, with its link: http://www.coruschess.com/
Alexandra carefully analyzed 2 games from her North American Open, you can download them for free by clicking here.

December 31 , 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #9 came out today.

Alexandra talks about her results in the North American Open in Las Vegas this week. She announces the two new photo albums that just came out (see the home page for links), and talks about the result of the Russian Superfinal, won by Rublevsky. Her tip of the week is about how hard it is to win a winning game. More news can be found on the chess news site: http://www.chesscenter.com/twic/twic.html
HAPPY NEW CHESS YEAR 2006 TO ALL!

December 24 , 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #8 came out today.

Alexandra gives a special interview of her best friend French chess champion Almira Skripchenko. They were together yesterday visiting the Cape Florida Lighthouse, see the photo album by clicking here. Please don't be shy and send a voice greeting to Alexandra in an MP3 by email, she will be very happy and maybe she can play the sound file on one of the next shows. If you don't know how to create an MP3 file, just call Alexandra's voicemail and leave her a message, she will be very happy. Here phone number is +1-305-7672143.
You can read about the Russian Superfinal here (e3e5), the final results will be announced next week, for the moment, Rublevsky is leading.
The best and most beautiful game of the month of November was voted to be Quesada - Morozevich, you can find it in the pgn file to be downloaded by clicking here.
The tip of the week is given by Almira Skripchenko this week and is about having confidence in yourself. "You can beat anybody", she says.
And will we hear as usual And remember... Chess is Cool? Listen to the podcast to find out!
AND MERRY CHESS CHRISTMAS TO ALL!

December 18 , 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #7 came out today.

Nest week Alexandra's friend, Almira Skripchenko, will come to visit Alexandra in Miami, and you will surely hear about that next week. See the September photo album with photos of them together by clicking here. The Christmas competition is out, it's on our main news page, you get extra credit for sending a voice greeting to Alexandra in an MP3 email, she will be very happy and maybe she can play the sound file on the show.
Alexandra talks about the end of the World Chess Cup, and the start of the Russian Superfinal.
The site of the World Cup is here.
You can read about the Russian Superfinal here (e3e5).
You can have a look at Maxim Notkin's selection of 19 best games for November, download the pgn file by clicking here.
Tip of the week:
Alexandra gives some good tips about how to control ones nerves during play.

December 10 , 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #6 came out today.

Alexandra mentions the Christmas Comic that will surely put you in a good Christmas mood, you can see it by cliking here.
She also has another special gift for you, but you must listen to the podcast to find out how to get it! :-)
Please continue to send emails and even better to send a voice mail to Alexandra, she will be very happy and maybe she can play the sound file on the show.
Alexandra talks about the World Chess Cup, we now know the last 16 players still fighting hard. For the official link, click here. Alexandra also explains what she thinks FIDE has in mind for the new system to determine who will be the next world champion 2007. More info on FIDE's site.
Tip of the week:
First another instructive game is given on the theme of last week, piece development in the opening: Smyslov-Kamyshov 1945. You can download it in pgn and replay it on your chess board by clicking here.
The main tip of the week is about making a plan in chess, after your pieces are well developed and your king is in safety.
Above is the position Short-Timman, white finds a great plan and wins. The solution is in this pgn file.
Slip of the week:
Here Bacrot slipped and played 57...Kg6? What can white play? The solution is also in the same pgn file.

One more request: Most podcast aggregators reset their votes at the beginning of each month, and they allow only one vote per month, so it would be great if everyone voted for Alexandra's podcast just once a month! This way the "Chess is Cool" podcast would show up on top 100 podcast lists, and more non-chess people might be attracted to chess, which would be great chess promotion! So please vote for these 3 aggregators. You might be asked for your email address to confirm your vote.

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Thanks! See you next week! And remember... Chess is Cool! :-)

November 29, 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #5 came out today.

Alexandra got back from Russia for Thanksgiving, she talks about her trip, and also gives the solution to the Puzzle Competition and the names of the 10 winners. Lots of chess news today, and a double tip section too. Alexandra asks to please continue to send emails and even better to send a voice mail to her, she will be very happy.

Links mentioned during the show:
Photo album of Penza simul November 22, 2005 - Click here
Alexandra's podcast was specially featured on Podcastdirectory.com - Click here and rate the show with 5 stars please!
The solution to the Puzzle is 1. Qc1-e1! and mate next move is unavoidable a) 1...Kh4 2. f3 mate b) 1...Kf5 2. Bf3 mate c) 1...Kf3 2.Qe2 mate d) 1...f3 2.Qe4 mate
The winners are: Jaime Torres from Bogota, Colombia who wins the chess computer , congratulations!
Then come Frides and Immanuel, Zuidlaren, Netherlands and Lauren Goodkind, San Francisco who win a copy of her book «How I became GM at Age 14»
Then Peter Burton, Worcester, UK, Darko Spelec, Maribor, Slovenia and Gaetano Compagnone, Italy who win a puzzle set
And finally Martin Barkashki, Bulgaria, James Crockett from Hong Kong, Evgeny Nerush and Larsen Blaen who win her lovely little bear keychain.
Congratulations to all !
Results of the World Youth Championship - Boys: Click here
Results of the World Youth Championship - Girls: Click here
Results of the Russian Cup, won by Khismatullin - Click here
Site of the People vs Computers match in Bilbao - Click here
Link to top 3 games of october 2005 in pgn - download here
Site of the World Chess Cup in Khanty Mansyisk - Click here

Black played carelessly and did not follow the tips Alexandra talks about in this podcast. Alekhine plays and wins, try to find the strongest move here. You can see the solution and download the full game in pgn by clicking here.

 

November 23, 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #4 came out today.

This is a special edition podcast, that contains a 12-minute phone interview Lawrence Totaro from ultimatechesscollecting.com conducted with Alexandra, using many of the questions you sent in emails to him. Alexandra will issue her next normal podcast (with news and tips) as soon as she is back from Moscow, just after Thanksgiving.

November 18, 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast Episode #3 came out today.

Alexandra speaks about how her 5 K race went last week (she ran 5K in 22:24), and that she will fly to Russia to give a simul and gifts to an orphanage in Penza. She informs about the results of the first week of her podcast and asks you to please send her feedback and recordings of the introduction and ending part of the podcast. She gives us news about the Istambul World Youth Championship (see site by clicking here) and tells us about the upcoming World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk (look at FIDE's site and the World Cup site). She tells us also about a site that presents the best games of each precedent month: e3e5 and offers you her choice of the top 10 games of October to be downloaded in pgn by clicking here. As usual, there is a useful tip valid for all chess players, and reminds you that it's the last week to answer the puzzle competition (see below).

Please continue to vote for Alexandra's podcast at Podcast Alley (click here) and Yahoo Podcast (click here) to help to promote chess more. Alexandra's goal is to make it to the top 100 in iTunes, she needs your help! The best way to listen to her podcast is by subscribing to it in iTunes (it's 100% free), then the episodes will be automatically downloaded to your computer when they come out. And if you have an MP3 player like an iPod, as soon as you connect the iPod to your PC the new episode will be automatically downloaded to your iPod for listening on the go. It's modern, it's about chess, and it's cool!

By the way, the introduction to today's show is by the well known host of one of the world's top photography podcasts, Chris Marquardt. His podcast is called Tips from the Top Floor, and you can get to his web site by clicking here. Last week his podcast won the top award in the Education category at the Podcast Awards Ceremony in California. Well done, Chris, and thanks for sending in your introduction!

November 12, 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast 2nd Episode came out today.

Alexandra speaks about the feedback she got from her podcast's first episode, she asks you help to vote for her podcast at Podcast Alley (click here) and Yahoo Podcast (click here) to make chess more popular. She speaks about the chess week, the end of the World Team Chess Championships in Israel and the Youth World Chess Championship in Istanbul (see site by clicking here) which just started. She gives a chess tip and reminds everyone that her competition is still on and you can be a winner. Next week she promises to talk about her 5K run that she will run on Saturday in Key Biscayne, Florida.

November 11, 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast is listed on Yahoo Podcasts!

Yahoo Podcast is quickly becoming a leader in the Podcast world, and so it is an honor for Alexandra's podcast to be listed there. You can find the page on Yahoo Podcasts where Alexandra's Podcast is listed by clicking here. We would also be grateful if you could please VOTE for Alexandra's podcast on that same page, and if you wish to leave a positive comment Alexandra will be very pleased, thanks in advance!

November 10, 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast is listed on Podcastalley!

Podcast Alley is one of the best Podcast Aggregators in the world, where about 10,000 podcasts are registered and rated. You can find the page on Podcast Alley where Alexandra's Podcast is listed by clicking here. We would also be grateful if you could please VOTE for Alexandra's podcast on that same page, and if you wish to leave a positive comment Alexandra will be very pleased, thanks in advance!

November 9, 2005:
Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast is listed on iTunes!

It is great news to all chess fans in the world to see that Alexandra's weekly Chess Podcast is listed on the largest podcast aggregator in the world, iTunes! This will bring thousands of people to the wonderful game of chess! All people need to do to find Alexandra's Podcast is to go to the iTunes Music Store (in the iTunes program for either PC or Mac), then select the Podcast category, then write the search word "chess", and they will find Alexandra's "Chess is Cool" Podcast! Here is the official iTunes link to go directly to Alexandra's Podcast page, where all the episodes will be listed and where you will be able to subscribe to the podcast (it costs nothing), or simply download of listen to any episode. Podcasting is becoming immensely popular in the world, it allows people to choose what they want to listen to, like on-demand radio, and then download it to their MP3 Player, and listen to the show either on the train, in their cars, or doing sports in the gym for example. And Alexandra's shows have a combination of chess news of the week, tips, and personal chess notes that will inform you as well as keep you entertained. Please tell all your friends to subscribe to Alexandra's Podcast and to spread the word!

November 8, 2005:
Alexandra phone number for your comments: +1-305-7672143.

We've been receiving lots of supporting emails, questions, and comments, since the publication of Alexandra's Chess is Cool Podcast. So we created a phone number specially for you to call and leave voice messages for Alexandra. The number is in the USA so it's better to call at the cheapest time. You can leave any kinds of messages, such as messages of encouragement, comments, and suggestions. You can also leave questions that Alexandra may replay on her podcast program and answer them for all to listen to. It would be wonderful if you also called and recorded a short greeting saying something like: "Welcome to the Coolest Chess Podcast on the Web!" or simply "Chess is Cool!", adding if you wish your name and where you are calling from, Alexandra may replay these on her future shows!

November 7, 2005:
Launch of Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess is Cool Podcast!

We are pleased to announce the birth of the coolest CHESS Podcast on the web, designed to show the world that Chess is Cool and to promote the wonderful game of CHESS. For those of you who don't know, PODCASTS are like totally free "radio-on-demand" MP3 files, that are distributed either by manual download or better by automatic subscription to MP3 Players (for example IPODS) using "podcatching" software such as ITUNES, a software program available for both Macs and PC's. Podcasts have become incredibly popular during the last few months and many sites featuring Podcast directories have emerged such as PODCASTALLEY and YAHOO PODCASTS.

Here is our direct link to CHESS IS COOL PODCAST #1: Click HERE to listen to or to download the MP3 file (8.8 MB for the 6 minute file). In the very next days the Podcast will be availble by free subscription on a number of podcast aggregators, please keep posted.

Links mentioned in the show: World Team Chess Championship Official Site, Playchess server.
Position of the mate in two competition: White: Kh6, Qc1, Bf1, f2, g5; Black: Kg4, f4. See the position here and participate in our competition:

Good luck and see you very soon for Alexandra's next podcast! If you have any comments or suggestions on this podcast, please send an email to Alexandra by clicking here. Thanks!

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Solution to the position Kosteniuk - Xu Yuhua, Krasnoturinsk 2005:
28. Nxb7! wins! Bxb7 29. Rxe5! Qa2 and here I stopped calculation because didn't understand that after 30. c6! Black is not able to take Qxb1+ because of 31. Re1+! which wins for white.