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 [...]

  • Knight-Flyer Chess Puzzle: How does White Win? December 23, 2014, 8:59 am

    Can White really promote the pawn and win? Can you help White win? chess puzzle Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: 1-0 [...] 1.♘e7+ ♔f8 (1…♔f7 2.♘c8 ♖xc8 3.dxc8=♕) 2.♘c8 (2.d8=♕+ ♖xd8 that loses) 2…♔f7 the Queening of the pawn cannot be stopped 3.d8=♕

  • Easy-Attack Chess: Gulko vs Angeliki Pantazi 1-0 December 22, 2014, 8:42 am

    A chess position from the game Gulko vs Angeliki Pantazi, USSR, 1967. What did White play? Gulko vs Angeliki Pantazi Result: 1-0 Site: USSR Date: 1967 [...] 1.g3 ♕h3 (1…♕g5 2.h4 (2.f4 ♘xf4 3.gxf4 ♕h4 4.♘xf6+)) 2.♘f2 Queen trapped

  • Best Chess Gift? Chess King 4, Chess King 4 Pro! December 21, 2014, 8:16 am

    Do you know what’s special about Chess King 4 and Chess King 4 Pro? It’s now the best version of the software which includes the brand new Houdini 4 and Houdini 4 Pro engines. The software is easy to use and more powerful than ever. The “normal” version is graded “deep” and can handle up [...]

  • Tricky Chess Puzzle: White Checkmates in Two December 20, 2014, 7:51 am

    Here’s a tricky chess puzzle. White can easily checkmate in three, but can you push the envelope a bit and help White checkmate in two. Checkmate in two Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: - [...] 1.♗c8 ♔xc8 (1…♔a7 2.♕b7# (0:00:00) 1.Bc8) 2.♕a8# (0:00:14) 1.

  • Clever Chess Puzzle: Black Plays for Win December 19, 2014, 7:16 am

    Black would like to promote that f-pawn. The problem is that if Black plays f2 then White rolls the Rook to g7 or g8 to skewer the Queen if Black dares to promote. So, what did Black do to win this game? Clever Chess Result: 0-1 Site: - Date: - [...] 1…f2 (1…♗b1 2.♖xf3+ ♔xf3 [...]

  • 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.