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.
Всем привет! Рада приветствовать Вас на моем вeб-сайте! Мы постарались собрать воедино все интернет-проекты, над которыми я работаю сейчас. Узнать подробнее обо мне и моих достижениях в шахматах, можно на страничке "Обо мне". Всегда рада Вашим предложениям, идеям и пожеланиям! Искренне Ваша, 12-ая чемпионка мира по шахматам, Александра Костенюк

  • Gold Medal for Kosteniuk at the 2016 IMSA Elite Mind Games March 4, 2016, 4:14 am

    I’m still in China at the 2016 IMSA Mind Sport Games, in which I participated in all chess events. I will return home tomorrow but wanted to post my results and a few photos from the event. I am happy because I ended the event very nicely by winning the Basque event (in which we [...]

  • Pawn Sacrifice Competition Winners September 18, 2015, 11:50 pm

    Hi everyone! I posted a competition on my newsletter, Facebook and Twitter and am glad to announce the winners below. The competition was in honor of the Bleecker Street’s new film PAWN SACRIFICE movie, which is coming out on September 25th. Since the movie is about World Champion Bobby Fischer, you needed to offer the [...]

  • Rublevsky and Kosteniuk win Irkutsk Grand Prix Rapid August 31, 2015, 2:38 pm

    On August 24 the Irkutsk Grand Prix Rapid crowned their winners, GM Rublevsky for the men and GM Kosteniuk for the women. Lots of very strong Russian Grandmasters were playing. In the men’s at the top were 1. Rublevsky, 2. Artemiev, 3. Bocharov, and for the women 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2. Girya, 3. Lahno, 4. [...]

  • 2 Gold & 2 Silver Medals in Team Competitions for Kosteniuk May 15, 2015, 8:40 pm

    Hi everybody, I have been very busy, playing non-stop events for the last month. I’m glad to report that it’s been quite successful, and first at the World Women’s Team Championship in China, our Russian team (with Gunina, Pogonina, Goryachkina, Girya and me) got Silver medals, behind Georgia but in front of China. After that [...]

  • Kosteniuk Chess Photo surfaces after 23 years October 14, 2014, 4:28 am

    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 [...]

  • New Versions of Chess King 2015: Standard, Silver, Gold April 7, 2015, 5:02 pm

    We’re pleased to introduce brand new versions of Chess King, updated with GigaKing 2015 and several new features. Best of all, each version comes with both PC & Mac installers, and they are all as affordable as ever, either for purchase or for upgrade. You can’t afford to train without Chess King! Check it out […]

  • Knight-Flyer Chess Puzzle: How does White Win? December 23, 2014, 3:59 pm

    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, 3:42 pm

    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, 3:16 pm

    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, 2:51 pm

    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.

  • 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.





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