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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  • 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 [...]

  • Kosteniuk to play in the Corsica Chess Blitz 2014 Tourney May 9, 2014, 9:17 am

    Hello everybody! In case you were planning a summer vacation in Europe, consider going to the beautiful island of Corsica, where on the Sunday July 13 will take place the Corsica Blitz Chess Tournament. Check out the official poster below, the organizers page with an introduction video in Corsican language and a mate in 1 [...]

  • Kosteniuk on the Podium in Khanty-Mansiysk Women Chess Grand Prix 2014 April 21, 2014, 3:01 pm

    Hi everyone! This is a quick post to let you know I just finished my tournament today and got a nice third place in the super strong Women Chess Grand Prix 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk. I drew my last game with current world champion Hou Yifan and overall got 6.5/11, a performance of 2558, which allows [...]

  • Alexandra Kosteniuk Recommends Chess Software to Improve at chess March 30, 2014, 12:43 am

    Hello everyone! Yes that’s me on the photo! It was taken when I was a kid (remember I started to play chess at 5 years old), and my dad had created a chess program (called “Alexandra”) so I could practice tactics and endgames. It was very rare at the time and it helped me progress [...]

  • Alexandra Kosteniuk participates in April 6 Day of Sport for Peace March 28, 2014, 9:20 pm

    I am glad to announce that I will participate in the Peace and Sport International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, on April 6, 2014, and will play a goodwill simul on www.chessking.com at 8 PM Moscow time. More details will follow soon. You will recall I was named Champion for Peace (see Press Release, [...]

  • Super-Strong Chess Puzzle: Levon Aronian vs Erik Pedersen 1-0 July 21, 2014, 9:31 am 1 days old

    Here’s a position from the chess game Aronian vs Erik Pedersen. White has a super-strong pawn lodged at g7 protected by the Bishop on e4 which is unfortunately threatened by the Knight on b3. How did White win? Levon Aronian vs Erik Pedersen Result: 1-0 Site: Morso Date: 2002 [...] 1.axb3 ♖xa1 2.♖xh6 winning in [...]

  • $199 for All you Ever Need to Become a Chess Master (13 Disks) July 21, 2014, 3:28 am 1 days old

    Have you been looking for chess training material – books, DVDs, computer software and even bought stuff, but nothing has helped? Do you browse chess shopping sites and feel everything is too costly? Training can be quite a load on your pocket, particularly if you are looking to get to the master level. Finally, here’s [...]

  • Master Chess Game Video (Easy Puzzle): Can Black Stop the f2 Pawn from Promoting? July 20, 2014, 6:42 am 2 days old

    This is the endgame position from the game between 12th Women’s World Chess Champion and Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk against Valentina Gunina at the 2010 Women’s World Blitz Championship in Moscow, Russia. What do you think happened? Was it a draw? No, Of course Not! Black cannot stop the White pawn from promoting because the [...]

  • Cool Chess Idea: Black Wins (Romieux – Kosteniuk) July 19, 2014, 10:54 am 3 days old

    LEVEL: Easy CATEGORY: Middle Game Black plays and wins. From the game Romieux – Kosteniuk, Paris 2008.

  • Evans Chess Study: White Checkmates in Four July 18, 2014, 10:15 am 4 days old

    Chess King chess puzzle pick of the day is a checkmate in four. White to play in this study created by Captain W.D. Evans. Checkmate in four Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: - [...] 1.♗f4 ♔c6 2.♔c4 ♔b6 3.♗b8 ♔a5 (3…♔a6 4.♕a7# (0:00:04) 3.Bb8) (3…♔c6 4.♕c7# (0:00:09) 3.Bb8) 4.♕a7#

  • GM Evgenij Agrest, GM Stefan Djuric win Open Internationnal d’Echecs des Sables d’Olonne 2014 July 21, 2014, 9:18 am 1 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, latest chess tournament news via FIDE -- GM Evgenij Agrest and GM Stefan Djuric have won the Open Internationnal d’Echecs des Sables d’Olonne 2014. The Open Internationnal d’Echecs des Sables d’Olonne 2014 was held on 12-18th July at the Centre des Congres, les Atlantes, 85100 les Sables d’Olonne, France.A...

  • Chess and Music: German Chess Talent Paehtz Performs Sinatra hit! (Video) July 21, 2014, 8:46 am 1 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, chess and music do go together. Proving that again is chess talent Grandmaster Elisabeth Paehtz from Germany. In this video for www.chess-news.ru, she performs the Frank Sinatra hit 'My Way'. How many other top chess players can you name who also are actually singers or musicians? From' Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see...

  • Live Final of Largest ever International Schools’ Online Chess Tournament July 21, 2014, 7:58 am 1 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, we've got an interesting children's chess news update.• Yes2Chess Finals take place at Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park• German school Privates Gymnasium Brecht crowned international chess champion school Privates Gymnasium Brecht from Hamburg, Germany has won the coveted title of Yes2Chess cham...

  • Hollywood Chess Trivia Photo: Name the Stars July 20, 2014, 10:50 am 2 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, how good is your chess knowledge when it comes to Hollywood and classics? This photograph was taken on the sets of 'Cape Fear'. Can you name the stars?  This photo was found on Pinterest. Click on photo to check answer. From Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see her personal chess blog at www.chessqueen.comDon't miss Chess Que...

  • US Masters Chess Returns to N Carolina Labor Day Weekend July 20, 2014, 10:01 am 2 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, here's Gary Newsom writing on the US Masters for the US Chess Federation website: The US Masters is set to make its third consecutive appearance in North Carolina. This year's edition will again be held over Labor Day weekend at the same venue as the previous two years; The Embassy Suites Hotel in Greensboro, NC. Tournament organize...

  • 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.