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 [...]

  • BLACK FRIDAY CHESS DEALS: Save 20% on Chess Assistant 15! November 26, 2014, 8:06 am 2 days old

    CHESS DEAL – There’s a cool 20% discount going on Chess Assistant 15 this whole week, not just in the Black Friday chess sales! Chess Assistant 15 PRO with Houdini 4 PRO is a unique tool for managing chess games and databases, playing chess through the Internet, analyzing games, or playing chess against the computer. [...]

  • Easy Chess Puzzle: Black Wins November 26, 2014, 7:53 am 2 days old

    Time for an easy chess puzzle with a cool video solution! LEVEL: Easy CATEGORY: Middle Game From the game Jakob Rosanes vs. Adolf Anderssen, 1863. Black plays and wins.

  • World Chess Match Game 11 Sochi 2014: Carlsen – Anand 1-0 November 23, 2014, 12:59 pm 5 days old

    World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen retains his title with a victory in Game 11. The game was an exciting battle of nerves along with both chess stars playing remarkably accurately. Former World Chess Champion Viswanathan Anand came all ready to fight and it was a bit unfortunate that his brave exchange sacrifice – that had [...]

  • World Chess Match Sochi 2014 Game 10 Anand – Carlsen 1/2-1/2 November 22, 2014, 7:08 am 6 days old

    A draw in Game 10 only brings Magnus Carlsen closer to retaining the world chess champion title and Viswanathan Anand’s job all that harder. Here is the game 10 that you can replay with Chess King. Could there be a plus for White with the d-pawn pressure? It is something the chess theoreticians will work [...]

  • Attacking-Plan Chess Puzzle: How Does White Win? November 22, 2014, 6:01 am 6 days old

    Finding the right attacking plan and combining it with concrete calculations is something Grandmasters do naturally. How about testing how good are you at this aspect of chess? White to play and win. Toth – Siggetti Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: 1946 [...] 1.♗xh7+ ♔xh7 1…♔h8 2.♖h3 g5 3.♕h5 ♕g7 4.♗f5+ ♔g8 5.♗xd7 ♖xd7 6.♘f5 [...]

  • YouTube Chess Video: Harry Potter, Ron Play Wizard's Chess November 27, 2014, 8:41 am 1 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, here's a neat chess video for all you Harry Potter lovers out there. It's Harry Potter and Ron playing wizard's chess. Enjoy. Don't forget to send us your chess videos as well.From Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see her personal chess blog at www.chessqueen.comDon't miss Chess Queen™YouTube Channel ...

  • Chess and Art: Ryan Gander's Public Sculpture in Manchester Impresses November 27, 2014, 8:09 am 1 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, here's a chess and art motif again from Manchester - and a lovely one at that. We picked this up from the BBC News stream: A very interesting piece of art has been unveiled in Manchester!The public sculpture in Beswick, by artist Ryan Gander, is made up of three giant stainless steel chess pieces with no indication of which side they're ...

  • Qatar Chess Masters: Cool Upsets, Super Website! November 27, 2014, 7:40 am 1 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, the Qatar Chess Masters - strongest chess open tournament ever - was off to a great a start on Wednesday. Not only were there upsets, but surprising draws as well. Here is the  Round 1 report via the official website (And trust us, that's an excellent site for the event! The reports are excellent, videos and photos cool and all the games...

  • World Amateur Chess Championship 2015 in Greece April 13 November 26, 2014, 8:33 am 2 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, amateur chess is big in its own rights around the world and is not applied to chess players rated below 2000. The latest tournament announcement by FIDE is about the World Amateur Chess Championships for 2015.The World Amateur Chess Championships will be held in Porto Carras, Halkidiki, Greece on the northern coast of the Aegean Sea. The date...

  • Chess Fan Video: Brothers mix Chess with Basketball! November 26, 2014, 7:20 am 2 days old

    Hello chess blog friends, here's a cool chess fan video on chess and basketball 'created' by two brothers - one loves chess and the other loves basketball! We're not sure how exactly the rules work, but plenty of running out there. Go for it. Enjoy. Don't forget to send us chess videos you like! From Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see her personal chess ...

  • 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.