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 on the Podium in Khanty-Mansiysk Women Chess Grand Prix 2014 April 21, 2014, 3:01 pm 2 days old

    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, [...]

  • Ljubljana Chess Festival invites Chess Queen Kosteniuk for a VIP Simul February 24, 2014, 9:04 am

    Hi everyone! Just want to let you know that as a special guest of the international Ljubljana Chess Festival I will play the VIP Simultaneous Exhibition on Saturday 15th March 2014. It will take place in the Hotel Lev in Ljubljana. Chess players will compete for a prize fund of 11,000 EUR and have loads [...]

  • What is the Scacco Matto GMT-3 Gangi-Kosteniuk? February 15, 2014, 7:51 pm

    Hello everyone! New videos just were posted about what may well be the most exclusive, the most beautiful and the most expensive chess watch. You may have seen the original PRESS RELEASE, the PHOTO ALBUM, and an article I posted about it. Well now it’s time to check out the videos below! Let me know [...]

  • Tactics Chess: Jonathan Rowson vs Mirjana Medic 1-0 April 22, 2014, 12:36 pm 1 days old

    This position is from the game Rowson vs Mirjana Medic, Pula, 2002. White has a nice tactic worked out. Can you spot it? Rowson vs Mirjana Medic Result: 1-0 Site: Pula Date: 2002 [...] 1.♗xd4 exd4 2.♗xf7+ and black resigned 2…♖xf7 (2…♔h8 3.♗xe8) 3.♖xe8+ ♗f8 4.♕d5

  • Easy Checkmate in two for White: Laurent Fressinet vs Gerald Murcia 1-0 April 21, 2014, 2:45 pm 2 days old

    Here is a cool position from the game Laurent Fressinet vs Gerald Murcia, Calvia, 2013. White checkmates in two. Laurent Fressinet vs Gerald Murcia Result: 1-0 Site: Calvi Date: 2013 [...] 1.♖h8+ ♗xh8 2.♕g8#

  • Tricky Troitzky Chess Study: White Wins April 20, 2014, 11:37 am 3 days old

    LEVEL: Intermediate CATEGORY: Study You’ll feel good after you solve this 1898 miniature chess study by Troitzky.

  • Troitzky Chess Study: Can White Win? April 19, 2014, 12:19 pm 4 days old

    Here is a pin-n-fork chess study by A Troitzky from 1923. White is exchange down, but the Black King is holed up in the corner. What tactical ideas can you use to help White win? Troitzky Chess Study Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: 1923 [...] 1.g7+ ♖xg7 (1…♔g8 2.♘f6+ forks the King and Rook) (1…♔xg7 [...]

  • Cool Chess Trap: White Plays for Win April 18, 2014, 1:24 pm 5 days old

    Here is a nice position from the game Bernstein vs Kotov, Groningen, 1946. White came up with a very nice forced combination for a win. Can you spot it? Bernstein vs Kotov Result: 1-0 Site: Groningen Date: 1946 [...] 1.f5+ ♕xf5 (1…exf5 2.♕xh6+ gxh6 3.♖ag8# (0:00:10) 1.f5+) 2.♕xh6+ gxh6 3.♖ag8# (0:00:03) 1.

  • Khetho Phemelo, Francis Onkemetse Win Botswana Open, Women's Chess Championships 2014 April 23, 2014, 6:10 am Today

    Hello everyone, Some more latest chess tournament news via FIDE:The 2014 Metropolitan National Chess Championships (Open & Women) were held on 18-21st April at the News Cafe, Mondioor, Gaborone. The Championships were organized by the Botswana Chess Federation. Both sections were 10-player round robins.Final standings (Women):1 WCM Francis Onkemetse BOT 1701 Blac...

  • Allan Stig Rasmussen is Denmark National Chess Champion 2014 April 22, 2014, 12:10 pm 1 days old

    Hello everyone, Allan Stig Rasmussen (Photo: Sigfred Haubro) The latest chess news via FIDE: The Danish Chess Championship was held on 12-21st April in Skorping. Ten players competed in the round robin tournament.GM Allan Stig Rasmussen of Jetsmark Skakklub emerged national champion after concluding the event with 7/9 points, a full point ahead of the second place...

  • FIDE Women's World Rapid, Blitz Chess Championships 2014 begin in Khanty Mansiysk April 22, 2014, 11:58 am 1 days old

    Hello everyone, The FIDE Women World Rapid and Blitz Championships 2014 will be held from 23rd to 28th April at the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia.The events will be both Swiss pairings tournaments and will be held over three days for Rapid (23-25th April) and three days for Blitz (26-28th April). The Blitz will have fifteen rounds with each playe...

  • Khanty Mansiysk Women's Chess GP Top Three Winners - Hou, Girya, Kosteniuk! April 21, 2014, 2:28 pm 2 days old

    Hello Chess Blog friends, 12th Women's World Chess Champion and her successor meet once again for an exciting draw and the third and first place at the Khanty Mansiysk FIDE Grand Prix... ... and, Olga Girya in the background earning the second place with a very strong performance! Photos: Nikolay Bochkarev Here's some exciting chess news from Khanty Mansiysk w...

  • Cool Chess Babe in White - You Know Her? April 21, 2014, 2:25 pm 2 days old

    Hello everyone,We love our chess girls... so, who's this chess babe in white? Don't forget to visit our collection of chess photo portraits including those for chess fashion at www.chesspics.com. From Alexandra Kosteniuk's www.chessblog.comAlso see her personal chess blog at www.chessqueen.comDon't miss Chess Queen™YouTube Channel ...

  • 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.