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 (English, Russian), and connect with me on Facebook. I am glad if you send me an email with your ideas and comments.
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Dear friends! As you know, each year I organize a tournament for kids U-6, U-8, U-10, with many prizes and no entry fee, so I am glad to let you know that this year it will take place again! The 7th Alexandra Kosteniuk’s Chess Cup will take place on October 19 and 20, 2013 in [...]
Below you will find my Russian language report about the Fondation Neva FIDE Women’s Grand-Prix in Geneva (Russian Report). If you’d like to see the English Google Translate version of my post, click here. Со 2 по 16 мая 2013 в Женеве при поддержке фонда «Нева» прошел 1-й турнир серии Гран-При ФИДЕ 2013-2014 среди женщин. Турнир [...]
I just got back from the largest rated chess tournament ever, the 2013 SuperNationals, to which I was invited to open the event, and to play a chess simultaneous exhibition at the start of the event! I had a couple book signings in the bookstore on Friday and Saturday, and the lines were huge and [...]
Hi everyone! Right now I’m in Nashville, Tennessee, at the USCF Supernational 2013, having a great time and very excited to see so many young chess players around me, I’ll soon make a post with photos and news about it. In a few days I will be playing at the Russian Team Chess Championship in [...]
The 2013 Astana World Team Championships ended with the victory of the Ukrainian team with their top formation (Lahno, Ushenina, M. Muzychuk, Zhukova and Gaponenko), congratulations to a great team! The silver and bronze was taken by two teams that were not able to align their best formations, first China playing without Hou Yifan and [...]
Here is a cool chess position from the game Oleksienko – Gupta, New Delhi, 2011. White’s attack seems to have failed, but that’s not true. A magic move helps White win. Can you figure it out? The lines might appear to be long, but they are not difficult at all. Oleksienko – Gupta Result: 1-0 [...]
A very simple position for this Sunday. What is White’s forced winning idea. Improve your chess with a daily dose of Chess King, so bookmark this site and check back daily. Chess Puzzle Result: 1-0 Site: - Date: - [...] 1.£g6 Threatening checkmate on g7. The f7 pawn is pinned! 1…£g4 anything else and it’s [...]
Here is a nice chess position from the game Vaeaetaeinen – Paasikan, Helsinki, 1991. White has taken their forces down to the seventh rank, but where is the win? White’s Queen seems to be trapped. How should White play? Vaeaetaeinen – Paasikan Result: 1-0 Site: Helsinki Date: 1991 [...] 1.£xe7 …1.£xe7 … (1…¥xe7 2.¥d4+ ¥f6 [...]
A mate in 6 chess problem delightful in its purity. White to play. Composed by Thomas Davidson (horizontal mirror) in Montreal Daily Witness, 1899. (P.S. Chess study attribution incorrect in podcast.) LEVEL: Difficult CATEGORY: Problem Sit back and enjoy this video chess podcast by #1 www.chesskillertips.com. It is hosted by Chess Queen™ 12th Women’s Chess [...]
Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013 Round 3: The Viswanathan Anand – Veselin Topalov game was a dynamic clash where the World Chess Champion played an inspired game. The game brought back memories of when Anand had beaten Topalov in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2010 to take the world title. Anand’s cool 32.Qh1! helped set up a [...]
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013Hi everyone, A swell way to begin a chess-full week. Here's a fun video Just for Laughs Gags. From Alexandra Kosteniuk'swww.chessblog.comAlso see her personal blog atwww.chessqueen.comDon't miss Chess Queen™YouTube Channel ...
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013 Hi everyone, The European Chess Club Cup 2013 will take place on 19-27 October, 2013, in the conference center of the 5-star Rodos Palace Convention Resort which is regarded as one of the finest deluxe hotels on the Island of Rhodes.Rodos Palace offers luxurious accommodation, exq...
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013Hi everyone, In an exciting finish to the Norway Chess Super Tournament 2013, Sergey Karjakin drew his last-round game with Veselin Topalov to win the tournament this Saturday. The Russian grandmaster was the only player to finish on 6/9. Magnus Carlsen drew his black game wi...
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013Hi everyone, One of the greatest advantages of being a chess professional is to be able to travel across the world and visit places one might not during a regular holiday. Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk is as passionate about her travel plans as her chess...
Chess blog for latest chess news and chess trivia (c) Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2013Hi everyone, Latest chess news via Fide: WGM Irene Kharisma Sukandar from Indonesia took a clear first place in Alexander The Great Open by concluding the event with 6,0/7 points. Despite challenging the field with 2 GMs and 6 IMs, her result was rather convincing as she...
Intermediate - Middle Game: From the game Arkady Naiditsch - Vladimir Kramnik, Dortmund 2009. Black plays and wins.
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.
Difficult - Middle Game: From the game Alexandra Kosteniuk - Shen Yang, Beijing 2008. White plays and wins. True strategical thinking required.
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.
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.