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Archive for 2006

December 18th, 2006

 videos and movies of champion Alexandra Kosteniuk can be found on the site chessmovies.com Alexandra is collaborating with the site chessmovies.com to show many of her personal chess videos, including many blitz videos and many TV programs about her. Thanks to chessmovies for accepting to sponsor the heavy bandwidth this generates. Please check out that site and vote for your favorite chess videos. If you have any fun or instructive non-copyrighted chess videos, of yourself or of your favorite chess player(s), feel free to submit them to the webmaster of chessmovies.com.

December 17th, 2006

 Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2007Alexandra would like to wish most happy holidays to all of you, wherever you are in the world, with happiness and joy in your hearts. Let the season be full of kindness and love, and make sure to play some chess too! You can reach our special HOLIDAY page by clicking here. Season’s Greetings!

December 16th, 2006

 chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk was photographed by Vladimir Shirokov for Prosport Recently well-known photographer Vladimir Shirokov photographed Alexandra for the Russian magazine Prosport. You can see his work by clicking here and the article by clicking here. It’s great to see articles about chess and chess champions in general sport and fashion magazines. Alexandra does her best to show the world that Chess is Cool!

November 22nd, 2006

 chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk shows how fast chess players can be at blitz chess We are sure you will enjoy the 3-minute video clip we have prepared for you, showing Alexandra playing very fast blitz chess with GM Alexander Riazantsev. As usual, Alexandra gives her comments all along the video. Click HERE to watch it. Enjoy!

November 20th, 2006

 chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk beat Vladimir Potkin at the Tal memorial Blitz in MoscowYou can watch Alexandra’s game against GM Vladimir Potkin (ELO 2580) in a 9:44 minutes video (15.2 MB) by clicking here. All along the game Alexandra comments all the moves, and so this video has great instructional value. The bandwidth for that movie is offered by our friends at chessmovies.com, thanks! If you’d like to get the pgn file of this game, please write Alexandra an email and she will send the moves of that game to you. We will soon have several more of Alexandra’s games in video, so come back soon to get the link. NEW! Blitz video against GM Evgeniy Najer, click HERE to see it. More videos to come very soon.

November 17th, 2006

 chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing in the Tal memorial Blitz in MoscowAlexandra did really well today, winning 2-0 against GM Stutovsky (2607), and obtaining wins against GM Naer (2648) and GM Smirin (2659). She only lost 2 matches against GM Bu (2671) and GM Rublevsky (2688). All in all, Alexandra obtained 8.5 points and shared 21st place, much better than her 36th starting number, ahead of seasoned GM’s (see final table). The tournament was won by GM’s Jobava and Karjakin, ahead of Radjabov, Jakovenko, Bologam and Timofeev. We are preparing some video material for you, come back soon to see it.

November 16th, 2006

 chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing in the Tal memorial Blitz in MoscowAlexandra has been invited to the extremely strong Tal Memorial Blitz tournament in Moscow, taking place today and tomorrow 16-17 of November. She’s the only woman allowed to play in this tournament. There are 40 players, of which 38 GM’s and 2 IM’s. Alexandra is rated #36 on the start list but after the first day she’s tied for 20-26 place, with 4 out of 8, together with GM’s Karjakin, Sutovsky, Bu, and ahead of some very strong GM’s. Her first 4 matches went as follows: 1) Loss to GM Joel Lautier (2656) 2) Win against GM Smirnov (2623), 3) Draw against GM Inarkiev (2628), and 4) Win against GM Potkin (2580). Good start! You can see all results on this page. we will soon post photos and videos of some of Alexandra’s games.

November 7th, 2006

Waldo Matus draws chess champion Alexandra KosteniukWell-known cartoonist Waldo Matus has drawn Alexandra and has given us permission to show you a bigger version of his work. You can see more of his drawings by visiting his site.

October 29th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing in Cap d'AgdeAlexandra is having a hard time in the very strong rapid invitational in Cap d’Agde (France), after missing twice winning moves against Negi in an otherwise very nice game. She nevertheless went on to draw against Stefanova and against GM Karjakin today. Have a look at Pufichek’s portraits by clicking here. More photos will soon be added to that album.

October 26th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk will play in Cap d'AgdeAlexandra is flying down today to the well-known French chess town of Cap d’Agde, where she has been invited to take place in the Rapid Invitational. The participants are as follows (in order of starting ELO): Radjabov, Bacrot, Carlsen, Harikrishna, Karjakin, Karpov, Volokitin, Fressinet, Vachier-Lagrave, Negi, Koneru, Kosteniuk, Stefanova, Sebag, Zhao Xue, and Skripchenko. It will be a very interesting tournament to follow! Have a look at the Organizer’s Site and this page (in French). Also, make sure to visit Alexandra’s podcast page, so you can listen to the 24th episode (6 minutes MP3 file), which just came out today. Prizes are offered to people who send a nice MP3 greeting by email to Alexandra to celebrate the podcast 1st year anniversary on November 7. Finally, please answer the poll to the right, thanks!

October 23rd, 2006

Photos of the Mexico Chess Festival 2006 on ChesspicsThe photo album of the spectacular 2006 Mexico Chess Festival is ready, click HERE to see it. It includes photos of the festival, but also exceptional photos of the rest day in Mexico, with GM’s Sergey Karjakin and Anatoly Karpov accompanying Alexandra Kosteniuk to see the Mexican pyramids, it was superb. Lots of photos of the tournament too! Remember you can vote for each and every photo (1 lowest, 5 highest), the highest rated photos move to the top of the page.

October 22nd, 2006

Chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk finishes with honors in MexicoIt was a most wonderful Chess Festival in Mexico today. In the quadrangular tournament Alexandra tied for silver with GM Viktor Kortchnoi (and beating him in the direct encounter) behind the winner Sergei Karjakin. Apart from that the city of Mexico beat the Guiness World Record of maximum number of games played in simuls on one day (14,065), and Anatoly Karpov also beat the Guiness World Record with the maximum number of autographed books (1,951), congratulations to all! We’ll put a monster photo album on Chesspics very soon.

October 22nd, 2006

Chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk won against legendary Viktor Kortchnoi in MexicoAlexandra had a superb performance today in Mexico City by winning 2 out of her 3 matches, against Mexican GM Gilberto Hernandez (2551 ELO) and against legendary GM Viktor Kortchnoi (2607 ELO) from Switzerland. She only lost one match against GM Sergei Karjakin of the Ukraine (ELO 2672), who eventually ended up winning the tournament, with 4 points. Alexandra Kosteniuk and Viktor Kortchnoi share the second-third spot, with 3 points each. The Mexican GM ends the tournament table with 2 points.

October 20th, 2006

Chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is in MexicoOn the photo you see Alexandra Kosteniuk and legendary Viktor Kortchnoi, the main attractions of Mexico’s 2006 Chess Festival, along with Sergei Karjakin and Gilberto Hernandez. Today Friday the press conference took place, and Sunday all the action will start, with Guiness World Records beaten, and the GM Rapid, in which Alexandra will participate. Alexandra recorded this morning a popular TV program, she’ll be again on TV tonight to promote the Event. We are preparing a photo album for you, come back soon to see it. Click here to see the organizer’s site.

October 15th, 2006

Chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk will go to MexicoAlexandra just got to Miami, and she is planning to fly on to Mexico on Wednesday to participate in the Mexico City Chess Festival. The goal is to beat the Guiness World record of most simultaneous games played at the same time. On October 22, an exhibition rapid tournament will take place, with 4 Grandmasters: Gilberto Hernandez (Mexico), Victor Kortchnoi (Switzerland), Sergei Karjakin (Ukraine), and Alexandra Kosteniuk. It will be fun, we’ll keep you posted with news and photos!

September 27th, 2006

Photo Exposition of Alexandra Kosteniuk's photos in Coffeemania MoscowToday a press conference took place at the well-known Coffeemania in central Moscow to celebrate Alexandra’s Photo Exposition and her recent title of World Champion Chess960. Alexandra also played with 20 winners of our recent puzzle competition, it was a wonderful day! Have a look at our photo album by clicking here. Please go and vote for the photos you like best
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September 22nd, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk comments 2 of her games from Tomsk 2006Alexandra is pleased to be able to offer to our site’s members 2 deeply commented games from the recent Tomsk Russian championship. The first one is a draw against Russian national team member GM Artiom Timofeev and the second is a loss against the future winner of the Russian Championship, GM Ernesto Inarkiev. Both games are very interesting and present opening novelties and sharp play. Members can watch them by clicking PDF1, PDF2, PGN1, PGN2. If you’re not a member, it’s not too late, buy anything from our shop above $40 and you’ll become one for a year! Thanks for your support!

September 11th, 2006

You can leave a voice message for Alexandra Kosteniuk right from your browserWe are pleased to announce that we have now the technology to allow you to record your voice messages directly from your browser. All you need is to connect your microphone to your computer (maybe it’s built-in and so you don’t even have to do that), and click HERE to leave a message up to 2 minutes for Alexandra. You can also send messages and MP3 greetings by email and also by phone on Alexandra’s voicemail at 1-305-767-2143. Alexandra sincerely appreciates your messages, thanks!

September 11th, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk in the only woman playing in the Russian Championship in TomskThe super strong Russian Men’s Championship is over, Alexandra beat Vadim Karpov today in the last round. The overall Russian Championship winner ended up to be Ernesto Inarkiev, whom you see on the photo to the left gave a hard time to Alexandra in the second round, congratulations to him! Alexandra had a difficult tournament in Tomsk, and ended up with only 3 points, but we are sure you know that the only way to make progress is to meet players stronger than you, and to gather lessons from defeats. So we are sure this tournament is on Alexandra’s path to become a much stronger chess player. For fun, have a look at a caricature that was made of Alexandra in Tomsk.

September 6th, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk in the only woman playing in the Russian Championship in TomskSome news from Tomsk: After two difficult days playing strong GM’s, Alexandra today won her game in a convincing way against IM Dmitry Sitnikov, so she has 1.5 out of 4 in this very strong event, a good result so far. On the photo to the left you see Alexandra before her game. In the foreground, you can see ex-world champion Alexander Khalifman. Follow Alexandra’s games live daily at 4AM EST (if you’re not sleeping at that time!).

September 5th, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk wins a blitz chess game against Oleg NikolenkoWe have for you a 10 minute video of a blitz game Alexandra played last week in Moscow against International Master Oleg Nikolenko. She comments the games as it unfolds. You can watch the movie in web resolution (14 megabytes) by clicking here. Be patient while the video loads. Make sure you have the latest Quicktime plugin for your browser. For those of you who have very fast internet, get a better quality 48 MB file by clicking here. To better follow the game, you can download the PGN game file or look at the moves by clicking here. All the files are free, enjoy!

September 3rd, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk drew Artiom Timofeev the Russian Championship in TomskAlexandra did a great performance today, she played a very nice and complicated game with black and held her own against one of the favorites, Grandmaster Artiom Timofeev, FIDE ELO 2657, member of the Russian National Men’s Team. The game ended up in a draw after 46 moves. Thanks for your emails of encouragement, it’s not easy for Alexandra to be the only woman competing at this high level, she appreciates it. We hope Alexandra will continue to do well in this tournament. If you’d like to download Alexandra’s game in pgn, click here. If you want you can copy-paste the moves from the pgn file (it’s a text file and can be opened in any text editor) and play them in our PGN Player.

September 3rd, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing the Russian Championship in TomskToday was the first round of the Russian Men’s Championships in Tomsk, Central Siberia. Alexandra Kosteniuk is the only woman taking part in this very strong competition (see participants on the official Tomsk site), qualifyer for the men’s Russian Superfinal. Alexandra is #35 on the starting list. The games are played at 3PM local time (4AM EST) and can be watched live. Click here for Chesspro’s tournament page (in Russian).

August 30th, 2006

Solve these three puzzles and win a prizeWe have a puzzle competition for you!! Solve the following 3 “mate in two” chess puzzles (puzzle 1, puzzle 2, puzzle 3) and you may be a winner! If you live in Moscow and are one of the 20 selected you will be invited to play a simul against Alexandra on September 27, and if you are not in Moscow but one of the lucky winners Alexandra will send you a prize from her web shop. You have until September 22 to answer by sending an email to Alexandra. Good luck!

August 28th, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk wins at blitz chess at the Muzeon Moscow Blitz ChampionshipWe have a terrific 8 and a half minute video for you (approximately 12 megabyte video quicktime file), in which Alexandra comments the game she played at yesterday’s Moscow Blitz Championship against International Master Arthur Gabrielian, it’s very instructive. Click here to watch the game in video, and click here to download the pgn of the game so you can follow it on your board. The Championship was won by Jakovenko in front of Kobalia and Morozevich.

August 26th, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Podcast Chess is Cool Episode 21 is outAlexandra’s very popular podcast (radio on demand) episode 21 just came out, click here to download it . It’s a MP3 file of about 14 minutes, and it’s size is about 19 megabytes. Enjoy! If you like it, we would be grateful, if you can vote for this podcast by entering your email address in the box to the right. Your vote will go straight to Podcast Alley and they will ask you to confirm the vote. Voting for Alexandra’s podcast will make it go up in the podcast rating and more people will see it, making chess more popular, thanks for helping!

August 22nd, 2006

The best Chess960 - Fischer Random Chess pgn playerWe are proud to present the best Chess960 PGN Player available on the web. It is very easy to use, and you can watch all kinds of games, be it normal “classical” chess, or any position of Chess960. To watch a Chess960 game, you can either select one from the pulldown menu on the left, or else enter your own. To enter your own, you can either enter the number of the position (for example “364″), or the initial position of the pieces (like “qbbnnrkr”), then you enter the moves in standard pgn format (“1.b4 d5″ etc.). We are sure that the availability of the pgn player, and games to replay, will add to the popularity of this new game. Alexandra, as the new world champion of this chess style will do her best to popularize it in the world, along with normal classical chess, of course!

August 19th, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk wins at chess with the Black pieces in MainzIn the position to the left, it’s Alexandra’s turn to play, and she wins after a nice little combination. Think about it a little, and after you think you found the solution, click here to compare it with what Alexandra played. The solution is not very hard, but it’s important to see the winning line all the way to the end. Good luck! NEW! Click here to see our photo album of the Chess960 World Championship. We are also grateful if you vote for the pictures you like best on the Chesspics site.

August 19th, 2006

Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing in the Ordix Open in MainzAfter her successes winning the World Chess960 Title and being the first woman in the Chess960 Open, Alexandra is playing the very strong Rapid Tournament, sponsored by Ordix. After the first day she has 4 points out of 5. On the photo to the left, you see her playing on the first board against GM Morozevich. Tomorrow Sunday the last 6 rounds will be played. Come back soon to see the final results.

August 19th, 2006

Watch the games of Chess960 2006 World Champion Alexandra KosteniukWe have it for you, you can watch Alexandra’s Chess960 games in a flash applet. Click on the following links for the games of each one of the 8 rounds of the 2006 World Championship, where Alexandra Kosteniuk beat Elisabeth Paehtz 5.5 to 2.5: Round 1 , Round 2 , Round 3 , Round 4 , Round 5 , Round 6 , Round 7 , Round 8 . For each round you also have the games of the juniors (Naiditsch and Harikrishna) and seniors (Hort and Portisch) world championships. You’ll see that the fun starts immediately on move 1, and totally unexpected positions occur very fast. Try it out, Chess960 is great! And remember that classical chess is only position 518 in Chess960!

August 18th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk won the Finet Open in Mainz 2006 in Chess960Recently crowned Chess960 World Champion, Alexandra took part in the qualification tournament to select an opponent to play her next year. The Finet Chess960 Open was extremely strong, with over 50 male GM’s, and Alexandra confirmed she is the world’s strongest Chess960 woman by taking first woman spot with a great performance of 7/11, having played super GM’s like Mamedyarov and Bareev and other GM’s along the way. After Alexandra came Natalia Zhukova, Viktoria Cmilyte and Inna Gaponenko. Zhukova, the second woman, was qualified to play Alexandra next year for the world title. We are looking for a chess960 web applet so we can present to you all of Alexandra’s games in the near future.

August 16th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk becomes world champion Chess960Alexandra fought all her games to the end, and won her match 5.5 to 2.5 (today she did 3.5 out of 4), thereby becoming the Women’s World Champion in Chess960. We will soon have many photos and even the games, in an applet, and also in video! Thanks to all of you who sent messages of encouragement and congratulations to Alexandra, she appreciates it very much.

August 15th, 2006

Short rules of Chess960, invented by Bobby FischerIn Chess960 (Also known as Fischer Random Chess), the starting position is determined randomly just before each game. The pawns stand as usual on the second row, but the pieces are shuffled. White and black pieces are symmetrically placed. There are two rules: 1. Each player should have one white-squared bishop and one black-squared bishop, 2. The king should be between the two rooks. Castling is possible, and after castling the king and rook are on the same squares as normal chess (King g1, Rook f1 or King c1, Rook d1). Classical chess in Chess960 is known as “Position 518″. In Chess960 there is no need to memorize opening variations, creative play starts from move 1 on, it’s great, try it!

August 15th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing in Mainz in the Chess960 World ChampionshipToday was the first day of Alexandra’s match of Fischer Random Chess (also called Chess960, a version of chess invented by Grandmaster Bobby Fischer), in Mainz, against Elisabeth Paehtz, in the best of 8 games. After 4 games, the score is tied at 2-2, the decisive day will be tomorrow! You can watch the games live on the Chess Tigers site. More news tomorrow!

August 5th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk photographed by PufichekAlexandra is back in Moscow, and in a few days she will go to Mainz to play a match in Fischer Random Chess, also called Chess960. It’s a version of chess invented by world champion Bobby Fischer in which the pieces in the first row are shuffled are the beginning of the game, Alexandra loves to play it! Until then, have a look at Pufichek’s new beach series, taken last week in Miami. Have a look at it by clicking here (you can assign votes to each photo). By the way, there are thousands of nice chess photos on the site Chesspics.

July 18th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk photographed by PufichekWe have a new series of photos of Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk in front of a beautiful gold and silver chess set, have a look at it by clicking here. You can also vote for your favorite photo and the top rated will move to the front of the series. Enjoy!

July 16th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk won gold in the Fort Lauderdale 5K race todayAlexandra ran a 5K race today in Fort Lauderdale, and she took Gold! She ran the 5K in 22 minutes 44 seconds, which was first in her age group (20-24), and second woman overall, after seasoned runner Alice Henley. Alexandra is doing a lot of sports to be fit before going back to Europe for her chess later this month. Being fit helps to play chess well! Have a look at our photo album by clicking here.

July 10th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk was photographed by Andrei RozenHave a look at Andrei Rozen’s exceptional photos of Alexandra, recently taken in Moscow’s Sokol’niki park. Andrei is a very well-known photographer, have a look at his web site, it is worth a visit! The photos of Alexandra are in his “Magazine Gallery Section”, excellent work! Also, Alexandra’s MP3 podcast Number 20 just came out, visit our podcast page to download it.

July 4th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk wishes you a Happy 4th of JulyAlexandra just got back to Florida, and she is happy to be able to spend here a good part of a month, training for chess and doing lots of sports. We would be grateful if you could please vote for your favorite picture in this beach series, so we can determine which photo is the favorite one, thanks!

July 1st, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk stays third highest world ranked woman at chessThe new July 1, 2006 FIDE rating list just came out, and Alexandra continues to be ranked the third highest woman in the world, with 2534 ELO points, behind Judit Polgar from Hungary and Humpy Koneru of India, but in front of Pia Cramling (Sweden), Antonaeta Stefanova (Bulgaria), Xu Yuhua (China), Maia Chiburdanidze (Georgia), who are the only women in the world to be ranked above 2500 ELO. You can see the complete FIDE rating list by clicking here.

June 25th, 2006

Chess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk beats Alexander Belezky in CuregliaWe have a present for you, it’s a 4 minute video of Alexandra playing IM Belezky in last week’s Blitz Marathon in Cureglia. Alexandra comments the whole game on the video. Click HERE to watch it (Quicktime format, 6 MB). Since the viewing screen is quite small, we attach a commented chess pgn file for you to download , or a text file with the moves so you can copy and paste it into our best pgn player. If you don’t have the last version of Quicktime (download free from here), you can watch the video in Google Video by clicking here. Enjoy!

June 24th, 2006

The Photogenics Competition ended with 3 champion winnersOur PHOTOGENICS competition has been closed after one month of voting. More than 10,000 people have voted for their favorite photographs from the Torino Olympiads Women Competition. Every photo got many votes and so we can say that all players present in the gallery are most photogenic, congratulations to all! At the top the photos of three players have been leading for quite a while, Mariam Mansur from UAE, Sanja Dedijer from Bosnia Herzegovina and Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia, and they are definitely all winners! You still have time to vote for the Men’s Photogenic competion. We added some albums to our CHESSPICS Page (look at the pulldown menus on the left), and we will continue to do so in the future, so come back often!

June 23rd, 2006

Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk watched the soccer match France - TogoAlexandra just got to Paris, France, in time to join her friends Grandmasters Almira Skripchenko and Joel Lautier to watch and support the French soccer team, who beat Togo 2-0 tonight. Alexandra’s other favorite team, Switzerland, also won their match against South Korea 2-0 and so both France and Switzerland are qualified for the 1/8 finals, congratulations to both!

June 22nd, 2006

Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk gave a Goodwill Simul and played a Blitz Marathon in Cureglia, SwitzerlandBy clicking on the photo to the left (or here) you will see a bigger photo of all the winners of the Cureglia Blitz Marathon 2006. We have prepared for you a 47-photo photo album of the Goodwill Simul and Blitz Marathon, as well of several shots of one of the most beautiful towns in Switzerland, Cureglia! Visit this photo album by clicking HERE.

June 19th, 2006

Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk watched the soccer match Switzerland - TogoAlexandra is in Switzerland these days and yesterday she shared with the joy of all Swiss people with the win of their national team 2-0 against Togo. In between her chess training, Alexandra loves to watch the soccer matches of the World Cup in Germany.

June 18th, 2006

Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk went to Cureglia in June 2006It was a glorious weekend in the wonderful small town of Cureglia (Italian-speaking part of Switzerland, very close to Lugano), with charming surroundings, warm hospitality, perfect weather and unlimited chess! Alexandra first played a Goodwill simul with 16 players, conceding only one draw and collecting 15 wins. The next day, a blitz marathon of 25 games was played, and Alexandra shared top honors with a powerful 24 points out of 25! Top 3 finishers: 1-2 Sabino Brunello (ITA) and Alexandra Kosteniuk 24 points out of 25, then 3. Alexander Beletsky (UKR) 23 points. We are preparing a photo album for you, come back soon to see it.

June 11th, 2006

Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is in Torino for the Chess Olympiads 2006GM Alexandra Kosteniuk has done the big job to comment in great depth three of her most interesting games from the Torino Olympiads, her wins against Radziewicz and Khurtsidze, and her loss against Zhukova. It is always the most important thing to do after a tournament, to study your games, find areas of improvement so you won’t make the same mistake twice. You will certainly learn from reading Alexandra’s comments, and at the same time the games are very entertaining, and you will enjoy going through the (sometimes) complicated variations (members can download the commented pgn). The commented games are reserved to our members, they can look at them by clicking here. For those of you who are not yet members, any purchase above $45 in our shop or any donation above $30 qualify for free memberships. Support Alexandra and at the same time enjoy the benefits of membership to the most lovely chess GM site on the web!

June 9th, 2006

Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is in Torino for the Chess Olympiads 2006We have updated all our Torino Photo Albums: 1) Look at our NEW Closing Ceremony album by clicking here. 2) We now have 62 Women PHOTOGENIC photos, click here to VOTE. For the moment Sanja Dedijer is leading, but this may change. 3) We have 75 COMPLETE Women teams, click here to see them and vote for your favorite team. 4) Not to be called sexist, we now have a MEN’S Gallery too, click here to VOTE. 4) You can download an autographed photo by the whole women Russian team by clicking here. Remember you can order a real autographed photo by going to this page, or make a donation to Alexandra’s Chess Fund by going here. Thanks for your support!

June 5th, 2006

Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is in Torino for the Chess Olympiads 2006Last night was the Closing Ceremony of the Torino Chess Olympiads, and our Russian women’s team got the Overall Silver medal. Tatiana Kosintseva also got a bronze medal for her performance on the second board, without forgetting Vladimir Kramnik who also got a top performance prize, congratulations to all! We are preparing our Closing Ceremony Album, come back soon to see it. By the way, have you “voted“?

June 4th, 2006

Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk is in Torino for the Chess Olympiads 2006The last round of the Torino Chess Olympiads just was played, and today the Russian women beat India 2-1, with the board 1 duel Koneru-Kosteniuk ending in a draw. The win gives The Russian women a Silver Team Medal, congratulations! While they had wished for the Gold, Silver’s great too (last Olympiads Russia got Bronze). What’s more important is Participation and team spirit! The winners are all of the chess players of the world who chose to participate in this great chess event in Torino. The losers are those who decided to stay at home. We’ll post many more photos of the closing ceremony a little later. Check out our “Photogenics” page, and our “Women Teams” page.