Breaking news: Alexandra Kosteniuk is World Champion! Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk beat 2008 European Champion Kateryna Lahno 2.5-1.5 to retain her Women’s World Chess960 Champion title. Overall Alexandra scored a spectacular 8/10 in this event. Have a look at Pufichek’s 143 photos from the Mainz World Championship, and another superb 226 photo gallery of Mainz Grandmasters, vote for the ones you like best. NEW! Watch Alexandra’s VIDEO REPORT of Mainz, on YouTube (10 minute version), or on Tubechess or Chessmovies (24 minute version).
Archive for July, 2008
July 31st, 2008
July 30th, 2008
Alexandra brilliantly qualified for the Chess960 World Championship Final that will take place tomorrow. She beat both Olympic champions Natalia Zhukova and Kateryna Lahno 2-0 and Viktorija Cmilyte 1.5-0.5, for an unforgiving total of 5.5/6. Her challenger will be current European Champion 2008 Kateryna Lahno in a 4-game match for the World Champion title.
July 29th, 2008
Alexandra started well the first day of the Chess960 qualifyers, with 2.5 out of 3, beating both Kateryna Lahno and Natalia Zhukova and drawing Viktorija Cmilyte. Tomorrow is the second day of the qualifyers and the top two qualify for the World Championship final.
July 28th, 2008
Chess Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk and Vishy Anand opened the Mainz 2008 Chess Festival with a friendly game, in front of chief organizer Hans-Walter Schmitt, main sponsor Wolfgang Grenke, Mainz Mayor Jens Beutel. Alexandra will defend her Chess960 World Title against challengers Natalia Zhukova and Kateryna Lahno of the Ukraine, and Viktorija Cmilyte from Lithunania. More info can be found on the organizer’s site.