Hello everyone! Many of you know me since 2001, when I reached the final of the women’s world chess championship in Moscow. That’s when I started my first web site, www.kosteniuk.com. Since then, I trademarked the nickname Chess Queen™ and have made it my main web site: www.chessqueen.com. I also started a general chess blog www.chessblog.com (voted by the CJA best chess blog), created a video podcast www.chesskillertips.com, have a photo site www.chesspics.com and last year created the new chess software brand Chess King at www.chess-king.com. I’m also present on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, which makes it quite confusing to know everything I’m doing at any moment in time. That’s where www.kosteniuk.com comes into play. In one page, you will find all fresh RSS feeds of all my sites and social pages. All news events are at the top of each section and are clickable. You won’t waste any time wondering what I’m doing at any moment in time, it’s all on www.kosteniuk.com!
Archive for August, 2012
August 29th, 2012
August 26th, 2012
The 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiads are starting tomorrow, we just finished our 10-day training camps in the outskirts of Moscow. I will be playing as usual with the Russian national chess team (we’re the defending champions of the last Khanty-Mansiysk 2010 Olympiads). We have a terrific line-up:
GM Tatiana Kosintseva (2530)
GM Nadezhda Kosintseva (2524)
IM Valentina Gunina (2507)
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (2489)
WGM Natalija Pogonina (2448)
We have three coaches dedicated to our women’s team: GM Sergei Rublevsky (2693), GM Alexander Riazantsev (2712), and GM Evgeniy Najer (2664).
If you have an iPhone or iPad you can follow the results at any moment with the free 2012 Olympiad iOS app.
August 17th, 2012
I’m pleased to report that my “General” Chess Blog www.chessblog.com has just won the CJA Award for ‘Best Chess Blog’ of 2012! Here is the Chess Journalists’ of America awards announcement link. The CJA is the leading American organization of chess journalists created to promote high quality chess journalism, to provide assistance to the working journalist through articles and contacts and to recognize chess journalism at its best through an annual awards program. You can read here which were the winning entries of my blog. The main characteristic of my blog is that it is always positive and tries to show the love of chess in every post. Note that I have 3 main sites, my personal blog www.chessqueen.com, my general blog www.chessblog.com and my shop & software blog www.chess-king.com . A full summary of all my RSS feeds can be found on www.kosteniuk.com.
August 10th, 2012
I got a very nice letter today from the President of the not-for-profit organization Peace and Sport, for which I have been a “Champion for Peace” for a couple years now (see the official 2010 Press Release). I helped to inaugurate a chess program in a poor area of Colombia Puerto Tejada, and I have been the godmother of the program “Chess for Creativity and Leadership” to empower Palestinian women thanks to chess. I hope to be able to help promote Peace in the world more in the coming months with Peace and Sport. In the meanwhile, I am planning on going soon to the Peace and Sport 2012 International Forum in Sochi at the end of October/beginning November and I will be a speaker there.
August 10th, 2012
Next week I am flying to Moscow for our team’s preparation for the upcoming Istanbul 2012 Chess Olympiads. The World Chess Olympiad is an enormous chess event, up to now already at least 160 countries registered to play in Istanbul! The women’s Russian national team comprises, in order of boards: Tatiana Kosintseva, Valentina Gunina, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Alexandra Kosteniuk, and Natalija Pogonina. Our team should be one of the favorite to win, and we are the defending champions gold medal winners from the 2010 Khanty-Mansiysk Olympiads.