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Archive for October, 2012

October 31st, 2012

Chess Queen™ Kosteniuk Recommends Chess King Training new DVD’s

Chess King Training New DVD'sHello everyone!

 

After at least a year of very hard work by me and my team, I am pleased to announce 6 new DVD’s that are sure to improve the play of any player from Unrated to 1700 Elo up to the level of an accomplished/club chess player. The DVD’s are easy to watch and feature over 13 hours of chess instruction.

 

There are two series of 3 DVD’s, Chess King’s Complete Chess Course and Chess King’s Guide to Opening Ideas. You can read all descriptions here, and take advantage of the exceptional pre-order combo prices here. They start shipping next week November 5, 2012.

 

By buying any of Chess King’s products, you help me promote chess more. Thank you for your support!

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October 31st, 2012

Alexandra Kosteniuk wishes you a Happy Chess Halloween!

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk Happy Chess Halloween to all!
I’d like to share with you my Halloween chess photos. Feel free to share them with all your chess friends. Please click LIKE if you like them.

The full link to the album here on www.chessqueen.com is here:
http://chessqueen.com/photos?album=1&gallery=196

And on www.chesspics.com the link is here:
http://www.chesspics.com/index.php?e=125
(you can vote on the photos and see which ones are liked best).

Happy Halloween!

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October 21st, 2012

Twitter Verifies Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk’s @chessqueen Account

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk Twitter account chessqueen is verifiedHello everyone! I’m pleased to report that Twitter management contacted me and proposed to “verify” my account “@chessqueen” so that nobody would have any doubt that “@chessqueen” is my account (there are sometimes impersonation attempts using my name Alexandra Kosteniuk or trademark “chess queen”). So now you can be sure that my English Twitter account is @chessqueen. As far as I know, I am the first professional chess player or Grandmaster whose account has been “verified” by Twitter – and the only one at this time. If you know of anybody else whose Twitter account is verified and who is a GM (Grandmaster), please let me know! Read more…

October 18th, 2012

Kosteniuk gets Gold on 1st Board in Eilat ChessEuro Cup ahead of Hou Yifan

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk gets Gold on 1st BoardThe European Chess Club Cup just ended in Eilat, Israel. In the women’s section, the Monaco team won, and in the men’s section, the Azerbaijan team won. Besides team medals, the most sought after Gold medal was the 1st Board top result, and it was obtained by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk, with a result of 4.5/6 and a higher performance than current women’s world chess champion Hou Yifan, whom she beat in the very first round of the event (in a surprise Caro-Kann, replay the game here). Alexandra won 11 Elo points in this event (+60 Elo points so far this year), and will be back above 2500 on the November 1 rating list, which will be right before the women’s world championship, in which the best women chess players of the planet will take part. New: more photos at the bottom of the post.

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October 12th, 2012

Chess Queen™ Kosteniuk beats Hou Yifan in Eilat 2012

Kosteniuk beats Hou in Eilat Israel European Club Cup 2012Today was the first round of the European Club Cup 2012 in Eilat, Israel. I am playing for the team “SHSM” which is composed exclusively of players from Moscow, with Russian Champion Gunina on the second board and Kovalevskaya on the 3rd board. We played against the top rated team Monaco, which has hired the current world champion Hou Yifan on the first, Humpy Koneru on the second, Anna Muzychuk on the third. So it was a fierce match, and especially the first board match was the most watched in the tournament, with me playing Hou Yifan, that is the 12th women’s world chess champion playing the current 13th women’s world chess champion. I decided to give her a little surprise, and for the first time in my life…

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October 8th, 2012

New In Chess Features 1993 Photo of Alexandra Kosteniuk

Alexandra Kosteniuk in New In ChessI got in my mail recently the issue 2012#6 of the excellent Chess Magazine New In Chess, and was pleased to see on pages 10-11 an old photo of me, my sister and my Dad from 1993 (I was 9 years old). The article is called “Getting Girls on the Board”. It mentions my recent portrait and pictorial in the USA edition of Vogue Magazine.

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October 7th, 2012

Kosteniuk Kid’s Chess Cup 2012 Taking Place in Svetlogorsk

Alexandra Kosteniuk's Chess Cup in Svetlogorsk 2012Right this weekend, my 2012 Kosteniuk Chess Cup for Kids U-6, U-8 and U-10 is taking place in Svetlogorsk, Russia. More than 100 kids have been invited and are fighting for the top prizes. There is a lot of attention from the city and state authorities, many sponsors are helping to make this event a success. I made a post on my Russian Livejournal page, I will soon add here more information and photos of the winners.

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October 1st, 2012

New FIDE Chess Ratings Published October 2012

The FIDE Chess ratings for October 2012 have just come out. After last year’s not so good results that saw me go from 2522 down to 2439, this year has been much better, and I’m now back to 2490 Elo, with my Rapid rating at a very respectable 2572. You can see my rating progress in the image below. This year’s events so far have been: World Rapid and Blitz Championships in Batumi (Silver and 4th place), European Championship in Gaziantep (11th in Classical and Silver in Rapid),  Russian Team Championship in Sochi (2nd on 1st board), Kazan Grand Prix (5th), Russia vs. China match in Saint Petersburg (top women result), Swiss Individual Mixed Championship (Bronze), Blitz Match vs GM Wang Hao in Biel (1.5-0.5), Istanbul Chess Olympiads (Gold Team Medal and Individual Bronze Medal). This year I still have in October the European Club Cup in Israel, then in November the World Championship in Russia, and finally the Sport Accord Mind Sports Games in December in China. A lot of chess events this year! :-)

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