On May 10, 2016 the Russian Team Championship ended in Sochi, Russia. My team from Moscow won the event second year in a row. I flew to Sochi straight after the Grand-Prix to Batumi and was able to support my team by playing 5 important rounds and scoring 4 out of 5. Read more…
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May 11th, 2016
May 2nd, 2016
On May 2, 2016 the Batumi’s Grand-Prix was finished. Thanks to the victories in the last two rounds, I was able to finish the tournament on the clear 2nd place with 6,5 points out of 11. Valentina Gunina won the event, Nino Batsiashvili took third place.
March 21st, 2016
Hello everybody! Just wanted to let you know that on March 20, 2016 the OSC Baden-Baden team for which I play won the women’s Bundesliga title for the 2015/2016 season. I want to congratulate the whole team – and our captain Thilo Gubler on this victory!
August 31st, 2015
On August 24 the Irkutsk Grand Prix Rapid crowned their winners, GM Rublevsky for the men and GM Kosteniuk for the women. Lots of very strong Russian Grandmasters were playing. In the men’s at the top were 1. Rublevsky, 2. Artemiev, 3. Bocharov, and for the women 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2. Girya, 3. Lahno, 4. Ubyennyx and 5. Gunina. Link to the organizer’s page.
May 15th, 2015
I have been very busy, playing non-stop events for the last month. I’m glad to report that it’s been quite successful, and first at the World Women’s Team Championship in China, our Russian team (with Gunina, Pogonina, Goryachkina, Girya and me) got Silver medals, behind Georgia but in front of China.
After that I flew to Sochi, where the Russian Women’s Team Championship was played, and my Moscow team (with Gunina, Girya, Kovalevskaya, Kashlinkskaya,and me) got Gold medals in Classical and Blitz, and Silver in Rapid Chess.
Below you can find some photos and I hope to post soon some of my best games.
September 15th, 2014
I’m glad to report that I have been able to beat my personal best chess rating in the last ratings list. It’s now 2547 and I’m 7th in the world rankings and #1 in Russia. My last record was 2540 in 2006, just before I gave birth to my daughter in 2007. More info can be found below, you can also check at any moment the Women’s Live Chess Ratings at this link. It changes daily when tournaments are being played, see my most recent game at the Bilbao Club Cup.
July 30th, 2014
Hello everyone! A week of intensive training has just ended. Tomorrow morning our team is leaving for Norway to participate in the 2014 Chess Olympiads. You might recall that we won the previous Istanbul 2012 Olympiads, and so we have to do our best to defend our title. Our team will be comprised of (from left to right on the photo) WGM Natalija Pogonina (2508), GM Valentina Gunina (2501), GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (2533), WGM Olga Girya (2493), and GM Kateryna Lagno (2540). There will be fierce competition especially from China, Ukraine, Georgia, India so the Olympiads will be wonderful to follow! Below are some photos taken the last 2 days of our training camp (subscribe free to Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk’s Instagram feed), enjoy!
May 9th, 2014
In case you were planning a summer vacation in Europe, consider going to the beautiful island of Corsica, where on the Sunday July 13 will take place the Corsica Blitz Chess Tournament. Check out the official poster below, the organizers page with an introduction video in Corsican language and a mate in 1 puzzle, and some of my blitz games below. I was last time in Corsica and won a match against French women’s champion Sophie Milliet (see post, photos, and the YouTube video). Let me know if you will come to Corsica and play chess, it’s only one day of chess and lots to visit on one of the most beautiful islands in the world: Corsica!
April 21st, 2014
This is a quick post to let you know I just finished my tournament today and got a nice third place in the super strong Women Chess Grand Prix 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk. I drew my last game with current world champion Hou Yifan and overall got 6.5/11, a performance of 2558, which allows me to go up in the world rankings to #8 from #9. I got 4 wins among which 2 nice ones against GM’s A. Muzychuk and Dzagnidze and only 2 losses to my compatriots T. Kosintseva (11th) and Olga Girya who got a superb 2nd place. It was possibly the strongest Grand Prix ever played, with the current world champion playing (and who won the event) and 3 ex-world champions (me in 3rd place, Stefanova in 7th place, and Ushenina in 9th place). I post some results and photos in this post, I will soon post some games too. Starting tomorrow there will be also in Khanty-Mansiysk two important events, the world blitz and world rapid tournaments, so wish me luck for the 45 next games I will play this week! [see my other post about the GP on www.chessblog.com]
February 3rd, 2014
After a not-so-good start 2/5 on the first day of the Moscow Rapid Chess Superfinal, Alexandra Kosteniuk was able to come back with 4/4 to tie for 3rd place, then beat Olga Girya in the Bronze tie-break in a very sharp Sicilian Defense game. See below some photos (thanks to the organizer) of the event and the last tie-break game in Chess King’s applet. You can download a PDF analysis of the last game, generated by the chess software Chess King.
January 2nd, 2014
My 2013 competition chess year is over! It was filled with interesting games, exciting discoveries, beautiful combinations and sad omissions. In this post I review my 2013 chess year so I can move forward to my competition year 2014. Overall the year 2013 was quite successful for me – I increased my rating to 2527 Elo and I finished the year in the worlds women top 10. In this post I share with you (in Russian for the moment – use Google Translate for full text in English – but you get to see the photos and games) the most important and memorable events of 2013.
November 25th, 2013
As it happens pretty often, my chess autumn this year was extremely busy. During two months, from September 18 to November 17, I played 33 tournament games, made 1561 moves over the board, won 18 games, lost 6 and made 9 draws. I completed 12 flights and took two train rides, in five countries. I hosted the 7th Alexandra Kosteniuk Chess Cup for Kids, gave one 21-board simul, rose my classical FIDE rating by 31 points and came back into the world top 10. Here is my story.
November 23rd, 2013
This year again, 12th women’s world chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk will be the official Chess Ambassador of the 2013 Sport Accord World Mind Games, which will take place in beijing, China between the 12th and 18th of December 2013. You can read the official announcement here. This is the third edition of the Mind Sports Games. It’s a unique multi-sport event which highlights the great value of Mind Sports. The world’s best players will deliver top-level performances and create new valuable experiences based on intelligence, strategy and exercise of mind.
October 17th, 2013
One of the toughest tournaments of the year in the women’s circuit is the Russian Superfinal. This year both Valentina Gunina and Alexandra Kosteniuk showed performances well above 2600 to grab Gold and Silver medals, with respectively 7 and 6.5 out of 9 games. Bronze medal was obtained by Natalia Pogonina with 5.5, then Kovalevskaya, Kovanova and Goryachkina 4.5 and T. Kosintseva and Bodnaruk 3.5/9. Below you will find many photos of the event. Alexandra beat T. Kosintseva and Pogonina in their direct encounters,and drew Gunina, but most important, she created a masterpiece in her game against Charochkina, presented at the bottom of this post.
July 22nd, 2013
For the first time in Switzerland’s 113-year chess history, a woman has been able to win both the women’s and men’s national chess titles. Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk has conquered the top step on both podiums last week in Grächen, Switzerland. Read about it below and check out our exclusive photos of the event.
July 6th, 2013
The first edition of the 8-player Geneva Chess Masters was incredibly strong, with top seeds Vladimir Kramnik (2784), Hikaru Nakamura (2775), Shakriyar Mamedyarov (2761), E. Bacrot (2714), J. Polgar (2696), R. Edouard (2666), Y. Pelletier (2578), and A. Kosteniuk (2489). The tournament was a great success, and provided very exciting matches, which saw the final win of Shakhryar Mamedyarov over Vladimir Kramnik, who himself eliminated Hikaru Nakamura. In the preliminaries, Alexandra Kosteniuk created a sensation when she beat 2-0 reigning French champion Romain Edouard rated almost 200 points higher. You can find below the standings and a YouTube video, with comments by WGM Almira Skripchenko. Read more…
May 20th, 2013
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 собрал очень сильный состав. Средний рейтинг участниц был равен 2510. В упорной и небезошибочной борьбе первое место с прекрасным результатом 8 из 11 заняла Бела Хотенашвили из Грузии.
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April 10th, 2013
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 did not stop during the 4+ hours I was there. Below you can see a few photos and a couple videos by the USCF so you can sense the great chess atmosphere present.
March 13th, 2013
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 Zhao Xue, and second Russia (Gunina, Kosteniuk, Pogonina, Galliamova, and Girya) playing without the Kosintseva sisters. My (Russian) team did well, with 4 players out of 5 receiving individual board medals (super performance by Olga Girya with 6.5/8 on the last board). I started on a roll with 4.5/5 and even though I lost the last 2 games, still ended up with a performance of 2502 and just about 1 Elo point gained. More info and photos about the event can be found below. I hope to comment one or more games soon for my YouTube channel. Read also the report on USA’s top chess blog www.chessblog.com.
February 23rd, 2013
I have confirmed my participation in this year’s Memorial Razuvaev, which will take place on August 6-12, in Washington, DC. The tournament has been announced by the Maryland Chess Association, by ChessBlog and ChessDom. A team of women (GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, WGM Anna Zatonskih, WGM Irina Krush, WGM Elena Sedina) will battle a team of seniors (GM Adrian Mikhalchishin, GM Boris Gulko, GM Vladimir Tukmakov, GM Lev Alburt). You will recall that GM Yuri Razuvaev was my coach, who passed away a little over a year ago. He helped me become women’s world chess champion in 2008. More information can be found below.
January 2nd, 2013
My 2012 competition chess year is over! It was filled with interesting games, exciting discoveries, beautiful combinations and sad omissions. In this post I review my 2012 chess year so I can move forward to my competition year 2013. Overall the year 2012 was quite successful for me – I increased my rating by 50 points to 2495 Elo as well as got new great rapid (2575) and blitz (2581) ratings. I was able to win several important events. In this post I share with you (in Russian for the moment – use Google Translate for full text in English – but you get to see the photos and games) the most important and memorable events of 2012.
October 18th, 2012
The 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.
October 12th, 2012
Today 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…
October 7th, 2012
Right 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.
September 10th, 2012
I am pleased to report that we managed to repeat our success of last Olympiad in Khanty-Mansiysk and won again in Istanbul. In the final round we crushed the team of Kazakhstan 4-0 who had drawn with China 2-2 the round before. Our winning team was made of the sisters Tatiana and Nadezhda Kosintseva, Valentina Gunina, Natalija Pogonina and me, Alexandra Kosteniuk. See the full results, an interview, and our Russian team results. Besides getting Gold medals for our team, Nadezhda Kosintseva on 3rd, Natalija Pogonina on 5th and I on 4th managed to get medals on our boards.
It’s very difficult to actually win an event when everybody says you’re favorite to win, so I’m glad it worked out. There were many very strong teams out there, especially of course China and Ukraine, who ended up on the podium with us.
In the next few days I will publish here some of my games of the Olympiads, so come back soon to visit!
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 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.
July 22nd, 2012
Today I was invited to one of the world’s most prestigious exhibition blitz tournaments, in Biel, Switzerland. Most of the other players were super-Grandmasters 2700+ including world’s #1 Magnus Carlsen (2837). In the quarter finals, I was able to beat 1.5-0.5 Chinese super-GM Wang Hao (2739), rated almost 300 points above me, and was only eliminated in the semi-finals against GM Etienne Bacrot (2713), who created the other sensation of the day by beating Magnus Carlsen. The tournament was finally won by Hikaru Nakamura (2778) who beat Etienne Bacrot in the final, congratulations to him!
July 20th, 2012
The 2012 Flims National Swiss Championship just ended today, with the final victory of GM Joe Gallagher with 6.5/9, followed by GM Pelletier and me GM Kosteniuk with 6/9. See the full results and photos below. I am pretty happy with my “+3″ result, with 4 wins and only 1 loss, which will make me win approximately 12 ELO points and bring me to about 2490 ELO (I’m working to get back to my record of 2540). I had some good games against Zueger and Gerber, and Chess King has already posted my game against Korchnoi at this link.
1. GM Joe Gallagher (Neuenburg) 6½. 2. GM Yannick Pelletier (Fr/Sz) 6 (24,25). 3. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (Rus/Sz) 6 (24). 4. IM Oliver Kurmann (Luzern) 5½. 5. IM Julien Carron (Bramois) 4½. 6. IM Markus Klauser (Belp) 4 (16,50). 7. IM Richard Gerber (Genf) 4 (14,25). 8. IM Beat Züger (Siebnen) 3½. 9. IM Alex Domont (Nyon) 3. 10. GM Viktor Kortschnoi (Wohlen/AG) 2.
July 12th, 2012
No time for a break. The day after the Russia-China match finished I was back in Moscow and the day after that already in Switzerland, on my way to the Swiss National Championship in Flims to which I was invited to play in the men’s National Championship, with GM’s Yannick Pelletier, Viktor Kortschnoi, Joe Gallagher and me, and a few more Titled players. You can follow the tournament on www.schachbund.ch. For the moment I can show you some cool photos of my first couple days in this beautiful country!
June 30th, 2012
Tomorrow July 1, the prestigious yearly chess match Russia vs. China will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, until July 9. Will play 5 men and 5 women, in both classical and rapid chess. For Russia, men: Tomashevsky, Jakovenko, Nepomniachtchi, Vitiugov, Matlakov, for women: Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalia Pogonina, Olga Girya, Baira Kovanova. The full lists and regulations are here (Russian, English via Google Translate). A history of the Russia – China matches are here (Russian, English via Google Translate). The girls have been in training for the last week (see “locker room” photo). Several photos of the free day today spent visiting the beautiful park of Peterhof can be found below.
June 22nd, 2012
One of the strongest women’s chess tournaments ever, the 2012 Kazan Chess Grand Prix just ended! Congratulations to Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk for their 7.5 points win. Cmilyte and the current world champion Hou Yifan ended up with 7 points, and I (Alexandra Kosteniuk) finished 5th with Danielian 6th. Tatiana Kosintseva 7th, Lahno 8th, Stefanova 9th, Nadezhda Kosintseva 10th, Galliamova 11th and Yildiz 12th. I am pretty happy with my result, with 4 wins, against Cmilyte, Galliamova, Danielian and Yildiz, and a good finish 2.5/3 which will let me gain about 15 ELO points in the next FIDE rating list. Below is the full results table. The official site has a great photo gallery.
June 20th, 2012
We present the game played on June 20, 2012 between the 12th Women’s World Chess Champion, Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk and Elina Danielian from the Kazan Grand Prix 2012 (official site). There are 2 rounds to go. You can play over the moves in the Applet below, generated by Chess King software (we modified the board color from green to pink). Pay particularly attention to the moves 23. Nxd5+!! and 24. e6!! and 27.Qh8 with unavoidable mate to come. You will find a video of the press conference where Alexandra and Elina analyze their game (in Russian) on the official site.
June 17th, 2012
Hello everybody! I’m playing in the Kazan Grand Prix, with the best women chess players of the planet (Hou Yifan, A. Muzychuk, Koneru, T. & N. Kosintseva, Stefanova, Cmilyte, Galliamova, Danielian, Yildiz and I). You can follow the tournament at the official site. Below is my game of today against Alisa Galliamova. The analysis and the applet was generated automatically by Chess King (I changed the board color from green to pink).
June 5th, 2012
I’m in Batumi, Georgia, and just finished the two incredibly strong Women’s World Rapid and Women’s World Blitz Championships. Although I always want to do better, I’m pretty happy of my result, Silver medal in the Rapid with a performance of 2672 ELO, behind Antoaneta Stefanova, and 4th in the Blitz, with a performance of 2583, behind Valentina Gunina, Natalia Zhukova, and Anna Muzychuk. Have a look at the full Rapid and Blitz tables. Below I attach some photos of the event. I have videos of many of my games, and will post them soon on my YouTube channel “ChessQueen”. Tomorrow I’m going to go sight-seeing in Batumi, so you will have more photos too!