I posted a competition on my newsletter, Facebook and Twitter and am glad to announce the winners below. The competition was in honor of the Bleecker Street’s new film PAWN SACRIFICE movie, which is coming out on September 25th. Since the movie is about World Champion Bobby Fischer, you needed to offer the best way to proceed in the position given. This position is from the 6th game of the World Championship Match of 1972 between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Bobby played 20. e4! in this position, and went on to win the game in a nice fashion (see the game in a Chess King applet below). Read more…
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August 15th, 2014
[See my post before the Olympiads began]. For the third time in a row, our women’s Russian team won Gold, this time at the 2014 Tromso Chess Olympiads. It was an incredibly tough battle, as expected, and our team, made up of GM Valentina Gunina, myself GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, GM Kateryna Lagno, WGM Natalija Pogonina, and WGM Olga Girya achieved 10 match wins out of 11, including a decisive match win against the key competitors China. Besides our team Gold medals, Valentina Gunina and I got individual board Gold medals, with 8/10 and a performance of 2651 for Valentina and 7.5/9 and a performance of 2639 for myself. I am posting some of the results below (full results can be found here), and photos. More photos and games will be posted shortly. If you have a smart phone, subscribe to my Instagram feed, and I hope you are subscribed to my email newsletter too. Read more…
March 30th, 2014
Hello everyone! Yes that’s me on the photo! It was taken when I was a kid (remember I started to play chess at 5 years old), and my dad had created a chess program (called “Alexandra”) so I could practice tactics and endgames. It was very rare at the time and it helped me progress a lot. Now there are lots of wonderful chess programs that can help you achieve your goals of becoming stronger at chess. You can see below the best programs by our Chess King Labs and by our partner Convekta, at the very best prices, in our DVD and download shop www.chesskingtraining.com. Make sure to use the coupon code 10dOFF to get $10 off any order >$50, and 5dOFF to get $5 off any order >$25. Download or view a partial price list here and see the most popular items below (Chess King and the items marked in yellow). I use both Chess King 4 Pro and Chess Assistant 14 Pro, as well as several other tactics trainers. Email me if questions. Or visit the shop directly for the biggest assortment and lots of extra discounted super combos.
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 6th, 2013
Hi everyone! Right now I’m in Nashville, Tennessee, at the USCF Supernational 2013, having a great time and very excited to see so many young chess players around me, I’ll soon make a post with photos and news about it. In a few days I will be playing at the Russian Team Chess Championship in Sochi, then in May I have a very strong FIDE Grand-Prix tournament in Geneva and in-between my chess tournaments I always make sure to come back to Miami to rejuvenate and to spend as much time with my family as possible. That is one of the greatest advantages of being a chess professional – to be able to travel so much and to see so many new places around the world.Since I love traveling so much and to share my traveling experience with others, it is with great pleasure that I accepted an offer from the Russian web-site – TravelTipz.ru to write regular reviews about the hotels where I stay, the restaurants which I discover and different activities I take part in during my trips. I will share my reviews on my site, Twitter and Facebook. My first review will be about the huge hotel Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, coming up soon! I hope you will like it and it may be useful to you!
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.
February 12th, 2013
I just opened my new “Chess King” eBay store, and posted some of the most popular items from our Chess King Shop. Since I just started, there are few bids and the prices may be unbelievably low, some prices are only 10% of the list price. Check it out! –> Link to the Chess King eBay Store. I will try to create new auctions when old ones end so you should be able to get good deals at any time.
January 11th, 2013
Yesterday January 9 I was interviewed live on top rated Dr Laura Ciel Radio Show. You can listen to it here. The Dr Laura Ciel Show Is A Global Talk Show With The Intent To Inspire People Who Find Themselves In A Place Of Frustration, Sadness, Despair, Grief, Anger, Crisis Or Chaos To Create The Life They Want To Live. Through Your Questions, Information And Guest Interviews Listeners Will Be Inspired To Drop Their Excuses And Start Living The Life They Want Right Now Whether It Is In The Areas Of Personal Achievement, Relationships, Career+Money And/Or Health+Body. You can read about Dr. Laura’s Ciel show here.
November 12th, 2012
The November issue of Vedomosti’s magazine “Kak Potratit’” (translated as “How to Spend”), features 4 famous sports people who have lent their names to western brands of watches: 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk, 12th women’s world chess champion, who teamed up with Gangi to create the Scacco Matto GMT3, 2. Lionel Messi, soccer player of FC Barcelona, who lent his name to Audemars Piguet Royal Oak, 3. Alexei Nemov, 12-time Olympic medalist in Gymnastics who helped create the IWC Big Pilot Limited Edition, and last but not least 4. Evgeni Plushenko, the most well known figure skating star of all times, who has partnered with Ulysse Nardin Champion’s Diver Limited Edition watch. Read the full article here.
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…
September 8th, 2012
Today my English Twitter account @chessqueen reached 200,000 followers! I’ve been tweeting for 3 years and two months now (see my 3rd birthday post) and been enjoying it very much, I have written more than 5,000 tweets. It’s the easiest way for fans to interact with me and to find out what I’m doing at any moment in time. I have my phone with me almost all the time (except when I’m playing in a chess tournament), and it’s easy and fun for me to send a quick tweet to let everybody know what I’m doing.
My next big milestone will be soon when I hope to hit a million views on my YouTube channel “ChessQueen”. I’m at 990,000 views right now.
My destiny is to share the love of chess in the world!
September 3rd, 2012
The world is watching the games and the results of the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiads, on the official site or on Chess Blog, it’s the biggest chess event of the year. 5 rounds have been played, see the results page. There are 6 more to go, so anything is possible. On the photo to the left you can see our Russian women’s team, with coaches, having a rest moment at a coffee shop today Sunday. If you tried to recognize all the players, they are: Rublevsky, Pogonina, Kosteniuk, N. Kosintseva, Dokhoian, T. Kosintseva, Riazantsev and Naer. That’s a powerful Elo average of approx. 2582! Below you can find some more photos of today’s tourism in Istanbul.
August 29th, 2012
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!
July 25th, 2012
I’m pleased to let you know that I have been featured in fashion magazine VOGUE, USA Edition, in the August 2012 issue, which hits newsstands on July 24, 2012. That issue is called the “Vogue Age Issue“, and it puts six very different women, ages 28 to 89, in the spotlight. One of them is me, Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk and as you can imagine the main theme is what I love to do – play chess, show why it’s a cool game, and promote chess around the world! This story was in the works since February, when I was contacted by Vogue New York, then a most professional team came to Florida to work on the story, among them professional photographer Ralph Mecke, Reporter Rebecca Johnson, and sittings editor Kathryn Neale, whom I thank for a wonderful job! I hope this article will give a boost to chess in the USA, especially for kids and for girls, too!
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!
May 7th, 2012
I just came back from a wonderful trip to Tucson, Arizona, where I visited the 9 Queens Chess Fest. There were lots of chess activities for kids and grown-ups, it was one of the best chess promotion events I’ve ever been to!
I was able to meet a lot of new chess friends, play a simul against 40 players (I won all 40 games), and even the next day enjoyed the warm weather, which allowed me to take lots of photos of beautiful cactuses. I would like to thank especially Jean Hoffman and Vicky Lazaro who worked round the clock with a great group of volunteers to make this Fest a great success. Check 9 Queens Blog & Facebook page. Also check out my photos below.
May 2nd, 2012
This Saturday I will be in Tucson, Arizona for the 9 Queens Chess Fest!
Here is 9 Queens’s announcement: We are thrilled to host the our biggest Chess Fest ever this Saturday, May 5, from 2-5 pm, at the Hotel Congress, 311 W. Congress St., Tucson, AZ with special guest Alexandra Kosteniuk. The free, family chess festival will feature activities for everyone including: beginner chess lessons, a chess simultaneous exhibit, face-painting, chess arts and crafts, and a life-size chess set. For more information visit our website or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
I will hand out presents for all the kids, and will donate 50% of all sales of my chess products “Chess King” to 9 Queens. If you order anything from my shop until Sunday and mention as a comment “50% to 9Queens”, I will donate 50% to 9 Queens! So make yourself a gift and at the same time help out 9 Queens.
May 2nd, 2012
Today I’d like to share with you a detailed analysis of my game from the recent Russian Team Chess Championships from Loo-Sochi against Baira Kovanova. It’s a very interesting Ruy Lopez opening and shows a nice battle of a good Knight against a bad Bishop. To publish my game on my blog I entered the game into Chess King and used the easy Export-to-Blog button.
February 11th, 2012
I always tell you that it’s good to do other sports together with chess to be in good shape, so I did just that today and participated in the RUN MIAMI’s Live Ultimate Ocean Drive 5K 2012 Charity Run. My goal was to do under 25 minutes and I did 23:54! This is a photo of me just before we started the race. Do you like to run? What sports do you do to keep in shape?
February 9th, 2012
Our friends with “FaceChess” cards have just released their continuing 2012 series and I am so pleased to be featured on one of the cards, in such good company! Have a look at the cards below. You can see the FaceChess cards on eBay under search FaceChess and you can buy them at individually or in a complete set.” There is a set on sale now at this link. There is a huge market for sport cards collecting and it would be nice that chess takes on, it would help chess get more popular!
December 22nd, 2011
I just want to share with you the modernization of my “Chess Queen” logo from 2D to 3D. It’s also more in line with the Chess King logo, which is my new chess software project (site, shop, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube).
Let me know if you like it this way!
Happy Holidays to everyone, and may 2012 bring you love and success in all you do!
P.S. You guessed it, purple is one of my favorite colors!
February 6th, 2011
We’re pleased to report that Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk started the year 2011 with a nice success, winning the prestigious Moscow Open 2011, with 7 out of 9 points, ahead of Batkhuyag Munguntuul from Mongolia (also 7 points but with a lower tie-break). Third is Chinese GM Zhao Xue, 4th was Russian Valentina Gunina. Read Alexandra’s post on www.chessblog.com and watch all her 9 games on www.chessqueen.com.
February 4th, 2011
Watch the games of Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk at the 2011 Moscow Open Women’s Invitational Chess Tournament. Played from January 29 to 6 of February 2011. More regular news about Alexandra can be found on her Twitter “@chessqueen” account (English) or “@kosteniuk” (Russian), her Facebook “chessqueen” Fan Page, and of course the blog www.chessblog.com and her personal page www.chessqueen.com.
December 14th, 2010
12th Women’s World Chess Champion and Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk has decided to repeat last year’s successful chess promotion and offer a free chess simul to a deserving chess club or school in the USA. Read Alexandra’s post about it and her thoughts about the closing 2010 chess year, and how she’s getting ready for 2011. Link to the original post here.
October 2nd, 2010
At the Chess Olympiads of Khanty-Mansiysk, Alexandra’s team Russia-1 (comprised of Tatiana Kosintseva, Nadezhda Kosintseva, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Alisa Galliamova, and Valentina Gunina), is guaranteed to win Gold. The team got 10 match win in 10 rounds, not even one match drawn or lost. That’s 20 match points, with the closest follower China with only 16 match points, and then 4 teams with 15 match points (Ukraine, Georgia, Russia-2 and Poland). See the rankings after 10 rounds. Read Alexandra’s post about it on chessblog.com. Tomorrow is the last round then we will have lots of photos and even video from the prize ceremony.
September 5th, 2010
Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk passed the milestone of 100,000 followers on Twitter. Twitter has now become a major social network with millions of members, and lots of chess players. You can visit her Twitter page at http://twitter.com/chessqueen and sign up to follow her updates (it’s free to join Twitter). There are some Chess GM’s on Twitter, a good list can be found on twitterchess.com. Check out also Alexandra’s Facebook page & YouTube channel.
August 6th, 2010
Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk is in Mainz, Germany, to participate in the famous “Chess Classic”. She was a participant at the Press Conference, together with Vishy Anand, world chess champion, classical chess and Levon Aronian, rapid world chess champion. Read more here.
June 16th, 2010
Hello boys and girls!
Can you guess what I am saying in the comic image to the left?
It’s taken from the Greek version of my comic series “Chess is Cool”, which I created together with René Duret from the Netherlands.
Thanks to Constantine Koutsoukos, who helped me translate it into Greek, and who got it published in the Greek kids magazine Read more…
June 16th, 2010
I’m at the 1st St. Petersburg Youth Economic Forum right now, which is part of the larger yearly St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.
I’m the member of a working group on how to build better cities of the future, and tomorrow will be giving a talk about it (and I will use chess analogies!). Today, we had the visit of President Medvedev, and tomorrow Read more…
June 14th, 2010
We have just received the news that the Reigning Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk has been named Official Ambassador for the bid for the Chess Olympiads in Tromsø 2014, alongside Magnus Carlsen, current World #1 according to FIDE rating. Read the full press release and more on www.chessqueen.com.
June 12th, 2010
We are pleased to announce the inauguration of Alexandra’s new chess blog, located at www.chessqueen.com, which will be the place where Alexandra will post her news and thoughts about chess. Her women’s chess blog www.chessblog.com will expand to contain both men’s and women’s chess news, which has been an overwhelming request from fans all over the world.
May 29th, 2010
Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk just came back from a chess & tourism promotion trip to one of the 7 Wonders of the world: the Machu Picchu, Peru. The trip was intensely followed by the press and was shown Live country-wide on TV. Have a look at Alexandra’s blog post, and the YouTube video of Game 3. Don’t miss the official photo album with stunning photos of chess at the Machu Picchu. Alexandra also climbed to the top of the Waynapicchu, a climb reserved to few people, and was the first person to reach the top on May 24.
May 15th, 2010
Alexandra was a guest of honor at the Title I District Chess Championship in Miami yesterday. On the photo you see her with Program Director Elizabeth Tejada and Superintendent of schools Alberto Carvalho (who oversees the 4th largest school district in the USA). The Program and tournament (844 kids playing) is a great success and it’s nice to see such great support for chess in schools. Read Alexandra’s blog post and see the official photos of this event.
May 2nd, 2010
Chess is great to promote products. It was a smart BUSINESS decision by JGB to invest in CHESS to promote their product Tarrito Rojo. The Queen of Chess, Alexandra Kosteniuk shares with you her impressions from her Promotion trip in Colombia, including her goodwill visits to foundations such as the “Pies Descalsos” of singer Shakira, just outside of Bogotá, and much more. Read the exclusive post on CHESSBLOG. We have nice photo albums: Tarrito Rojo Chess Talent, Fashion in Bogotá, and Tourism in Medellin. And don’t miss Alexandra’s emotional video about her trip to Colombia.
April 30th, 2010
It was probably the biggest combined chess & product promotion of the year: The Colombian company JGB, maker of the vitamin supplement “Tarrito Rojo” put much of their yearly advertising budget into inviting Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk and promoting chess to Colombian youth. The result was a massive chess tournament “Tarrito Rojo Chess Talent” in Bogotá and in Medellin, with many simuls, prizes, donations to charities. See the full photo album on ChessPics.
April 29th, 2010
We are pleased to present to you, from our photo partner ChessPics two web photo albums of Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk, “Fashion in Bogotá“, and “Tourism in Medellin“. They were taken while Alexandra was participating in the Chess Talent Tarrito Rojo 2010. More photos of the main event coming separately.
April 28th, 2010
Alexandra Kosteniuk is in Dubai for the Sport Accord Convention. She took advantage of that venue to support Chess to become an official Olympic Sport. Read the article of Gulf News about it. Feel free to leave a comment with your feelings about this issue.
April 25th, 2010
Alexandra traveled on her birthday from Miami to Indialantic, Florida, so she could give a 46-board simul during the Space Coast Chess Festival, in Indialantic, Florida. It went very well, and the final result was +42 =3 -1. Congratulations to Wayne Strickland for his win, as well as to Dr. Axel Stock of UCF, John Ludwig, and Eric Perlman for their draws. See the official photo album of this event.
April 21st, 2010
Champion for Peace Alexandra Kosteniuk inaugurated today the Chess for Peace (Ajedrez por la Paz) Center in Puerto Tejada, Colombia. This project, sponsored by FIDE, Peace and Sport, and the organization Colombianitos, is a chance for underprivileged kids to learn chess and benefit from the skills it teaches. See the official photo album of this event.
April 8th, 2010
March 3rd, 2010
PRESS RELEASE: We are pleased to announce that Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk today joined “Champions for Peace”, a club of top international athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport. Read or download the Press Release in English or in French. More will be posted during the day on Alexandra’s chess blog.
February 20th, 2010
February 16th, 2010
PRESS RELEASE: Alexandra Kosteniuk and the organizers of the Space Coast Open Chess Festival jointly announced today that Grandmaster and reigning Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk will play a 50-board simile at the 17th Space Coast Open Chess Festival, at Indialantic, Florida, at 8 AM on April 24, 2010. Sign up here. Read full Press Release.
February 8th, 2010
February 5th, 2010
Chess is great to promote products. It was a smart BUSINESS decision by JGB to invest in CHESS to promote their product Tarrito Rojo. The Queen of Chess, Alexandra Kosteniuk shares with you her impressions from her Promotion trip in Colombia, including her goodwill visits to foundations such as the “Pies Descalsos” of singer Shakira, just outside of Bogotá, and much more. Read the exclusive post on CHESSBLOG.
January 13th, 2010
Today was Alexandra’s first book signing for her newly released book “Diary of a Chess Queen“, in Coral Gable’s Books & Books. As the last book signing, it was a lively question and answer and most attendees left with an autographed copy of Alexandra’s book.
Read Alexandra’s report with photos of this event on her chess blog. On the photo to the left you can see Grandmaster Julio Becerra who just got his copy of Alexandra’s book. If you’d like to order your own copy with free autograph, you can do it on Alexandra’s web shop.
January 12th, 2010
Alexandra published a sample YouTube video of her new upcoming DVD “Chess Blitz Fever”, which will contain tips about playing better blitz chess, as well as her wins, fully commented against world rated #1 Magnus Carlsen, World Champion Vishy Anand, and super-GM’s Grischuk, Morozevich, Aronian, Gashimov, Judith Polgar, and Naiditsch. The DVD will hit the shelves by the end of February, free shipping if you pre-order it before then.
January 8th, 2010
Yesterday was Alexandra’s first book signing for her newly released book “Diary of a Chess Queen“, in the beautiful bookstore Barnes & Noble of Aventura, Florida. Lots of people came to her talk and signing session, the questions and answers kept everyone interested and tuned in to chess 100%. Read Alexandra’s report with photos of this event on her chess blog. On the photo to the left is Alexandra and her promising student Rachel Gologorsky. There will be one book signing on Monday 8 PM at the Books & Books of Coral Gables, Florida. If you miss it, you can order your copy with free autograph on Alexandra’s web shop.
January 1st, 2010
Alexandra promoted chess to thousands of live spectators and millions of TV viewers on January 1, 2010, on the top TV program “Zolotoi Grammofon”, which is the Russian Music Oscars event of the year. She handed an oscar to famous singer Stas Pekha. The YouTube video presented is 9-minute summary of the 2-hour program. Since the video is in Russian, Alexandra posted an explanation post of what is said around minutes 3-4 of this video on her chess blog.
December 31st, 2009
Women’s World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk invites you to either or both of her Miami book “Diary of a Chess Queen” signing sessions, that will take place on January 7 at 7 PM at the Aventura Barnes & Noble, and on January 11 at 8 PM at the Coral Gables Books & Books. She will give a talk, answer any questions, and autograph her book for you and for your loved ones.