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.
Here are the full standings:
Below you will find a short YouTube video. Before watching it, try to see the winning move that Alexandra played in the following position, with white to move. Can you see all the way to mate?
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You can see many videos of the games on the organizer’s site.
A photo taken during the first game of the match:
Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk:
The second game of the match Kosteniuk – Edouard (Alexandra will also win this one):
Alexandra gave an interview in French to Damir Levacic at the end of the event.
Here’s a photo of Alexandra in Geneva: