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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.


Three world champions played on the 1st board, the 13th world champion Hou Yifan, the 12th Alexandra Kosteniuk, and the 10th Antoaneta Stefanova. Here are the results:



Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk wins Gold in Eilat


A photo taken right before the game Hou Yifan – Alexandra Kosteniuk (0-1):


Chess Queen Kosteniuk won against Hou Yifan in Eilat 2012


The top three on the first board, Gold: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Silver: Hou Yifan, Bronze: Elina Danielian.


Gold: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Silver: Hou Yifan, Bronze: Elina Danielian


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On my free day I went to the very nice Oceanarium, took a lot of photos, and also enjoyed the exhibits. Here is a photo of me as a turtle. By the way, I post lots of photos on my Instagram (free iPhone or Android app) account “chessqueen”, feel free to follow me there.



One more photo of me, this time coming out of an egg (also posted on my Instagram account “chessqueen”):



If you’re not afraid of seeing a few cyrillic (= Russian) characters here and there, you can follow my Russian Twitter account @kosteniuk where I post more photos still. Here is a last photo of me in a dangerous “position”:



Thanks also to my team-mates Valentina Gunina, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Alina Kashlinskaya and Anastasia Savina, and team captain Eldar Mukhametov, we had a great time in Eilat, Israel!



And to close, my favorite diagram, the final position of my game against 13th world champion Hou Yifan, after I played 59…Ne4! See the game Hou Yifan – Alexandra Kosteniuk 0-1 in a Chess King applet.



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17 Responses to “Kosteniuk gets Gold on 1st Board in Eilat ChessEuro Cup ahead of Hou Yifan”

  1. Germaine Shaw says:

    Hey Chess Queen congrats I am sure you have enough gold medals to make a full sleeve shirt of gold wishing you a full dress congrats wink

  2. Jason Bourne says:

    Caro Kann my favorite with Black Chess Queen my favourite for gold always wishing the world title for Alexandra this Dec 12 and 15 is nice combination

  3. Ron says:

    Wonder of wonders. *Pats you on the back.* Great going ChessQueen.

  4. samuel from uganda big fan of yours ms grandmaster you inspire says:

    GOLDEN GIRL GOLDEN PRIZE GOLDEN SMILE _ Alexandra Kosteniuk :)

  5. yudyud says:

    yeayy.. good on you :D

  6. alexis cochran, nz says:

    fantastic congratulations – double congrats for gold and rating!

  7. Ali, Dubai says:

    She’s the One – Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk

  8. Krish, Bangalore says:

    congrats, calls for a party – Krish

  9. Sebastian Wolff, Washington says:

    What a fantastic thing EXTREMELY HAPPY for my favourite chess star – so are my twins – great for 2500 + and for the gold All the happiness may come your way and all the success dear Alexandra

  10. Sebastian Wolff, Washington says:

    OH MY GODDDDD INSIDE A SHARK OHHHHHH

  11. J.L. Vienna says:

    2451 x congratulations and a cheer for every rating point! Blessings

  12. Mir Nawaz, Karachi says:

    who’s more dangerous – the shark or the chess queen on the chess board? We all know the answer!

  13. Terrence, Colorado says:

    GOLD – wow – Loved your game against HOU Quintessential you. I admire the depth of your calculation. Beautiful.

  14. irenejas says:

    Да здравствует Александра – Королева шахмат!!!

  15. sandra, rome says:

    yo congrats

  16. Congrats Alexandra…!
    love your chess style!
    Greetings!
    Diego

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