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September 10th, 2012

Alexandra Kosteniuk’s Russian Team wins the Istanbul Chess Olympiads!

Russia with Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk win Gold at the Istanbul Chess OlympiadsHello everyone!
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!




Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk won 2 medals in Istanbul Chess Olympiad

Here is a photo I posted on Instagram (my nick is "chessqueen") of my the 2 medals I won at the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiads


Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk at the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiads

Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk at the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiads


Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk at the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiads

Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk at the 2012 Istanbul Chess Olympiads


Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk getting her medals in Istanbul

Alexandra Kosteniuk got a team Gold Medal and an individual Bronze medal


Before the last round

Team Russia vs. Team Kazakhstan, last round: 4-0


Click here to see a Video of the Prize Ceremony


Before the last round



Final Ranking after 11 Rounds – Women

Rk. SNo Team Team Games   +   =   -  TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4
1 2 Russia RUS 11 8 3 0 19 450.0 33.0 155.00
2 1 China CHN 11 8 3 0 19 416.0 31.5 154.00
3 4 Ukraine UKR 11 7 4 0 18 408.5 30.5 154.00
4 6 India IND 11 8 1 2 17 336.0 28.0 148.00
5 10 Romania ROU 11 8 0 3 16 313.5 28.5 129.00
6 8 Armenia ARM 11 8 0 3 16 313.0 26.5 140.00
7 14 France FRA 11 7 1 3 15 347.5 29.0 147.00
8 3 Georgia GEO 11 6 3 2 15 344.0 28.5 144.00
9 26 Iran IRI 11 7 1 3 15 339.0 31.0 132.00
10 5 United States of America USA 11 6 3 2 15 326.0 29.5 133.00
11 9 Germany GER 11 7 1 3 15 316.0 27.0 144.00
12 22 Kazakhstan KAZ 11 6 3 2 15 309.0 27.0 138.00
13 21 Mongolia MGL 11 7 1 3 15 308.0 28.0 134.00
14 36 Belarus BLR 11 6 3 2 15 292.0 28.5 121.00
15 7 Poland POL 11 6 2 3 14 336.5 27.5 151.00
16 13 Bulgaria BUL 11 6 2 3 14 316.5 27.5 136.00
17 12 Hungary HUN 11 6 2 3 14 303.0 27.5 129.00
18 24 Latvia LAT 11 6 2 3 14 296.5 28.0 126.00
19 15 Cuba CUB 11 5 4 2 14 286.0 25.5 129.00
20 17 Netherlands NED 11 6 2 3 14 285.5 27.0 133.00
21 35 Uzbekistan UZB 11 6 2 3 14 278.5 24.5 138.00
22 20 Slovakia SVK 11 5 4 2 14 278.0 23.5 133.00
23 37 Peru PER 11 6 2 3 14 273.5 26.0 127.00
24 54 Indonesia INA 11 6 2 3 14 262.5 26.0 122.00
25 60 Mexico MEX 11 7 0 4 14 230.0 25.0 112.00
26 28 Vietnam VIE 11 6 1 4 13 307.5 27.0 135.00
27 23 Czech Republic CZE 11 6 1 4 13 306.5 26.0 139.00
28 27 Azerbaijan AZE 11 6 1 4 13 306.0 26.0 145.00
29 25 Israel ISR 11 6 1 4 13 302.0 26.5 138.00
30 19 Serbia SRB 11 4 5 2 13 290.5 25.5 137.00
31 34 Colombia COL 11 5 3 3 13 289.5 27.0 128.00
32 11 Spain ESP 11 6 1 4 13 285.0 25.5 132.00
33 31 Italy ITA 11 6 1 4 13 277.0 27.0 126.00
34 53 Venezuela VEN 11 6 1 4 13 262.5 26.5 119.00
35 42 Montenegro MNE 11 6 1 4 13 259.0 26.0 120.00
36 49 Estonia EST 11 6 1 4 13 243.5 25.5 123.00
37 43 Austria AUT 11 6 1 4 13 230.0 23.0 126.00
38 55 Chile CHI 11 6 1 4 13 200.5 26.0 106.00
39 64 Bolivia BOL 11 6 1 4 13 182.0 21.0 116.00
40 18 Greece GRE 11 5 2 4 12 276.0 25.0 132.00
41 16 Slovenia SLO 11 3 6 2 12 265.0 23.5 137.00
42 45 Turkey TUR 11 5 2 4 12 260.5 25.5 121.00
43 57 Philippines PHI 11 5 2 4 12 257.5 24.5 130.00
44 33 Lithuania LTU 11 5 2 4 12 255.0 24.0 131.00
45 30 Croatia CRO 11 5 2 4 12 242.0 25.5 119.00
46 44 England ENG 11 4 4 3 12 240.0 24.5 124.00
47 48 Belgium BEL 11 6 0 5 12 234.5 25.5 122.00
48 32 Ecuador ECU 11 5 2 4 12 227.0 22.5 124.00
49 58 Turkmenistan TKM 11 5 2 4 12 226.0 26.0 110.00
50 50 Australia AUS 11 6 0 5 12 217.0 24.0 122.00
51 41 Moldova MDA 11 4 4 3 12 214.5 23.0 122.00
52 63 Bangladesh BAN 11 5 2 4 12 202.5 24.5 113.00
53 62 Iceland ISL 11 6 0 5 12 197.5 23.5 111.00
54 39 Bosnia & Herzegovina BIH 11 5 2 4 12 197.0 20.5 117.00
55 52 Portugal POR 11 6 0 5 12 192.5 19.5 117.00
56 87 Tajikistan TJK 11 6 0 5 12 169.0 21.5 110.00
57 40 Norway NOR 11 4 3 4 11 227.0 23.5 114.00
58 47 Brazil BRA 11 5 1 5 11 225.5 23.0 123.00
59 84 Turkey 2016 TUR16 11 3 5 3 11 225.5 22.0 117.00
60 38 Switzerland SUI 11 5 1 5 11 224.5 22.0 132.00
61 83 Malaysia MAS 11 5 1 5 11 211.5 22.0 121.00
62 66 El Salvador ESA 11 5 1 5 11 206.0 21.5 124.00
63 51 Denmark DEN 11 5 1 5 11 201.0 22.5 117.00
64 59 Canada CAN 11 5 1 5 11 189.0 22.5 116.00
65 61 South Africa RSA 11 5 1 5 11 182.5 21.5 111.00
66 68 FYROM MKD 11 5 1 5 11 182.0 21.0 112.00
67 75 IPCA IPCA 11 4 3 4 11 180.0 22.0 106.00
68 72 Luxembourg LUX 11 4 3 4 11 177.5 22.0 103.00
69 85 Kyrgyzstan KGZ 11 4 3 4 11 167.5 20.5 109.00
70 94 Paraguay PAR 11 5 1 5 11 158.5 21.0 101.00
71 77 Finland FIN 11 4 3 4 11 148.0 19.0 109.00
72 29 Argentina ARG 11 5 0 6 10 222.5 20.0 135.00
73 79 Algeria ALG 11 5 0 6 10 190.0 23.0 109.00
74 80 Costa Rica CRC 11 4 2 5 10 188.5 20.5 112.00
75 92 Sri Lanka SRI 11 4 2 5 10 184.0 22.0 106.00
76 74 Syria SYR 11 3 4 4 10 181.0 19.5 111.00
77 69 Dominican Republic DOM 11 4 2 5 10 178.0 22.5 105.00
78 89 Albania ALB 11 5 0 6 10 175.5 20.5 107.00
79 65 Guatemala GUA 11 4 2 5 10 172.0 20.0 108.00
80 91 Ireland IRL 11 4 2 5 10 170.0 21.0 95.00
81 73 Egypt EGY 11 5 0 6 10 163.5 20.0 111.00
82 86 Wales WLS 11 4 2 5 10 156.5 21.0 104.00
83 76 Scotland SCO 11 4 2 5 10 149.0 19.5 106.00
84 104 Chinese Taipei TPE 11 5 0 6 10 115.0 18.0 88.00
85 56 ICSC ICSC 11 4 1 6 9 223.5 24.5 121.00
86 70 Jordan JOR 11 3 3 5 9 187.0 20.0 114.00
87 67 New Zealand NZL 11 4 1 6 9 183.0 21.5 116.00
88 46 Sweden SWE 11 4 1 6 9 182.0 20.5 128.00
89 115 Nigeria NGR 11 2 5 4 9 179.5 19.5 100.00
90 71 IBCA IBCA 11 3 3 5 9 175.5 19.5 112.00
91 88 United Arab Emirates UAE 11 3 3 5 9 154.0 19.5 105.00
92 78 Uruguay URU 11 4 1 6 9 145.5 20.0 99.00
93 116 Thailand THA 11 4 1 6 9 142.5 19.5 91.00
94 90 Puerto Rico PUR 11 4 1 6 9 139.0 17.5 105.00
95 102 Turkey 2023 TUR23 11 4 1 6 9 137.0 17.0 99.00
96 101 Qatar QAT 11 4 1 6 9 125.5 17.0 95.00
97 81 Jamaica JAM 11 4 1 6 9 122.5 20.5 86.00
98 82 Zambia ZAM 9 4 1 4 9 112.5 17.5 87.00
99 103 Japan JPN 11 4 1 6 9 104.5 16.5 93.00
100 111 Nicaragua NCA 11 4 1 6 9 99.5 14.5 98.00
101 96 Panama PAN 11 4 0 7 8 138.5 18.5 99.00
102 100 South Korea KOR 11 3 2 6 8 137.0 18.0 106.00
103 99 Lebanon LIB 11 3 2 6 8 132.5 16.0 102.00
104 106 Suriname SUR 11 4 0 7 8 128.0 18.0 93.00
105 120 Zimbabwe ZIM 11 3 2 6 8 119.5 17.0 91.00
106 97 Tunisia TUN 11 3 2 6 8 119.0 18.0 87.00
107 105 Monaco MNC 11 3 2 6 8 118.5 16.0 99.00
108 126 Kenya KEN 11 3 2 6 8 101.0 18.0 84.00
109 113 Netherlands Antilles AHO 11 3 2 6 8 71.0 15.5 76.00
110 93 Iraq IRQ 11 3 1 7 7 136.5 17.0 102.00
111 119 Mozambique MOZ 11 3 1 7 7 108.5 16.0 92.00
112 121 Pakistan PAK 11 2 3 6 7 97.5 17.5 82.00
113 95 Botswana BOT 11 3 1 7 7 97.0 15.0 101.00
114 109 Uganda UGA 11 3 1 7 7 94.5 14.5 94.00
115 114 Malta MLT 11 2 3 6 7 89.5 15.0 87.00
116 98 Yemen YEM 11 3 1 7 7 83.5 14.0 95.00
117 108 Barbados BAR 11 2 2 7 6 107.5 18.0 80.00
118 122 Palestine PLE 11 3 0 8 6 90.5 16.5 81.00
119 107 Trinidad & Tobago TRI 11 2 2 7 6 72.5 13.0 86.00
120 118 Fiji FIJ 11 2 2 7 6 68.5 14.0 81.00
121 112 Angola ANG 8 2 2 4 6 53.5 14.0 77.00
122 125 Ethiopia ETH 11 1 3 7 5 114.0 15.5 92.00
123 124 Aruba ARU 11 2 1 8 5 84.5 14.5 77.00
124 127 Namibia NAM 11 1 2 8 4 57.0 13.0 78.00
125 123 Afghanistan AFG 9 0 1 8 1 20.0 3.0 79.00
126 110 Libya LBA 1 0 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 65.00
127 117 Honduras HON 1 0 0 1 0 0.0 0.0 65.00

Annotation:
Tie Break1: Matchpoints (2 for wins, 1 for Draws, 0 for Losses)
Tie Break2: Olympiad-Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break without lowest result (Khanty-Mansiysk)
Tie Break3: points (game-points)
Tie Break4: Sum Matchpoints (2,1,0) without lowest result (Olympiad Khanty-Mansiysk)



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13 Responses to “Alexandra Kosteniuk’s Russian Team wins the Istanbul Chess Olympiads!”

  1. Ron says:

    Dear Alexandra,

    I hope I am not repeating myself, but when I was in the mall in Rhode Island buying that Black Sea salt stuff, I met a woman from Kazakhstan and mentioned your name and she knew of you. She was really nice.

    For you forever,

    Ron

  2. alexis cochran, nz says:

    this is just a sweet victory because it came with so much hard work and toil! congrats to your team

  3. Jiu Lin, Beijing says:

    Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk don’t you think you are very lucky for your team? Congrats for the double gold! of course i would have liked china to win. But i am quite happy that Russia has won. You girls deserved it with all that determination. When china lost to kazakh girls one understand chess is so much also about continued long determination and not just being highly rated.

  4. Keith Larkins, Manchester says:

    Congratulations Alexandra and to your team – another conquest that delights your fans. you just made my weekend and the week!

  5. Cane and Able, New York says:

    that 4-0 was the clincher one draw and you girls would have not overtaken china fantastic play cheers chess queen and kosintseva sisters and gunina and pogonina galliamova should have been here

  6. anonymous says:

    pretty women – walking through the olympiad congrats on a well-deserved very hard fought gold and congrats for keeping your title. i already wish you a hat-trick in 2014!!!

  7. J.L. Vienna says:

    that was way tooooo tough one of the most hard-fought well-earned titles for the Russian girls and chess queen i am sure. best wishes and congratulations

  8. Peter says:

    Congratulations Alexandra!! Thank you so much for sharing all of the day to day news. No one shares as much as you do and your fans love you for it! All the best, Peter

  9. S.J. - Istanbul says:

    Dear Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk,
    Do you remember giving me your autograph and photo? I will miss you as you go back from Istanbul. I want to tell the whole world that you are very sweet, you look awesome when you sit behind the chess board, and I don’t know anyone who is so kind to fans like me. Love and Hugs, (I will never forget that you praised my dress and the chess tips you gave me) Come again to Istanbul. Congratulations also.

  10. Dennis says:

    congratulation Alexandra wel done !!!!!!!!!! your simply the best #1 my favorite chess player :)

  11. Jenkins, Colorado says:

    will they check the medals in customs heh heh. Great job Chess Queen.

  12. Scott Young says:

    Just wanted to say Congratulations on your and your teams performance at the Olympiad. The chess was high caliber and professional. Great team! Well done.

  13. Ali, Dubai says:

    Congrats on the Conquest may i say already that is a hat-trick on the cards two years later in tromse? ;)