Kosintseva sisters, Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Natalija Pogonina win European Team Chess Championship for Russia
Breaking News: Our Russian national chess team just won the European Team Chess Championships!
It was not easy! While our starting ratings were the highest and we were the favorites to win, it’s actually very hard to win when you are expected to win. I know something about that, for sure, having been Women’s World Chess Champion. Everybody looks at the favorites and makes an extra effort to beat them. Well in this championship we were able to keep our cool the whole event, I’m so happy we won!