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August 12th, 2005

Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing Fischer Random Chess in MainzChess Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk had a great time in Mainz in the largest Fischer Random tournament of the year. The tournament was of incredibly high level with 47 players with the Grandmaster (men) title, and was won by GM Levon Aronian. Alexandra got 7 points out of 11 and overall was second among women, behind Stefanova, but in front of Paehtz, Zhukova, Cmilyte, and Chiburdanidze (see full results here). According to Alexandra, Fischer Random chess is a great invention, it allows you to use your imagination from move 1 on, and there is no need to memorize variations since you will most likely be seeing the starting position for the first time in your life. The games that are played are more interesting and unpredictable.

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