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September 11th, 2008

Alexandra Kosteniuk qualifies for the Final at the World Chess Championship in NalchikThe last 6 months of intense training are paying out for Alexandra, who qualified today for the Final of the World Championship by drawing Pia Cramling in the second game of their mini-match, bringing her score to 1.5-0.5. Alexandra is the only player left in the championship not to have lost a single game up to now. Alexandra’s opponent in the Final will be decided in the tie-breaks tomorrow, it will be either China’s Hou or India’s Koneru. It will be Alexandra’s second try at the title, remember that in 2001 Alexandra went all the way to the Final but lost narrowly to China’s Zhu Chen after tie-breaks. Now Alexandra has 7 years more experience and many new titles, European Champion 2004, GM (men) 2004, Russian Champion 2005, Chess960 World Champion 2006 & 2008, European Team Champion 2007.

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