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March 6th, 2013

Chess Queen Kosteniuk gets Order for Merit to the Fatherland

Chess Queen Kosteniuk gets Order for Merit to the FatherlandAt the same time as I received the Certificate of Honorable Master of Sports of Russia last week (see post), I received officially the Medal and booklet representing the Order For Merit to the Fatherland. The certificate to me, Alexandra Kosteniuk was signed by President Medvedev. This award was given based on my win of the women’s world chess crown in 2008, and is extremely rare, even in the second class. Read about the Order For Merit to the Fatherland on Wikipedia. It shows how important Russia considers the game of chess and values champions who have brought fame to their country.

The actual decree where I was awarded the Order For Merit to the Fatherland:

My Medal:

The box in which the Medal and booklet came:

The Certificate Booklet:

And to close the video on how I became women’s world chess champion:

Posted by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk
12th Women’s World Chess Champion

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17 Responses to “Chess Queen Kosteniuk gets Order for Merit to the Fatherland”

  1. Chris, NY says:

    Wow this is so beautiful – just like you and your chess Chess Queen.

  2. Amrit puri, knights chess club, new delhi says:

    Congratulations Dearest Chess Queen Alexandra. Not only does Russia love chess but also their Chess Queen and her achievements. You do everyone so proud. Best wish and congrats again. I feel it is very important that establishments should recognize the achievements of chess sportspersons. Sadly that is not so in many countries. It is so nice to read about you. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Anonymouse says:

    I congratulate you from the bottom of my heart for playing excellent chess and promoting chess as a true Ambassador.

  4. Gerard, Paris says:

    Super news. What’s that you tweeted about being a war veteran ha ha ha

    @chessqueen Just posted about my Medal for Merit to the Fatherland… Makes me feel like a 70-year old war hero! Thanks to #chess
    58 minutes ago · reply · retweet · favorite

  5. anonymous says:

    Congratulations. Celebrations

  6. sebastian wolff, washington says:

    woohoo – that’s super!

  7. Terry says:

    Outstanding! Nice to receive that honour.

  8. Keith Larkins, Manchester says:

    Indeed a time to be proud again. Congratulations to my favourite Grandmaster.

  9. Olga, Moscow says:


  10. James Poole says:

    Well deserved – Congratulations

  11. David says:

    Very happy to hear this and very much deserved, Alexandra!

  12. Jennifer K. Aaron, Cologne says:

    What an awesome honour. Also the fact that it comes through chess – of course – expected for Russia to honour chess but still. Just happy.

  13. Claude Marcotte says:

    Congratulations Alexandra – well deserved and a true champion -I just wished North America would regonized an incredible talent!
    Best wishes.

  14. Jumboben says:


  15. rafet bulca says:

    I would like to have some model photos,in order to paint chess pics.Also your portrait pics.
    Imagine,you as you are in vidio,in an oil painting,with illustration of holly queen,and whwat she dreams,,,
    For today,don’t care about poisend pawns,
    you are still on.
    From artpawn to Chess Queen,,,

  16. R7-Android Super 17 says:

    Los rusos son gente poderosa yo los admiero a ellos.

  17. ARCANVS1 says:

    Dear Chess-Queen!
    Saying this, I subsequently congratulate You to Your golden medal of the year 2008.
    (Although I could not find out a photo, being good enough to recognize the engraving on its surface, I assume strongly, that it has got rather profane content.)