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June 30th, 2012

Chess Queen Kosteniuk Plays in Russia – China Chess Match in Saint Petersburg

Chess Queen Kosteniuk plays in St. PetersburgTomorrow July 1, the prestigious yearly chess match Russia vs. China will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, until July 9. Will play 5 men and 5 women, in both classical and rapid chess. For Russia, men: Tomashevsky, Jakovenko, Nepomniachtchi, Vitiugov, Matlakov, for women: Valentina Gunina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalia Pogonina, Olga Girya, Baira Kovanova. The full lists and regulations are here (Russian, English via Google Translate). A history of the Russia – China matches are here (Russian, English via Google Translate). The girls have been in training for the last week (see “locker room” photo). Several photos of the free day today spent visiting the beautiful park of Peterhof can be found below.

Above: The two trainers Rublevsky and Naer with the Russian women’s chess team

Above: Alexandra Kosteniuk: The fountains of Peterhof are so beautiful!

Above: Pogonina, Kovanova, Kosteniuk, Girya, Gunina, coach Rublevsky

Above: Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk in Peterhof in 2012

Above: The Russian women’s chess team

Above: Alexandra Kosteniuk in front of a Peterhof fountain

Above: The women’s Russian chess team with 2 coaches Rublevsky and Naer

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6 Responses to “Chess Queen Kosteniuk Plays in Russia – China Chess Match in Saint Petersburg”

  1. Andre, Barcelona says:

    girls girls girls you change the image of chess – wow – i hereby suggest a proposal to fide – such smart exciting players should be allowed to be cheerleaders for the men’s team. it makes sense. thank you.

  2. Sririaj Srinivasan, Chennai says:

    oh boy glorious – do you girls actually play chess as a profession?

  3. Marco, Chile says:

    chicas guapas chicas inteligentes sólo de Rusia

  4. adrian kaifn, dubai says:

    all the best you brainy girls

  5. alexis cochran, nz says:

    Best of luck to you and your team Alexandra

  6. rickystevano says:

    save the photo.nice place :)