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April 21st, 2014

Kosteniuk on the Podium in Khanty-Mansiysk Women Chess Grand Prix 2014

Kosteniuk on Podium in KhantyHi everyone!
This is a quick post to let you know I just finished my tournament today and got a nice third place in the super strong Women Chess Grand Prix 2014 in Khanty-Mansiysk. I drew my last game with current world champion Hou Yifan and overall got 6.5/11, a performance of 2558, which allows me to go up in the world rankings to #8 from #9. I got 4 wins among which 2 nice ones against GM’s A. Muzychuk and Dzagnidze and only 2 losses to my compatriots T. Kosintseva (11th) and Olga Girya who got a superb 2nd place. It was possibly the strongest Grand Prix ever played, with the current world champion playing (and who won the event) and 3 ex-world champions (me in 3rd place, Stefanova in 7th place, and Ushenina in 9th place). I post some results and photos in this post, I will soon post some games too. Starting tomorrow there will be also in Khanty-Mansiysk two important events, the world blitz and world rapid tournaments, so wish me luck for the 45 next games I will play this week! [see my other post about the GP on]

The 3 winners of the Grand Prix:

Hou Yifan, Olga Girya, Alexandra Kosteniuk

This is me when I got my prize:

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk gets her prize at the Grand Prix

Here is the final table of the tournament:

And the Cross Table:

And some photos from the event:

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Posted in Chess Tournament | 13 Comments »

13 Responses to “Kosteniuk on the Podium in Khanty-Mansiysk Women Chess Grand Prix 2014”

  1. Justin says:

    Oh wow good job — full steam ahead Chess Queen

  2. Vlado says:

    Nice result Alexandra.
    What is the next event you’re going to play?

    Best regards

  3. Alexis Cochran NZ says:

    WELL DONE CHESS QUEEN! What a delight. No. 8 is swell but rooting for you to go higher

  4. an Colombo says:

    Many congratulations to my faV GM you had titan on the mat very good games

  5. anony mouse says:

    Conga baby conga 4th photo best

  6. Sebastian Wolff, Washington says:

    always so proud of you Alexandra – wishing you best for the upcoming 45 games phew!!! But am sure you will do well. This was a tremendous performance. A tournament of world champions almost!

  7. J.L. Vienna says:

    That was a very strong performance. But for your loss to Girya, you would be joint first or second. But good to have two Russians in top and congrats to Girya for GM norm. Best of Luck GM Kosteniuk the Chess Queen I so admire.

  8. Chris, NY says:

    To the rock star of chess # love and luck and congrats and more

  9. Trinity Yellow from Trinidad and Tobago says:

    Wow Congratulations Grandmaster. You look so Russian and chess is also very Russian. Amazing.

  10. Olga, Moscow says:

    @Trinity Yellow I think Alexandra IS Russian, what do you think?

    Congratulations dearest Chess Queen it is always great happiness to read about your conquests! Keep up the pace.

  11. jameson welch says:

    You are the ballerina of chess!

  12. claude says:



  13. Hello Alexandra, I have to admit that I am very impressed by the amount of effort placed into the game of chess. Your father did a very impressive job by developing a chess program for you when you were younger. Best regards and the best of luck with your upcoming tournaments and championships.