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December 11th, 2011

Queen Kosteniuk wins Gold at Mind Sport Games Chess Rapid 2011

I’m so pleased to announce that I won the first Gold medal at the 2011 Mind Sport Games women’s chess rapid event, with 6 out of 7 (wins against Zatonskih, Dzagnidze, Paehtz, Dembo, Lahno and draws againt Ju and  A. Muzychuk).  Silver went to Kateryna Lahno and Bronze to Nana Dzagnidze, congratulations to them too! The competition was very tough, read what was published on the official site: “The former World champion and Ambassador of the SportAccord World Mind Games, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia crowned a successful performance and even won the last game of the rapid tourney against Yelena Dembo. She became the first female winner of this very interesting competition. Finally, she scored 6 points out of 7 – what a brilliant result!”

“She had an overall performance of just under 2600. We have to mention, that this year was not the best in her career – so, we welcome this “comeback” of Russian player.
Katerina Lahno from Ukraine scored 4,5 points and was 2-nd because of better tie-break. Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) and Ju Wenjun from China had the same result, but the Georgian player was happy to be 3-d for the same reason.
Women World Champion, Hou Yifan got bogged down in draws and as sport is so unpredictable, we could not have had more interesting results. China, which was tipped to take the Gold medal in the Women ended up with a Gold medal in the Men and no medal in the women.”



Here is the full results table:

Sportaccord World Mind Games
Rapid – Women
Final Ranking
Rank SNo. Name Rtg FED Pts. Res. vict MBl RtgØ
1 16 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2439 RUS 6 0 5 3 2524
2 3 GM Lahno Kateryna 2549 UKR 0 4 4 2507
3 6 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2516 GEO 0 3 3 2515
4 4 WGM Ju Wenjun 2543 CHN 0 2 4 2510
5 7 GM Harika Dronavalli 2512 IND 4 0 3 3 2486
6 1 GM Hou Yifan 2578 CHN 4 0 2 3 2528
7 2 IM Muzychuk Anna 2562 SLO 4 0 1 3 2519
8 13 IM Dembo Yelena 2468 GRE 0 2 4 2510
9 11 GM Cramling Pia 2495 SWE 0 1 4 2535
10 5 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531 BUL 0 1 3 2501
11 15 IM Paehtz Elisabeth 2457 GER 3 0 2 4 2529
12 12 GM Socko Monika 2479 POL 3 0 2 3 2524
13 9 GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2503 LTU 0 2 4 2513
14 14 IM Skripchenko Almira 2468 FRA 2 1 2 4 2524
15 8 IM Zatonskih Anna 2506 USA 2 0 1 4 2498
16 10 GM Danielian Elina 2497 ARM 0 0 3 2522


I’m quite happy after getting my Gold medal!


Gold: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Silver: Kateryna Lahno, Bronze: Nana Dzagnidze

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15 Responses to “Queen Kosteniuk wins Gold at Mind Sport Games Chess Rapid 2011”

  1. Ron St. Pierre says:

    Dear Alexandra,

    Congratulations. I am never surprised when I see you win.

    With Love,


  2. babblefish, paris says:

    Congratulations celebrations awesome performance in a great field with the likes of hou yifan, kateryna lahno, stefanova and all the others. surely one of your best performances!

  3. Youngbloed says:

    Congrats Alexandra.

    A Great and impressive performance.
    2011 will end well for you :-)
    Thx for sharing he nice pics and succes witht the rest of the tournament !!

  4. Иренеяс says:

    Александра самая лучшая!! Да здравствует Королева Шахмат!!!

  5. Guest says:

    Congratulations!! Is the “Gold medal” really made from gold?

  6. j.l., vienna says:

    hip hip hurray

  7. alexis cochran, nz says:

    absolutely typical of the greatest chess queen the one and only – fantastic chess dear – truly – rocking performance just under 2600 I think that too in such a strong field with the likes of yifan, lahno, and others…

  8. amrit puri, knights chess club says:

    Always a delight to see you win. Chess Queen lots of good wishes and god bless from all your fans at our club. We wish you a superb performance ahead making all your fans so proud of you. You are a TRUE CHESS QUEEN – complete person.

  9. Fu Tung, Beijing says:

    Congratulations Alexandra Kosteniuk the Chess Queen for your conquest of Beijing. Good job. Keep it up. You kept your head down, stayed focused and still went for a last-round win despite a draw being enough for the title. That IS THE SPIRIT. A pleasure to host you in Beijing.

  10. Jiu Lin, China says:

    You have truly brought nice sunshine to Beijing dearest Alexandra Kosteniuk the chess queen!

  11. volkswagon says:

    What a solid performance particularly liked your wins more than the draws. All the best in Blitz.

  12. Tamarind tree says:

    All the best for your second day of blitz. Focus and play well dearest Chess Queen. I have already brought champagne to share with friends to celebrate your Rapid GOLD MEDAL> Want more!!!!

  13. Larsen Frederick, Las Vegas says:

    Chess queen you are the best. The attacking style is the best part about your chess. Not sitting around pushing wood not fighting for an inch here or inch there – going all out for the menacing carpet bombing. I call you my cheetah chess queen!
    Don’t forget I am your most ardent fan.

  14. Hamid Al Gufran, Cairo, Egypt says:

    congratulations Chess Queen. You are very strong player. I happy to know of you plus being reading about you. Always a pleasure. MY WIShes are always best for your wins. THe Queen of the Chessboard the queen of the planet. From land of line I wish the queen

  15. Hamid Al Gufran, Cairo, Egypt says:

    I correct mine comment. From Land of Nile the great land greetings to a great queen. Bow in Honour.