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March 12th, 2009

Alexandra Kosteniuk inspired Marc Gonsalves

Alexandra got an wonderful email today, from Marc Gonsalves, author of the best-selling book “Out of Captivity” (see pages 252-253 for the reference to Alexandra and to chess), in which he writes about how he survived 1,967 days in the Colombia jungle. Marc writes that when in captivity, he somehow got hold of of article in the local press about a visit by Alexandra to Colombia (which indeed took place in April 2005, see this video), and that the article and photo were very inspirational for him, it gave him a glimmer of light during hard times. Marc used the photo in the article to design his own chess set, and chess is now close to his heart. Congratulations to Marc and let’s thank Chess for giving us all quite a bit of inspiration in our lives!

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