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Archive for May, 2004

May 27th, 2004

Alexandra came back to give a Goodwill Simul in the school of Iki-Chonos, near Elista, Kalmykia, RussiaBefore coming back from Elista, Alexandra made sure to make some kids happy, by visiting the school of Iki-Chonos, near Elista, Kalmykia, Russia. She gave a goodwill simul to the chessplaying kids, then a talk about the benefits of chess to the whole school. Alexandra had already been to that same school about 3 years ago, when she gave the school 2 computers (PC’s) with a program to teach chess, a most welcome gift to the school which is very short on technology. Kids were very happy to get caps, and many of Alexandra’s famous chess puzzle cards, which all the children got autographed, and are fast becoming collectors items. It goes without saying that we took many photos of the event and you can watch them by clicking here. If you would like to donate (any amount is helpful, and any amount above $30 gives you free Membership to the site with full access to all its Member Area photos, commented games, and web videos), click here! Alexandra is most grateful to all who help her Chess Fund! Please help Alexandra do more for kids!

May 27th, 2004

Alexandra won both games against Sergeeva at the 2004 World Chess ChampionshipAlexandra won both games against Sergeeva in the first round of the Women’s Chess World Championships 2004 (Elista, Kalmykia, Russia), and therefore qualified for the next round. In the second round Alexandra played against V. Cmilyte, but lost the first game and only drew the second, so she will not be able to continue on to the next round. You can see both games of the first round and both games of the second round by clicking here, games viewable in an applet or they can be downloaded here in pgn. And look at our superb photos of the opening ceremony, of the first round, and have a look at a super player GALLERY! Thanks to all of you fans who sent messages of encouragement, Alexandra is very grateful to you!By the way, you can download for free the photo of all the players of the Women’s World Championship in any resolution by visiting our photo download page.

May 21st, 2004

Alexandra arrived in Elista for the 2004 World Chess ChampionshipAlexandra is now in Elista (Kalmmykia, Russia), to participate in the Women’s Chess World Championships 2004. The strongest 64 women chess players of the planet are participating, and the event promises to be most interesting! The format is a double-game knock-out, with the number of players going from 64-32-16-8-4-2-winner after 6 rounds. You will recall that in the last World Championships in Moscow in December 2001, Alexandra went all the way to the final and won the title of Vice-Champion of the World. Tomorrow will be the first round, in which Alexandra will play Maria Sergeeva (Kazakhstan). Wish her luck! Come to visit often and see our reports!

May 15th, 2004

Alexandra gave a goodwill simul in BielAlexandra gave a Goodwill simul in Bienne (Switzerland) to 38 happy children yesterday May 15, an event sponsored by the Swiss Watch company Balmain, to whom we are very grateful. Although Alexandra won all her 38 games, each child received free gifts (caps, pens, autographed photos), and the best players received the chess computer “Alexandra the Great” and 6 beautiful Balmain watches! We have an extensive photo album with over 170 photographs for you here, enjoy! Tomorrow Alexandra is flying back to Moscow, and on Wednesday she’s off to Elista, for the world championships, which start on next Friday. Wish her luck!

May 15th, 2004

Alexandra was photographed at the Geneva AirportAlexandra arrived last night at the Geneva airport, she will be giving a Goodwill simul for the children of Biel today Saturday, at 2 PM at the Hotel Elite. She will give many gifts to the children, including Swiss watches from Balmain and the Excalibur Chess Computer “Alexandra the Great”! Tomorrow there will be many photos from that event! After that Alexandra will fly to Moscow, then to Elista (Kalmykia) for the Women’s World Championship, which starts May 21.
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May 11th, 2004

Alexandra did 2.3 out of 3 at the 4NCLAlexandra continues to be in great form, and last weekend (May 1-3) in Birmingham West Bromwich (UK), at the 4NCL First Division Alexandra got 2.5 out of 3, drawing against GM Speelman (2569), and beating GM Wells (2507), and IM Kelly (2499). Alexandra’s games are as interesting as ever, make sure to have a look at the two games where Alexandra beat her experienced male opponents, and her draw against Speelman is instructive too. The 3 games of Alexandra are here, viewable in an applet or can be downloaded here in pgn).