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June 11th, 2013

Alexandra Kosteniuk Defends Master Thesis on Preschool Chess Education

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk gets Masters DegreeAs you may know in 2003 I graduated from the Russian State University of Physical Education and Sport with a B.A. degree in Physical Education and Sport. This is the institute where many world level athletes have studied, such as Ilya Kovalchuk, Pavel Bure, Svetlana Khorkina, Anna Chicherova, Yaroslav Rybakov, Vera Zvonareva, Svetlana Feofanova, Svetlana Zhurova, Pavel Kolobkov, and many more. Now 10 years later, yesterday, June 10, at the Moscow State Academy of Physical Education and Sport I defended a thesis about the pre-school pedagogical technology for chess that I developed and am using in my pre-school chess school in Moscow (where kids from 3 to 7 years old study chess and prepare for school). It is most useful to show the world that chess helps kids do well at school and that it is a great game that parents can teach their kids anytime after age 4.

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This is me during the defense of my Thesis:

Alexandra Kosteniuk defending her masters thesis on the theme of chess

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23 Responses to “Alexandra Kosteniuk Defends Master Thesis on Preschool Chess Education”

  1. Theo, London says:


  2. Sebastian Wolff, Washington says:

    THAT’s DR Alexandra Kosteniuk – how fantastic. Heartiest congratulations from my entire family including my twin girls who are just crazy about you.

  3. Tomas says:

    Not only are you incredibly beautiful and talented at chess you are an accomplished academician and chess educator. I’m very proud of you. I came here through the link on Chess Club Live on Facebook.

  4. alexis, nz says:

    Bazooka! Congrats. You never fail to inspire me Chess Queen! So this is of great value, the study. Now you can use both GM and DR before your name which is a rare feat. You are a true inspiration to the chess public.

  5. scott says:

    Congrats…job well done

  6. Peter says:

    Dearest Alexandra, there are no limits to your wonderful life and career. World Champion to now being a professor.
    You continue to guide the children of the world showing them that hard work and dedication pays off. Congratulations many folds and thank you so much for sharing all of these great accomplishments!

  7. Jan says:

    Congratulations Alexandra! It is difficult enough going to college, let alone pursuing an advanced degree, and you did it while balancing a full-time chess career and your family duties too. I cannot think of a better role model for young people to emulate. The value of teaching kids the game of chess is well-documented over the years and I cannot think of anything more satisfying than helping our young ones learn the game and with it, so many important rules about life! Unfortunately, as you know, here in the United States, scholastic chess programs all across the country are under threat due short-sighted budget cuts in school program funding, including the award-winning program at I.S. 318 in Brooklyn. Perhaps if we have more high profile chessplayers like you coming out in support of such programs, it would make a difference. I can only hope so. Again, my sincere congratulations to you, it is a wonderful accomplishment.

  8. Robb says:


    Russian Chess school been around for a LONG time.
    Logic and creativity is useful in many areas of life.
    I am very happy that children are being taught problem solving in school. This will help them in ALL areas of their lives.

    A Masters degree is a wonderful achievment.
    Again, Congratulations!!

  9. Atanas Karadja says:

    Congratulations from Republic of Macedonia!
    Pozdravljaem i zhelaem Vam boljshih uspehov.

  10. Marco says:

    Congrats, Mrs. Kosteniuk. Can you release your thesis in english ? It would be a pleasure to read and appreciate it. Thanks !

  11. Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi says:

    Congratulations! Let me say that your 100% dedication and perseverance has indeed brought you so far. We are so proud of you!

  12. Ted says:

    Exemplary! You are blessed. Very proud of you. Yes it could very well be that chess helps the chess player in their general thinking process outside of chess and could probably have a positive effect on ones drive in life, cause chess, as you have experienced personally, takes a lot of stamina, courage, determination, wisdom, love, science, truth, patience, ministration, peace, etc. I wish you well in the further development of your carreer for the youth and for chess, ofcourse.

  13. wingamey says:

    Ms Kostenuik, Amazing! And yes if the (russian) thesis is online, we can google translate Congrats!

  14. Eric says:

    Please post the text of your thesis (yes, some of us read Russian) so that we might comment on the substance of your achievement.

  15. dzindzifan says:

    Congratulations! You are the new generation of the Russian Chess School and leading the world! Great job, Alexandra!

  16. Steve C. says:

    Congratulaitons, Alexandra. You are truly an inspiration to many.

  17. luigi72 says:

    congratulation. I have a child of 3and he already knows all pieces`s name. When can i start to teach him how play?


    Congratulations Alexandra !
    The Chess Future is YOU !!!

  19. Ronald St. Pierre says:

    Dear Alexandra. Great going. There is no stopping you from achieving new goals. Love, Ron

  20. antonio santulli says:


  21. Walter Ferreira Júnior says:

    Hello! Congratulations! How do I get her thesis in English or Spanish? Thank you, Walter Ferreira Júnior. Itauna-MG. Brazil.

  22. Fabrice says:

    Great accomplishement. Possible to obtain it in English? I know, that would mean even more work (a translation), but I’m sure it would be read by lots of people, me included. Kind regards, Fabrice (Hungary).