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July 25th, 2012

Chess Queen Kosteniuk featured in Vogue Magazine USA August 2012

Chess Queen Kosteniuk is featured in Vogue August  2012I’m pleased to let you know that I have been featured in fashion magazine VOGUE, USA Edition, in the August 2012 issue, which hits newsstands on July 24, 2012. That issue is called the “Vogue Age Issue“, and it puts six very different women, ages 28 to 89, in the spotlight. One of them is me, Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk and as you can imagine the main theme is what I love to do – play chess, show why it’s a cool game, and promote chess around the world! This story was in the works since February, when I was contacted by Vogue New York, then a most professional team came to Florida to work on the story, among them professional photographer Ralph Mecke, Reporter Rebecca Johnson, and sittings editor Kathryn Neale, whom I thank for a wonderful job! I hope this article will give a boost to chess in the USA, especially for kids and for girls, too!

Here is a photo published in Vogue, where you can see me with my 5-year old daughter Francesca. Photo by Ralph Mecke © Vogue 2012

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk and daughter Francesca in Vogue 8/2012

The write-up of the article is:

Game On | Alexandra Kosteniuk


Once the province of nerds in Coke-bottle glasses, chess has evolved into a glamorous, coolly cerebral sport played by boys and girls. “The potential for girls to play chess in America is huge,” former world chamption Alexandra Kosteniuk says, “but we need stars.” Between her many personal appearances at tournaments around the world, her website, her podcast Chess Is Cool, and her Twitter account (170,000-plus followers and counting), she is doing her best to be that star.

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Run get your copy at the news stands. The article (and the rest of the magazine) is worth a read. This is the cover of the August 2012 Vogue:

Posted by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk
12th women’s world chess champion

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17 Responses to “Chess Queen Kosteniuk featured in Vogue Magazine USA August 2012”

  1. chris, ny says:

    Fantastic it’s beautiful actually

  2. J,L, Vienna says:

    I congratulate you Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk for singlehandedly changing the image of chess. Actually when one looks at the body of chess material you have put on the Internet for free for people – such exclusive GM material – twitter, blogs, site – it is awesome. You were the first one to start changing the image. A lot of GMs now tweet and do Fb but still not as much as you. I credit you for starting the change for being the pioneer. Blessings, JL, Vienna

  3. Elvina Schenko says:

    Very nice feature. I must get the issue – How do I get it in Berlin??????????????

  4. Jason Bourne, Los Angeles says:

    Thats great to showcase chess – thanks for bringing chess into the mainstream chess queen – how about a hollywood movie? Come on

  5. fantaziano says:

    She is a real queen,in personallity,as well !?

  6. Sana, Dubai says:

    too good i think i will pick up Vogue as soon as i reach the US am travelling over the weekend goodie for me

  7. Sebastian Wolff, Washington says:

    Very nice my wife and I await the issue!

  8. Claire, Martha's Vineyard, US says:

    It was impossible to think that chess could be svelte, glam, and so amazing. you have made chess look so cool, hip and in thing. Really. changed the def of beauty and brains. I also like carlsen because of this. Good thing.

  9. Mary says:

    I’m happy that Vogue is featuring someone like you as a teenager who just started chess! I’m really enjoying learning from you and about you amongst other women players and it’s really encouraging!

  10. Ron St. Pierre says:

    Dear Alexandra,

    I already asked my friend Karen to buy a copy for me. I’ll pick it up from her next week in Rhode Island.

    Beautiful picture, by the way.


  11. Erdzky says:

    Terrific! Congrats again!

  12. R7-Android Super 17 says:

    тех американцев, меня удивило, они удивительны.

    Чтобы продать журналы приходят к точке изменить цвет ваших глаз.

  13. R7-Android Super 17 says:

    I offer my apologies my lady

    • chessqueen says:

      No harm done!
      It’s actually a compliment to me that you thought I was on the cover of Vogue.
      Next time they want to put me on the cover I’ll tell them not to change the color of my eyes ;-)

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  15. Darren says:

    Another Chess Grandmaster Prodigy in the making, Alexandra? ;)