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May 11th, 2016

Kosteniuk helps Moscow Chess Team to win the Russian team championship-2016

On May 10, 2016 the Russian Team Championship ended in Sochi, Russia. My team from Moscow won the event second year in a row. I flew to Sochi straight after the Grand-Prix to Batumi and was able to support my team by playing 5 important rounds and scoring 4 out of 5. Read more…

May 2nd, 2016

Kosteniuk takes silver in the FIDE Grand-Prix in Batumi 2016

On May 2, 2016 the Batumi’s Grand-Prix was finished. Thanks to the victories in the last two rounds, I was able to finish the tournament on the clear 2nd place with 6,5 points out of 11. Valentina Gunina won the event, Nino Batsiashvili took third place.

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April 3rd, 2016

Paris Marathon 2016


On April 3, 2016 I completed in the 40th edition of the Paris marathon. It was a real challenge for me and I was absolutely delighted to be able to complete the whole marathon in 4 hours and 8 minutes!

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March 21st, 2016

OSG Baden-Baden wins Frauen Bundesliga 2015/2016

  Hello everybody! Just wanted to let you know that on March 20, 2016 the OSC Baden-Baden team for which I play won the women’s Bundesliga title for the 2015/2016 season. I want to congratulate the whole team  – and our captain Thilo Gubler on this victory!

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August 31st, 2015

Rublevsky and Kosteniuk win Irkutsk Grand Prix Rapid

On August 24 the Irkutsk Grand Prix Rapid crowned their winners, GM Rublevsky for the men and GM Kosteniuk for the women. Lots of very strong Russian Grandmasters were playing. In the men’s at the top were 1. Rublevsky, 2. Artemiev, 3. Bocharov, and for the women 1. Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2. Girya, 3. Lahno, 4. Ubyennyx and 5. Gunina. Link to the organizer’s page.
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May 9th, 2014

Kosteniuk to play in the Corsica Chess Blitz 2014 Tourney

Kosteniuk to play in the 2014 Corsica Chess Blitz tournamentHello everybody!
In case you were planning a summer vacation in Europe, consider going to the beautiful island of Corsica, where on the Sunday July 13 will take place the Corsica Blitz Chess Tournament. Check out the official poster below, the organizers page with an introduction video in Corsican language and a mate in 1 puzzle, and some of my blitz games below. I was last time in Corsica and won a match against French women’s champion Sophie Milliet (see post, photos, and the YouTube video). Let me know if you will come to Corsica and play chess, it’s only one day of chess and lots to visit on one of the most beautiful islands in the world: Corsica!
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October 17th, 2013

Alexandra Kosteniuk earns Silver at Russian Chess Superfinal

Gunina and Kosteniuk win Gold and Silver at the 2013 Russian SuperfinalsOne of the toughest tournaments of the year in the women’s circuit is the Russian Superfinal. This year both Valentina Gunina and Alexandra Kosteniuk showed performances well above 2600 to grab Gold and Silver medals, with respectively 7 and 6.5 out of 9 games. Bronze medal was obtained by Natalia Pogonina with 5.5, then Kovalevskaya, Kovanova and Goryachkina 4.5 and T. Kosintseva and Bodnaruk 3.5/9. Below you will find many photos of the event. Alexandra beat T. Kosintseva and Pogonina in their direct encounters,and drew Gunina, but most important, she created a masterpiece in her game against Charochkina, presented at the bottom of this post.
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July 20th, 2012

Gallagher, Pelletier and Kosteniuk win the Swiss National Championships in Flims

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk finished 3rd of the National Swiss ChampionshipThe 2012 Flims National Swiss Championship just ended today, with the final victory of GM Joe Gallagher with 6.5/9, followed by GM Pelletier and me GM Kosteniuk with 6/9. See the full results and photos below. I am pretty happy with my “+3” result, with 4 wins and only 1 loss, which will make me win approximately 12 ELO points and bring me to about 2490 ELO (I’m working to get back to my record of 2540). I had some good games against Zueger and Gerber, and Chess King has already posted my game against Korchnoi at this link.

Final results:
1. GM Joe Gallagher (Neuenburg) 6½. 2. GM Yannick Pelletier (Fr/Sz) 6 (24,25). 3. GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (Rus/Sz) 6 (24). 4. IM Oliver Kurmann (Luzern) 5½. 5. IM Julien Carron (Bramois) 4½. 6. IM Markus Klauser (Belp) 4 (16,50). 7. IM Richard Gerber (Genf) 4 (14,25). 8. IM Beat Züger (Siebnen) 3½. 9. IM Alex Domont (Nyon) 3. 10. GM Viktor Kortschnoi (Wohlen/AG) 2.

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June 24th, 2012

Three very Smart Beauties – Alexandra Kosteniuk, Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva

Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk and the Kosintseva sistersToday we’d like to present a couple photos taken both in Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia) in 2004 and in 2012. They show the Russian chess champions Alexandra Kosteniuk and the sisters Nadezhda and Tatiana Kosintseva. The first photo was taken in 2004 during the Russian Superfinal (news). The last one was taken last week during the 2012 Grand Prix (news). In between these 8 years, all three ladies have won countless titles and awards, all three won at least once the Russian championship, and they are now all full GM’s. Both Alexandra and Tatiana have been European champions, and Alexandra has been the 12th women’s world chess champion 2008-2010. Together all three girls have won many team competitions (2010 Olympiads, 2007-2009-2011 European Team Championships). A great combination of competition and friendship! Best wishes to all of them for the continuation of their careers!

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May 2nd, 2012

Analysis Game Kosteniuk – Kovanova (Chess King Theater)

Today I’d like to share with you a detailed analysis of my game from the recent Russian Team Chess Championships from Loo-Sochi against Baira Kovanova. It’s a very interesting Ruy Lopez opening and shows a nice battle of a good Knight against a bad Bishop. To publish my game on my blog I entered the game into Chess King and used the easy Export-to-Blog button.

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February 3rd, 2012

Burundi Chess Stamps with Morphy, Lasker and Chess Queen Kosteniuk

Hello everyone!

I found some nice chess stamps from the Republic of Burundi on eBay and thought I’d share them with you. I am honored to have next to me on the stamps Morphy and Lasker. It’s cool to see myself featured on a stamp. Actually over the years I have collected lots of stamps with me on them, it would be nice if one day I got a letter with one of those stamps or if I could use those stamps for my letters! 🙂

Below you can see the stamps bigger.

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July 15th, 2011

Kortchnoi and Kosteniuk Swiss Champions 2011

Hello everyone!

I just came back from the 2011 Swiss National Chess Championship in Leukerbad, Switzerland. It was won by GM Bauer with 7.5/9, followed by GM Sokolov 7 points. The best Swiss were the amazing Viktor Korchnoi (men) with 6.5 and Alexandra Kosteniuk (women) with 5.5. While I am not happy with my result (I started quite well with 4/4, but had a horrible end of tournament), I nevertheless had a great time in Switzerland (especially spending time with Viktor and his wife Petra) and played some nice games at the beginning of the tournament. I will soon post a nice game I won against Kurmann in that event.

More photos, statistics, to come soon! Tomorrow I’m off to Biel to play the Chess960 and Rapid events!

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February 6th, 2011

LIVE Game Munguntuul – Kosteniuk

Watch my Game LIVE against Mungultuul, decisive for the Tournament win!

Update February 6, 2011: The game just ended in a hard-fought draw, which benefits Alexandra since she has a better Berger coefficient (she beat stronger players such as Zhao Xue).

So the big winner of the 2011 Moscow Open Women’s Invitational Chess Tournament is Chess Queen Alexandra Kosteniuk!

Read the post about the 2011 Moscow Chess Open on

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February 5th, 2011

LIVE Game Kosteniuk – Zawadzka

Chessqueen is pleased to present Alexandra Kosteniuk’s Moscow Open’s Game LIVE, played right now February 5, 2011, against Jolanta Zawadzka. Update: Alexandra Kosteniuk won. Black’s Queen got caught in the middle of the board!

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September 11th, 2010

Name the Players from Russia 1 & 2

Hi Everybody!
I’m now training with the Russian National Team, preparing for the upcoming Chess Olympiads in Khanty Mansiysk. After the chess training, each evening, most players and coaches from Russia 1 & 2 play soccer, it’s great, we have a great time together, the teams are very friendly! Can you name the players and coaches? If you click “Read more…” you will see a larger photo. Good luck!  Read more…

September 5th, 2010

Chess Queen Kosteniuk tops 100K Twitter followers

Hi everybody!

I just want to let you know that I passed the milestone of 100,000 followers on Twitter. Twitter has now become a major social network with millions of members, and as you can see lots of chess players. You can visit my Twitter page at and sign up to follow my updates (it’s free to join Twitter). There are some Chess GM’s on Twitter, a good list can be found on Check out also my Facebook page & YouTube channel.

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September 1st, 2010

September 1: Kosteniuk Plans ahead

Hello everybody!
September 1 is a big holiday in Russia, the Day of Knowledge. All children start their school on this day, they bring flowers to their teachers, and some of them hear the ring of the school bell for the first time in their lives. While thinking about the days Read more…

July 8th, 2010

Kosteniuk wins first round in Lenzerheide

Hi everyone!

Today was the first round of the National Swiss Chess Championship  in Lenzerheide, and I won against International Master Beat Züger (ELO 2405). The tournament has 10 players and will run 9 rounds, one game against each player, from July 8 to July 16, 2010.

See the diagram below for a nice series of moves.

Kosteniuk – Züger, Lenzerheide 2010, round 1

In this position it’s white to play and win.

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