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Interview With New Women's World Champion, Alexandra Kosteniuk Print E-mail
By Jerry Hanken   
September 24, 2008
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GM Alexandra Kosteniuk. Photo Vladimir Shirokov
Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk just captured her first Women's World Championship title in Nalchik, Russia over 14-year-old GM elect Hou Yifan of China. In a CLO exclusive, Chess Journalists of American president Jerry Hanken interviews the champion, mediaqueen, runner and mother about her road to the title, her plans as the champ and how to attract more women to chess.  

Jerry Hanken (JH) : How did it feel in the moment you made the draw and clinched your first Women World Championship title? 
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (AK): I was so tired, the world championship seemed eternal, and we were in Nalchik almost one full month.  In the knockout system you always have another match to play after you win. I am not even sure I understood totally that it was over and there would not be another game the next day. Well in fact of course I was also so happy, I had finally reached my goal. What a relief, I was waiting for this moment for such a long time, probably since I missed my chance in 2001...

JH: Can you comment on your young opponent's play in the final match?
AK: I must say that Hou Yifan is absolutely amazing. She is incredibly gifted. In the past I was often the youngest or among the youngest in tournaments, in fact in my last try at the World Championship Finals in 2001, I was only 17 and it was a sensation, well now I was shocked to see that while I am still pretty young at 24, Hou Yifan is a full ten years younger than me! When I prepared for my match against her, the earliest game I could find in the database for her was in 2003... About her play, I can say she has a keen sense when trying to get the initiative, when to open the center, how to complicate matters. She calculates variations very well. The areas where I may have some edge would be the strategic moments where experience is beneficial, for example in openings like the Ruy Lopez where it takes years to get a good feeling of how to play the middle game correctly. Taking into consideration Hou Yifan's age, it seems clear to me that she is in a very strong position to become women's world champion one day.

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Kosteniuk with her final match opponent, GM-elect Hou Yifan. Photo courtesy chesspics.com.


JH: Please share with our readers your journey to the Championship, the format and the steps you took to get you where you are now.
AK: I always say that chess is a "fair game" in the sense that it gives back to you what you give to it. The more you study chess, the better you will become, and that's a fact proven over and over again. When I looked at my games 2-3-4 years ago, I had many problems in the openings, so I went about the study of openings very seriously, expanded my repertoire (for example I started playing the Ruy Lopez, before I only played the Sicilian), and against 1.d4 I started playing new lines. With White also, I have alternate lines that I play now. That makes it much more difficult for opponents to prepare against me. While openings are important, it's equally important to study the middle game, endgame, and chess studies. While I was pregnant with my baby Francesca, I did a lot of work and read many chess books I never had a chance to finish before. Then this year, I started training since February at home in Miami, running each morning 5 kilometers, participating in races, and studying chess like never before. I wanted to see if I could come back as strong as before, I made it a point I wanted to prove to myself I could do it. The world championship was announced in Argentina in June, but was later moved to Russia in August. This actually turned out quite good for me, because it gave me two additional months to train, and the home crowd certainly also helped, especially at the end when I became the last player from my country. In short, it's hard work and good physical form that pushes you to the top.

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Alexandra, alomst seven months pregnant in Miami, 
Photo courtesy Pierre W. Henry and chesspics.com

  
JH: When Bobby won the World Championship in 1972, he promised he would be a playing Champ but was the opposite. Do you intend to be a "playing" Champion? 
AK: I certainly feel a great responsibility as world champion, and will play and promote chess as much as I can during my tenure. I have already agreed to play in the Chess Olympiad in November, and in just one week I will be flying to China to participate in the First Mind Sports Games, which may be the key to bringing chess to the Olympic Games. I will continue as hard or even harder in my web activities , for example adding many episodes to my ChessQueen YouTube channel, as well as my free podcasts Chess is Cool and Chess Killer Tips.

JH: Did you have any one moment of doubt after your nice first game victory when you felt the pressure?
AK: It was important for me to win the first game against Hou, especially in a nice style with Black in the Ruy Lopez. That made it quite difficult for Hou to select a good line for the third game with White. But in chess one can never be sure of anything... in the second and third games I was close to winning but let my advantage slip away.

JH: Tell us your thoughts as you played the last game.. Some say you could have won that game easily but took the draw to clinch the title. Is that so?
AK: My last game was very difficult. Normally with White it should be possible to draw without problems, there are many opening variations that give forced draws, unavoidably. However, if one player wants to complicate matters, it usually is possible to do so. I wanted to play quietly, but Hou played very well, she countered with a good ...b5 and that led to great complications, in which we both had only moves to play or face possible defeat. At the end I had survived all her tries, and even had a winning continuation, but I was not looking to humiliate my opponent, all I needed was to win the match, and a draw was all I wanted. As soon as I saw the perpetual check I took it, I did not even think twice.
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Alexandra in her World Women's Championship gear, Photo courtesy chesspics.com.

  JH: On a more general level, who taught you most about chess-anyone living or long dead?  If you had to choose one player of the past or present to spend an afternoon with on a social  as well as a chess basis, who would it be?   
AK: That is always a very difficult question to answer. I try to learn from all great players, not from only one. I admire all world champions, who, having reached their goal, continue to search for better play. I have studied in great detail most classics, like Bobby Fischer's 60 memorable games, the matches of Botvinnik and Tal, among others, Kasparov's books, and they all have contributed to my learning. I'm not sure with whom I'd like to spend an afternoon...well, actually, I have often met with Kramnik while in Paris, he is a very nice person, and I hope he will win his next match against Anand next month. Kramnik was one of the first people to call me on the phone after I won the world championship title.

JH: Tell us a little about your husband Diego, and what part he plays in your current chess career. I know Diego is a fine photographer. In what other areas does he put in his time and energy, if any?
AK: I met Diego at a chess simul in Switzerland, he was on a trip in between the USA and Russia. Two years after that we got married in St. Petersburg. Diego helps me so that I can train on chess without thinking of anything else. He works also on the web sites, and he puts together my podcasts and other videos.

JH: Can you articulate for our readers your chess philosophy?  Is it an art, as the late Eduard Gufeld held, or science, a view strongly espoused by the great chess writer and IM John Watson and the current US Senior Champion IM Larry Kaufman?
AK: For the moment I feel chess is mostly a sport. It's very competitive and you need to be in good physical form to play well. Furthermore, it is an unending source of joy for the beautiful wins it provides. It is also an unending source of self-improvement, since any loss is purely due to your own mistakes, and one can learn from one own's mistakes. Chess also lets you search for perfection, and you can take a try at it in each and every game, which is something very difficult to do in other areas of life. Chess is the coolest of games, that's for sure!

JH: Please tell our readers, if you kindly will, which activities outside of chess things interest you?
AK: I try to do as many things as possible outside of chess. Now that I have my wonderful little baby Francesca, of course I take time with her, play with her and see her grow. I also meet with my friends, several of whom also are young mothers, such as French champion Almira Skripchenko. I also like to do many kinds of sports, like playing tennis, skiing, bicycling. I like to go to the movies, I read a lot. Life is so short and there are so many things to do, I usually accept new challenges, I like to do things I've never done before. Of course that's when I have time over after the 6+ hours of chess I train each day...

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Kosteniuk with her friend, IM Almira Skripchenko, Nevada, 2006,  Photo courtesy chesspics.com.


JH: Here in the US, female players are relatively scarce. The USCF has only about five percent of membership and this has held steadily for many years. I don't know the stats of other countries but in America, I see this as a vast untapped market.  What suggestions or ideas do you have to reach out to this market?
AK:  I think that chess is a very good game for young girls. At the learning stage there is no difference between boys and girls, and so chess  shows girls they can be the leaders. Girls have no reason to be afraid of boys, intellectually certainly. And chess is a tool where they can prove objectively that they are smart. Young girls should see examples of other young girls who are successful at chess, and for whom chess has been a blessing. Chess lets you make friends, chess helps you travel, chess proves to everybody you're smart. And if you're smart for chess, chances are that you are smart for other things too. 

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GM Alexandra Kosteniuk at her April 08 simul at Columbia University. Here  she is facing Anna Ginzburg. Photo courtesy chesspics.com.


JH: You are an award-winning member of the Chess Journalists of America(CJA). Tell us your thoughts on this organization and how it has been part of your chess writing, a separate area in which you excel?
AK: I am proud of being a member of the CJA, I think it is very important to write about chess and to get the word out that it's a wonderful game. Every member of the CJA is doing a great job of promoting chess, and they do it in a variety of ways. Nowadays it's no longer only writing in newspapers and magazines, all kinds of journalism activities are needed, from radio to video podcasts to blogs to chess photography. All these varieties of chess journalism make our game grow more popular, and I am glad the CJA is evolving with our times. I wish more people who have chess blogs and promote chess in schools and on the web would join the CJA, as the more we are, the more effect we can make in the world to show how wonderful chess really is.

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The champ with her medal, Photo courtesy chesspics.com.



Look for more from Alexandra Kosteniuk in the December issue of Chess Life Magazine including annotations from her World Championship victory and an exclusive follow-up interview with CLO-editor Jennifer Shahade. Bookmark kosteniuk.com for frequent video, photo and game updates. 

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  • 6 years ago

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  • 6 years ago

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    Kosteniuk  
    Photograph copyright © 2004, Chessgames.com  
    Alexandra Kosteniuk 
    Number of games in database: 333
    Years covered: 1996 to 2008
    Current FIDE rating: 2510
    Highest rating achieved in database: 2540
    Overall record: +130 -100 =99 (54.6%)*
       * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
          Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
          4 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

     

     

    MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
    With the White pieces:
     Sicilian (63) 
        B33 B97 B90 B67 B31 
     Ruy Lopez (36) 
        C78 C67 C92 C65 C84 
     French Defense (21) 
        C00 C11 C03 C10 C09 
     Caro-Kann (16) 
        B12 B19 B18 B16 
     Sicilian Najdorf (16) 
        B97 B90 B96 B99 
     Sicilian Richter-Rauser (14) 
        B67 B62 B65 B66 B69 
    With the Black pieces:
     Sicilian (67) 
        B62 B89 B90 B32 B51 
     Sicilian Richter-Rauser (20) 
        B62 B63 B60 B66 
     Semi-Slav (19) 
        D45 D47 D43 D46 D44 
     Queen's Gambit Declined (16) 
        D31 D30 D37 
     Slav (9) 
        D11 D10 D15 D14 D17 
     Ruy Lopez (8) 
        C89 C88 C78 C68 C90 
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       Kosteniuk vs C P Gouw, 2000 1-0
       The World vs Kosteniuk, 2004 0-1
       Kosteniuk vs L Bergez, 2001 1-0
       Kosteniuk vs Xu Yuanyuan, 2001 1-0
       Kosteniuk vs Onischuk, 2005 1-0
       A Stefanova vs Kosteniuk, 2004 0-1
       Kosteniuk vs Acs, 2003 1-0
       V Macek vs Kosteniuk, 2002 0-1
       J Shahade vs Kosteniuk, 2001 0-1
       Kosteniuk vs Kempinski, 2006 1-0

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    ALEXANDRA KOSTENIUK
    (born Apr-23-1984) Russia

    [what is this?]
    Women's World Champion 

    Alexandra Kosteniuk was born on April 23rd, 1984, in Perm, Russia. She was taught the game at the age of five by her father, Konstantin Vladimirovich Kosteniuk. Her younger sister, Oxana Kosteniuk is a WFM (http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?.).

    A WGM since age 14, an IM at 16, and a GM at 20, Kosteniuk has featured prominently in various regional and world age title competitions, including winning the Girls U10 European Championship in Herculane in 1994, the Girls Under 12 European Championship in Rimavaska Sobota in 1996, and the Girls Under 12 World Championship in Minorca in 1996. In 2001, at the age of 17, she was runner up to Zhu Chen for the Women’s World Championship. In September 2008, she scaled the summit of women’s chess when she became the 14th Women's World Chess Champion after winning the final of the Women's World Championship (2008) against Yifan Hou by 2.5 - 1.5.

    In 2000 and 2004, Kosteniuk was second in the Russian Women’s Championships but went one better in 2005 when she won that Championship with a score of 9/11 and a 2691 performance rating. Other prominent tournament successes include winning the First European Women’s Championship that was held in Dresden in 2004, and equal second behind Koneru Humpy in the 2005 North Urals Cup.

    Kosteniuk became the inaugural Chess960 Women’s World Champion in 2006, and successfully defended her title in 2008 against Kateryna Lahno.

    Based on FIDE’s July 2008 ratings list, Kosteniuk is ranked number 715 in the world (http://www.benoni.de/schach/elo/res.), tenth amongst women, and second amongst Russian women behind Tatiana Kosintseva. Under the US rating system, she is the second ranked female player in the USA after Zsuzsa Polgar.

    She has also captured the public's eye by appearing in a Russian film, doing many product promotions, fashion modeling, and appearing in fashion magazines.

    Her website is: http://www.kosteniuk.com/ 


     page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 333  PGN Download
    Game   Result Moves Year Event/Locale Opening
    1. E Mirzoeva vs Kosteniuk   0-1 70 1996 Cup G.Kasparov C26 Vienna
    2. Kosteniuk vs L Kritz 0-1 27 1996 Ch Moscow (open) C29 Vienna Gambit
    3. Kosteniuk vs N Kosintseva 1-0 68 1996 Ch World (cadets) (under 12) (g) C29 Vienna Gambit
    4. K Rybenko vs Kosteniuk 1-0 42 1996 Volgograd op C44 King's Pawn Game
    5. M Perez-Candelario vs Kosteniuk   0-1 27 1997 It (open) (juniors) D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
    6. A Yangel vs Kosteniuk   0-1 33 1997 RUS-ch (Women) A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
    7. Bosboom-Lanchava vs Kosteniuk 0-1 28 1998 Olympiad (w) A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
    8. Kosteniuk vs J Kochetkova   1-0 37 1998 Ch Russia (w) (1 liga) B20 Sicilian
    9. Kosteniuk vs Romanishin   0-1 71 1999 Bled open B40 Sicilian
    10. Kosteniuk vs M Lomineishvili 1-0 26 1999 It (w) B40 Sicilian
    11. Wang Yu vs Kosteniuk   1-0 31 2000 WCC B43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
    12. D Stojanovski vs Kosteniuk   ½-½ 25 2000 Corus B60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
    13. M Bosboom vs Kosteniuk 1-0 28 2000 Corus A10 English
    14. Kosteniuk vs E Shaposhnikov   1-0 40 2000 Chigorin Memorial B85 Sicilian, Scheveningen, Classical
    15. Kosteniuk vs A Romero Holmes   0-1 65 2000 Corus C00 French Defense
    16. Kosteniuk vs V Georgiev   0-1 30 2000 Corus B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
    17. Kosteniuk vs A Berelovich   ½-½ 48 2000 Chigorin Memorial B06 Robatsch
    18. Kosteniuk vs Diego Garces 1-0 34 2000 It (open) B12 Caro-Kann Defense
    19. Kosteniuk vs C Werner   1-0 42 2000 Corus C28 Vienna Game
    20. R Sherbakov vs Kosteniuk   1-0 29 2000 Monarch Assurance A85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
    21. Kosteniuk vs Chiburdanidze   ½-½ 72 2000 WCC B12 Caro-Kann Defense
    22. G J Ludden vs Kosteniuk 0-1 44 2000 Corus A87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
    23. S Nadyrhanov vs Kosteniuk   ½-½ 21 2000 Chigorin Memorial B31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
    24. Y Afek vs Kosteniuk   1-0 48 2000 Corus B89 Sicilian
    25. Kosteniuk vs Kiriakov   0-1 45 2000 Monarch Assurance C03 French, Tarrasch
     page 1 of 14; games 1-25 of 333  PGN Download
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    May-23-08
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       percyblakeney<does anyone know why the 50 move rule wasn't invoked here?>

    Apparently it was caused by Fressinet's previous game, where Korchnoi declared the game drawn by repetition. Fressinet didn't agree and meant that it couldn't be drawn when moves aren't written down, but the Arbiter supported Korchnoi. Fressinet supposedly didn't want to demand a draw himself after his earlier disagrement with Korchnoi.

    A new Kosteniuk interview, where she talks about various things, calling Almira Skripchenko her best friend, and saying that her relations to some older players in Russia are cool, and that they haven't congratulated her on becoming a mother. To the younger players she has good relations though. She doesn't want to talk about the age of her husband, but says that choosing between family and chess isn't a question, the family always comes first, and she won't play chess professionally for more than another 5-6 years.

    http://sportweek.ru/magazine/articl.

    May-26-08    Wone Jone<percyblakeney> <she won't play chess professionally for more than another 5-6 years.> After that, perhaps Playboy?
    Jul-30-08
    Premium Chessgames Member
       percyblakeney: Kosteniuk is defending her so called, I think, Fischerandom World Championship title in Mainz. She is leading the group stage ahead of Lahno, Cmilyte and Zhukova, and against the latter this position turned up with white to move:

     

     


    click for larger view

     

    Rh8+ and the rest works by itself after Qh3+ and so on.

    Jul-30-08
    Premium Chessgames Member
       percyblakeney: More on the event here: 

    http://www.chesstigers.de/ccm8_inde.

    Aug-01-08
    Premium Chessgames Member
       percyblakeney: Kosteniuk defended her FiNet Chess960 Women's Rapid World Championship as it turned out that it was called. She had scored in total 8 points in 10 games after having won the final against Lahno.
    Aug-24-08    myschkin: . . . 

    Alexandra Kosteniuk analyses her Chess Classic Mainz 2008

    http://tinyurl.com/4bawrq

    Sep-15-08    Phoenix: I understand no one wants to jinx her, but she is currently doing quite well in a tournament called 'Women's World Championship'.
    Sep-15-08    xky: She will win and she's got good home crowd support in her own country.
    Sep-17-08
    Premium Chessgames Member
       dx9293: Hail the new World Champion!
    Sep-17-08    visayanbraindoctor: I posted this originally in the Women's World Championship (2008) page when it was clear the she had at least a draw in the bag, but it also belongs here.

    "Kosteniuk should win this now. Or she could magnanimously accept a draw offer. One day I hope Hou will win the Women's WC but it's nice to see Kosteniuk, after all these years, finally winning the WC.

    An advanced congratulations to 

    Alexandra Kostantinovna Kosteniuk!"

    Sep-17-08    Ezzy: Double world champion (Also chess 960) Fantastic year. Many congratulations to her on this amazing achievement!!
    Sep-17-08    hitman84: Congratulations to the new Women's World Champion!
    Sep-17-08
    Premium Chessgames Member
       ketchuplover: ditto!
    Sep-17-08
    Premium Chessgames Member
       Wild Bill: Hail, Queen Alexandra Konstantinovna.
    Sep-19-08
    Premium Chessgames Member
       YouRang: She must be the most photogenic world champion there ever was.

    http://www.chessbase.com/news/2008/., for example.

    Sep-21-08    Kaspablanca: I suggest cg.com upload this Kosteniuk picture for her corner:http://www.chesspics.com/index.php?. She looks gorgeous.
    6 years ago

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    Alexandra Kosteniuk FiNet Chess960 Women’s Rapid World Championship 
    WM Alexandra Kosteniuk – Nr.2 der Chess960 WRL 
    29.-31.August 2008, 18:30 Uhr, Rheingoldhalle Mainz

     

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    Chess Classic Mainz 2008 (CCM8) 
     
     
    2. FiNet Chess960 Women's Rapid World Championship
    GM A. Kosteniuk, WGM N. Zhukova, IM V. Cmilyte, GM K. Lahno







          










       





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    How I kept my FiNet Chess960 World Champion title
    Alexandra Kosteniuk analyses her Chess Classic Mainz 2008

    18.08.2008 - “It’s the year 2025. Match for the world chess champion title. Game 23. White played an opening novelty on the 65th move of the Petroff defence. Black resigned.” This sad picture can actually become true if it is not already partly true now. Unending chess theory and grandmasters studying countless variations day and night on computer screens are today's reality of chess. Of course there is still creativity and fight and even brilliant ideas found over the chess board, but we must agree that today's chess is not the chess we saw 20 years ago. Now in 20 more years from today what kind of chess will we see?

     

    Chess960 World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk

     

     

    Chess960, or Fischer Random chess, or random chess for short, features a randomized initial chess position, which makes memorizing chess opening move sequences useless. By shuffling the first row of pieces, with simple rules such as Bishops must be on different colored squares and the King should have one rook on its right and one on its left, gives us 960 starting positions of which only one, number 518 is analyzed pretty well, since it’s also known a the regular chess starting position.

    This kind of chess is gaining great popularity and every time it's like a big breath of fresh air for me to play Chess960. There is no theory, no preparation, you can start to think creatively from the very first move on.

    That's why I was so looking forward to this year’s 2nd Women's world Championship in Mainz, Germany. In this championship I had to defend my FiNet World Champion title in Chess960 which I won in a match against Elizabeth Paehtz in 2006.

    Mr. Hans-Walter Schmitt, the organizer of the Chess Classics festival in Mainz has done a tremendous job. This festival grew from a tiny tournament to become a big chess event. It’s already the 15th time that chess players meet on the bank of the Rhine river to compete in this interesting event. Players have the possibility not only to play in a regular rapid chess event but also to try themselves in the Chess960 open.

     

     

    Chief organizer Hans-Walter Schmitt and
    Chess960 World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk

     

     

    The Mainz tournaments have a very clear and easy system of qualification. The winners of the two opens qualify for the next year’s world championship tournament. Such championships take place once every two years, so 2 qualifiers + the world champion + 1 wild-card play for the world title.

    This year there were 2 such world championships.

    A very strong GRENKELEASING World Rapid Championship with Anand, Carlsen, Morozevich and Judith Polgar was played for the world rapid crown. It was won convincingly by Anand in front of Carlsen, then Morozevich who defeaded Judith Polgar to get the third prize.

     

     

    Alexandra Kosteniuk & Kateryna Lahno at the prize giving in Mainz

     

    As for the FiNet Women's Rapid World Championship in Chess960, I was the defending champion, and my challengers were current European Champion Kateryna Lahno, then Natalia Zhukova and Viktorija Cmilyte, all very strong players capable of anything. The rules were that the players would start with a double round robin, after which first and second place play a 4-game match for the world champion title and the third and fourth place play a match for the bronze.

    The first and second day of the tournament went very well for me. I got 5,5 points out of 6, took the first place and qualified for the final world championship match against Kateryna Lahno, who got 4 out of 6 winning all games except those against me. Here is the first game I played against Kateryna in Mainz:

    LAHNO IPS 2509 - KOSTENIUK IPS 2533

    CCM8 - FiNet Chess960 Women's Wch

    Mainz, 2008.07.29, Round 3

    Comments by Alexandra Kosteniuk

     

     

     

    SP 056

     

    It was the last game of the first day, I had 1,5 points while Kateryna was leading with 2 points.

    1. c4 e5

    In chess960 it's difficult to say what's move is the best especially when you play a 20- minute game. So for now, both players are trying to play for the center.

    2. e3 Nab6 3. d4 exd4 4. exd4 d5

    Not giving White to dominate in the center.

    5. c5 Nd7 6. f3

    For the moment Iwas not too happy about my position, since all my pieces are standing poorly and I couldn't see a clear plan to improve this situation in the future.

    6...Qe7 7. Qd3 Nf8 8. Bg3 a6 9. Nc2 ?!

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    26.09.2008 World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk on Spotlight by Russia TVSince she became the 12th Women World Champion in the history of chess last week, Alexandra Kosteniuk has been interviewed by dozens of TV channels. In particular, you can watch an interview in English on Russia TV either on chessmovies.com in Quicktime or on tubechess.com in Flash. We will continue to post movies to both those sites. 


    25.09.2008 Alexandra Kosteniuk interviewed by Jerry HankenClick here to read Jerry Hanken's interview of Alexandra Kosteniuk for Chess Life Online. Dozens of other web articles have come out, for example in the New York Times [If need registration click HERE], and in the Star


    19.09.2008 World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk received telegrams from Putin and from MedvedevIn this photo you can see FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov handing over to recently crowned women world chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk two telegrams with personal messages of congratulations from Russian president Dmitry Medvedev and from Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. 


    18.09.2008 Alexandra Kosteniuk is the 12th woman chess world championIt was an incredibly beautiful evening in Nalchik, where the Closing Ceremony of the Women's World Chess Championship took place. On the photo to the left, you see freshly decorated Alexandra with her crown made of 46 diamonds and 3 blue sapphires, holding her gold world champion medal, a laurel wreath around her shoulders. NEW: Watch the 155-photo PHOTOALBUM!


    17.09.2008 Alexandra Kosteniuk is the new world chess championAlexandra today in the 4th match game held on to a draw and so won the final match against Hou Yifan by 2.5 - 1.5, earning her a deserved World Champion Title. Alexandra is now the 12th Woman Chess Champion of the History of Chess. She is also the only person to hold simultaneously the titles of World Champion in Classical Chess and in Chess960. Thanks to all of you for your wonderful support during the tournament and now, Alexandra is thrilled to be getting thousands of emailsguestbook entries, Facebook messages,youTube view, thanks!! The prize ceremony will be tomorrow and we can already promise you awesome photos! You can view or download the full 48-page Bulletin with all Final games very well commented by clicking here (1.3 MB).


    14.09.2008 Alexandra Kosteniuk beat Hou Yifang in the first game of the Final of the World Chess Championship in NalchikAlexandra won her first game of the Final of the Women World Championship against China's Hou Yifang, showing a good command of the Ruy Lopez with the black pieces. Have a look (copy and paste moves into the pgn player then press "apply"): 1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0–0 Be7 6.Re1 b5 7.Bb3 0–0 8.a3 d6 9.c3 Bg4 10.d3 Na5 11.Bc2 c5 12.h3 Bd7 13.d4 Qc7 14.d5 c4 15.Nbd2 Nb7 16.Nf1 Nc5 17.g4 h5 18.N3h2 hxg4 19.hxg4 Qc8 20.f3 Nh7 21.Ng3 Bg5 22.Nf5 Qd8 23.Kg2 g6 24.Ng3 Kg7 25.Rh1 Rh8 26.Nhf1 Qf6 27.Be3 Bxe3 28.Nxe3 Ng5 29.Qe2 Rag8 30.Raf1 Qf4 31.Rxh8 Rxh8 32.Rh1 Rxh1 33.Nxh1 Nd3 34.Bxd3 cxd3 35.Qf2 d2 36.Ng3 Nxf3 37.Qxf3 Bxg4 38.Qf2 d1Q 39.Nxd1 Bxd1 40.Qe1 Bf3+ 41.Kg1 f5 42.exf5 gxf5 43.Qf2 Kg6 44.b3 e4 45.c4 bxc4 46.bxc4 Qg5 47.c5 f4 48.cxd6 fxg3 Black wins 0–1. UPDATE 16/9: The second and third games were drawn. One more game to go.


    13.09.2008 Alexandra Kosteniuk will play the Final at the World Chess Championship in Nalchik against China Hou YifanTomorrow Sunday will take place the first game of the final of the Women's World Chess Championship between Grandmasters Alexandra Kosteniuk playing under the Russian flag and Hou Yifan playing for China. They will play 4 games in total for the title of Women World Champion. There is a site www.chesspolls.com that collects forecasts on this match, so if you have an opinion on the possible winner, you can go there and cast your vote. You can view or download the full 28-page Bulletin with all semi-final games very well commented by clicking here (1.3 MB). Links: PhotosLive GamesVideos.


    11.09.2008 Alexandra Kosteniuk qualifies for the Final at the World Chess Championship in NalchikThe last 6 months of intense training are paying out for Alexandra, who qualified today for the Final of the World Championship by drawing Pia Cramling in the second game of their mini-match, bringing her score to 1.5-0.5. Alexandra is the only player left in the championship not to have lost a single game up to now. Alexandra's opponent in the Final will be decided in the tie-breaks tomorrow, it will be either China's Hou or India's Koneru. It will be Alexandra's second try at the title, remember that in 2001 Alexandra went all the way to the Final but lost narrowly to China's Zhu Chen after tie-breaks. Now Alexandra has 7 years more experience and many new titles, European Champion 2004, GM (men) 2004, Russian Champion 2005, Chess960 World Champion 2006 & 2008, European Team Champion 2007.


    10.09.2008 Alexandra Kosteniuk beat Pia Cramling in their first game at the World Chess Championship in NalchikIt was pure domination today, before 30 moves were played Cramling playing Black could hardly find any piece to move. Have a look (copy and paste moves into the pgn player then press "apply"): 1. e4 e6 2. d4 d5 3. Nc3 Nc6 4. Nf3 Nf6 5. e5 Ne4 6. Bd3 Bb4 7. Bd2 Nxd2 8. Qxd2 f6 9. a3 Bxc3 10. Qxc3 fxe5 11. dxe5 Qe7 12. h4 Bd7 13. b4 a6 14. h5 O-O-O 15. Qd2 Kb8 16. c3 Rdf8 17. Qe3 Na7 18. a4 c5 19. bxc5 Rc8 20. Rb1 Qxc5 21. Qxc5 Rxc5 22. Bxa6 Rc7 23. Kd2 Bxa4 24. Rb4 Bd7 25. Rhb1 Bc8 26. Nd4 Re8 27. f4 Ree7 28. Rb6 h6 29. g3 Re8 30. Rd6 Ree7 31. Bf1 Bd7 32. Bh3 Nc8 33. Bxe6 Nxd6 34. exd6 Bxe6 35. dxe7 Bd7 36. Nf5 1-0 Tomorrow the second game of this semi-final will be played (watch live at 3 PM local time). In the other semi-final, Hou beat Koneru with the white pieces. The tension is at a maximum since the ticket to the World Chess Championship Final is at stake.


    09.09.2008 Alexandra Kosteniuk is playing Pia Cramling at the World Chess Championship in NalchikBoth Alexandra Kosteniuk and Pia Cramling have been in superb form and have reached the World Semi-finals. They are only 1 step from the World Finals. Who will win? Cramling is very experienced but Alexandra is very dangerous. They will play 2 games, one on Wednesday and one on Thursday. In the other semi, Humpy Koneru will play Hou Yifan. By the way you can watch the games live here both days at 3 PM Nalchik Time (1 PM Paris time, 7AM New York time). New, Pufichek updated his "Look at me!" gallery of beautiful women chess masters. Update: Kosteniuk won the first game



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    Current USA Rating: USCF 2563
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                   Russian Men Superfinal               1. Kosteniuk-Tregubov 1/2-1/2               2. Belov-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2               3. Kosteniuk-Dvoirys 1/2-1/2               4. Khismatullin-Kosteniuk 1-0               5. Kosteniuk-Lugovoi 1/2-1/2               6. Popov-Kosteniuk 1-0               7. Kosteniuk-Iljushin 1/2-1/2               8. Bragin-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2               9. Kosteniuk-Obolenskikh 1-0                                      
                    Eu. Team Ch. 2005                     2. Maric-Kosteniuk 0-1                    3. Kosteniuk-Dembo 1-0                                     4. Peptan-Kosteniuk 1-0                    5. Kosteniuk-Skripchenko 1/2-1/2                           7. Kosteniuk-Zhukova 1/2-1/2               8. Kosteniuk-Chiburdanidze 0-1                      9. Stefanova-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2              
                   Krasnoturinsk 2005               1. Kosteniuk-Kosintseva, T. 1-0               2. Chiburdanidze-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2               3. Kosteniuk-Koneru 1/2-1/2               4. Kosintseva, N.-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2               5. Kosteniuk-Stefanova 1-0               6. Zhukova-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2               7. Kosteniuk-Xu 0-1               8. Galliamova-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2               9. Kosteniuk-Kovalevskaya 1-0              
                   Russian Superfinal 2005               1. Kosteniuk-Korbut 1-0               2. Kosintseva, N.-Kosteniuk 0-1               3. Kosteniuk-Galliamova 1/2-1/2               4. Yakovitch-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2               5. Kosteniuk-Pogonina 1-0               6. Matveeva-Kosteniuk 0-1               7- Kosteniuk-Kovalevskaya 1/2-1/2               8. Kosteniuk-Zaiatz 1/2-1/2               9. Kosintseva, T.-Kosteniuk 0-1               10. Kosteniuk-Gunina 1-0               11. Kochetkova-Kosteniuk 0-1              
                   Wijk aan Zee 2005               1. Kosteniuk-Onischuk, Al. 1-0               2. Carlsen-Kosteniuk 1-0               3. Kosteniuk-Mamedyarov 0-1               4. Cheparinov-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2               5. Kosteniuk-Nikolic 1/2-1/2               6. Smeets-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2               7. Kosteniuk-Nijboer 1/2-1/2               8. Ramirez-Kosteniuk 0-1               9. Kosteniuk-Stellwagen 0-1               10. Kosteniuk-Nielsen 1/2-1/2               11. Karjakin-Kosteniuk 1-0               12. Kosteniuk-Ernst 1/2-1/2               13. Stefanova-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2              
                     Calvia 2004                 1. Kosteniuk-Ptacnikova 1/2-1/2                 2. Mamedjarova-Kosteniuk 0-1                 3. Kosteniuk-Polgar, Z. 1/2-1/2                 4. Zhukova-Kosteniuk 0-1                   5. Kosteniuk-Xie 0-1                 6. Stefanova-Kosteniuk 0-1                 7. Sergeeva-Kosteniuk 1/2-1/2                 8. Kosteniuk-Madl 1-0                 9. Kosteniuk-Humpy 0-1                 10. Muzychuk-Kosteniuk 0-1                 11. Kosteniuk-Chiburdanidze 1/2-1/2                
                   Wins against GM's               1. Kosteniuk-Nikolaidis 1-0               2. Kosteniuk-Kudrin 1-0               3. Kosteniuk-Zhu 1-0               4. Zhu-Kosteniuk 0-1               5. Kosteniuk-Varavin 1-0               6. Kosteniuk-Karpov 1-0               7. Iseshkovsky-Kosteniuk 0-1               8. Kosteniuk-McShane 1-0               9. Kosteniuk-Acs 1-0               10. De Vreugt-Kosteniuk 0-1               11. Kosteniuk-Rogers 1-0               12. Kosteniuk-Dvoirys 1-0               13. Kosteniuk-Cvitan 1-0               14. Kosteniuk-Wells 1-0               15. Stefanova-Kosteniuk 0-1              

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    2523 (апрель 2008)

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    Научилась играть в шахматы в возрасте пяти лет благодаря своему отцу Константину. Младшая сестра Оксана также является шахматисткой, мастером спорта.

    Вице-чемпионка мира по шахматам среди женщин в 2001 году. Чемпионка Европы по шахматам среди женщин в 2004 году (ДрезденГермания). Чемпионка России 2005 года по шахматам среди женщин. В августе 2006 года Александра стала первой чемпионкой мира в случайных шахматах, выиграв у Элизабет Петц 5½-2½. Успешно защитила свой титул в 2008, одержав победу надЕкатериной Лагно 2½-1½. Наивысшим достижением в карьере Александры явилось завоевание титула чемпиона мира по шахматам среди женщин 18 сентября 2008 на турнире в Нальчике, где она победила китаянку Хоу Ифань со счётом 2½-1½.

    В ноябре 2004 Александра Костенюк стала 10-й женщиной в мире, которой было присвоено звание международного гроссмейстера среди мужчин. До этого она уже в 14 лет добилась звания гроссмейстера среди женщин (самой молодой в мире) и международного мастера.

    Рейтинг ФИДЕ — 2510 (июль 2008). Наивысший рейтинг — 2540 (апрель 2006).

    Девизами Александры являются: «Шахматы — это здорово» и «Красота и ум неразделимы». Руководствуясь ими, она продвигает шахматы, будучи ещё моделью и «послом шахмат», стараясь зажечь интерес к этой игре во всём мире. В 2006 снялась для мужского журнала «Пентхаус». Сыграла одну из главных ролей в фильме Станислава Говорухина «Благословите женщину». Является автором книг «Как стать гроссмейстером в 14 лет» и «Играйте в шахматы вместе с Александрой Костенюк». Александра является хозяином подкаста «Chess is Cool», информирующего пользователей о её жизни и текущих шахматных событиях. Шахматистка положительно относится к спортивной деятельности, регулярно бегает кроссы и принимает участие в марафонах.

    Александра Костенюк находится замужем за родившимся в Швейцарии, но имеющим колумбийские корни Диего Гарсе́сом, который старше её на 25 лет. 22 апреля 2007 у них родилась дочь Франческа-Мария.

    [править]Книги

    2002 год
    2002 год
    • Как стать гроссмейстером в 14 лет. Москва, 2001. 202, [2] с., [16] л. ил. ISBN 5-89069-053-1.
    • Как научить шахматам : дошкольный шахматный учебник / Александра Костенюк, Наталия Костенюк. Москва : Russian Chess House, 2008. 142 с ISBN 978-5-94693-085-7.

    [править]Ссылки

    • Личная карточка http://ru.wikipedia.org/skins-1.5/monobook/external.png); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: initial; padding-right: 13px; color: #3366bb; background-position: 100% 50%;" title="http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4128125" rel="nofollow" href="http://ratings.fide.com/card.phtml?event=4128125">Александры Костенюк на сайте ФИДЕ
    • Партии http://ru.wikipedia.org/skins-1.5/monobook/external.png); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: initial; padding-right: 13px; color: #3366bb; background-position: 100% 50%;" title="http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=10940" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.chessgames.com/perl/chessplayer?pid=10940">Александры Костенюк в базе Chessgames
    • http://ru.wikipedia.org/skins-1.5/monobook/external.png); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: initial; padding-right: 13px; color: #3366bb; background-position: 100% 50%;" title="http://www.kosteniuk.com/index.php?lg=rus" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.kosteniuk.com/index.php?lg=rus">Официальный сайт Александры Костенюк
    • http://ru.wikipedia.org/skins-1.5/monobook/external.png); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: initial; padding-right: 13px; color: #3366bb; background-position: 100% 50%;" title="http://www.sport-express.ru/art.shtml?166535" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.sport-express.ru/art.shtml?166535">Александра Костенюк: "В шахматы играют красивые люди!" (Интервью. Спорт-Экспресс. 2008. 19 сент.)
    • http://ru.wikipedia.org/skins-1.5/monobook/external.png); background-repeat: no-repeat; background-attachment: initial; -webkit-background-clip: initial; -webkit-background-origin: initial; background-color: initial; padding-right: 13px; color: #3366bb; background-position: 100% 50%;" title="http://www.chesspro.ru/_events/2008/kostenuk.html" rel="nofollow" href="http://www.chesspro.ru/_events/2008/kostenuk.html">Интервью на сайте ChessPro

     

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    Alexandra Kosteniuk

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    Alexandra Kosteniuk
    Full name Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk (Александра Константиновна Костенюк)
    Country  Russia
    Born
    April 23, 1984 (age 24)
    PermVolga Federal DistrictRussia
    Title Grandmaster
    Women's World Champion 2008 -
    FIDE rating 2510
    Peak rating 2540 (April 2006)

    Alexandra Kostantinovna Kosteniuk (Александра Константиновна Костенюк) (born April 231984 in PermVolga Federal District) is a Russian chess Grandmaster and the current Women's World Chess Champion.

    Alexandra learned to play chess at the age of five after being taught by her father. She has a little sister named Oxana Kosteniuk, who is a master level chess player.

    Her chess career is full of notable achievements. In 2001, at the age of 17, she reached the final of the World Women's Chess Championship, but was defeated by Zhu Chen. Three years later, she became female European champion by winning the tournament in Dresden, Germany. She also won the 2005 Russian Women's Championship, held in Samara, Russia, finishing with a score of +7 =4 -0. In August 2006, she became the first Chess960 (Fischer Random) women world champion after beating Germany's top female player Elisabeth Pähtz 5.5-2.5. She defended that title successfully in 2008 by beatingKateryna Lahno 2.5-1.5[1]. However, her top success so far has been to win the Women's World Chess Championship 2008, beating in the final the young Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan, with a score of 2.5-1.5.

    Alexandra at the 35th Chess Olympiad, Bled 2002.
    Alexandra at the 35th Chess Olympiad,Bled 2002.

    In November 2004, she was awarded the International Grandmaster title, becoming the tenth woman to receive the highest title of the World Chess Federation, FIDE (see Fédération Internationale des Échecs). Before that, she had also obtained the titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master. She is 10th on the July 2008 FIDE women Elo rating list with a rating of 2510.

    Kosteniuk's mottos have been "chess is cool" and "beauty and intelligence can go together". With these as a backdrop, Kosteniuk has been promoting chess in the capacity of a fashion model and ambassador of chess in order to spark interest in the game around the world.[2]

    She is also the host of a popular podcast "Chess is Cool" which informs listeners about Alexandra's life and current chess events.

    Kosteniuk is married to Swiss-born Diego Garces, who is of Colombian descent, and 25 years her elder.[3] On April 22, 2007 Alexandra gave birth to a daughter, Francesca Maria. Francesca was born 2 1/2 months premature, but after an 8 week stay in the hospital, has since made full recovery.

    Alexandra's website, which is maintained by her husband, covers the chess events she is participating in and offers up to date information about her.

    [edit]Bibliography by Kosteniuk

    • Как стать гроссмейстером в 14 лет. Moscow, 2001. 202, [2] с., [16] л. ил. ISBN 5-89069-053-1.
    • Как научить шахматам : дошкольный шахматный учебник / Александра Костенюк, Наталия Костенюк. Moscow : Russian Chess House, 2008. 142 с ISBN 978-5-94693-085-7.

    [edit]References

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