Woman No. 10b
Alexandra Kosteniuk is at the FIDE list woman No. 11, but with the same rating (2519) as Marie Sebag at No. 10.
Alexandra learned to play chess at the age of five after being taught by her father. She has a little sister named Oxana, who is a FIDE master level chess player. 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. Before that, she had also obtained the titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master.
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.
She is also the host of a popular podcast "Chess is Cool" which informs listeners about Alexandra's life and current chess events.
She is due to defend her title in the Women's World Chess Championship, 2010.