Alexandra Kosteniuk new Women World Champion

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After losing the final seven years ago to a Chinese player (Zu Chen), 24-year-old Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia yesterday became Women World Champion of Chess by beating another Chinese player: 14-year-old Hou Yifan from China. Kosteniuk drew the fourth game in the match to bring the final score on 2.5-1.5.

Photo: Ilya Akhobekov | ?Ǭ© FIDE

Kosteniuk's first classical chess world title, worth US$ 60,000, was a deserved one. She was clearly the better player in the final, where her Chinese opponent was unstable in all games. After being outplayed in the first game, Hou Yifan miraclously escaped with a draw twice but winning with Black proved too hard a task.

But we shouldn't forget how young the Chinese finalist still is and therefore it's only praise that she deserves. Both a devilish tactician and a fierce fighter, Hou Yifan is surely a potential future world champion and definitely comparable to Magnus Carlsen in that sense.

Kosteniuk showed mature chess, a deep positional understanding, excellent preparation and strong nerves, especially in the complicated middelgame of the fourth game of the final, taking into account what had happened in games two and three. A true world champion!

Here's the last game of the final (you can find games 1 and 2 here and game 3 here):



And so the new Women World Champion of Chess, the successor of yet another Chinese player (Xu Yuhua), is Alexandra Kosteniuk. She's the 12th world champion in chess history, after Vera Menchik (1927?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú1944), Lyudmila Rudenko (1950?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú1953), Elisabeth Bykova (1953?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú1956), Olga Rubtsova (1956?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú1958), Elisabeth Bykova (1958?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú1962), Nona Gaprindashvili (1962?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú1978), Maya Chiburdanidze (1978?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú1991), Xie Jun (1991?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú1996), Susan Polgar (1996?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú1999), Xie Jun (1999?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú2001), Zhu Chen (2001?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú2004), Antoaneta Stefanova (2004?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú2006) and Xu Yuhua (2006?¢‚Ǩ‚Äú2008).

Kosteniuk at the press conference after the final | Photo Ilya Akhobekov



Alexandra Kostantinovna Kosteniuk was born April 23, 1984 in Perm, Russia. She learned to play chess at the age of five after being taught by her father. She also has a little sister named Oxana Kosteniuk, who is a master level chess player and works as a chess reporter.

In 2004 Kosteniuk won the Women European Championship and in November of the same year she achieved the International Grandmaster title, becoming the 10th of the 11 women who have received the highest title awarded by FIDE.

But Kosteniuk has always had some extra fame as the first real "chess babe" and she never denied it: her mottos have been "chess is cool" and "beauty and intelligence can go together".

Kosteniuk is married to Swiss-born Diego Garces, who is of Colombian descent, and 25 years her elder. On April 22, 2007 Alexandra gave birth to a daughter, Francesca Maria. 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. (Text based on Kosteniuk's Wikipedia article.)

The fourth game of the World Championship Final...

...another Scheveningen on the highest level!
The new world champion: Alexandra Kosteniuk (24), Russia
A great runner-up: Hou Yifan (14), China | Photos Evgeny Atarov ?Ǭ© FIDE



Scores, Final:













Nat. Name Rtg
G1
G2
G3
G4
R1
R2
B1
B2
SD
Tot.
RUS Kosteniuk, Alexandra 2510
1
?Ǭ?
?Ǭ?
?Ǭ?
         
2.5
CHN Hou, Yifan 2557
0
?Ǭ?
?Ǭ?
?Ǭ?
         
1.5





Videos by FIDE:





Here's the full schedule, from 64 names (11 did not participate) to 1 winner:





















































































































































































Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4
Round 5
Round 6
 
1 Xu Yuhua
  Xu Yuhua
64 Solomons  
Matveeva
32 Khurtsidze   
  Matveeva    
33 Matveeva  
Ushenina
16 Paehtz    
 Paehtz    
49 Kadimova      
Ushenina    
17 Ushenina    
  Ushenina    
48 Le Thanh Tu  
Kosteniuk
8 Kosintseva,T    
  Kosintseva,T    
57 Muminova     
Kosintseva,T    
25 Zatonskih        
  Zatonskih        
40 Bosboom Lanchava      
Kosteniuk   
9 Kosteniuk    
  Kosteniuk    
56 Pourkashyan      
Kosteniuk    
24 Korbut    
  -    
41 Gvetadze  
Kosteniuk
4 Stefanova  
  Stefanova  
61 Zapata    
Stefanova  
29 Bojkovic      
  Ju, Wenjun      
36 Ju, Wenjun    
Stefanova  
13 Zhukova      
  Rohonyan      
52 Rohonyan        
Gaponenko      
20 Gaponenko      
  Gaponenko      
45 Zhang Jilin    
Cramling  
5 Cramling  
  Cramling  
60 Sanchez Castillo    
Cramling  
28 Tania      
  Tan Zongyi     
37 Tan Zongyi    
Cramling  
12 Ruan  
  Ruan  
53 Zakurdjaeva    
Ruan  
21Javakhisvili  
 Amura  
44 Amura
 
2 Koneru
  Koneru
63 Alaa El Din  
Koneru
31 Lomineishvili    
  -    
34 Khukhashvili  
Koneru
15 Hoang Thanh    
  Hoang Thanh    
50 Arribas     
Hoang Thanh    
18 Socko    
  Socko    
47 Foisor,S  
Koneru
7 Zhao Xue    
  Zhao Xue    
58 Zuriel      
Shen Yang    
26 Shen Yang        
  Shen Yang       
39 Kachiani-G      
Shen Yang    
10 Cmilyte    
  Cmilyte    
55 Golubenko      
Kosintseva,N    
23 Kosintseva,N    
  Kosintseva,N    
42 Mohota  
Hou Yifan
3 Hou Yifan  
  Hou Yifan  
62 Khaled    
Hou Yifan  
30 Rajlich      
  Mongontuul      
35 Mongontuul    
Hou Yifan  
14 Chiburdanidze     
  Nguyen, Thi        
51 Nguyen, Thi        
Sedina      
19 Krush      
  Sedina     
46 Sedina    
Hou Yifan  
6 Sebag  
  Gasik  
59 Gasik    
Mkrtchian  
27 Mkrtchian      
 Mkrtchian      
38 Moser    
Mkrtchian  
11 Muzychuk  
  Muzychuk  
54 Velcheva    
Harika 
22 Harika  
  Harika  
43 Nebolsina




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