GM Alexandra Kosteniuk

Full name
Alexandra Kosteniuk
Born
Apr 23, 1984 (age 35)
Place of birth
Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Federation
Russia
Profiles

The “Chess Queen”, Alexandra Kosteniuk is one of the very few female chess players to have broken into the mainstream world and made a name for herself outside of chess. Before this though, she became a full Grandmaster, won the Women’s World Championship in 2008 and now is the 9th highest rated female. More recently, she has acted in a film, done fashion modeling and appeared in magazines. Kosteniuk’s name is sure to be a familiar one to people all over the world.

Alexandra Kosteniuk learned to play chess from her dad at the age of 5. She achieved woman chess titles when she became a Woman International Master in 1997 and a Woman Grandmaster in 1998 at the age of 14. She then earned the men’s titles when she became an International Master in 2000 at the age of 16 and a Grandmaster in 2004 at the age of 20. She was the tenth woman in history to receive the Grandmaster title. After earning the highest chess title, she won the 2004 European Women’s Championship tournament without losing one game and the 2005 Russian Women’s Championship with a 2691 performance rating. Her biggest accomplishment in chess is when she became the Women’s World Chess Champion in 2008 by defeating the prodigy from China, Hou Yifan. She didn’t hold on to the title for too long though because she lost to Ruan Lufei in the third round of the Women’s World Championship tournament in 2010. Since then, she has broken into the mainstream by acting in a Russian film, doing product promotions, modeling and being shown in magazines. She continues to have a high FIDE rating and is ranked as the 9th best female player in the world.

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White Pieces
Slav Defense (14) : D10 D11 D12 D15
Indian Game (5) : A49 A45 E10
Giuoco Piano Game (10) : C50 C53
Nimzo-Indian Defense (3) : E49 E47 E32
Pirc Defense (33) : B07 B09 B08
Dutch Defense (4) : A80 A84 A87 A82
King's Indian Attack (2) : A07 A08
Modern Defense with 1.e4 (3) : B06
King's Indian Defense (8) : E97 E94 E81 E91 E67
Petrov's Defense (26) : C42 C43
Bishop's Opening (23) : C23 C24 C28 C26
Scandinavian Defense (14) : B01
Alekhine Defense (14) : B04 B02 B05
Queen's Gambit Declined (8) : D31 D37 D38 D36
Gruenfeld Defense (1) : D94
Italian Game (9) : C55 C50 C58 C59
King's Pawn Opening (3) : B00
Modern Defense (27) : B06
Queen's Indian Defense (4) : E17 E12 E15
Four Knights Game (10) : C46 C47
Queen's Gambit Accepted (3) : D26 D20
Bogo-Indian Defense (5) : E11
Semi-Slav Defense (5) : D45 D48
Blumenfeld Countergambit Accepted (1) : E10
Benoni Defense (2) : A60 A77
Scotch Game (4) : C45 C44
Benko Gambit Half-Accepted (1) : A57
Undefined (1) : A00
Philidor Defense (6) : C41
Queen's Pawn Opening (3) : D00 D02
Richter-Veresov Attack (1) : D01
Lion Defense (1) : B07
Vienna Game (3) : C25 C29
King's Gambit Accepted (1) : C36
Black Pieces
Queen's Pawn Opening (23) : D02 D00 A40 D03 A41
Petrov's Defense (44) : C42 C43
Indian Game (49) : A46 E10 A50 A45
Caro-Kann Defense (18) : B10 B18 B12 B13 B11
Giuoco Piano Game (22) : C50 C53 C52 C55
Queen's Indian Defense (54) : E15 E18 E12 E17 E14 E19
Blumenfeld Countergambit (4) : E10
Reti Opening (36) : A05 A09 A04 A06
Catalan Opening (35) : E00 E04 E01 E03
Trompowsky Attack (10) : A45
King's Indian Attack (33) : A07
Ponziani Opening (1) : C44
Four Knights Game (10) : C46 C48 C47
Bogo-Indian Defense (7) : E11
Benko Gambit Declined (1) : A57
Scotch Game (11) : C45
Nimzowitsch-Larsen Attack (11) : A01
Torre Attack (5) : A46
Vienna Game (7) : C26 C25
Colle System (4) : D05 D04
Bishop's Opening (4) : C24 C28
French Defense (2) : C01 C12
Scandinavian Defense (17) : B01
Richter-Veresov Attack (2) : D01
Hungarian Opening (4) : A00
King's Gambit Accepted (2) : C36 C33
Bird's Opening (1) : A03
Center Game Accepted (1) : C22
Nimzowitsch Defense (1) : B00
Italian Game (1) : C55
Semi-Slav Defense (23) : D47 D45 D44 D43
Modern Defense (4) : B06 B07
Gruenfeld Defense (2) : D97 D85
Tarrasch Defense (1) : D33
King's Indian Defense (1) : E76
Van Geet Opening (1) : A00
Modern Defense with 1.d4 (2) : A40
Pirc Defense (2) : B07

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