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Alexandra Kosteniuk
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Number of games in database: 1,551
Years covered: 1994 to 2019
Last FIDE rating: 2552 (2507 rapid, 2489 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2561

Overall record: +392 -228 =330 (58.6%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 601 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (268) 
    B22 B33 B92 B32 B47
 Ruy Lopez (140) 
    C78 C65 C67 C92 C95
 French Defense (89) 
    C11 C18 C15 C13 C01
 Caro-Kann (77) 
    B12 B18 B11 B10 B16
 Sicilian Najdorf (56) 
    B92 B96 B97 B94 B99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (45) 
    C92 C95 C84 C96 C97
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (131) 
    B62 B30 B67 B89 B31
 Nimzo Indian (71) 
    E34 E20 E54 E21 E46
 Queen's Pawn Game (69) 
    D02 A45 A46 E10 E00
 Queen's Indian (55) 
    E17 E12 E15 E14 E19
 English (46) 
    A13 A15 A14 A12 A10
 Ruy Lopez (43) 
    C78 C84 C77 C89 C69
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kosteniuk vs C P Gouw, 2000 1-0
   A Ushenina vs Kosteniuk, 2008 0-1
   The World vs Kosteniuk, 2004 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs R Edouard, 2013 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs L Bergez, 2001 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Xu Yuanyuan, 2001 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Onischuk, 2005 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs C Werner, 2000 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Y Dembo, 2005 1-0
   D Dordzhieva vs Kosteniuk, 2018 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2016)
   Russian Team Championship (Women) (2011)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2013)
   Russian Team Championship (Women) (2018)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2018)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2019)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2018)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chess Queen: Kosteniuk by BntLarsen
   Kosteniuk! by larrewl
   A Kosteniuk by ghjensen

   🏆 Grand Prix Skolkovo (Women)
   Kosteniuk vs A Stefanova (Sep-22-19) 0-1
   P Cramling vs Kosteniuk (Sep-21-19) 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs A Goryachkina (Sep-20-19) 0-1
   Ju Wenjun vs Kosteniuk (Sep-19-19) 1-0
   A Kashlinskaya vs Kosteniuk (Sep-18-19) 0-1

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(born Apr-23-1984, 35 years old) Russia
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Alexandra Kosteniuk was born in Perm, Russia. She was taught the game at the age of five by her father, Konstantin Vladimirovich Kosteniuk. Her younger sister, Oksana Kosteniuk, is a WFM.

In September 2008, she scaled the summit of womenís 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 to 1.5. In December 2010, she conceded her crown when she bowed out in the third round to finalist Ruan Lufei. She again contested the championship at the FIDE Knock-out Women's World Championship (2012) but lost her second round match to compatriot WGM Natalia Pogonina after defeating US WGM Tatev Abrahamyan in the first round. She scored 6/8 at the World Team Chess Championship (Women) (2017) for Russia's top board to secure their team their winning finish(2).

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 Womenís World Championship. In 2000 and 2004, Kosteniuk was second in the Russian Womenís 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 Womenís Championship that was held in Dresden in 2004, and equal second behind Koneru Humpy in the 2005 North Urals Cup. In 2010 she came fifth in the Russian Women's Championship and in 2011 she won the Moscow Open 2011B - Young GMs with 7/9. Also in 2011, she won the Swiss Women's Championship. In 2013 she won both the womenís and menís Swiss titles.

Kosteniuk became the inaugural Fischerandom (Chess960) Women's World Champion in 2006, and successfully defended her title in 2008 against Kateryna Lahno. There did not appear to be a Fischerandom world championship in 2010, and Kosteniuk is therefore still the women's world titleholder for this form of chess.

She has captured the public's eye by appearing in a Russian film, doing many product promotions, fashion modeling, and appearing in fashion magazines. She produces a popular series of chess podcasts, and maintains a chess website

Live rating (women): Her website: and her web photo album

References / Sources

(1) Wikipedia article: Alexandra Kosteniuk, (2)

Last updated: 2017-07-07 19:35:39

 page 1 of 63; games 1-25 of 1,551  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kosteniuk vs B Farhat 1-0431994Wch U10 GirlsB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. Kosteniuk vs S Cherednichenko  0-1401994Wch U10 GirlsB06 Robatsch
3. Kosteniuk vs N Pkhakadze  1-0411994Wch U10 GirlsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
4. Kosteniuk vs N Kosintseva 1-0681996Ch World (cadets) (under 12) (g)C29 Vienna Gambit
5. K Rybenko vs Kosteniuk 1-0421996Volgograd opC45 Scotch Game
6. E Mirzoeva vs Kosteniuk  0-1701996Cup G.KasparovC26 Vienna
7. Kosteniuk vs V Belov 0-1791996Kasparov Cup opB33 Sicilian
8. Kosteniuk vs L Kritz 0-1271996Ch Moscow (open)C29 Vienna Gambit
9. M Perez Candelario vs Kosteniuk 0-1271997It (open) (juniors)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
10. Seferjan vs Kosteniuk  1-0511997Pripis memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. A Yangel vs Kosteniuk  0-1331997RUS-ch (Women)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
12. Bosboom-Lanchava vs Kosteniuk 0-1281998Olympiad (w)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
13. Kosteniuk vs J Kochetkova  1-0371998Ch Russia (w) (1 liga)B20 Sicilian
14. Kosteniuk vs M Lomineishvili 1-0261999It (w)B28 Sicilian, O'Kelly Variation
15. Kosteniuk vs Romanishin  0-1711999Bled openB40 Sicilian
16. T V Grabuzova vs Kosteniuk 1-0301999RUS-ch49(Women)A87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
17. Kosteniuk vs D Garces 1-0342000It (open)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. Kosteniuk vs Stellwagen 1-0312000Corus Reserve GroupC00 French Defense
19. G J Ludden vs Kosteniuk 0-1442000Corus Reserve GroupA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
20. Kosteniuk vs V Georgiev  0-1302000Corus Reserve GroupB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
21. M Bosboom vs Kosteniuk 1-0282000Corus Reserve GroupA10 English
22. Kosteniuk vs C P Gouw 1-0182000Corus Reserve GroupC00 French Defense
23. Y Afek vs Kosteniuk 1-0482000Corus Reserve GroupB89 Sicilian
24. Kosteniuk vs C Werner  1-0422000Corus Reserve GroupC28 Vienna Game
25. Kosteniuk vs A Romero Holmes  0-1652000Corus Reserve GroupC00 French Defense
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  HeMateMe: Hmm...So, she took the older, wealthy man to the cleaners in a divorce and now has the correct relationship, a chess player, her own age and background? Older men never learn...
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  MissScarlett: <That's Sophie Milliet.>

Try and keep up: Sophie Milliet

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  cro777: Alexandra is participating at the 65th Russian Women's Superfinal which is being held in the southeastern Siberian city of Chita.

This is GTRK Chita (a branch of Russian State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company) report on the tournament and the opening ceremony:

Kosteniuk and Tregubov in the first row during the opening ceremony (frame location 05:33; time marker with the endtime at the begining)

Sep-20-15  waustad: OSG Baden Baden has really pulled out the stops. Their top scorer in the FBL last year, Eva Moser is staying closer to home this year, but they've added Alexandra Kosteniuk and Antoaneta Stefanova. Anna Zatonskih, who would be the first board on most teams in the league, is the #6 player. Of course, many of the top boards won't play very often, but the depth is rather extreme with Elena Sedina and Lisa Schut at #10 and #11 respectively.
Dec-22-15  john barleycorn: from her profile:

<...she became the 14th Women's World Chess Champion ...>

According to her own website she was the 12th Women's World Chess Champion

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  TheFocus: Happy birthday, Alexandra Kosteniuk.
Jul-06-16  posoo: NOW we have kabbitzers just ASUMING dat dis lady wants to pose NAKED for them in a mugazine!

NOBODY GOS ON to Krumnik's page and asks to see HIM with no clofes on. WHY HERE?


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  cro777: Russian Chess Champion again 9 years later.

After winning 2 weeks ago the Russian Rapid Championship, this week Kosteniuk won the classical women's chess championship of Russia scoring 8.5/11. She secured the championship with a round to go.

Both champions (in menís and womenís competition) received the keys from Renault Kaptur cars, offered by the strategic partner of RCF, Renault Russia company.

Kosteniuk: "Previously I only won one Russian championship, in 2005. For some reason I was strongly motivated by the special prize, the Renault car, while the same could not be said about the money. When I found out that the champions will receive this car, I recalled that I don't have the Russian driver's license. Hopefully after this tournament I will fix the formalities, otherwise my husband will have to drive me around."

The last time Kosteniuk won the Russian championship was on the 27th of May 2005, 3 years before becoming women's world champion. In that championship, instead of a quick draw which would have guaranteed her first place, Alexandra went all out and won her last game against Kochetkova, which gave her clear first place with 9 points out of 11.

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  HeMateMe: Russia's Got Talent!


Don't give up the day job, ladies.

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  ketchuplover: hang in there young lady!
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  cro777: On the eve of the International Womenís Day, Kosteniuk participated for the first time in the traditional blitz match between "Blondes" and "Brunettes" which took place in Moscow. The playing format was 8-rounds Scheveningen system with the time control 3′+2″.

Brunettes: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Darya Pustovoitova, Marina Nechaeva, Daria Charochkina, Dinara Dordzhieva, Nadezhda Harmunova, Elmira Mirzoeva and Tatyana Bogumil.

Blondes: Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Olga Girya, Natalia Zhukova, Alina Bivol, Maria Fominykh (founder of the event), Irina Vasilevich, Dina Drozdova and Anastasia Eryshkanova.

In the team of brunettes Alexandra Kosteniuk was best with 6.5/8 points. Nevertheless, her team lost to blondes 30-34.

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  HeMateMe: I like this photo


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  HeMateMe: Is pre-school chess a valid Masters thesis topic?


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  HeMateMe: from an Elle photo shoot


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  sonia91: She won the European Women's Blitz Championship in Monte Carlo with 10.5/13. Anna Muzychuk won the Rapid championship:
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  HeMateMe: go Alex!


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  HeMateMe: Cosmo magazine, published in Russia:


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  HeMateMe: The assassin wore a bow tie:


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  Count Wedgemore: In her profile pic on the top of the page, it seems like she doesn't have any..ehm..

Uhh, what I wanted to say is this: the bottom part of the picture seems to be missing. Can someone please just upload the full photo to me personally? Thanks so much in advance. I promise to share it with <HMM>, in a discrete manner, of course.

I am to be found at:

Nov-15-18  JimNorCal: Discrete or discreet, Count?
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  Count Wedgemore: I guess discreet is the better word here, <JimNorCal>. Thanks for the correction!

But seriously, just look at the photo! It sure looks like she's not wearing any..right? Okay, time to move on.

This is me moving on..

As you were.

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  HeMateMe: maybe it's a still from Planet of the Apes? All of the humans are unclothed barbarians.
Nov-17-18  JimNorCal: Don't let posso see this discussion LOL!
He's on a quest to encourage respect of the ladies and for us to--

Refrain from judging appearances.
No comments about personal matters like marital status. Stop behaving like 14 year old boys.

Good luck with that!

On a related topic, an old joke:
Why is a man like a US Savings Bond?
They both take 25 years to mature.

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  keypusher: I realize no one is looking for a serious response, but I think Kosteniuk's picture is clipped from a photo with <joshka> (and Kosteniuk is, of course, clothed). It's the source of his profile pic.
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  HeMateMe: ah, she's so beautiful


the English is dubbed in here, but her English is perfect, now.

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