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Alexandra Kosteniuk
Photograph copyright © 2004,
Number of games in database: 1,369
Years covered: 1994 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2555 (2515 rapid, 2551 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2561

Overall record: +347 -202 =285 (58.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 535 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (250) 
    B22 B33 B92 B32 B47
 Ruy Lopez (131) 
    C78 C92 C65 C67 C95
 French Defense (73) 
    C11 C15 C13 C18 C10
 Caro-Kann (66) 
    B12 B18 B11 B10 B16
 Sicilian Najdorf (52) 
    B92 B96 B97 B99 B90
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (44) 
    C92 C95 C84 C97 C87
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (129) 
    B62 B30 B67 B89 B31
 Nimzo Indian (62) 
    E34 E54 E46 E20 E53
 Queen's Pawn Game (60) 
    D02 A46 A45 E10 E00
 Queen's Indian (55) 
    E17 E12 E15 E14 E19
 English (44) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A12
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (41) 
    B62 B67 B63 B60
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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 Xu Yuanyuan, 2001 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs L Bergez, 2001 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Onischuk, 2005 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Y Dembo, 2005 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Stellwagen, 2000 1-0
   J Stopa vs Kosteniuk, 2011 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs McShane, 2003 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Team Championship (Women) (2011)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2016)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2013)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Batumi (2016)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2015)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Russian Team Championship (Women) (2018)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2016)

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

   🏆 Russian Team Championship (Women)
   Kosteniuk vs Elena Simakova (May-10-18) 1-0
   A Sazonova vs Kosteniuk (May-09-18) 0-1
   D Dordzhieva vs Kosteniuk (May-07-18) 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs A Bodnaruk (May-05-18) 0-1
   A Bivol vs Kosteniuk (May-04-18) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-23-1984, 34 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 55; games 1-25 of 1,369  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. Seferjan vs Kosteniuk  1-0511997Pripis memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. M Perez Candelario vs Kosteniuk 0-1271997It (open) (juniors)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
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 1-0312000CorusC00 French Defense
19. G J Ludden vs Kosteniuk 0-1442000CorusA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
20. Kosteniuk vs V Georgiev  0-1302000CorusB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
21. M Bosboom vs Kosteniuk 1-0282000CorusA10 English
22. Kosteniuk vs C P Gouw 1-0182000CorusC00 French Defense
23. Y Afek vs Kosteniuk 1-0482000CorusB89 Sicilian
24. Kosteniuk vs C Werner  1-0422000CorusC28 Vienna Game
25. Kosteniuk vs A Romero Holmes  0-1652000CorusC00 French Defense
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  thegoodanarchist: <madlydeeply: I played Kosteniuk in a simul a couple weeks ago...

if you can ever play in a simul against the great ones i recommend it what a trip!>

I played GM Edmar Mednis in a simul in 1985, but it isn't the same. He was a homely old man at that time, and Kosteniuk is a pretty young lady.

I lost in 23 moves anyway. I cannot blame any distractions!

Mar-25-10  madlydeeply: I hope when i'm a homely old man i'm still a killer! HA
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  wordfunph: "I switched to adult chess early on and often look back with regret on those junior events, and how little time I was able to spend playing in them." GM Alexandra Kosteniuk

(source: Chess Life 2010 March)

Apr-04-10  Albertan: I have analyzed Alexandra's second round game from the current Russian Women's Team Chess Championship against Grandmaster Antoneta Stefanova, and posted this analysis to the first page of my blog at using Chessviewer Deluxe. I hope you come by my blog and play through this game, which is game #36 in the Chessviewer Deluxe game directory. This game proves that it is possible for Black to win when playing the Berlin Defense against the Ruy Lopez!
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  wordfunph: When funds could not be raised to send Alexandra Kosteniuk to a tournament in Yugoslavia, Kosteniuk gambled the family's last savings at a casino --- and won!

hsppy 26th birthday Alexandra!

Apr-23-10  MaxxLange: advisory: do not gamble your family's savings to pay for a chess tournament, unless you are pretty damn sure about what you are going to play at the chessboard
Apr-23-10  siamesedream: Happy Birthday Alexandra!
Jun-09-10  DCP23: Alexandra participates in a simul given by a ROBOT:

The robot beats everyone else but loses to Alexandra Kosteniuk. Should have played her 1-on-1. Ah, the vanity of robots nowadays.

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  HeMateMe: Thats a nice site for chess video. She looks great in the red pants. The announcer says her name as 'Kos-ten-YOOK'. We americans flatten all the vowels, no emphasis on the last part of the name.

I was once playing a game at a club and a guy from Russia came over and asked a question about 'Pet-ro-SEE-UN'. I said "Who"? And he said 'Pet-ro-SEE-HUN'......OH...."Pet-ro-shun'. Got it....

Jun-19-10  Kaspablanca: What happened to Kosteniuk website?
Jun-20-10  AnalyzeThis: Works fine for me.

Jun-20-10  Kaspablanca: I still have problem entering her website.
Jun-21-10  savagerules: You're missing a lot. I have no problemas at the website either. I think Kosteniuk has easily surpassed Susan Polgar at the art of self promotion. She ought to go into politics.
Jul-04-10  Indiachess: Why Kosterniuk's name does not appear in the drop down menu like others?
Jul-04-10  Indiachess: Does she look like Judie Foster?
Jul-06-10  Kaspablanca: Indiachess: Because she is a woman, the only exceptions are the Polgar sisters.
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  HeMateMe: <Indiachess:> Judy hunts serial killers; AK just hunts down weak pawns.
Jul-07-10  MaxxLange: "Together...they solve crimes!"
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  HeMateMe: She is playing in the Swiss Championship, women's section. She was married to a Swiss man at age 19 and has a Switzerland passport.

Presently, AK lives in Miami with her american husband. Is it possible (legalwise) for her to compete in the USA, Swiss and russiand closed women's championships?

Jul-20-10  Kaspablanca: I thought her husband is from Colombia.
Aug-10-10  chessfootball: Amazing video with A.Kosteniuk
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  HeMateMe: Interesting video. It looks like the clock malfunctioned during the speed game. Anyone know who she was playing, or was it just an exhibiton game?

I'd like to meet her. If anyone here knows her, can you tell her that next time she comes to New York, she can stay at my apartment, instead of some drab hotel suite? She can go clubbing with me and my hommies. Thanks in advance!

Oct-31-10  bartonlaos: Tweet: <Happy Chess Halloween to everybody!>
Oct-31-10  bartonlaos: Several more Halloween photos "up a level"

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  HeMateMe: Theres a good video on utube, "Kosteniuk beats Carlsen", where AK is speaking from a podium, annotating the game, while the actual video of the two people at the board plays out in a smaller side window.

She catches Magnus trying to cheat, when he grabs a rook (the wrong rook) under pressure, which immediately loses. He quickly grabs the other rook, and she waves a finger at him, "No!", and MC quickly walks away. Pretty funny, chessplayer humour. She looks great, all made up, annotating the game.

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