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Kosteniuk 
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Alexandra Kosteniuk
Number of games in database: 964
Years covered: 1994 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2531 (2577 rapid, 2548 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540
Overall record: +263 -169 =207 (57.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      325 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (187) 
    B92 B33 B47 B22 B43
 Ruy Lopez (106) 
    C78 C65 C67 C95 C92
 Caro-Kann (48) 
    B12 B11 B18 B19 B16
 French Defense (45) 
    C11 C13 C15 C00 C10
 Sicilian Najdorf (43) 
    B92 B96 B97 B90 B99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    C95 C92 C84 C97 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (109) 
    B62 B30 B67 B89 B51
 Nimzo Indian (41) 
    E34 E21 E54 E32 E46
 Queen's Indian (33) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E13
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (33) 
    B62 B67 B63 B60 B66
 Queen's Gambit Declined (32) 
    D31 D30 D37 D39
 English (30) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A18
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kosteniuk vs C P Gouw, 2000 1-0
   The World vs Kosteniuk, 2004 0-1
   A Ushenina vs Kosteniuk, 2008 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs Onischuk, 2005 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs McShane, 2003 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs L Bergez, 2001 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Y Dembo, 2005 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Xu Yuanyuan, 2001 1-0
   Carlsen vs Kosteniuk, 2009 0-1
   A Stefanova vs Kosteniuk, 2004 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   Russian Team Championships (Women) (2011)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2013)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Khanty - Mansiysk (2014)
   60th Russian Women's Superfinal (2010)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   17th European Team Championship (Women) (2009)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tashkent (2013)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Women's World Chess Championship (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Gibraltar (2010)

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

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ALEXANDRA KOSTENIUK
(born Apr-23-1984, 30 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
[what is this?]
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.

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 http://www.kosteniuk.com/

Live rating (women): http://chesspro.ru/guestnew/looknul... Her website: http://www.kosteniuk.com/ and her web photo album http://www.kosteniuk.com/en/albums/...

Wikipedia article: Alexandra Kosteniuk


 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 964  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kosteniuk vs N Pkhakadze  1-041 1994 Wch U10 GirlsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Kosteniuk vs B Farhat 1-043 1994 Wch U10 GirlsB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
3. Kosteniuk vs S Cherednichenko  0-140 1994 Wch U10 GirlsB06 Robatsch
4. Kosteniuk vs V Belov 0-179 1996 Kasparov Cup opB33 Sicilian
5. E Mirzoeva vs Kosteniuk  0-170 1996 Cup G.KasparovC26 Vienna
6. Kosteniuk vs L Kritz 0-127 1996 Ch Moscow (open)C29 Vienna Gambit
7. K Rybenko vs Kosteniuk 1-042 1996 Volgograd opC44 King's Pawn Game
8. Kosteniuk vs N Kosintseva 1-068 1996 Ch World (cadets) (under 12) (g)C29 Vienna Gambit
9. A Yangel vs Kosteniuk  0-133 1997 RUS-ch (Women)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
10. N Seferjan vs Kosteniuk  1-051 1997 Pripis memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
11. M Perez Candelario vs Kosteniuk  0-127 1997 It (open) (juniors)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
12. Bosboom-Lanchava vs Kosteniuk 0-128 1998 Olympiad (w)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
13. Kosteniuk vs J Kochetkova  1-037 1998 Ch Russia (w) (1 liga)B20 Sicilian
14. Kosteniuk vs Romanishin  0-171 1999 Bled openB40 Sicilian
15. T Grabuzova vs Kosteniuk  1-030 1999 RUS-ch49(Women)A87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
16. Kosteniuk vs M Lomineishvili 1-026 1999 It (w)B40 Sicilian
17. Kosteniuk vs C P Gouw 1-018 2000 CorusC00 French Defense
18. Wang Yu vs Kosteniuk 1-031 2000 WCCB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
19. Kosteniuk vs A Berelowitsch  ½-½48 2000 Chigorin MemorialB06 Robatsch
20. D Stojanovski vs Kosteniuk  ½-½25 2000 CorusB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
21. Kosteniuk vs Khurtsidze  0-146 2000 WCCB41 Sicilian, Kan
22. M Bosboom vs Kosteniuk 1-028 2000 CorusA10 English
23. Kosteniuk vs D Garces 1-034 2000 It (open)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
24. R Shcherbakov vs Kosteniuk  1-029 2000 Monarch AssuranceA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
25. S Nadyrhanov vs Kosteniuk  ½-½21 2000 Chigorin MemorialB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
 page 1 of 39; games 1-25 of 964  PGN Download
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Mar-24-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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
Mar-27-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 http://albertan1956.blogspot.com/ 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!
Apr-23-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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:

http://www.tubechess.com/index.php?...

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

Jun-09-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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.

http://www.kosteniuk.com/

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?
http://www.uxxsmagazine.com/uxxsblo...
Jul-06-10  Kaspablanca: Indiachess: Because she is a woman, the only exceptions are the Polgar sisters.
Jul-06-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: <Indiachess:> Judy hunts serial killers; AK just hunts down weak pawns.
Jul-07-10  MaxxLange: "Together...they solve crimes!"
Jul-15-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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 http://grandcoach.com/en/coach/blog...
Aug-10-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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!> http://chesspics.com/albums/chesspi...
Oct-31-10  bartonlaos: Several more Halloween photos "up a level"

http://chesspics.com/albums/chesspi...

Nov-17-10
Premium Chessgames Member
  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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