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Alexandra Kosteniuk
Number of games in database: 898
Years covered: 1994 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2527
Highest rating achieved in database: 2540
Overall record: +258 -169 =200 (57.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      271 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (170) 
    B92 B33 B22 B47 B43
 Ruy Lopez (103) 
    C78 C65 C67 C92 C95
 Caro-Kann (47) 
    B12 B11 B18 B19 B16
 French Defense (42) 
    C11 C13 C00 C10 C15
 Sicilian Najdorf (41) 
    B92 B96 B97 B90 B99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (34) 
    C92 C95 C84 C97 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (104) 
    B62 B30 B67 B89 B51
 Nimzo Indian (37) 
    E34 E21 E32 E46 E55
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (33) 
    B62 B67 B63 B60 B66
 Queen's Indian (32) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E13
 Queen's Gambit Declined (31) 
    D31 D30 D39 D37
 English (26) 
    A13 A15 A14 A18 A17
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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?]
   17th European Team Championship (Women) (2009)
   Gibraltar (2010)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Women's World Chess Championship (2010)
   Russian Team Championships (Women) (2011)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Kazan (2012)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2013)
   SportAccord World Mind Games (Women, Basque) (2013)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)

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

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(born Apr-23-1984) 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 women’s 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 Women’s World Championship. In 2000 and 2004, Kosteniuk was second in the Russian Women’s 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 Women’s 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 women’s and men’s 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

Wikipedia article: Alexandra Kosteniuk

 page 1 of 36; games 1-25 of 898  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. E Mirzoeva vs Kosteniuk  0-170 1996 Cup G.KasparovC26 Vienna
5. Kosteniuk vs L Kritz 0-127 1996 Ch Moscow (open)C29 Vienna Gambit
6. Kosteniuk vs V Belov 0-179 1996 Kasparov Cup opB33 Sicilian
7. Kosteniuk vs N Kosintseva 1-068 1996 Ch World (cadets) (under 12) (g)C29 Vienna Gambit
8. K Rybenko vs Kosteniuk 1-042 1996 Volgograd opC44 King's Pawn Game
9. N Seferjan vs Kosteniuk  1-051 1997 Pripis memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
10. M Perez Candelario vs Kosteniuk  0-127 1997 It (open) (juniors)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
11. A Yangel vs Kosteniuk  0-133 1997 RUS-ch (Women)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
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 M Lomineishvili 1-026 1999 It (w)B40 Sicilian
15. T Grabuzova vs Kosteniuk  1-030 1999 RUS-ch49(Women)A87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
16. Kosteniuk vs Romanishin  0-171 1999 Bled openB40 Sicilian
17. Kosteniuk vs A Berelovich  ½-½48 2000 Chigorin MemorialB06 Robatsch
18. G J Ludden vs Kosteniuk 0-144 2000 CorusA87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
19. Wang Yu vs Kosteniuk 1-031 2000 WCCB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. Kosteniuk vs D Garces 1-034 2000 It (open)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
21. R Shcherbakov vs Kosteniuk  1-029 2000 Monarch AssuranceA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
22. Y Afek vs Kosteniuk 1-048 2000 CorusB89 Sicilian
23. S Nadyrhanov vs Kosteniuk  ½-½21 2000 Chigorin MemorialB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
24. Kosteniuk vs Stellwagen 1-031 2000 CorusC00 French Defense
25. Kosteniuk vs Kiriakov  0-145 2000 Monarch AssuranceC03 French, Tarrasch
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  JeffCaruso: Kosteniuk is 3-0 after Rd. 3. See
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  waustad: It's a Swiss so the competition will keep getting harder as long as they keep winning. Tomorrow they get the Czech Republic.
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  waustad: OK, next b'day please make it Pia for her 50th and then a year after hers for her 30th.
Nov-06-12  vinidivici: beautiful GM doesnt come often!!
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  Abdel Irada: Who says beauty plus brains equals a constant?
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  HeMateMe: She's still a Babezilla. We need a new photo, please.
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  Travis Bickle: GM Kosteniuk you're Player of the Day! How about a sexy photo at the board. ; P
Jan-27-13  schnarre:

...Still a favorite pic!

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  waustad: Here is a nice vid of her at a simul with kids:
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  brankat: Happy Birthday Alexandra!
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  HeMateMe: 29, approaching the big 30...She doesnt' seem to do the photo layouts anymore. Just a passing fancy, I guess. A good photo on this page would be nice.
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  waustad: First annual 29th!
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  Thanh Phan: Very nice interview, talks about the history and schools of chess she learned with and teaching chess, her views on the future of chess with computers and critics, and the value of learning chess, the article is in Russian
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  cro777: Alexandra Kosteniuk won the 2013 Swiss National Chess Championship (in men's competition)!!

The Championship (9 round Swiss with a classical time control) took place from 11th-19th July in Grächen, a municipality in the district of Visp in the canton of Valais in Switzerland. 87 players from seven different countries signed up to participate, including 8 Grandmasters and 8 International Masters. French GM Christian Bauer was the first seed, followed by Serbian Mihajlo Stojanovic and French GM Andrei Sokolov. In the tie-break match Kosteniuk defeated Buss 2:0.

In the 113 years long history of the Swiss championships a woman won the championship. (Kosteniuk has the Russian and the Swiss citizenship).

Jul-20-13  BlackFront: <French GM Christian Bauer was the first seed, followed by Serbian Mihajlo Stojanovic and French GM Andrei Sokolov>

Do they have dual nationality, as well, or were they competing hors concours?

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  cro777: It seems they played hors concours.

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  HeMateMe: A seven minute documentary about AK:


Jul-21-13  BlackFront: Congrats to Alexandra on coming 7th...equal 2nd...her magnificent and historical victory!
Jul-21-13  BlackFront: <@chessqueen 23h
RT @ChessClubLive congrats @chessqueen Swiss national champion - history made become first female national all-comers champion.>

She's certainly a GM of self-promotion. She could challenge Susan Polgar for her world title.

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  perfidious: <BlackFront: (Kosteniuk is) certainly a GM of self-promotion. She could challenge Susan Polgar for her world title.>

So sez a jealous misogynist.

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  cro777: Thanks to her dual Swiss-Russian citizenship, Alexandra Kosteniuk has been invited to fight for the National Swiss Championship for the 5th time this year. The last 4 years she was close to the top but not quite first. This year she won both the women’s and men’s national chess titles.

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  cro777: European Women's Championship 2013 has been opened in Belgrade, Serbia.

In the first round, on Tuesday, 23rd July, Kosteniuk meets WIM Pavlidu Ekaterini from Greece.

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  PhilFeeley: Missing Kosteniuk - Skripchenko, 2004. A rapid game with the Philidor opening. Apparently Skripchenko botched it early, but I don't have the moves.
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  Cemoblanca: Kosteniuk's typical foot position:


BTW: Congrats for the 2nd place at the 63rd Russian Championship.

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  waustad: She was the only player as black today to hold a draw in the Khanty-Mansiysk Grand Prix first round: It will probably be here soon. In one other game, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs missed a perpetual check against Anna Muzychuk during a time scramble.
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