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Alexandra Kosteniuk
Number of games in database: 1,009
Years covered: 1994 to 2015
Last FIDE rating: 2530 (2481 rapid, 2556 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2542
Overall record: +273 -176 =213 (57.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      347 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (192) 
    B22 B92 B33 B47 B43
 Ruy Lopez (108) 
    C78 C65 C67 C95 C92
 Caro-Kann (49) 
    B12 B11 B18 B19 B16
 French Defense (49) 
    C15 C11 C13 C00 C10
 Sicilian Najdorf (44) 
    B92 B96 B97 B90 B99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (36) 
    C95 C92 C84 C97 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (114) 
    B62 B30 B67 B89 B51
 Nimzo Indian (44) 
    E34 E54 E21 E32 E46
 Queen's Indian (35) 
    E12 E15 E17 E14 E13
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (35) 
    B62 B67 B63 B60 B66
 Queen's Pawn Game (34) 
    A46 E10 E00 D02 A45
 English (33) 
    A13 A14 A15 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
   Carlsen vs Kosteniuk, 2009 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs Y Dembo, 2005 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Xu Yuanyuan, 2001 1-0
   A Stefanova vs Kosteniuk, 2004 0-1

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

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, 31 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 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 41; games 1-25 of 1,009  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. Kosteniuk vs D Garces 1-034 2000 It (open)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
23. M Bosboom vs Kosteniuk 1-028 2000 CorusA10 English
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 41; games 1-25 of 1,009  PGN Download
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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.

Jul-22-13  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.

Jul-22-13  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.
Oct-14-13  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.
Apr-23-14  joeyj: Happy Birthday GM Alexandra !!!
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  waustad: She's spending her 30th b'day in Khanty-Mansiysk at the Women's World Rapids Championships.
Apr-23-14  Sourav: Happy Birthday Alexandra!! Hope you become the world champion again!
Jul-04-14  HeMateMe: How I became a knife murderess at age 30?


Jul-21-14  HeMateMe: A 28 minute documentary

"The Super Brain of Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk"


Gorgeous, unfortunately it is in Russian and there are no subtitles. One of the contributors says the English subtitles are coming.

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  Alien Math: <HeMateMe: A 28 minute documentary . "The Super Brain of Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk"


Gorgeous, unfortunately it is in Russian and there are no subtitles. One of the contributors says the English subtitles are coming.>

Nice video with thanks offered for share, about need of translate there appear both CC with options to translate towards your language,

include Transcribe button after About Share Add to, with options of translate (Russian (Automatic Captions)>>English or prefer language select

Jul-28-14  HeMateMe: Soccer WAG G. Palmas bears a strong resemblance to the beautiful Kosteniuk:


Jul-29-14  HeMateMe: Far out! did they pump in some Cream or Jefferson Airplane, during the simul?


Sep-28-14  cro777: Thanks to her dual Swiss-Russian citizenship, Alexandra Kosteniuk is competing in the 2014 Individual Swiss Chess Championship (for the 6th time this year). The last year she won both the women’s and men’s national chess titles.

Oct-07-14  HeMateMe: This year Pelletier won. Big Al and the boys:


Nov-08-14  HeMateMe: Looking great, all made up, at the opening ceremony


Jan-13-15  HeMateMe: looks like the board is set up correctly


Mar-25-15  Raisin Death Ray: When is she going to do Playboy already?!?
Jun-04-15  HeMateMe: I like this photo


reminds me of Rosie Perez


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  PhilFeeley: <Raisin Death Ray: When is she going to do Playboy already?!?> You're kidding, right? No respectable person does that.
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  Penguincw: Congrats to Alexandra Kosteniuk for winning the European-ACP Women’s Rapid Championship with 8.5/11, despite a last round loss with white. She finished half a point ahead of 3 other players. As a result of this, she gained 38.8 points to move to 2494.8 and #13.
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  PhilFeeley: The winner had to sing for her supper:

Jun-07-15  HeMateMe: Very nice. That was...some sort of traditional Russian folk song?
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