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Alexandra Kosteniuk
Number of games in database: 1,126
Years covered: 1994 to 2016
Last FIDE rating: 2557 (2519 rapid, 2576 blitz)
Overall record: +304 -190 =244 (57.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      388 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (204) 
    B92 B22 B33 B47 B32
 Ruy Lopez (123) 
    C78 C67 C65 C92 C95
 Caro-Kann (58) 
    B12 B11 B18 B19 B10
 French Defense (54) 
    C11 C15 C13 C00 C10
 Sicilian Najdorf (47) 
    B92 B96 B97 B90 B99
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (42) 
    C92 C95 C84 C97 C96
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (119) 
    B62 B30 B67 B89 B51
 Queen's Indian (48) 
    E17 E12 E15 E14 E13
 Nimzo Indian (48) 
    E34 E54 E21 E32 E46
 Queen's Pawn Game (39) 
    A46 D02 A45 E10 E00
 Sicilian Richter-Rauser (37) 
    B62 B67 B63 B60 B66
 English (35) 
    A13 A14 A15 A10 A18
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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 Onischuk, 2005 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs L Bergez, 2001 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs McShane, 2003 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Xu Yuanyuan, 2001 1-0
   Carlsen vs Kosteniuk, 2009 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs Y Dembo, 2005 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs T Kosintseva, 2001 1-0

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)
   17th European Team Championship (Women) (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2015)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tashkent (2013)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010)
   Gibraltar (2010)

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, 32 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.

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

Wikipedia article: Alexandra Kosteniuk

 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,126  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. Kosteniuk vs B Farhat 1-043 1994 Wch U10 GirlsB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
2. Kosteniuk vs S Cherednichenko  0-140 1994 Wch U10 GirlsB06 Robatsch
3. Kosteniuk vs N Pkhakadze  1-041 1994 Wch U10 GirlsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
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. 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. Kosteniuk vs J Kochetkova  1-037 1998 Ch Russia (w) (1 liga)B20 Sicilian
13. Bosboom-Lanchava vs Kosteniuk 0-128 1998 Olympiad (w)A41 Queen's Pawn Game (with ...d6)
14. Kosteniuk vs M Lomineishvili 1-026 1999 It (w)B40 Sicilian
15. Kosteniuk vs Romanishin  0-171 1999 Bled openB40 Sicilian
16. T Grabuzova vs Kosteniuk  1-030 1999 RUS-ch49(Women)A87 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation
17. Kosteniuk vs D Garces 1-034 2000 It (open)B12 Caro-Kann Defense
18. Kosteniuk vs C P Gouw 1-018 2000 CorusC00 French Defense
19. Wang Yu vs Kosteniuk 1-031 2000 WCCB43 Sicilian, Kan, 5.Nc3
20. R Shcherbakov vs Kosteniuk  1-029 2000 Monarch AssuranceA85 Dutch, with c4 & Nc3
21. S Nadyrhanov vs Kosteniuk  ½-½21 2000 Chigorin MemorialB31 Sicilian, Rossolimo Variation
22. D Stojanovski vs Kosteniuk  ½-½25 2000 CorusB60 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer
23. Kosteniuk vs Khurtsidze  0-146 2000 WCCB41 Sicilian, Kan
24. M Bosboom vs Kosteniuk 1-028 2000 CorusA10 English
25. Kosteniuk vs Kiriakov  0-145 2000 Monarch AssuranceC03 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 46; games 1-25 of 1,126  PGN Download
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Mar-24-10  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.

Jun-09-10  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.
Jul-06-10  HeMateMe: <Indiachess:> Judy hunts serial killers; AK just hunts down weak pawns.
Jul-07-10  MaxxLange: "Together...they solve crimes!"
Jul-15-10  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
Aug-10-10  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"

Nov-17-10  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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