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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. M Perez Candelario vs Kosteniuk 0-1271997It (open) (juniors)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
10. Seferjan vs Kosteniuk  1-0511997Pripis memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
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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  HeMateMe: AK has a younger sister, Oxana, who is a woman's master, but she has no games in this data base.
Dec-08-10  I play the Fred: Is she good looking, too? Because if she is, I've got a nickname ready: "Foxy Oxie"

You're all welcome.

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  HeMateMe: There could be serious money in this, Fred. You should put your idea in writing, and put in for a copywright, in D.C.
Dec-08-10  I play the Fred: You're right, what am I doing? Ideas this awesome must be capitalized upon. So I take it back! Everyone, cease and desist! None of you may use "Foxy Oxie" without the express written consent of <I play the Fred>.

Can't wait for the huge royalty checks to start pouring in. I suppose I'll cut <HeMateMe> in on some of this for his invaluable financial advice.

There, you all just watched someone get wealthy today. Tell all your friends!

Jan-16-11  ketchuplover: submitted for your perusal

Jan-31-11  theagenbiteofinwit: I'd love to see her play a match with Krush.
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  HeMateMe: I'd like to see the rest of the photo, top of page.
Apr-23-11  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
Apr-24-11  BobCrisp: <chessqueen Alexandra Kosteniuk Just won the Russian Blitz Chess Championship with 11 out of 14!:) 5 hours ago>!/chessqueen

Watch out, <Magnus>. she'll be after your tail again!

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  HeMateMe: Congratulations to AK on winning the women's Swiss championship. Dual citizenship, via husband?

Please demand that chessgames update your page photo.

Aug-15-11  Whitehat1963: Currently having a terrible performance.
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  wordfunph: <"I remember that at 12, I was very superstitious. If won a game, for the following round I tried to follow the same route to the board and to wear the same clothes. I would write down the moves with the same pen, and of course, I carried a number of little lucky talismans.">

- GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (from Diary of a Chess Queen)

Kosteniuk finished last with +3=1-7 in Nalchik Grand Prix :(

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  HeMateMe: Is "Sasha" short for Alexandria, in Russian? Or, does Sasha just mean something like "Kiddo" in English?

ChessBase was referring to her as Sasha, recently.

Oct-23-11  Karpova: "Sasha" is a diminutive of Alexandra and Alexander. That's why Kosteniuk and Grischuk for example are often called Sasha.
Nov-22-11  Pepperpot: Been watching the <Disney> film, <The Story of Robin Hood and his Merrie Men>. Struck by the resemblance between <Joan Rice> as <Maid Marian> and <Alexandra>:

(as you can tell from the background, that's not Sherwood Forest)

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  HeMateMe: That is quite the resemblance. I was further convinced when she and the "Merry Men" were playing blindfold chess atop horseback, as they rode to intercept the next shipment of the King's gold!
Dec-09-11  knighterrant999: <pepper> you are pulling our leg, right?
Dec-09-11  AlphaMale: I've joined twitter; I'll forward this to Alexandra.
Dec-10-11  Eti fan: Kosteniuk big for chess again
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  HeMateMe: AK has a sister:



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  Joshka: <HeMateMe> <I'd like to see the rest of the photo> I was there, in fact that's where my avatar was taken. She was wearing a black dress with white printed dots. Karpov was sitting to her left, where they were conducting a book signing.
Mar-19-12  AVRO38: Is it just me, or should this picture have been taken with the king instead of the queen?

Apr-23-12  waustad: Happy b'day. She was born on Pia Cramling's 21st b'day!
Jun-30-12  Thanh Phan: Alexandra Kosteniuk's post about the Kazan Chess Grand Prix with Google Translate, from
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  HeMateMe: No Kosteniuk games yet, from the 2012 Olympiad. Tardy reporting, or has she somehow missed the first two rounds? Tsk, Turkey should have asked the London olympic organizers how to put on a multi country event.

I do wish an updated photo were uploaded here.

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