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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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Dec-08-10  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.

Dec-08-10  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.
Jan-31-11  HeMateMe: I'd like to see the rest of the photo, top of page.
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  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!

Jul-17-11  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 :(

Oct-23-11  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)

Nov-22-11  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
Jan-04-12  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?

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  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
Aug-30-12  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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