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Alexandra Kosteniuk
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Number of games in database: 2,059
Years covered: 1994 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2471 (2517 rapid, 2521 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2561
Overall record: +496 -299 =429 (58.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 835 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (364) 
    B22 B33 B92 B32 B43
 Ruy Lopez (176) 
    C78 C67 C65 C92 C77
 French Defense (117) 
    C11 C18 C00 C01 C15
 Caro-Kann (103) 
    B12 B10 B11 B18 B17
 Sicilian Najdorf (63) 
    B92 B96 B97 B90 B94
 Ruy Lopez, Closed (50) 
    C92 C95 C84 C96 C87
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (168) 
    B62 B30 B67 B89 B31
 Queen's Pawn Game (91) 
    D02 A45 A46 E00 E10
 Nimzo Indian (89) 
    E34 E20 E21 E54 E32
 Queen's Indian (71) 
    E17 E12 E15 E14 E19
 Ruy Lopez (68) 
    C78 C84 C89 C93 C77
 English (52) 
    A13 A15 A14 A10 A12
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Kosteniuk vs C P Gouw, 2000 1-0
   A Ushenina vs Kosteniuk, 2008 0-1
   Y Hou vs Kosteniuk, 2008 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs R Edouard, 2013 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Onischuk, 2005 1-0
   The World vs Kosteniuk, 2004 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs L Bergez, 2001 1-0
   D Wagner vs Kosteniuk, 2018 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs Y Xu, 2001 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs Stellwagen, 2000 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Championship (Women) (2004)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2005)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2016)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2004)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)
   Russian Team Championship (Women) (2011)
   9th Blondes vs. Brunettes (2019)
   Russian Team Championship (Women) (2018)
   World Cup (Women) (2021)
   FIDE Online Steinitz Memorial (Women) (2020)
   European Championship (Women) (2013)
   Geneve Open (2001)
   European Championship (Women) (2012)
   Istanbul Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Tromso Olympiad (Women) (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Chess Queen: Kosteniuk by BntLarsen
   Axelriot Sakandnuke WI by eschere
   Axelriot Sakandnuke black by eschere
   Kosteniuk! by larrewl
   A Kosteniuk by ghjensen

   🏆 24th European Teams Women
   Kosteniuk vs E Paehtz (Nov-20-23) 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs E Roebers (Nov-19-23) 1-0
   P Cramling vs Kosteniuk (Nov-18-23) 0-1
   Kosteniuk vs M Socko (Nov-17-23) 1-0
   Kosteniuk vs L Mkrtchian (Nov-14-23) 1/2-1/2

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(born Apr-23-1984, 39 years old) Russia (federation/nationality Switzerland)
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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 Knockout Tournament (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 Lufei Ruan. She again contested the championship at the Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament (2012) but lost her second round match to compatriot WGM Natalija 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 Chen Zhu 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 Humpy Koneru 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 Lagno. 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: 2023-03-03 16:40:02

 page 1 of 83; games 1-25 of 2,066  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Kosteniuk vs N Pkhakadze  1-0411994Wch U10 GirlsD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
2. Kosteniuk vs B Farhat 1-0431994Wch U10 GirlsB71 Sicilian, Dragon, Levenfish Variation
3. Kosteniuk vs S Cherednichenko 0-1401994Wch U10 GirlsB06 Robatsch
4. A Riazantsev vs Kosteniuk  1-0751996Moscow Open ChampionshipA07 King's Indian Attack
5. Kosteniuk vs L Kritz 0-1271996Moscow Open ChampionshipC29 Vienna Gambit
6. Kosteniuk vs V Belov 0-1791996Kasparov Cup opB33 Sicilian
7. Kosteniuk vs E Najer  0-1311996Moscow Open ChampionshipC61 Ruy Lopez, Bird's Defense
8. E Mirzoeva vs Kosteniuk  0-1701996Kasparov Cup opC26 Vienna
9. K Rybenko vs Kosteniuk 1-0421996Volgograd opC45 Scotch Game
10. Kosteniuk vs L Javakhishvili  1-0681996Wch U12 GirlsB06 Robatsch
11. Kosteniuk vs DA Iotchis  1-0501996Moscow Open ChampionshipC05 French, Tarrasch
12. A Lundina vs Kosteniuk  ½-½281996Moscow Open ChampionshipA10 English
13. A P Abramov vs Kosteniuk  0-1841996Moscow Open ChampionshipA10 English
14. M Bereslavsky vs Kosteniuk  ½-½541996Moscow Open ChampionshipB30 Sicilian
15. Kosteniuk vs V Baikov  0-1371996Moscow Open ChampionshipB57 Sicilian
16. Kosteniuk vs B Grachev  1-0611996Moscow Open ChampionshipC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
17. A Mitenkov vs Kosteniuk  ½-½781996Moscow Open ChampionshipD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
18. N Kosintseva vs Kosteniuk  ½-½551996EU-ch U12 GirlsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
19. Kosteniuk vs L Javakhishvili  ½-½321996EU-ch U12 GirlsB06 Robatsch
20. Kosteniuk vs N Kosintseva 1-0681996Wch U12 GirlsC29 Vienna Gambit
21. E Vorobiov vs Kosteniuk  1-0661997Pripis memB76 Sicilian, Dragon, Yugoslav Attack
22. M Perez Candelario vs Kosteniuk 0-1271997It (open) (juniors)D03 Torre Attack (Tartakower Variation)
23. N Seferjan vs Kosteniuk  1-0511997Pripis memB22 Sicilian, Alapin
24. A Yangel vs Kosteniuk  0-1331997RUS-ch (Women)A88 Dutch, Leningrad, Main Variation with c6
25. Kosteniuk vs J Movsesian  1-0371998Ch Russia (w) (1 liga)B20 Sicilian
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  HeMateMe: Is pre-school chess a valid Masters thesis topic?


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  HeMateMe: from an Elle photo shoot


Oct-24-17  sonia91: She won the European Women's Blitz Championship in Monte Carlo with 10.5/13. Anna Muzychuk won the Rapid championship:
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  HeMateMe: go Alex!


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  HeMateMe: Cosmo magazine, published in Russia:


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  HeMateMe: The assassin wore a bow tie:


Nov-15-18  Count Wedgemore: In her profile pic on the top of the page, it seems like she doesn't have any..ehm..

Uhh, what I wanted to say is this: the bottom part of the picture seems to be missing. Can someone please just upload the full photo to me personally? Thanks so much in advance. I promise to share it with <HMM>, in a discrete manner, of course.

I am to be found at:

Nov-15-18  JimNorCal: Discrete or discreet, Count?
Nov-15-18  Count Wedgemore: I guess discreet is the better word here, <JimNorCal>. Thanks for the correction!

But seriously, just look at the photo! It sure looks like she's not wearing any..right? Okay, time to move on.

This is me moving on..

As you were.

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  HeMateMe: maybe it's a still from Planet of the Apes? All of the humans are unclothed barbarians.
Nov-17-18  JimNorCal: Don't let posso see this discussion LOL!
He's on a quest to encourage respect of the ladies and for us to--

Refrain from judging appearances.
No comments about personal matters like marital status. Stop behaving like 14 year old boys.

Good luck with that!

On a related topic, an old joke:
Why is a man like a US Savings Bond?
They both take 25 years to mature.

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  keypusher: I realize no one is looking for a serious response, but I think Kosteniuk's picture is clipped from a photo with <joshka> (and Kosteniuk is, of course, clothed). It's the source of his profile pic.
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  HeMateMe: ah, she's so beautiful


the English is dubbed in here, but her English is perfect, now.

Nov-29-19  Albertan: Alexandra Kosteniuk is the European Women's Blitz Champion 2019! With 10 points in 13 games, she is the sole winner of the event in Monaco.You can view the results of the tournament at:
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  HeMateMe: hey, just when you think she's getting a bit old and being eclipsed, AK puts up a heavy result like that! Thanks for the link, mate.
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  Joshka: <keypusher> Yes Alexandra was in a photo with me at a meet and greet. Karpov was also there. Yes fully dressed;-) Her husband was always near by as well.
May-15-21  macer75: <posoo: NOW we have kabbitzers just ASUMING dat dis lady wants to pose NAKED for them in a mugazine! NOBODY GOS ON to Krumnik's page and asks to see HIM with no clofes on. WHY HERE?



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  offramp: There's a new guy called TOMMY CHESS.
He's very similar to POSOO but Tommy is far more up to date and wittier and cleverer and funnier.

No wonder POSOO is sulking.

Aug-02-21  Albertan: Kosteniuk dodges bullet takes lead:

Jan-07-22  Whitehat1963: Seems to be very good in games with faster time controls.
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  MissScarlett: She's switching allegiance to the Swiss federation from 2024:

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  MissScarlett: From today:

<Alexandra Kosteniuk @chessqueen

Now it’s official. Representing Switzerland since 03-03-2023.>

Nov-15-23  waustad: With online options available, she can play in the European team champs and a women’s blitz championship concurrently. I suspect that the day she plays Vaishali R the Swiss will not have her playing.
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  HeMateMe: I wonder who inherited Viktor Korchnoi's Swiss chalet? He lived there and represented Switzerland in chess, after defecting from the USSR.

I'm assuming Switzerland has some sort of chess museum. It'd be nice if some of this hardware had ended up there


the kid is small, but has a big appetite!


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