Alexandra Kosteniuk

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Alexandra Kosteniuk
Fondation Neva Women's Grand Prix Geneva 11-05-2013 - Alexandra Kosteniuk.jpg
Full name

Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk

(Александра Константиновна Костенюк)
Country Russia
Born (1984-04-23) April 23, 1984 (age 29)
Perm, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Title Grandmaster
Women's World Champion 2008–10
FIDE rating 2527 (April 2014)
(No. 16 ranked woman in the November 2012 FIDE World Rankings)
Peak rating 2540 (April 2006)

Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk (Russian: Алекса́ндра Константи́новна Костеню́к; born April 23, 1984 in Perm) is a Russian chess Grandmaster and a former Women's World Chess Champion.

Chess career[edit]

Kosteniuk learned to play chess at the age of five after being taught by her father. She has a younger sister named Oxana, who is a FIDE master level chess player.

Kosteniuk at the 35th Chess Olympiad, Bled 2002

In 2001, at the age of 17, she reached the final of the World Women's Chess Championship, but was defeated by Zhu Chen. Three years later, she became European women's champion by winning the tournament in Dresden, Germany. She also won the 2005 Russian Women's Championship, held in Samara, Russia, finishing with a score of +7 −0 =4 . In August 2006, she became the first Chess960 women's world champion after beating Germany's top female player Elisabeth Pähtz 5½–2½. She defended that title successfully in 2008 by beating Kateryna Lahno 2½–1½.[1] However, her greatest success so far has been to win the Women's World Chess Championship 2008, beating in the final the young Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan, with a score of 2½–1½.

In November 2004, she was awarded the International Grandmaster title, becoming the tenth woman to receive the highest title of the World Chess Federation, FIDE. Before that, she had also obtained the titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master. She is 44th on the November 2011 FIDE women's Elo rating list with a rating of 2439.

In the Women's World Chess Championship, 2010 she was eliminated in the third round by Ruan Lufei and thus lost her title.

Personal life[edit]

Kosteniuk is married to Swiss-born Diego Garces, who is of Colombian descent.[2] On April 22, 2007 Alexandra gave birth to a daughter, Francesca Maria. Francesca was born 2½ months premature, but after an 8-week stay in the hospital has made a full recovery.

Alexandra is today a member of the ‘Champions for Peace’ club, a group of 54 famous elite athletes committed to serving peace in the world through sport, created by Peace and Sport, a Monaco-based international organization.[3]

Notable games[edit]

Alexandra Kosteniuk, 2007

Bibliography by Kosteniuk[edit]

  • Kosteniuk, Alexandra (2001). How I became a grandmaster at age 14. Moscow. ISBN 5829300435. 
  • Как стать гроссмейстером в 14 лет. Moscow, 2001. 202, [2] с., [16] л. ил. ISBN 5-89069-053-1.
  • Как научить шахматам : дошкольный шахматный учебник / Александра Костенюк, Наталия Костенюк. Moscow : Russian Chess House, 2008. 142 с ISBN 978-5-94693-085-7.
  • Kosteniuk, Alexandra (2009). Diary of a Chess Queen. Mongoose Press. ISBN 978-0-9791482-7-9. 

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Preceded by
Xu Yuhua
Women's World Chess Champion
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Hou Yifan