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Alexandra Kosteniuk: The chess queen

Alexandra Kosteniuk: The chess queen

Becoming a chess grandmaster at just 14 years of age is no small feat. Yet, it was accomplished by Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk, born on April 23, 1984, in Perm at the banks of the Kama River near the Ural Mountains. Those who were lucky enough to have opened original accounts at all the major bookmakers, have had the chance to earn some decent profit out of her accomplishments.

The list is quite impressive:

  • 2004 European Women’s Champions
  • 2005 Russian Women’s Champion
  • 2007 Gold Medal at the European Team Chess Championship
  • 2008 – 2010 Women’s World Champion
  • 2010, 2012 and 2014: Gold medalist at the Women’s Chess Olympiads
  • 2016 Russian Women’s Champion
  • 2017 Gold medal at the World Team Chess Championships
  • 2021 Gold medal at the Women’s World Cup
  • Reigning World Champion at Rapid Chess

The story behind

It all started at the age of five after her father taught her the fundamentals. She claimed her first title at the European Youth Chess Championship for girls under 10 years of age, in 1994. At the age of 12 she won both the European and the World Youth Chess Championships. In 2004 her performance at the tournament in Dresden, earned her a 2600 rating and the title of grandmaster, making her just the 10th woman to reach the award.

Contrary to the belief that grandmasters devote all their time to chess. Kosteniuk has also worked as a model and as an actress under director Stanislav Govorukhin for the film «Bless the woman», thus actively displaying that champions can also have other interests and be successful in those as well.

Personal life

Her younger sister Oksana is also playing chess but not as a grandmaster. She was awarded the Swiss nationality after her marriage to the Swiss-born but of Colombian descent, Diego Garces who became the father of her daughter Francesca Maria. This marriage did not last, and on 2015 the Russian also grandmaster Pavel Tregubov became her husband until today.

Along with 43 other chess masters, she signed an open letter against the Russian invasion of Ukraine addressed to President Putin, while she is actively involved with the «Champions for Peace» movement with 54 other famous top athletes.

Three of her games have gone down in history as the most notable. In 2004 in the world tournament for her Najdorf variation of the Sicilian Defense, in 2005 against Alexander Onischuk, and in 2008 against Anna Ushenina for the Noa Variation of the Nimzo-Indian Defense.

Kosteniuk is scheduled to appear in a few tournaments for 2023 and she is expected to defend her titles successfully. Perhaps it’s time to consider registering for an original betting account and partake in the spoils of her new achievements.