New Chess Queen, Alexandra Kosteniuk Endorses 9Queens

September 28, 2008

The New Women’s World Champion, Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk, found out about 9queens soon after becoming the World Women’s Champion in Nalchik, Russia, (August 30- September 29). In the tournament, which is structured as a knockout competition, Alexandra defeated 14-year-old Chinese rising star Hou Yifan in the final match.  Alexandra has done promotional work for chess all over the globe, including many goodwill simuls and sponsorship of schools in Colombia. Here is what she said about 9queens:

I checked out the 9queens web site, and liked the idea very much….This is really a good way to promote chess and at the same time to help children get more chances to succeed in life. I have just donated to 9queens and urge as many people as possible to help your cause by doing so too. I would also like to tell all the girls in all 9queen academies that by playing chess they are becoming winners in the big game of life, and they are helping others to be winners too. Good luck to all, and keep the love of chess alive deep in you, and transmit it to others! Chess is Cool!

Be sure to check out Alexandra Kosteniuk’s website where you can check out podcasts, analyzed games, photos and all the latest news. Also read a recent interview with Kosteniuk on Chess Life Online. Play through her final match games on this link.


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  1. […] In this game, the first of the four-game match, Kosteniuk found 1…Nxf3! with the idea 2.Qxf3 Bxg4! and Qxg4 loses to Qxg4 Nxg4 d1=Q while Nxg4 loses similarly, to Qxf3+ Kxf3 d1=Q. After this, Alexandra Kosteniuk drew the next three games to finish the match 2.5-1.5 and claim the 12th Women’s World Championship. Along the way, she found time to give a shout out to 9queens! […]

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