Alexandra Kosteniuk is the 12th women’s world chess champion, also known as the “Chess Queen”. Initiated to the game of chess at 5 years old, she started collecting international awards from the age of 10, became world champion Girls U-12 in 1996, Women’s European Champion in 2004, Russian Champion in 2005, before winning the supreme women’s world title in 2008. The same year she won the first-ever gold medal in ‘Mind Sports Games’.


Alexandra holds the highest title available to men and women chess players – Grandmaster. A true ambassador for chess worldwide and on the web, Alexandra has always worked to ensure that her favourite sport serves peace, human development and social progress.


Acting together with Peace and Sport


Alexandra is FIDE-Peace and Sport “Chess for Peace program” ambassador.


As part of this program, Alexandra travelled to Colombia in April 2010 to pass on her passion for chess to hundreds of underprivileged children in Puerto Tejada, near Cali, as part of the ‘Ajedrez por la Paz’ project led by the Colombian Chess Federation with the support of Peace and Sport, the International Chess Federation (FIDE) and in collaboration with the NGO Colombianitos.

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In 2011, Alexandra was the ambassador of the project “Chess for leadership and creativity” encouraging women empowerment through chess in Palestine and East Jerusalem.

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