Interview with Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk
Written by content team 10 April 2008
Kosteniuk is a Russian chess Grandmaster with a FIDE rating of 2523, presently
ranked eighth in the women chess world (according to April 2008 FIDE rating
list). Her most notable chess achievements include: winning the Women's European
Chess Championship in 2004, winning the Russian Women's Championship with 9/11
score and a performance rating of 2691 in 2005, winning the first Chess960
(Fischer Random Chess) women world championship beating Germany's top women
chess player Elisabeth Pahtz in 2006.
Kosteniuk has been promoting chess in the capacity of a fashion model and
ambassador of chess in order to spark interest in the game around the world.
Apart from chess, she is actively involved with writing poems, books and
articles. She loves to do fashion modelling and even has played a part in a
movie, which she considers the most fun thing she has ever done in her life.
In this interview with Alexandra Kosteniuk, she talks about her
fashion modelling hobby, Fischer Random Chess, Judith Polgar, importance of Chess in schools, her future plans
etc. We hope our readers would enjoy reading the interview with interesting
snaps, videos and famous games of Grandmaster Alexandra Kosteniuk.
LatestChess:- Hello Alexandra, We are glad
to have you on LatestChess. Most of our readers are, of course, familiar with
your great chess career, but you also pursued a concurrent career in fashion
modeling. It must be hard to manage both the activities?
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk:-
Thanks for inviting me to LatestChess! To answer your question, really it's not
so hard, as mostly I play chess. I consider the fashion modelling only like a
hobby, and I do it only to promote chess. I always insist that the magazines
that invite me to model for them write an article about chess, I want more
people to know about our wonderful game. There are practically no photo shoots
where the readers don't know that I am a chess player, it's very important to
me. I think the modelling helps chess as people find out that beauty and brains
can go very well together.
helps chess as people find out, beauty and brains can go very well together.....
From one of her
You have undoubtedly an important role
to play in promoting chess as an icon for a younger generation in Russia and all
over the world. What role do you see yourself playing in the future?
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk:-
Especially now that I have a little baby daughter, I
see my role as teaching chess to kids, showing them that chess is a great game
that can help them in their life, first at school, then succeeding in life.
I see my role
as teaching chess to kids....
Kosteniuk having fun in Venice