Hello everybody! My name is Alexandra Kosteniuk, I am the 12th women's world chess champion. I was born on April 23, in Perm, Russia. I started to play chess at the age of 5. During my chess career I have achieved many titles and won various prestigious chess events: at the age of 14 I became a woman grandmaster. In , at the age of 17, I reached the final stage of the women's world chess championship and became the vice-champion of the world.
The New Face of Chess Is a Pretty One
Kosteniuk Wins Women’s World Championship - The New York Times
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Vaness Reid, 16, from Sydney, Australia, runs cross- country, plays touch football, enjoys in-line skating, swims and goes bodyboarding. She also plays competitive chess. She represented Australia at a tournament in Malaysia in and played in a New Zealand tournament this year. She is ranked 47,th among both men and women.
Alexandra Kosteniuk can no longer be called the Anna Kournikova of chess. For years, Kournikova, the tennis player, was more noted for her looks than her accomplishments on the court. Like Kournikova, the year-old Kosteniuk, a Russian grandmaster, has traded on her looks, modeling for fashion magazines like the European editions of Vogue and Marie Claire, and selling bikini-clad images of herself through her Web site. Kosteniuk, however, bristles at comparisons with Kournikova.