I have seen this You Tube video of the reigning Chess Queen posted on many individual blogs including Jim West's chess blog " Jim West On Chess" and have decided to add it to my chess blog to promote Women In Chess....diamondback
Note: Chess Base Report and Bio added one day after orignal post on February 8, 2009....diamondback
Her name is Alexandra Kosteniuk. Here is her Bio from Wikipedia.
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Born: 23 April 1984
Birthplace: Perm, Russia
Best Known As: The Russian champ who says "Chess is cool"
Russian fashion model Alexandra Kosteniuk is also the 2008 Women's World Chess champion. In the top tiers of international chess competition since her teens, she was intitially compared to tennis star Anna Kournikova: a young talent not shy about showing off her good looks. Trained by her father, Kosteniuk began playing chess as a little girl, and became a European champion before she was 10 years old. She became an International Woman Grandmaster in 1998, an International Master (competing against men) in 2000, and an International Grandmaster in 2004, the same year she won the Women's European Chess Championship. She and her father published a book, How I Became Grandmaster at Age 14, and followed it with her own line of chess games and DVDs. In later years she has become a mentor for other young chess players, pitching the game with her mottoes "chess is cool" (also the title of her podcast) and "beauty and intelligence can go together."
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Full name Alexandra Konstantinovna Kosteniuk (Александра Константиновна Костенюк)
Born April 23, 1984 (1984-04-23) (age 24)
Perm, Volga Federal District, Russia
Women's World Champion 2008 - present
FIDE rating 2525
(No. 8 on the October 2008 FIDE rating list for women)
Peak rating 2540 (April 2006)
Alexandra Kostantinovna Kosteniuk (Александра Константиновна Костенюк) (born April 23, 1984 in Perm, Volga Federal District) is a Russian chess Grandmaster and the current Women's World Chess Champion.
Alexandra learned to play chess at the age of five after being taught by her father. She has a little sister named Oxana, who is a master level chess player.
Her chess career is full of notable achievements. In 2001, at the age of 17, she reached the final of the World Women's Chess Championship, but was defeated by Zhu Chen. Three years later, she became female European champion by winning the tournament in Dresden, Germany. She also won the 2005 Russian Women's Championship, held in Samara, Russia, finishing with a score of +7 =4 -0. In August 2006, she became the first Chess960 (Fischer Random) women world champion after beating Germany's top female player Elisabeth Pähtz 5.5-2.5. She defended that title successfully in 2008 by beating Kateryna Lahno 2.5-1.5 . However, her top success so far has been to win the Women's World Chess Championship 2008, beating in the final the young Chinese prodigy Hou Yifan, with a score of 2.5-1.5.
Alexandra at the 35th Chess Olympiad, Bled 2002.In November 2004, she was awarded the International Grandmaster title, becoming the tenth woman to receive the highest title of the World Chess Federation, FIDE (see Fédération Internationale des Échecs). Before that, she had also obtained the titles of Woman Grandmaster and International Master. She is 10th on the July 2008 FIDE women Elo rating list with a rating of 2510.
Kosteniuk's mottos have been "chess is cool" and "beauty and intelligence can go together". With these as a backdrop, 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.
She is also the host of a popular podcast "Chess is Cool" which informs listeners about Alexandra's life and current chess events.
Kosteniuk is married to Swiss-born Diego Garces, who is of Colombian descent, and 25 years her elder. On April 22, 2007 Alexandra gave birth to a daughter, Francesca Maria. Francesca was born 2 1/2 months premature, but after an 8 week stay in the hospital, has since made full recovery.
Alexandra's website, which is maintained by her husband, covers the chess events she is participating in and offers up to date information about her.
Bibliography by Kosteniuk
Как стать гроссмейстером в 14 лет. Moscow, 2001. 202,  с.,  л. ил. ISBN 5-89069-053-1.
Как научить шахматам : дошкольный шахматный учебник / Александра Костенюк, Наталия Костенюк. Moscow : Russian Chess House, 2008. 142 с ISBN 978-5-94693-085-7.
^ ChessBase.com - Chess News - Mainz 2008 Kosteniuk wins Chess960, Rybka and Shredder qualify
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