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Saturday, May 16, 2009

Match des championnes in Corsica

There are many interesting chess women's events this week in France. Many creative people live in France and often chess and new ideas give beautiful combinations.

I just came back from a trip to the wonderful island of Corsica. I was invited there by the main organizer Leo Battesti for the "Match des Championnes " between me (the world champion) and the champion of France -
Sophie Milliet. This match took place on the 15 of May and hundreds of kids had a chance to watch this match and to play their final school tournament.

Leo told me that he thinks that for promoting chess we should mainly focus on schools. We should start teaching kids to play chess in schools and through this the popularity of chess will rise automatically.

This match was a very interesting experience for me. Sophie and I had to play 2 games of 15 min + 3 sec/move in front of the very excited kids. We played on the scene, as true actors and what was interesting that the commentary to our games were live and with no headphones, so everybody, including the players, could hear these audio commentaries. Of course there were basic commentaries for the kids.

It turned out that I was much better prepared for the match. I won quite easily with White in the first game and in the second game I was able to checkmate my opponent in 18 moves with Black (including 10 which were made with my Queen.

You can have a look at Pufichek's photos on Chesspics by clicking

Tomorrow, May 17, my best firend
Almira Skripchenko and I will be giving a simltaneous exhibiton in the Pyramides, which is close to Paris. You can watch a very nice slideshow with the photos of me and Almira here.

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Champion


  • At May 17, 2009 at 6:22 PM , Anonymous Jean said...

    Please post the game scores. I cannot believe Black checkmated White in 18 moves in the second games.

  • At May 18, 2009 at 6:12 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The moves are as follows:

    1. e4 d5 2. exd5 Qxd5 3. Nc3 Qd6 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 c6 6. Ne5 Nbd7 7. Bf4 Nd5 8. Nxd5 Qxd5 9. Be2 Nxe5 10. Bxe5 Qxg2 11. Bf3 Qg6 12. Qe2 h5 13. h3 f6 14. Bc7 Qf7 15. 0-0-0 Qxa2 16. d5 g6 17. dxc6 Bh6+ 18. Rd2 Qa1 mate

  • At May 19, 2009 at 9:01 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That game is hard to believe, how could an almost 2400 ELO player fall into such a quick checkmate?

  • At June 15, 2009 at 6:52 PM , Blogger Vane J. said...

    i love you , this blog is exellent


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