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Sunday, August 16, 2009

Kosteniuk wins 2009 US Open Blitz

Hi to all!

Finally now that I'm back home, I'm ready to tell you about the 2009 US Open blitz championship which I won on August 8, 2009.

It was a 7 double rounds event with 5 minutes for each partner to finish the game. Since I LOVE blitz I couldn't miss a chance to participate in the US open blitz championship. However in the first few rounds I could feel some lack of blitz practice, and at the beginning of the 6th round I was 1 point behind the leader GM Mesgen Amanov. In the first game of our mini-match I was playing Black and equalized pretty easily to reach a draw. In the second game I was playing White and of course wanted to win. My opponent chose the very sharp Najdorf variation of the Sicilian defence and so we went into a long theoretical battle which ended with an unfortunate mistake of my partner. I commented the game for you and posted it on . You can also click on the image at the top of this post to be redirected to my video.

In the last round I was able to win 2-0 (Amanov was not able to win 2-0) and so I became the 2009 US Open blitz champion.

I'm now preparing for
the Moscow Blitz Championship which will take place on August 30, 2009 in Moscow. It will be super strong, and I hope that this win will give me enough confidence that will help me in Moscow. I hope to post many more games from Indianapolis and from Moscow in the near future on my YouTube channel "chessqueen".

Posted by: Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion

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  • At August 17, 2009 at 10:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Very instructive video you posted. I did not know you had a youtube channel. Thanks.

  • At August 17, 2009 at 3:11 PM , Anonymous PetrS said...

    Thank you for sharing this video with us! It is very nice!
    Good luck in Moscow, Alexandra!

  • At August 18, 2009 at 9:26 AM , Anonymous Peter Zhdanov said...

    Congrats with the victory, Alexandra! Good luck in the "Vecherka tournament" - that is going to be a challenge!

  • At August 18, 2009 at 1:44 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Alexandra! Nice video!

    Haven't you ever felt your level is decreasing a lot when teaching chess to someone(who is obiously worse than you)? Well when I say "teaching" I mean that the student has an active participation in the class and I don't mean you giving a talk.

    Or when you play with someone who for example loses all his pieces?

    Well,...good luck in Moscow!

  • At August 19, 2009 at 1:17 AM , Anonymous Montpellier85 said...

    Good luck Miss Kosteniuk for next Moscow blitz championship, You are my favorit,

    Hi from France
    Hello Diégo



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