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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Kosteniuk to play in World Blitz Chess Championship 2009 in Moscow

The blitz chess world championship will take place on November 16 - 18, 2009 right in the heart of Moscow in
the GUM department store (Kremlin Square, 3).

As the Russian Chess Federation announced today, the participants of this event will be:

1. Vishwanathan Anand
2. Vladimir Kramnik
3. Levon Aronian
4. Magnus Carlsen
5. Peter Leko
6. Vassily Ivanchuk
7. Boris Gelfand
8. Alexander Morozevich
9. Peter Svidler
10. Ruslan Ponomariov

these 10 players will also take part in the Tal Memorial that will take place from November 5 to November 14, 2009 in Moscow.

In the world blitz chess championship the following personally invited players will also take part:

11. Anatoly Karpov
12. Lenier Dominquez
13. Alexander Grischuk
14. Alexandra Kosteniuk

And the 6 qualified players which are:

15. Sergey Karjakin
16. Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
17. Vugar Gashimov
18. Evegny Bareev
19. Vladislav Tkachev
20. Zhou Jianchao

I'm very happy that I will play in such strong tournament and I'm really looking forward to it! It will be by far the strongest chess tournament in which I will have played, and I am preparing for it already now.

If you want to see some of my commented blitz chess videos (I comment the games as they go on), go to my YouTube channel called "Chessqueen" . The videos are entertaining and very instructive.

Posted by: Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion

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  • At September 17, 2009 at 9:42 PM , Blogger Jan said...

    Congratulations for your qualification, and Oh my! You're going to have your work cut out for you playing against such a field. Does this mean you will not be playing at the World Cup which starts a few days after the World Blitz Championship finishes?

  • At September 18, 2009 at 8:47 AM , Blogger Alexandra Kosteniuk said...

    The blitz championship ends on the 18th, and already on the 19th I fly to Khanty-Mansiisk so I will also play in the World Cup.

  • At November 17, 2009 at 4:02 PM , Anonymous Daniel Mendes said...

    Well done Alexandra. You are, by now, the only one to defeat both leaders Magnus and Anand. Thats a real accomplishment.
    Daniel, from Brasilia. Brasil


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