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Monday, September 7, 2009

Ural Trip Trivia Contest

(The Trivia Contest question is at the bottom of this post)

Hello everybody!

From September 2 to September 6 I visited my grandparents. They live in the Ural town of

As almost in any town in Russia there is a chess club where kids can learn and play chess. I met the 12 strongest youngsters of Kamensk-Ural'sky in a simul. They fought very hard and could make one draw.

On September 5, 2009 I had a chance to visit the Ural Chess Academy in Ekaterinburg. On the photo below you can see me together with the director of this Academy GM Naum Rashkovsky on the left and Andrey Salov assistant of minister in PC and Sport in the Sverdlovsk Region on the right. Note the picture which is behind us and try to name all the persons on it.

In Ekaterinburg I gave a press-conference which you can read here, in Russian where I spoke about my future plans as well as about my recently published book in Russian "Дневники шахматной королевы" ("Diaries of a chess queen"). And of course I gave a simultaneous exhibition on 10 boards which I won with the score +9=0-1. A few more photos of this event can be found here (7 last photos).

And at the end a little trivia. What is the name of the kind of berries my daughter and I are picking on the photo below?

The first one to send the correct answer will get my DVD "How I became the 12th Women World Chess Champion".

Posted by: Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion

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