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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

The Chess Queen Becomes Champion for Peace




PRESS RELEASE RELEASED MARCH 3, 2010

by PEACE AND SPORT & CHESSQUEEN:



The Chess Queen Becomes Champion for Peace



MONACO, MARCH 3, 2010 – WOMEN’S WORLD CHESS CHAMPION ALEXANDRA KOSTENIUK TODAY JOINED "CHAMPIONS FOR PEACE”, A CLUB OF TOP INTERNATIONAL ATHLETES COMMITTED TO SERVING PEACE IN THE WORLD THROUGH SPORT.



Champions for Peace, an initiative from “Peace and Sport, l’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” is now delighted to count 39 heroes from the winner’s podium who actively or symbolically help to create a genuine culture of peace throughout the world using sport. They represent 24 nationalities, 25 Olympic and non-Olympic sports disciplines, 49 World Champions, 20 Olympic Champions and more than a hundred national and regional titles.


At 25, reigning women’s world chess champion Alexandra Kosteniuk brings her international reputation and her numerous victories to promote this noble cause. Initiated to the game of chess at 5 years old, she started collecting international awards from the age of 10, became world champion Girls U-12 in 1996, Women’s European Champion in 2004, Russian Champion in 2005, before winning the supreme women’s world title in 2008. The same year she won the first-ever gold medal in ‘Mind Sports Games’. Alexandra holds the highest title available to men and women chess players – Grandmaster.


Beyond her talent and performance, through her leadership in chess education excellence, Alexandra brings unprecedented experience and motivation to the Champions for Peace initiative. For over 10 years, her high moral standards, ethics and charisma have made her an inspiration and role model for her generation and for millions of fans all over the world. A true ambassador for chess worldwide and on the web, Alexandra has always worked to ensure that her favourite sport serves peace, human development and social progress.


In her role of "Champion for Peace", she will travel to Colombia in the near future to launch a program for peace and social cohesion, initiated by Peace and Sport in partnership with the NGO Colombianitos and the International Chess Federation (FIDE). This program will over time enable 4,000 children living in disadvantaged neighbourhoods in cities in Colombia to learn chess.


"I am very pleased to be part of the Peace and Sport movement,” declared Alexandra Kosteniuk. “I want to give back to the world the love and happiness that I have received through the wonderful game of chess. I firmly believe that chess serves the cause of peace by improving the lives of young people. I have seen firsthand how chess helps students to develop the skills they need to be successful in life."


Joel Bouzou, President and Founder of Peace and Sport, himself a World Champion and Olympic Medallist, added: "We are deeply honoured that the Chess Queen has joined the Champions for Peace family. Alexandra has proved to the world that "Chess is Cool". It’s a real pleasure to be able to count on her enthusiasm, determination and intelligence to inform new audiences and convince policy-makers that sport can and must contribute to sustainable peace."


Other Champions of Peace include such sporting legends as SERGEY BUBKA (Olympic Champion and six-times World Champion, Pole Vault, Ukraine); FRANKIE FREDERICKS (double World Champion, 100 and 200 metres, Namibia); CATHY FREEMAN (Olympic Champion and double World Champion, 400m, Australia); YELENA ISINBAYEVA (double Olympic Champion and double World Champion, Pole Vault, Russia), CHRISTIAN KAREMBEU (World Champion, Football, France) BRADLEY MCGEE ( Double Olympic Champion, World Champion, cycling, Australia), PAULA RADCLIFFE (World Champion, Marathon, United Kingdom) as well as many more.


Press contacts


Peace and Sport

press@peace-sport.org

www.peace-sport.org


Diego Garcés

diego@kosteniuk.com

www.kosteniuk.com


About Peace and Sport


“Peace and Sport, L’Organisation pour la Paix par le Sport” is a neutral and apolitical international initiative based in the Principality of Monaco and placed under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.


Peace and Sport puts sport and its structuring values at the heart of development projects led within communities in crisis around the world. With interventions in areas of post-conflict, extreme poverty or lacking social cohesion, Peace and Sport makes sport a vehicle for tolerance, respect, sharing and citizenship at the service of sustainable peace.


Supported by governments, world sport governing bodies, international organizations, major international companies in the private sector and international sports champions, Peace and Sport creates synergies between various different stakeholders to carry out four types of action:


 Organizing an annual International Forum (next edition in Monaco, 1 - 3 December 2010)

 a Resource Centre for sport and peace,

 The Peace and Sport Awards, to reward individuals and initiatives contributing to peace,

 Locally-Based Projects; concrete actions in different regions of crisis in the world.


Today, Peace and Sport has operations in Cote d'Ivoire, Burundi, Israel-Palestine, Timor Leste, Colombia and plans to intervene in Haiti in the near future.


Peace and Sport was founded by Joel Bouzou, current President of the organisation. Mr. Bouzou is an Olympic medallist, world champion of Modern Pentathlon and current Secretary General for the International Union of Modern Pentathlon (UIPM). He is also Advisor to H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco.


Alexandra Kosteniuk’s Web Resources


Web sites:

www.kosteniuk.com

www.chessblog.com

www.chessqueen.com

www.chessmovies.com

www.chesspics.com

www.tubechess.com

www.chesskillertips.com


Social sites:

www.youtube.com/chessqueen

www.facebook.com/chessqueen

www.Twitter.com/chessqueen


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Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk

Women's World Chess Champion

www.chessblog.com

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12 Comments:

  • At March 3, 2010 at 1:12 AM , Blogger kishore said...

    Take a bow, Queen!!
    You indeed are a role model

     
  • At March 3, 2010 at 3:41 AM , Anonymous Alberto Elizondo said...

    Congratulations! A true chess ambassador!

    You're the best!

     
  • At March 3, 2010 at 10:39 AM , Anonymous Randal Dean said...

    This is wonderful! An excellent commitment to a worthy endeavor. Kudos, Ms. Kosteniuk!

     
  • At March 3, 2010 at 10:54 AM , Anonymous José Martínez said...

    I can't think of anybody better than you to promote chess in poor countries.

    Thank you for coming to Colombia, we are waiting for you. Please post details of the April trip, what cities will you visit in Colombia?

     
  • At March 3, 2010 at 11:51 AM , Blogger Mijail Ketal said...

    Congratulations for this new and meritorious title Alexandra...God bless you and the others Peace Champions

     
  • At March 3, 2010 at 3:46 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    SERVING PEACE IN THE WORLD THROUGH SPORT & THROUGH OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORG. ARE VERY IMPORTANT OTHER HUMAN WHO MADE SUCH INFLUENCE WAS A. EINSTEIN!

     
  • At March 3, 2010 at 10:51 PM , Blogger Russ Bastable said...

    Yet another reason to hold reason to hold you in high regard Alexandra! You are quite influential with your fans, please let us know of opportunities to assist you in your endeavors.

    Best Wishes!


    Russ Bastable

     
  • At March 4, 2010 at 3:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I like it :) Good job Alexandra!

     
  • At March 4, 2010 at 5:03 AM , Anonymous Josef Gallob said...

    CONGRATULATIONS - YOU ARE REALLY THE GREATEST ! YOU ARE A GREAT PLAYER BUT ALSO A HUMAN BEING WE CAN BE PROUD OF ! HOW WE CAN HELP YOU IN YOUR INTENTIONS ?

     
  • At March 4, 2010 at 4:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Since I first saw you at Miami International Chess Academy and later at the US open I thought you were regal... now I know it ! A true Chess Queen and beautiful too. Good luck and play well (you do that already)

     
  • At March 5, 2010 at 12:05 PM , Anonymous Jimmy T. said...

    Congratulations for reaching out to kids! I saw you in this web-site:
    http://www.sportsfeatures.com/olympicsnews/story/46610/chess-queen-alexandra-kosteniuk-joins-champions-for-peace-to-reach-out-to-thousands-of-youth

     
  • At September 17, 2010 at 4:30 PM , Anonymous John said...

    Congratulations!

     

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