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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Tarrito Rojo Chess Talent 2010

Hello all!

As some of my fans and followers might remember, in April 2005 I had a big promotional event in Colombia. I visited 3 cities - Bogotá, Cali and Cartagena and gave many chess simuls, speeches, interviews. You can watch some TV-programs from 2005, here. The following is what I wrote about that trip in my recent book "Diary of a Chess Queen":

"In April 2005 I traveled to Colombia at the invitation of the Colombian company JGB, makers of the vitamin supplement drink Tarrito Rojo. In the week that I spent in this wonderful Latin American country, I gave countless interviews, along with a few simultaneous exhibitions, speeches, chess lessons. The most memorable of the chess simuls was put together in the largest of Bogotá’s major commercial centers. I had not seen such interest in a chess event in a long time. The whole five hours that the simul lasted, there was a huge crowd watching the games.

Simultaneous exhibition in Bogotá, Colombia, April 2005

There’s another interesting story, which I only heard about four years later. During my visit to Colombia, a great number of stories about me were printed. At the same time, somewhere in the jungles of Colombia, three Americans were kidnapped; one of them, Mark Gonsalves, happened to spot one of these stories. Encouraged by what he had read, he carved himself a chess set, which helped him to pass the time until his release (and he and his fellow captives spent 1967 days imprisoned). In 2009, Mark published a book, Out of Captivity, where Mark talks about this incident. I am happy that chess helped Mark through a tough time in his life."

Today I'm very glad to tell you that 5 years later the same company JGB has invited me to make another promotional trip to Colombia. On April 16 I will fly to Bogotá where my promotional tour "Tarrito Rojo Chess Talent 2010" will start. Since the event of 2005 was one of the best organized event that I have ever taken part in, I'm already looking forward to my trip to Colombia next month. Even though there is almost one full month before the event, the organizers have already started a special preparation for this event. The key moment of my April trip to Colombia will be a big simultaneous exhibition with the top 25 finishers of the qualification tournament. The qualification tournament took place on March 20 in Bogota. 465 (!) young chess players took part in this competition. All the results of this tournament, as well as the official press-release in Spanish can be found here.

In March I went to Cali for 1 day to meet with the organizers of the event and to go over all the important organizational questions. Below is a photo of me with the Golden Cat of Cali, I hope it will bring me luck:)

The Press Release for this trip is below (in Spanish):

Belleza e inteligencia, cuestión de una mente sana

La Reina del Ajedrez llega a Colombia

El ajedrez, así como las vitaminas y los minerales, contribuyen al desarrollo mental. Una muestra de ello: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Campeona Mundial de Ajedrez, que llegará a Colombia invitada por la marca Tarrito Rojo, de JGB, primera compañía en Sur América que organiza un evento con su presencia.

Alexandra Kosteniuk, Campeona Mundial de Ajedrez, considera que esta disciplina ayuda al desarrollo mental de las personas, y de la misma manera lo hacen las vitaminas y minerales que son parte de una alimentación balanceada. Para impulsar el buen funcionamiento físico e intelectual de los niños, la firma JGB, con su marca, Tarrito Rojo, llevará a cabo el torneo Tarrito Rojo Chess Talent 2010.

Tarrito Rojo traerá a Alexandra Kosteniuk, un ejemplo de cómo el ajedrez ayuda a un óptimo crecimiento de los niños. La rusa de 25 años empezó su carrera como ajedrecista a los cinco años, siendo hoy una de las figuras más importantes de esta disciplina.

Kosteniuk ostenta el título más importante del ajedrez en la rama femenina: Campeona Mundial, y considera que esta disciplina trae grandes beneficios en la educación de los niños y niñas. Su más reciente libro, “Diario de una reina de ajedrez”, es la recopilación de cómo, a sus 25 años, ha logrado obtener grandes reconocimientos.

Durante su visita a Colombia, la rusa jugará simultáneas con 25 estudiantes de colegios distritales de Medellín y Bogotá, y demostrará porque es la mujer número 12 en la historia del ajedrez en obtener el título de Campeona Mundial de esta disciplina. También aprovechará la visita para entregar juegos de ajedrez y productos como Tarrito Rojo a los niños de la Fundación Pies Descalzos.

La ajedrecista, así como los niños del torneo, empezó su carrera desde muy joven, cuando su padre la inició en el mundo del ajedrez, y desde allí, ha tenido un recorrido lleno de éxitos. A los 10 consiguió el campeonato europeo en la categoría niñas. A los 14 se convirtió en Gran Maestro, y actualmente es Gran Maestro Absoluto, el título más alto alcanzado por hombres, y al que muy pocas mujeres han llegado.

Sin embargo, Kosteniuk no solo es la reina del tablero. Su trabajo como modelo la llevó a ser una de las figuras consentidas de Elle y Vogue y portada de Marie Claire. También se ha destacado como actriz de películas, escritora de libros y poemas, y como madre de Francesca, de dos años.

La Campeona Mundial de Ajedrez es ejemplo de mujer moderna, que le dedica tiempo a todo, incluso para jugar simultáneas y para vender artículos por internet para financiar su fundación. Detrás de su postura pensativa y seria durante los partidos de ajedrez, no esconde los atributos que la clasifican como la reina del ajedrez.

Posted by Alexandra Kosteniuk
Women's World Chess Champion

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  • At March 24, 2010 at 5:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Alexandra, I am a Colombian girl and I very happy and excited for your visit to our country!!!!
    Thank you very much for coming, I hope you have fun in your visit!!!!
    I can´t wait for see you next month.

    I am a Chess player (not really good, I have to tell), and I study Nursing in the biggest and most important colombian University and i will be in one of your speeches in Bogotá

    I asked for your friendship in your Facebook profile, and I am in you Facebook fan page too!!!

    As a Nursing student, I wanna invite you click this page

    Is about the International Celebration of the year of the Nurse, I wait you like it!!!!


    Marcela Castellanos Montes

  • At April 9, 2010 at 11:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    alexandra greetings

    I am Colombian chess lover and student of engineering I have 20 years and is an honor to come to Colombia I would love to get an autograph appreciate your talent and your style of play. and I wonder where you will be specific location?
    be great to meet you.....the best wishes...

    Mario Rodriguez


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