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Monday, January 10, 2011

Help Nominate Diary of a Chess Queen to ChessCafe Book of the Year Contest!

Hello everyone!

Following my post of a couple days ago about the vote for the best Book of the Year 2010, I found out that my book, "Diary of a Chess Queen", which came out officially in the USA during December 2009 and worldwide in January 2010, is eligible to enter the competition!

So if you have read it and like it, please nominate "Diary of a Chess Queen" for ChessCafe Book of the Year! For that all you need to do is email your nomination to and just write that you'd like the book "Diary of a Chess Queen" by Alexandra Kosteniuk to be nominated for a chance to win the Chess Book of the Year 2010. You should give a short reason for nomination, see examples on the Chesscafe Nominations page.

"Diary of a Chess Queen" contains my whole life story, with 64 commented games, but also lots of text (I'd say over 1/3 of the book), and over 100 photographs. I worked on it quite a bit since I got the title of women's world chess champion at the end of 2008, it's the work of my life to date.

If you'd like more information about my book, here are some useful links:

- Book availability on December 9
- January 7 Book Signing in Barnes & Noble
- January 16 Book Signing in Coral Gables
- Announcement of the Book on
- Official Chesscafe rules of the Book of the Year Contest

- Link to purchase my book on my web shop (free personal autograph!)
- Link to purchase my book on
- Link to ALL the reviews on

Here are some reviews from Amazon buyers:

Seth: The structural layout of Alexandra's book very much resembles Tal's classic, "The Life and Games of Mikhail Tal." Kosteniuk's book is, like Tal's work, an autobiography. There is much prose (normally at the beginning of each chapter). She starts at her childhood, and takes the reader right up to (and a bit past!) her 2008 World Championship match. Many game fragments are sprinkled throughout each chapter, as well as a substantial number of full-length, annotated games. Alexandra's writing is easily accessible to players of every skill level, whether they be young, old, beginners or masters. I found that she mixed the number of variations and explanations evenly. Since Alexandra typically plays a slashing, aggressive brand of chess, the games are never boring! Also, the translation (sometimes a problem in chess books) made the English read naturally (shout out to the translator, fellow Michigander Jim Marfia!!). She drops various tips and tricks of the Grandmaster trade along the way. The Women's World Champ clearly invested alot of time and effort into writing this book. I wonder if she'll write another some day?

So to sum up, "Diary of a Chess Queen," is a very interesting read, and you probably won't be disappointed if you purchase it.

Cajunmaster: Alexandra Kosteniuk's autobiography should be of great interest to any chess player, male or female, young or old, experienced or not. This candid and well crafted book is, to chess literature, very much like the breeze of fresh air that Alexandra and many other talented women have let into the stuffy atmosphere of the old chess world in the past decade. There is no turning back, luckily, and this book proves it beyond a doubt. Ms. Kosteniuk, who was the 10th woman in history to be recognized as an overall (i.e., unisex) Grandmaster of the game and is the current World Champion among women, has produced a winner. Her book is both highly entertaining and of great technical interest. This cannot be said of many of the innumerable books written by men, whether it be in the 19th century or today. Very simply, Alexandra Kosteniuk, recognized by the United States Chess Federation as the outstanding chess journalist of the year for 2009, should perhaps be considered by many to be a role model worthy of emulation, something that a host young girls throughout the World already know!

Posted by Chess Queen™ Alexandra Kosteniuk
12th Women's World Chess Champion
Author of "Diary of a Chess Queen"



  • At January 10, 2011 at 1:00 AM , Anonymous Glenn said...

    I still need to read your book. Other things keep getting in the way.

  • At January 10, 2011 at 3:06 AM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    Of course we would vote for you chess queen. super book. we use it at our club for the games.

  • At January 10, 2011 at 3:26 AM , Anonymous Saira Fernando, Madrid said...

    I think it's the most amazing and definitive work by any women's world chess champion. Truly great book to possess and definitely the one to nominate. I just did.

  • At January 10, 2011 at 6:57 AM , Anonymous Janet Llewyn, London said...

    I have found Diary of a Chess Queen a very nice, romantic and great book for chess. I loved reading about how Alexandra grew up and how she epitomises the fact that you could have a normal upbringing and with love and right training make it to the top. I loved the book. In fact was introduced to the Chess Queen after the book. It is written with great effort. A champion's work.

  • At January 10, 2011 at 7:05 AM , Anonymous Sebastian Wolff, Maryland said...

    I love all the grandmaster tips you give in the book. Please everyone vote for Chess Queen.

  • At January 10, 2011 at 7:09 AM , Anonymous Andre, Chile said...

    I just emailed them. All the best Chess Queen.

  • At January 10, 2011 at 8:19 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    I vote for my chess Queen. Best regards

  • At January 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM , Anonymous KremlinOk said...

    Молодец!! Так держать! И красива, И умна!!!! Ждем еще изданий! :)

  • At January 10, 2011 at 11:01 AM , Anonymous Barbara Cole, Argentina said...

    Hey Chess Queen I have read your book seven times. Yes, I am way stronger at my club. Looking forward to another book from you. Okay I will vote.

  • At January 10, 2011 at 5:13 PM , Anonymous Youngbloed said...

    I liked your book very much emailed them :-)


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