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Name: Alexandra Kosteniuk                                                             
Born April 23, 1984                                                                   
Perm, Volga Federal District, Russia                                                   
Alexandra Kosteniuk (born April 23, 1984 in Perm, Volga                               
Federal District) is a Russian chess Grandmaster with a FIDE rating of 2515. Her       
most notable chess achievements include: Becoming female European champion in         
2004 by winning the tournament in Dresden, Germany. And in August 2006 she             
became the first Chess960 (Fischer Random) women world champion after beating         
Germany's top female player Elisabeth Pähtz 5.5-2.5.                                 
In November 2004, she achieved the International Grandmaster title, becoming the       
tenth of the eleven women who have received the highest title awarded by the           
World Chess Federation (FIDE). She also holds the titles of Woman Grandmaster         
and International Master. She is sixth on the October 2007 FIDE women Elo rating       
list with a rating of 2515. Kosteniuk won the 2005 Russian Women's Championship,       
held from May 14 to 26 in Samara, Russia, finishing with a score of +7 =4 -0.         
Kosteniuk's mottos have been "chess is cool" and "beauty and intelligence can go       
together". Alexandra has also been called Anna Kournikova of chess who actually       
wins tournaments. With these as a backdrop, Kosteniuk has been promoting chess         
in the capacity of a fashion model and ambassador of chess in order to spark           
interest in the game around the world.                                                 
She is also the host of a popular podcast "Chess is Cool" which informs               
listeners about Alexandra's life and current chess events.                             
Alexandra learned to play chess at the age of five after being taught by her           
father. She also has a little sister named Oxana Kosteniuk, who is a master           
level chess player.                                                                   
Kosteniuk is married to Swiss-born Diego Garces, who is of Colombian descent,         
and 25 years her elder. On April 22, 2007 Alexandra gave birth to a daughter,         
Francesca Maria. Francesca was born 2 1/2 months premature, but after an 8 week       
stay in the hospital, has since made full recovery. Alexandra's website, which         
is maintained by her husband, covers the chess events she is participating in         
and offers up to date information about her.