Alexandra Kosteniuk: “The victory was so close!”


The Russian Alexandra Kosteniuk took the second place in the World Rapid Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Title: Kateryna Lagno crowned Women’s World Rapid Champion

Kateryna Lagno emerged Women’s World Rapid Champion by edging Alexandra Kosteniuk on tie-break after both players finished on 10,5/15 points.

Do chess players complain about their memory?

Famous Armenian chess player and writer Ashot Nadanian once mentioned that he can easily recall chess games played some 20 years ago, but cannot remember his mobile phone number.

Anna Muzychuk and Olga Girya commented on the tension in the last rounds and their games

Anna Muzychuk: the tension in the last rounds is getting higher as usually.

Rap Attack. Day 3

Rapid chess is so unpredictable! We are trying to catch some interesting moments for you and will upload the diagrams during whole day.

Harika Dronavalli: “It’s fun to play without any kind of tension”

An Indian chess grandmaster, she gradually came to prominence winning the World Youth Chess Championship in the Girls’ Under-14 and Under-18 categories. 

Lagno, Stefanova and Kosteniuk leading after the second day of Rapid Championship


The FIDE Women World Rapid Championship 2014 continued today with rounds 6-10 being played at the Ugra Chess Academy in Khanty-Mansiysk.

Kateryna Lagno: “Everything will be decided on the last day”

After the second day of the World Rapid Championship Kateryna Lagno shares the first place with Antoaneta Stefanova and Alexandra Kosteniuk, all with 7 points.

Olga Griya: “I am just enjoying the game”

The Ugra-raised grandmaster Olga Girya came to the press-center after the second day of the World Rapid Championship.

Natalia Popova: Teaching children in Khanty-Mansiysk is a pleasure, they study with fiery eyes

International master Natalia Popova, trainer of the Ugra Chess Academy, and participant of the World Rapid Championship, tells about her work and games.