Russian Kosteniuk named FIDE Chess Player of the Year
Alexandra Kosteniuk received the award during the FIDE congress in Chennai, India. In 2021, she won the Women’s World Cup and the World Rapid Chess Championship
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Russian Alexandra Kosteniuk was recognized as the chess player of the year by the International Chess Federation (FIDE). About it reported on the website of the Russian Chess Federation (FCHR).
The first women’s individual awards in the history of FIDE were presented on August 5 in Chennai, India, at the congress of the federation.
The Russian won the Women’s World Cup and the World Rapid Chess Championship last year, and also took second place in the World Blitz Championship.
Russian Kosteniuk wins World Rapid Chess Championship
Kosteniuk is 38 years old, she is the 12th World Chess Champion among women (from September 2008 to December 2010), two-time Russian champion, European champion, three-time winner of the World Chess Olympiads as part of the national team.
In addition, Svetlana Gerasimova, Vice-President of the International Association of Support Chess Players and Senior Coach of the Russian National Team in Drafts and Chess for Persons with Musculoskeletal Disabilities, received a special FIDE award. Yana Sidorchuk, head of the general department of the FSH, was awarded the best organizer from Europe, and the press attaché of the FSH, Eteri Kublashvili, was recognized as the best female photographer from Europe.