Chess player from Russia moved to the national team of Switzerland

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A chess player from Russia, 38-year-old Alexandra Kosteniuk, has announced that she will represent Switzerland as of today. She announced this on her Instagram page.

“Representing Switzerland since March 3, 2023”,– wrote Kosteniuk. She also posted a screenshot from the website of the International Chess Federation FIDE, where she is now marked with the Swiss flag.

The plans of the chess player to move to the national team of another country became known in January. At the same time, it was stated that Kosteniuk would not be able to represent Switzerland this year — in such a case, the Swiss Chess Federation FSE would have to pay a commission of $10,000 to the Russian Chess Federation FSE. The transition was scheduled for January 1, 2024.

However, Kosteniuk has already started representing Switzerland due to the fact that Russia was admitted to the ACF Asian Chess Federation. After that, FIDE allowed Russian athletes to transfer to any other European federations without paying fees. This applies to chess players who have already submitted or will submit a corresponding application between March 1, 2022 and August 31, 2023.

Kosteniuk – 12th World Women's Chess Champion, two-time Russian champion, European champion, three-time winner of the World Chess Olympiads as part of the national team. The athlete has Swiss citizenship.

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