Russian chess champion will play under the flag of Switzerland

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 The Russian chess champion will play under the Swiss flag

The 38-year-old Russian grandmaster no longer represents Russia on the checkered battlefield. Russia has lost another titled athlete.

Alexandra Kosteniuk's sports citizenship will come into force on January 1, 2024. The chess player will have to take a year-long career timeout to avoid a $10,000 payment. She will have to pay this substantial amount to the Russian Chess Federation if she wants to play for a new country at once.

After the start of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Kosteniuk made her mind clear and publicly declared her position against the war. She became one of the few Russian athletes who were not afraid to openly declare this.

Alexandra Kosteniuk is not the only Russian chess player who changed her sports citizenship after the disqualification of the Russian team. Previously, Alina Kashlinskaya moved to the Polish national team.

Facts about Alexander Kosteniuk

  • In 2011 she became the champion of Switzerland.
  • In 2004 received "gold" European Chess Championship.
  • As part of the Russian national team, she won the Chess Olympiad three times.
  • Won the European team championships four times.
  • In 2014, she received the order &quot “For services to the Fatherland” I degree.
  • Since 2009 she has been a member of the United Russia party.

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