|Julia Dwyer, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kathrine Dwyer at simul with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk|
|Alexandra Kosteniuk plays a simul in the Chicago Scholastics, 2003|
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I bought a souvenir book and the date says May 14th, 2003. You see, she [Alexandra] signed it right here [pointing]. I remember the tables were in a big square and she moved around. It took her like a minute to destroy everybody and she won every game.
No, but about two hours. The last game was with my teacher.
|"How I Became a Grandmaster at age 14", by Alexandra Kosteniuk|
She was sketchy at first - she is very intimidating, almost like meeting a President. She was very quiet and focused. She was also polite and shook all our hands. She seemed nerdy but attractive. Her outfit was really weird, though.
What color were you?
I think we were all black. I don't remember much of the game other than I had to think so hard on what my next move was.
Did your school teach you chess?
I just knew. I have always known how to play chess and I don't know how I learned. My school common room had sofa's and chessboards, though.
Were you involved in any other chess tournaments?
No. I just play my brother now. We have a chess table at my house.
What do you think of this experience now?
I didn't realize how cool it was until now. This was an awesome experience. I guess it really is a big deal.
Despite the fact that Kathrine is not planning on any future tournaments, it was clearly evident that her game with Alexandra Kosteniuk was one she will always fondly remember. Talking to students about their experiences and challenges always surprises me. For example, Kathrine is also a cancer survivor, has always been an outstanding student, and lived in American Embassies. She plans to live in Russia when she graduates, and I suspect she has an apartment already picked out. Hopefully, she will get to play some more chess in Russia. Chess is Cool!
|Morgan Rust and Kathrine Dwyer|
Novemember 11, 2010