GM Alexandra Kosteniuk plans to signify Switzerland for future chess occasions, a federation switch that’s prone to begin on January 1, 2024. The information was printed on the web site of the Swiss Chess Federation.
Kosteniuk stopped taking part in for her native nation Russia after the struggle in Ukraine broke out. The 38-year-old former ladies’s world champion turned one of many first gamers to start out taking part in beneath the FIDE flag for that purpose, however now she has determined to signify Switzerland, the place she is already taking part in within the nationwide group championship.
Presently the world number-10 within the ladies’s FIDE score listing, Kosteniuk holds each a Russian and a Swiss passport, having been married to a Swiss citizen for greater than a decade. Since 2015, she has been married to the Russian grandmaster Pavel Tregubov. The 2 dwell in France.
It can take one other 12 months earlier than she will play for Switzerland and that’s for monetary causes, mentioned Peter Erismann, head of elite sport within the central board of the Swiss Chess Federation: “If she have been to vary federations now, the Swiss Chess Federation must pay the Russian Chess Federation a switch payment of $10,000. [In fact, it’s 10,000 euros – PD.] After a two-year ready interval, altering federations is free.”
This two-year interval would begin in the meanwhile Kosteniuk represented Russia for the final time in an official FIDE occasion, which was on the World Blitz Championships in December 2021. At the least, that is what is recommended in paragraph 4.2 of the Switch Laws & Guidelines of Eligibility for Gamers (under), though it stays to be seen whether or not holding a passport shall be thought-about the identical as residency.
4.2 When the final illustration date is lower than 5 years previous to the switch date, then the eligibility date is ready 2 years after graduation of residency within the new federation with out fee of the Switch Price and the Compensation Price.
Kosteniuk shall be by far the strongest participant on the Swiss ladies’s group. Presently, the highest 4 feminine gamers within the nation are WGM Ghazal Hakimifard (2279), WIM Lena Georgescu (2262), WGM Monika Mueller-Seps (2237), and WIM Gundula Heinatz (2162).
With a score of 2519, Kosteniuk would at present be the sixth highest-rated participant in Switzerland, so it can’t be dominated out that she shall be representing their group in open sections of e.g. the World Groups or the Olympiad. “We maintain the flexibleness to make use of her within the males’s nationwide group if there’s a want,” mentioned Erismann, who additionally talked about that she is planning to play within the 2023 Swiss Particular person Championships this summer time.
Kosteniuk shouldn’t be the one new participant within the Swiss ladies’s group. The 15-year-old Mariya Manko (rated 2117) joins as effectively, and most probably additionally the 18-year-old WIM Sofiia Hryzlova. Each are from Ukraine and fled with their household to Switzerland following the violence of their dwelling nation.
For now, Kosteniuk had declined to remark.