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Alexandra Kosteniuk is at a Training Camp in Elista (Kalmykia)

These photos were taken in Elista (capital of the republic of Kalmykia) in November 2000 during a training camp

The official logo & symbol of the Elista Chess Olympiads of 1998, a smiling camel The local school welcomes Alexandra Kirsan Ilyumzhinov came to give a visit to the participants of a blitz chess tournament in Elista which Alexandra won!
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Alexandra, her trainer Alexei Korotylev and her Dad Konstantin Kosteniuk
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Alexandra as a local Kalmyk girl
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Alexei Korotylev as a local Alexandra during one of her blitz matches
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Alexandra visited a local fair
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Alexandra in front of City-Chess The statue of Ostap Bender
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Ostap Bender is the main hero of the book by Il'f and Petrov "12 Chairs"
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Alexandra loves cats! In City-Chess there are many statues and monuments devoted to chess Alexandra visited a local school in the counrty-side of Kalmykia and donated 3 computers to the children
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The school has a chess section and one of the pupils did quite well in a chess competition Alexandra is telling a poem to the school pupils
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Horse-back riding is a favorite of Alexandra
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Alexandra playing a training blitz game with Alexei Korotylev
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Alexandra is giving a simul to the local children of Elista
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This boy is a real talent Alexandra is interviewed for the local radio station
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It's snowing and Alexandra managed to make a snow-man!
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