Francesca Maria Kosteniuk enters the world

6/21/2007 – She was born 11 weeks before term, weighing only 1.46 kilos (3 lbs. 3 oz.). At two months this preemie, daughter of world's fifth ranked female player, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, and husband Diego Garces, is doing fine. In fact she has her own web site, with extensive picture and text reports on her daily progress.

ChessBase 14 Download ChessBase 14 Download

Everyone uses ChessBase, from the World Champion to the amateur next door. Start your personal success story with ChessBase 14 and enjoy your chess even more!

Along with the ChessBase 14 program you can access the Live Database of 8 million games, and receive three months of free ChesssBase Account Premium membership and all of our online apps! Have a look today!


Francesca Maria

A Champion's Baby Diary

"My name is Francesca Maria," says the site on its intro page. "I was born on April 22, 2007, a 29-week premature baby (preemie), weighing only 1.46 kilos (3 lbs. 3 oz.). I post here some news about me as I grow up. The freshest news is at the top. If you want to read about my birth and up to my first month, click here and start reading from the bottom of that page."

Alexandra Kosteniuk and Diego Garces, with Frencesca Maria

Mother and daughter doing fine

A Francesca Maria comic strip on the home page


Discussion and Feedback Join the public discussion or submit your feedback to the editors


Rules for reader comments


Not registered yet? Register