Read more. The photo on the right is from AK's website. It looks like the set-up for defending one's thesis is similar in Russia as it is here in the US -- you face a panel of professors tossing non-stop questions at you about your paper and you have to think on your feet! Congratulations to GM Kosteniuk on her fine achievement. She is an inspiration and an excellent role model for all of us, young and the young at heart :)
Alexandra joins the ranks of many chessplayers who have earned advanced degrees and gone on to careers in teaching, psychiatry, business, investment banking, mathematics, and many other fields.