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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Friday, 25 December 2015
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Natalia Pogonina (born March 9, 1985) is a chess grandmaster and one of the best female chess players in the world. Since 2004 she has been a member of Team Russia and is the reigning Olympic Women's Chess Champion.

Woman Grandmaster (WGM), three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women's Championship, winner of the gold medal at the 1st International Mind Sports Games, co-winner of the 2008 Student World Championship and Russian Superfinal-2010, and #1 at multiple prestigious international tournaments (2005 Bykova Memorial, 2007 Rudenko memorial, 2009 Moscow Open, etc.). Ranked as 3rd most successful female chess player in the world in 2009 by the Association of Chess Professionals. In 2011 Natalia became the only chess player in the world to simultaneously win the Eurocup and European Team Chess Championship and in 2013 - the only person to hold the individual and team Russian Champion titles. She was runner-up at Women's World Team Chess Championship-2011 and earned the bronze medal in 2013.

Natalia's FIDE rating is over 2500 a mark associated with the GM title.

Natalia is the reigning Olympic Chess Champion (gold medals for both team and individual performances).

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Puzzle of the Day Widget

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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

By WGM Natalia Pogonina, Russia
FIDE rating: 2501


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Hi,

I've been receiving a lot messages from people who like to solve chess puzzles, especially interactive ones. Previously we used to post static diagrams from time to time, but they probably were old-fashioned and not user-friendly enough.

Also, there have been many requests to provide more information about my own games.

As a result, I am glad to share with you the new Pogonina.com widget. On the board, using your mouse, you can solve the "puzzle of the day" or a random puzzle. Please note that you are not obliged to stop solving the puzzle after the widget displays the "Puzzle solved" sign. If you are interested in the final position or not sure what the evaluations is, you can always play the game out against an inbuilt chess engine. Similarly, if you make a "wrong" move, the widget will tell you that, but you can always insist on your choice if you like and see how the match would unfold. These features make the widget highly interactive and fun: you are encouraged to act in a creative way and improve your chess by practising to take important decisions in exciting tactical positions! Finally, don't forget about using the "hint" button if you get stuck.

As of now all the puzzles are based on positions from my own games. Please let me know in the comments to this post what you think about the widget and whether you would like to see examples from the games of other chess players.

Every day a new problem will be added to the collection. Have a great time solving the puzzles!




P.S. If you have your own site, please feel free to embed the widget, thus making it easier for yourself and your audience to access the puzzles. Don't hesitate to contact us if you experience any technical problems or need special tuning.

Large version (345x450 - you can change the numbers to 215 and 310 accordingly and remove ?w=45 from the code posted below if you prefer the small version):

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Women's World Chess Championship, 1/2-final

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Saturday, 28 March 2015


Venue: Sochi, Russia
Schedule: March 16 - April 7
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
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1/32-final: Natalia Pogonina defeated Guo Qi 1.5-0.5.
1/16-final: Natalia knocked out Ju Wenjun 1.5-0.5.
1/8-final: Natalia Pogonina and Marie Sebag traded blows in classical chess. Natalia won the rapid tie-break 2-0.
1/4-final: Natalia Pogonina and Zhao Xue exchanged wins in classical chess. Natalia won the rapid tie-break 1.5-0.5.
1/2-final: Natalia Pogonina vs. Pia Cramling.

  

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Women's World Chess Championship, 1/4-final

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Wednesday, 25 March 2015


Venue: Sochi, Russia
Schedule: March 16 - April 7
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
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In the 1/32-final Natalia Pogonina defeated Guo Qi 1.5-0.5.
In the 1/16-final Natalia knocked out Ju Wenjun 1.5-0.5.
1/8-final: Natalia Pogonina and Marie Sebag traded blows in classical chess. Natalia won the rapid tie-break 2-0.
1/4-final: Natalia Pogonina vs. Zhao Xue.

                   

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Women's World Chess Championship, 1/8-final

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Sunday, 22 March 2015


Venue: Sochi, Russia
Schedule: March 16 - April 7
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
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In the 1/32-final Natalia Pogonina defeated Guo Qi 1.5-0.5.
In the 1/16-final Natalia knocked out Ju Wenjun 1.5-0.5.
1/8-final: Natalia Pogonina vs. Marie Sebag.

                   

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Women's World Chess Championship, Round 2

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Wednesday, 18 March 2015


Venue: Sochi, Russia
Schedule: March 16 - April 7
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
Official site
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In the first round Natalia Pogonina defeated Guo Qi 1.5-0.5. In the 1/16-final Natalia will be facing Ju Wenjun.

                   

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Women's World Chess Championship, Round 1, Game 2

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Tuesday, 17 March 2015


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Women's World Chess Championship-2015

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Venue: Sochi, Russia
Schedule: March 16 - April 7
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
Official site
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In the first round of all the 32 match-ups we will be focusing our primary attention on the duel between the reigning Olympic Women's Chess Champion Natalia Pogonina and the World Girl Junior Champion (2012) Guo Qi.

 

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Happy 30th Birthday to Natalia!

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Monday, 09 March 2015


Congratulations to Natalia Pogonina on her 30th birthday!

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Top GM Secrets Issue #157

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Monday, 02 March 2015


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Issue #157 of the weekly chess newsletter "Top GM Secrets" has been released.
It is delivered by e-mail on Fridays in both pdf and pgn formats.

Table of Contents

Editorial Preface. 3rd Anniversary of Top GM Secrets. FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi. European Chess Championship. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Evgeny Tomashevsky (2716) - GM Rustam Kasimdzhanov (2705), FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Radjabov Teimour (2731) - GM Alexander Grischuk (2810), FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. 1.d4 d5 2.c4 dc 3.e4 b5 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion.
David vs. Goliath David vs. Goliath. 13 upsets of the week by Peter Zhdanov, Chief Editor of Pogonina.com.
10 Tactical Puzzles from Recent Games. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Endgame Section. GM Aleksander Mista (2597) - GM Viktor Erdos (2615), German Bundesliga, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave (2775) - GM Evgeny Tomashevsky (2716), FIDE Grand Prix in Tbilisi, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
Chess and the City. "This pen is cursed..." by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Jose Raul Capablanca - Dawid Janowski, New York Rice 1916 , 1-0 annotated by GM Kamil Miton, best FIDE rating - 2655.
Surprise Section/Study. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Solutions to the puzzles from Top GM Secrets #156.

Attention: the "Play GM Arkadij Naiditsch for Free" special offer is still on.

You can find more information about the "Top GM Secrets" newsletter and the subscription options at Chess-Newsletter.com.

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