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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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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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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

By WGM Natalia Pogonina, Russia
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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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A Legend Among Prodigies - Round 8 Report

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Saturday, 20 December 2014



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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin



The eighth round started under almost perfect circumstances of equality. The three leaders had played their direct encounters already, with a puzzling result: Russia beat India, India beat Iran and, in order to close the circle, Iran beat Russia. Therefore, all leading teams faced opponents with lower number of points in the eighth round.

In the top match India crushed Ukraine with a surprising 3,5-0,5 while Iran defeated Serbia with a perfect score: 4-0!! Such results are typical for the first rounds, not for the decisive phase of the tournament...

The Russian players did not seem to completely recover from the shock of yesterday and content themselves with a 2-2 against Turkey.

India and Iran are leading with 14 points, followed by Russia with 13 and Romania with 12. The ninth round schedules the top matches India-Romania and Iran-Poland.

As reported in "The visit of the immortals", Judit Polgar attended the tournament.


The Immortals rooting for the Hungarian team

Here is the interview Judit concealed to one of the hosts:



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The Visit of the Immortals

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After the eighth round started, a very special event took place at the tournament venue: a press conference with the participation of three outstanding Olympic champions. Chess Olympic champion Judit Polgar (the strongest female player ever), water polo Olympic champion Dr. Tamas Farago and wrestling Olympic champion Dr. Csaba Hegedus.



These three sportive personalities belong to a very narrow circle known in Hungary as The club of the Immortals, limited to a number of 21. New members are accepted only if one of the old ones passes away. Little wonder that the event attracted a large number of spectators.



Over more than one and a half hour, the special guests answered to the moderator's and the public's questions, offering a unique insight into the World of top performance, speaking about their hopes and fears, achievements and failures, strengths and weaknesses, but above all about their hard work to reach the highest sportive peaks.



Judit Polgar: "Even though chess is an individual sport, you need to have a "team" helping you. I was lucky to be the last born sister of the family and received a lot of help and encouragement from Susan and Sofia".

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Broken Invincibility Myth - Round 7 Report

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Friday, 19 December 2014



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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

One of the most fascinating aspects of sports in general and chess in particular is that there is no such thing as predetermined results.

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The formidable Russian team had been advancing through the tournament at full steam and it seemed as if nothing could take them away from the winning path. The fate of round seven wanted it a bit differently, though. Somewhere around move 40, Goryachkina and Vavulin resigned their second and third board games against Amin and Parham due to inevitable mating threats. In the remaining games the Iranian players had an extra pawn each, but the captain, IM Harandi demanded the top board player Asgarizadeh to offer a draw in order to seal the result. Russia eventually won the last board game but this did not change anything already. Iran won by 2,5 - 1,5!

Here is an interview with part of the happy winners, in a moment when the last game was still going on:



The fight at the top has tightened as there are three teams in shared lead with 12 points, namely Iran, Russia and India, with Ukraine trailing by just a point. Four other teams have ten points. With three rounds to go, and Caissa seemingly willing to exert her whims, anything can happen...

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Last Updated ( Friday, 19 December 2014 )
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The Russian Roulette Spinning at Full Speed - Round 6 Report

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Friday, 19 December 2014



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The leaders adopted a surprising match strategy, leaving their third board and most effective player Maxim Vavulin (five out of five until than moment) "on the bench". This paradoxical "move" proved inspired as Alexey Sarana who took his colleague's place on the third board won the only decisive game in the match, thus sealing Russia's win over Hungary by 2,5 - 1,5.

This result consolidated Russia's lead in the tournament, with 12 points out of six rounds and only two teams, Iran and India, trailing by two points.

Our blitz video diary may add a little bit to this information:



Today the tournament received the visit of Olympic silver medallist (and youth Olympic gold medallist!) Csaba Balogh, who shared with us the feelings accompanying the high performance.

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It's a Wonderful World - Rest Day Report

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Thursday, 18 December 2014



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It would be a mistake thinking that nothing important happened during the day off. In fact, the action was very much on, due to the numerous activities.







Your host Anna is not the kind of presence a camera could ignore

Right before the simul, Zoltan shared his thoughts on the Olympic team spirit and offered a few pieces of advice to the new generations.



The new generation proved quite hard to deal with - Almasi lost two games and drew six!

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The Duel of the Titans - Round 5 Report

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014



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The tournament enters the free day not without producing a crucial result: the formidable Russian team defeats top-seeded India by 3-1. The score could have been less severe had India's third board Aravindh not overstepped the limit of admissible risk against Vavulin, in a desperate attempt to restore the equality in the match.







Favorite number two Germany was held to a 2-2 by Georgia. A curious detail is that both decisive games were won by the female players.

Much to the local fans' delight, Hungary 1 broke the invincibility of the ambitious team of Uzbekistan. The result of 3-1 promotes the Hungarians for the top match against Russia in the next round.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 December 2014 )
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A Queen Trapped in an Empty Hall - Round 4 Report

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014



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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

Round four was already a day of direct encounters between the favourites.

The top match between the main favourite India and the local young heroes, Hungary, was one of the most dramatic so far. After four hours the Hungarians were in the lead with 1,5-0,5 but the remaining two games went wrong for them and India won with 2,5-1,5. You can find out more in the interview with Kende Antal:



By defeating Romania with the same score Russia joined India in the lead. These are the only two teams with a perfect score and they will inevitably meet tomorrow.

Uzbekistan continues to deliver surprises by drawing again with a much higher rated team - this time with Canada 1.

The last match to end was Georgia - Ukraine. At the score of 1,5-1,5 the game Matviishen - Ghvamberia seemed to continue forever. On move 99 the white queen was trapped on an almost empty board and in a practically deserted playing hall, sealing Georgia's match win over their higher ranked opponents.

The brilliancy contest jury had a hard time choosing between two valuable third round games. In the end the Solomonic solution was taken to award two prizes for the same round.



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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 16 December 2014 )
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Gyor Youth under-16 Olympiad 2014 - Round Three Report

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Monday, 15 December 2014



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As the tournament advances, matches become more leveled, increasing the probability of upsets. Since this is the second round of what we have baptized the "girl's day" we will take as a reference a match in which the girl's result had a big impact. Favorite 4 Ukraine had to conceal a 2-2 result to the modestly rated Uzbek team. The only win for Uzbekistan was scored on board three by the girl player Bakhora Abdusattorova.

 "Rustam Kasimdzhanov is not the only Uzbek World Champion; my young brother Nodirbek won the under 8 World Championship two years ago"


 
Brother and sister in action

An emotional video review of this match:


 

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