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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Thursday, 25 December 2014
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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.

As of 2010 Natalia's FIDE rating was over 2500 a mark associated with the title of a male Grandmaster.

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

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 1

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial is a chess super tournament which is currently taking place in Shamkir, Azerbaijan. Group A is comprised of 6 world-class grandmasters and personal friends of Vugar Gashimov (1986 - 2014). Group B is also incredibly strong and features 10 GMs.

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 1 (starts April 20, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 1




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Saturday's Chess Tactics

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
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Hou, Yifan     Muminova, Nafisa

4th WGP   Khanty-Mansiysk   2014.4.14
 

1.c4 e6 2.g3 d5 3.Nf3 Nf6 4.Bg2 a6 5.d4 dxc4 6.O-O Nc6 7.Nbd2  Nxd4 8.Nxc4 Bc5 9.Nfe5 O-O 10.Be3 Ba7 11.Rc1 c5 12.Bd2 Nd5 13.e3  Nb5 14.Qe2 Nd6 15.Rfd1 Nxc4 16.Nxc4 b5 17.Ba5 Qe7 18.e4 Nb4 19.Bxb4  cxb4 20.Ne5 Qg5 21.Nc6 e5 22.h4 Qf6 23.b3 a5 24.Rc2 Bb7 25.Nxa7  Rxa7 26.Rc7 Qb6 27.Rdd7 a4 28.Kh2 h6 29.Qe3 Qa6 30.Qc5 axb3

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Chess, beat boxing and art

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Reeps One is an internationally acclaimed, two times UK champion beat boxer. Highly prolific, his insatiable creativity has spilled out into paint and artworks, meticulously drafted. These two worlds collide at the point he tries to notate his musical voice sounds. Harry Yeff says his beat boxing alter ego and all the artistic outpouring reference a misdiagnosis of ADD when he was a child. There's no doubt he has a restless spirit - but he can be still for hours when playing his beloved chess.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Round 9

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Round 9 Results
  Name Rtg  Res.    Name Rtg
GM Muzychuk Anna 2560  0 1 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527
GM Hou Yifan 2618  1 0 WGM Girya Olga 2450
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496  ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2552
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340  ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2501
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550  1 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489
GM Lagno Kateryna 2543  ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321

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Bubba Watson proves that coaching is overrated

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Bubba Watson- a natural talent.

The American Golfer Bubba Watson won his second green jacket in three years yesterday when he won the Masters tournament in Augusta.

The reason that Bubba's story is so fascinating to me is because it's proof that you don't need to have been coached or taught relentless to be good at a game- Bubba is self-taught.

Bubba had a tough upbringing and his mother couldn't afford to pay for coaching lesson's for him, so he taught himself.

This rather reminds me of Magnus Carlsen, who when he first learnt the game of chess, would study alone with a board, without books or a teacher, simply trying to learn the connections between the pieces and some of the secrets of the game.

Of course we don't all have the natural talent of a Bubba Watson or a Magnus Carlsen. But in some situations I think coaching can even be harmful. It can suppress natural ability and try to turn you into some kind of mechanical player, with simply a view to getting better results.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 18 April 2014 )
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IM Wagner - GM Shirov annotated by GM Balogh

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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary
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A very sharp game, typically in the style of Shirov. The game also looks very important from a theoretical point of view.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Round 8

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Alexandra Kosteniuk played an exciting game vs. Kateryna Lagno
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Round 8 Results
  Name Rtg  Res.    Name Rtg
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527  ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2543
WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321  0 1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489  ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340
GM Ushenina Anna 2501  1 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496
GM Zhao Xue 2552  ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2618
WGM Girya Olga 2450  1 0 GM Muzychuk Anna 2560

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The Lost Art of Common Sense in Chess

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By GM Lars Bo Hansen, PhD, MBA, Denmark.
Best FIDE rating: 2586

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As readers following these learning tips and my other writings will know, I am staunch advocate of the value of logical thinking and common sense in chess (check out my Kindle e-book The Lost Art of Common Sense in Chess, if you are interested). Even in this time and day where analysis engines point out one exception to the old dogmas in chess after the other and where concrete variations seem to be the norm, I believe thinking logically and applying common sense can take you a long way in chess.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Round 7

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Hou Yifan seems to still have Anna Ushenina's number
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Round 7 Results
  Name Rtg  Res.    Name Rtg
WGM Girya Olga 2450  1 0 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527
GM Muzychuk Anna 2560  1 0 GM Zhao Xue 2552
GM Hou Yifan 2618  1 0 GM Ushenina Anna 2501
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496  ½ - ½ GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340  0 1 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550  ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2543

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