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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
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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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Play GM Arkadij Naiditsch for Free

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Thursday, 19 February 2015


At Grenke Chess Classic-2015 the German #1 Arkadij Naiditsch defeated the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in classical chess, drew the rapid and blitz mini-matches 1-1 each and succumbed only with Black in Armageddon. Now you have a special opportunity to experience a similar challenge and to face GM Arkadij Naiditsch in a two-game blitz match. Free of charge!

Conditions of the Match

In one game you get White against GM Naiditsch; in the other you play Black.
The time control is 5 minutes/game for each of the opponents.
Venue: Chess.com, PlayChess, ICC, or any other major chess site of your choice.
Cost of participation: FREE for winners of the Top GM Secrets lottery (see below).

Eligibility for the Top GM Secrets Lottery

On March 15 a drawing of lots will be held among all the active subscribers of Top GM Secrets. Three prizes will be offered. The winner may either claim the prize for himself/herself, or transfer it to a different person. Basically, each subscription valid on March 15 is a lottery ticket, so the more subscriptions you and your friends possess, the higher the chances of winning one or more of the prizes. The winners will be announced in the March 21 issue of Top GM Secrets.

Good luck!
 

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Top GM Secrets Issue #154

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015


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Issue #154 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. Grenke Chess Classic, Gibraltar Open and Moscow Open. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM David Baramidze (2594) - GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2706), Grenke Chess Classic, 0-1 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Baskaran Adhiban (2630) - GM Hikaru Nakamura (2776), Gibraltar Masters, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
David vs. Goliath. 18 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 Arkadij Naiditsch (2706) - GM Magnus Carlsen (2865), Grenke Chess Classic, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Tomi Nyback (2603) - GM Arik Braun (2549), Bundesliga, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
Chess and the City. "The battle of the sexes at the Gibraltar Chess Festival" by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Rashid Nezhmetdinov - Mikhail Tal, USSR Championship, 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 #153.

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

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Grenke Classic Decided in Armageddon

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The final round of Grenke Classic has been dramatic enough: Naiditsch had a promising position against Aronian; Carlsen was winning against Bacrot and Caruana could have scored against Baramidze. However, all the three encounters ended peacefully, thus leading to a playoff between the German #1 Arkadij Naiditsch and the World Chess Champion in classical, rapid and blitz chess Magnus Carlsen.

The tie-breaks turned out to be a thriller: Carlsen and Naiditsch traded blows in rapid chess and drew both blitz games. Only in Armageddon Carlsen (White) managed to defeat Naiditsch (Black). Still, Arkadij won their classical chess duel at Grenke, so such a result overall is a fantastic achievement for him.

Final standings:

Rank SNr Name Elo FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Points Wins
1 6 GM Carlsen Magnus 2865 NOR * 0 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4½ 3
2 5 GM Naiditsch Arkadij 2706 GER 1 * ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 4½ 2
3 4 GM Adams Michael 2738 ENG 0 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 4 2
4 1 GM Caruana Fabiano 2811 ITA ½ ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 4 1
5 3 GM Aronian Levon 2777 ARM ½ ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ 3½ 1
6 2 GM Bacrot Etienne 2711 FRA ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ * ½ ½ 3½ 0
7 8 GM Anand Viswanathan 2797 IND 0 ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 1 2½ 1
8 7 GM Baramidze David 2594 GER 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 * 1½ 0

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Happy 93rd Birthday, Yuri Averbakh!

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Saturday, 07 February 2015


GM Yuri Averbakh turns 93 today. We wish the Russian maestro a happy birthday and many more years of loyal service to Caissa!

Oldest Living GMs in the World

1. Yuri Averbakh (February 8, 1922), Russia
2. Mark Taimanov (February 7, 1926), Russia
3. Pal Benko (July 14, 1928), USA
4. Arthur Bisguier (October 8, 1929), USA
5. Aleksandar Matanovic (May 23, 1930), Serbia
6. Nikolai Krogius (July 22, 1930), Russia
7. Viktor Korchnoi (March 23, 1931), Switzerland
8. Anatoly Lein (March 28, 1931), USA
9. Arturo Pomar Salamanca (September 1, 1931), Spain
10. Juraj Nikolac (April 22, 1932), Croatia

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Top GM Secrets Issue #152

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Monday, 26 January 2015


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Issue #152 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. Tata Steel Chess, Grenke Chess Classic and Gibraltar Open. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Levon Aronian (2797) - GM Baadur Jobava (2727), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Fabiano Caruana (2820) - GM Magnus Carlsen (2862), Tata Steel Chess, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. Accelerated Queen's Indian, 3.Nc3 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion.
David vs. Goliath. 22 upsets of the week by Peter Zhdanov, Chief Editor of Pogonina.com. Featured player - Francisco Restuccia.
10 Tactical Puzzles from Recent Games. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Endgame Section. GM Teimour Radjabov (2734) - GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2744), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh. GM Ivan Saric (2666) - GM Luke Van Wely (2667), Tata Steel Chess, 1/2-1/2 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
Chess and the City. "Chess superstitions and their obvious drawbacks" by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Aaron Nimzowitsch - Rudolf Spielmann, San Sebastian 1912, 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 #151.

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

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Top GM Secrets Issue #151

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Sunday, 18 January 2015


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Issue #151 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. Tata Steel Chess. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Vassily Ivanchuk (2715) - GM Loek Van Wely (2667), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Ding Liren (2732) - GM Fabiano Caruana (2820), Tata Steel Chess, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. Accelerated Queen's Indian, 3.Nf3 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion.
David vs. Goliath. 23 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 Vassily Ivanchuk (2715) - GM Baadur Jobava (2727), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh. GM Ivan Saric (2666) - GM Levon Aronian (2797), Tata Steel Chess, 1/2-1/2 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
Chess and the City. "Ben Oni", a tribute to the late GM Vugar Gashimov by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Lajos Portisch - Vassily Smyslov, Amsterdam Interzonal 1964, 0-1 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 #150.

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Natalia Pogonina on the Board of Honor in Saratov

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Sunday, 11 January 2015


Natalia Pogonina has been featured on the Board of Honor in Saratov. You can find her image at the central square of the city.

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Top GM Secrets Issue #150

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Saturday, 10 January 2015


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Issue #150 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. Hastings Chess Congress, Australian Open, Tata Steel Chess. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Nils Grandelius (2581) - GM Maxim Turov (2591), Rilton Cup, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. IM Miklas Galyas (2428) - GM Maxim Rodshtein (2676), Hastings Masters, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. Accelerated Queen's Indian, 3.f3 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion. NEW
David vs. Goliath. 18 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 Sergey Ivanov (2559) - IM Aryan Tari (2485), Rilton Cup, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh. GM Maxim Rodshtein (2676) - GM Keith Arkell (2489), Hastings Masters, 0-1 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
Chess and the City. "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is "the most talented" of them all?" by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493. NEW
Clash of the Titans. Robert James Fischer - Raymond Allen Weinstein, USA Championship 1960, 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 #149.

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