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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 is the reigning Olympic Women's Chess Champion.
In 2015 Natalia Pogonina became the runner-up of the Women's World Chess Championship

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Last Updated ( Monday, 11 January 2016 )

Puzzle of the Day Widget

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Friday, 23 December 2016

By WGM Natalia Pogonina, Russia
FIDE rating: 2501

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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 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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Last Updated ( Monday, 11 January 2016 )

Yearbook of Chess Wisdom

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Publisher: Chess Evolution, 2016
Author: Peter Zhdanov
Edition: Paperback medium
Pages: 376
Language: English
Price: 24.95

ISBN: 978-83-937009-7-4

In this book the author addresses 366 (one for each day of the year) intriguing chess topics which could be of interest to any chess fan, regardless of the playing level. For example:

        IQ and chess skills

        Talent vs. hard work

        How many games to play per year?

        Are women underrated or overrated as compared to men?

        Rating inflation in chess

        What does your chess tell about your personality?

        Playing computers: dos and donts

        Developing your chess memory and visualization

        How does one prepare for an upcoming tournament?

        Is 1.e4 really best by test?

Yearbook of Chess Wisdom is packed with insights and is based on analytical research, vast personal experience and conversations with some of the worlds leading chess players and coaches.

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Christmas Blitz Marathon with Natalia

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Friday, 18 December 2015

Don't miss your chance to play WGM Natalia Pogonina on December 19th during a special Christmas chess blitz marathon.

With a bit of luck you can also challenge her to a Chess Heroz game at any other time.

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Alexander Grischuk regains the World Blitz Chess Champion title

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Stephan Oliver Platz reports from Berlin, Germany

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In the 2015 FIDE World Chess Blitz Championship 21 rounds Swiss system had to be played. The players got 3 minutes for the whole game plus an increment of 2 seconds per move. The reigning blitz champion Magnus Carlsen began well, but losses against Karjakin, Radjabov, Grischuk and Ivanchuk made it impossible for him to defend his title. After 20 rounds Vladimir Kramnik and Alexander Grischuk lead with 14,5 points ahead of Maxime Vachier Lagrave and Vassily Ivanchuk (14 points each). By defeating Boris Gelfand with the Black pieces Alexander Grischuk won his 3rd Blitz title. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave won against Rustam Kasimdzhanov and became 2nd while Vladimir Kramnik had difficulties against Vassily Ivanchuk, but cleverly saved a difficult endgame with two Knights on both sides and a Pawn down. This draw meant the Bronze medal for him. In the press conference he said that 15 or 20 years ago he had been a really good blitz player, but he had not expected such a good result today. FIDE president Kirsan Ilyumchinov announced that Berlin will host either a World Chess Championship or a Chess Olympiad, but could not yet give any date or details.

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Magnus Carlsen wins the 2015 FIDE World Chess Rapid Championship in Berlin

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Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Stephan Oliver Platz reports from Berlin, Germany

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On Saturday, October, 10th, the 2015 FIDE World Chess Rapid and Blitz Championship began in Berlin. The playing hall Bolle Meierei is situated next to the German department of the interior and the river Spree. Participants from all over the world took part in this prestigious event. In the rapid tournament 15 rounds Swiss system had to be played on three consecutive days. The players got 15 minutes for the whole game plus an increment of 10 seconds per move.

On Saturday the first five rounds were played. Sergey Karjakin who had won the World Cup just one week before presented himself in top form. He won his first three games against Jure Borisek, Grzegorz Gajewski and Anton Korobov. Only Yuriy Kryvoruchko managed to reach a draw against him. In the fifth round Karjakin defeated the German grandmaster Georg Meier and took the sole lead with 4,5 out of 5 ahead of 16 players with 4 points each, amongst them Magnus Carlsen and Ian Nepomniachtchi. Carlsen had won three of his five games. Ehsam Ghaem Maghami, a grandmaster from Iran, surprisingly drew against Carlsen in round 1, and so did Yuriy Kryvoruchko in round 5. At the end of the day 16 players had reached 3,5 out of 5, one of them being former World Champion Vladimir Kramnik.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 21 October 2015 )

Press Conferences from Women's FIDE Grand Prix

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Friday, 09 October 2015
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FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Monaco

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Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Venue: Monte Carlo, Monaco
Dates: October 2-16
Format: round robin, 11 rounds
Prize fund: 75,000
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Hou, Yifan    2671
Koneru, Humpy    2578
Dzagnidze, Nana    2573
Muzychuk, Anna    2549
Kosteniuk, Alexandra    2530
Muzychuk, Mariya    2528
Cramling, Pia    2513
Stefanova, Antoaneta    2500
Zhukova, Natalia    2482
Pogonina, Natalija    2445
Skripchenko, Almira    2441
Khademalsharieh, Sarasadat    2397

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 September 2015 )

Chess Structures in Practice: Guo Qi - Pogonina

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Tuesday, 15 September 2015

By GM Mauricio Flores Rios

Its been a while since I finished writing Chess Structures, but I like the topic so much that I keep coming back to it I know how much it improved my understanding of chess. I follow games on Chessbomb pretty much daily and I really enjoy it when I see a nice structure-concept being applied. Often these games reproduce ideas shown in the book almost identically, while sometimes there are small (yet very important!) differences. So I thought, why not start a blog in which I will, once in a while, post a game which builds upon the ideas I shared with the readers of my book. The permanent location of my blog is

Now lets get started with some chess. As you may have realized, almost every game in my book was decisive (that is, not a draw) since drawn games (especially agreed draws) are like an unfinished story, and people just dont like to read stories without an ending Anyway, the only exception to this rule was Onischuk Dominguez from the World Cup of 2013. This game was a Carlsbad structure (Chapter 5) which I thought was very instructive, as it shows how Black might completely neutralize Whites queenside plans. As I was following the Womens World Championship in Sochi, I found a great example which pretty much takes off where Dominguez left off, and brings home the full point. The contenders: young star Guo Qi from China was White against World finalist Natalia Pogonina. Lets see the game:

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 15 September 2015 )

Blitz Marathon with Natalia Pogonina

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Monday, 07 September 2015

Don't miss your chance to play blitz with Natalia Pogonina for free on September 19 from 7 to 8 p.m. UTC.
All you have to do is log into your Chess Heroz account and send Natalia a challenge. If you get lucky, she will pick YOU!

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