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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Thursday, 25 December 2014
Train your brain by solving chess puzzles

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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
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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GM Kateryna Lagno to represent Russia

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Saturday, 12 July 2014


The reigning Women's World Rapid Chess Champion and #7 on the FIDE women's rating list GM Kateryna Lagno is eligible to represent Russia from July 12, 2014 according to the FIDE site.

Consequently, she is highly likely to play on one of the top boards for Russia in the upcoming Chess Olympiad in Tromso. China will probably be the rating favorite in the women's section, although the reigning Olympic Women's Champion (Russia) and World Women's Team Champion (Ukraine) are also the top candidates to win gold. Ukraine has recently regained Anna Muzychuk (who previously played for Slovenia) only to lose another top player to its direct competitor.

Needless to say, the Ukrainian Chess Federation has objected against this transfer and has recently issued an open letter to FIDE, stating their official position regarding the situation. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that they will be able to prevent Kateryna from representing the Russian Chess Federation in the nearest future. The Chess Olympiad starts in 20 days.

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014
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By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, Editor of Pogonina.com

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

Over 30 chess sensations have happened last week. Take a look:

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European Women's Chess Championship-2014

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Venue: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Dates: July 5-18
Format: Swiss, 11 rounds
Time control: 90m/40 moves + 30m until the end of the game with a 30s increment per move, starting from move one.
Participants: 118

Top-10 players:

Nana Dzagnidze, 2541, Georgia
Mariya Muzychuk, 2521, Ukraine
Natalia Pogonina, 2508, Russia
Valentina Gunina, 2501, Russia
Olga Girya, 2493, Russia
Hoang Thanh Trang, 2490, Hungary - reigning champion
Antoaneta Stefanova, 2488, Bulgaria
Tatiana Kosintseva, 2476, Russia
Lela Javakhishvili, 2474, Georgia
Monika Socko, 2462, Poland

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Women's Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 10

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Elina Danielian has an impressive performance so far: 6.5/10 and +22.7 rating points
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 10 results:

Antoaneta Stefanova (2488) - Bela Khotenashvili (2518), 1/2-1/2
Humpy Koneru (2613) - Nafisa Muminova (2332), 1-0
Zhao Xue (2538) - Elina Danielian (2460), 0-1
Hou Yifan (2629) - Alexandra Kosteniuk (2532), 1/2-1/2
Ju Wenjun (2532) - Anna Muzychuk (2561), 1-0
Nana Dzagnidze (2540) - Harika Dronavalli (2503), 1/2-1/2

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Danzhou-2014, Round 5

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Yu Yangyi was one of the three winners of Round 5

Round 5 results:

Bu Xiangzhi (2693) - Zhao Jun (2603), 1-0
Wey Yi (2634) - Arkadij Naiditsch (2705), 1/2-1/2
Ruslan Ponomariov (2723) - Ding Liren (2714) , 1/2-1/2
Zhou Weiqi (2601) - Xiu Deshun (2550) , 1-0
Yu Yangyi (2675) - Ma Qun (2609), 1-0

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 9

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Nafisa Muminova won her first game at the tournament
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 9 results:

Nana Dzagnidze (2540) - Antoaneta Stefanova (2488), 0-1
Harika Dronavalli (2503) - Ju Wenjun (2532), 1/2-1/2
Anna Muzychuk (2561) - Hou Yifan (2629), 0-1
Alexandra Kosteniuk (2532) - Zhao Xue (2538), 1/2-1/2
Elina Danielian (2460) - Humpy Koneru (2613), 1-0
Nafisa Muminova (2332) - Bela Khotenashvili (2518), 1-0

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Sunday, 29 June 2014
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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of the top-10 chess tweets from last week - a digest of the most important chess news in one short post.


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Danzhou-2014, Round 4

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Arkadij Naiditsch leads Danzhou-2014 after 4 rounds

Round 4 results:

Zhao Jun (2603) - Yu Yangyi (2675), 0-1
Ma Qun (2609) - Zhou Weiqi (2601), 1-0
Xiu Deshun (2550) - Ruslan Ponomariov (2723) , 0-1
Ding Liren (2714) - Wey Yi (2634), 1/2-1/2
Arkadij Naiditsch (2705) - Bu Xiangzhi (2693), 1-0

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