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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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Last Updated ( Friday, 09 May 2014 )
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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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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 28 May 2014 )
 

Bilbao Masters & European Club Cup

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

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Bilbao, Spain is hosting both the Bilbao Masters super tournament and the European Club Cup from September 14 to 20.

The Bilbao Masters Final is the last tournament for Viswanthan Anand before facing Magnus Carlsen in a World Chess Championship match in November in Sochi, Russia.

Double round robin, six players:
Levon Aronian (2804), #2 in the world
Viswanathan Anand (2785), #5
Ruslan Ponomariov (2717), #32
Francisco Vallejo Pons (2712), #38

52 men's and 9 women's teams will be taking part in the European Club Cup. The format is a 7-round swiss. Men's teams have 6 players + 2 reserve ones; women's teams have a 4+1 line-up.

Let's take a look at all the 2700+ participants:

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Arkadij Naiditsch Won Grenke Classic 2014

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Arkadij Naiditsch defeated former European champion Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu in the very 1st round and went on to win the event
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GM Arkadij Naiditsch won the tradional Grenke Classic super tournament in Baden-Baden, Germany. This year most of the strongest German chess players took part in the round robin. Our congratulations to the winner!

Final standings:

1. GM Naditsch (2715) - 5/7
2-3. GM Baramidze (2599), GM Fridman (2633) - 4
4-6. GM Nisipeanu (2672), IM Bluebaum (2521), GM Meier (2652) - 3.5
7. IM Wagner (2499) - 2.5
8. GM Schlosser (2582) - 2

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GM Caruana - GM Topalov annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player
Best FIDE rating: 2737


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The rise of the new superstar Fabiano Caruana began already a few years ago, but what the only 22-year old Italian is showing in the Sinquefield Cup is just unreal! 7 straight wins in the strongest chess tournament in history! Unbelievable. From a professional point of view I can tell that Caruana is not very lucky and his opponents don't blunder-he is simply playing much better chess. Great preparation, great positional play, great in tactics and precise in converting his advantage, this is what Caruana is showing us in his last games. And in the current game we will see a great example of how good Fabiano Caruana really is. After the opening Black makes a minimal mistake and gets himself in trouble. By playing solid/strong moves White's advantage is getting bigger and bigger and Caruana doesn't miss the moment to finish his opponent with a nice winning strike!

View the game or check out the "text + diagrams" version below.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 )
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1 Square Meter

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania.
Best FIDE rating: 2410

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Summer ended quite a few days ago, but it feels that it still hasn't left.

What has changed in these 9 days? Hit-nay, no tournaments-nay, late morning coffee- check, game after game-check, white clothes-check, late summer evenings-check :))) So, it is still summer!

Well, on a more serious basis- I am actually playing another tournament, this time- a round-robin in Romania, Braila- "Maria Albulet Memorial". You can check it
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It is a nice feeling- playing each game (especially after the Turkish League, where I played only 6 games out of 13).

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 September 2014 )
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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 09 September 2014

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.

28 upsets from last week will be featured this time; among them three losses by 2700+ GMs.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 September 2014 )
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Fabiano Caruana Won Sinquefield Cup with a Big Margin

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Sunday, 07 September 2014

Fabiano Caruana won all the 5 mini-matches at Sinquefield Cup and scored 8.5/10 - a fantastic result!
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Sinqufield Cup 2014, final standings:
1. Fabiano Caruana - 8.5/10
2. Magnus Carlsen - 5.5
3. Veselin Topalov - 5
4-5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian - 4
6. Hikaru Nakamura - 3

How often do you see someone outdistance the reigning World Champion by 3 points in a 10-round tournament? Fabiano Caruana won 7 games out of 10, lost none and had 2 totally winning positions in 2 of the 3 games he drew. His performance at the Sinquefield Cup has definitely been one of the best ever. Another analogy comes to mind: in 2009 an Nanjing Magnus Carlsen (at that time #4 in the world) also won all the 5 mini-matches and scored 8/10. On the next rating list he rose to #2 and claimed the very top spot in another month. Fabiano Caruana is officially #3 in the world now, although on the live rating list he is a commanding #2, ahead of Levon Aronian by 43 points. Will we see Caruana rise to the very pinnacle soon? Time will show.

Meanwhile, today is September 7 - the deadline for signing the World Chess Championship contract. Vishy Anand has already agreed to playing in Sochi in November 2014. Will Magnus sign the contract, or will Sergey Karjakin have to replace him?

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 September 2014 )
 

Hou Yifan Wins FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2013-2014

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Sunday, 07 September 2014

Hou Yifan tied for first place with Ju Wenjun at Sharjah and won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Series
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Sharjah, final standings:

1-2. Ju Wenjun, Hou Yifan - 8.5/11
3-6. Harika Dronavalli, Zhao Xue, Anna Ushenina, Tuvshintugs Batchimeg - 6.5
7. Koneru Humpy - 5.5
8. Elina Danielian - 5
9. Tatiana Kosinseva - 4.5
10. Zhu Chen - 3.5
11. Nafisa Muminova - 3
12. Alina L'Ami - 1.5

Hou Yifan is just a few points shy of overcoming Judit Polgar on the women's live rating list. The Women's World Chess Champion won the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Series 2013-2014. Now she will either face the winner of the Women's World Chess Championship-2014 for the title, or, if she defends her crown in October, she will play Humpy Koneru, who finished 2nd in the Grand Prix. You can check out the final standings here.

The Women's World Chess Championship is scheduled for October 11-31, but the venue is still unknown. This is highly unfortunate for the participants who can't book tickets in advance and prepare well enough & have to decline other invitations for the sake of a tournament which might not even happen .

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 07 September 2014 )
 

Monika Socko Won GM Tournament in Erfurt

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Wednesday, 03 September 2014

Stephan Oliver Platz reports from Erfurt/Germany

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Part I of the report

When GM Monika Socko started with two consecutive losses, nobody thought that she would win the Erfurt tournament, but she did! After 9 rounds she had scored 6 1/2 points winning 6 of the next 7 games with only one draw. Former leader GM Bela Khotenashvili from Georgia came in second with 6 points. In her last game against Tatyana Melamed she missed a promising continuation and the game finally ended in a draw.

IM Shen Yang from China had the chance to achieve a GM norm and catch up with Monika Socko, but in the last round she was defeated by Russian IM Anastasia Bodnaruk while IM Lela Javakishvili and IM Elisabeth Paehtz drew their game. As a result Shen Yang, Lela Javakhishvili and Elisabeth Paehtz had 5 1/2 points each and shared the prizes for 3rd - 5th place. According to tiebreak rules Shen Yang ranks as 3rd, Lela Javakishvili as 4th and Elisabeth Paehtz as 5th in the cross table.

For Anastasia Bodnaruk the tournament had begun terribly with 1 out of 4. At a common supper with the organizers and other players on Wednesday evening she was in a bad mood, kept silent most of the time, but from the next day on a different Anastasia showed up winning three games in a row. In round 8 she lost against Bela Khotenashvili, but won her last game against Shen Yang and became 6th with 5 out of 9, only half a point behind the trio on 3rd - 5th place. IM Lilit Mkrtchian scored 3 1/2 points, followed by GM Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant (3 points), WGM Tatyana Melamed (3) and IM Ketino Kachiani-Gersinska (1 1/2).


Left to right: Monika Socko, Bela Khotenashvili, Shen Yang, Lela Javakhishvili and Elisabeth Paehtz.

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