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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Sunday, 25 December 2016

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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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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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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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May Blitz Marathon with Natalia Pogonina

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Friday, 20 May 2016


Don't miss your chance to play WGM Natalia Pogonina on May 21st during the May chess blitz marathon from 7 to 8 pm UTC.

With a bit of luck you can also challenge her to a Chess Heroz match at any other time.
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Sakura Blitz Marathon with Natalia Pogonina

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Don't miss your chance to play WGM Natalia Pogonina on April 23rd during a special Sakura chess blitz marathon from 7 to 8 pm UTC.

With a bit of luck you can also challenge her to a Chess Heroz game at any other time.
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Last Updated ( Monday, 18 April 2016 )
 

FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Teheran

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016

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From February 10 to 24 Natalia competed in a stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Teheran. After a spectacular start she was co-leading the event with 5.5/7 and had to score only half a point in the following two rounds to earn her final GM norm. Unfortunately, she lost three games in a row and bounced back with a win only in the final round.



Natalia Pogonina is currently ranked #2 on the cumulative FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2015-2016 Standings.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 March 2016 )
 

GM Norm for Natalia @ Gibraltar

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Friday, 19 February 2016


Natalia Pogonina performed successfully at Gibraltar Masters'2016. She scored 6/10, won one of the women's prizes, gained 18 rating points and obtained her second GM norm. Here is the round by round breakdown of Natalia's performance:



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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.

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Alexander Grischuk regains the World Blitz Chess Champion title

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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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