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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Monday, 25 December 2017

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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, 13 February 2017 )

Puzzle of the Day Widget

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Saturday, 23 December 2017

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 ( Saturday, 18 February 2017 )

Women's World Chess Championship-2017

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Venue: Tehran, Iran
Schedule: February 10 - March 4
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
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1/32-final: Natalia Pogonina (2487) defeated Zhou Qiyu (2287) 1.5-0.5.
1/16-final: Natalia is drew Huang Qian (2451) twice in classical chess, traded blows in 25m rapid and won 1.5-0.5 in 10m rapid.
1/8-final: Natalia was eliminated by Ni Shiqun (2399) with a 0.5-1.5 score.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 February 2017 )

New Book: David vs. Goliath

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Monday, 14 November 2016

: Chess Evolution, 2016
Author: Peter Zhdanov
Edition: Paperback medium
Pages: 256
Language: English
Price: 24.95

ISBN: 978-83-945362-1-3

How does an amateur beat a top grandmaster? "David vs Goliath" features 111 remarkable upsets suffered by the likes of Magnus Carlsen, Vishwanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Mikhail Tal and other chess legends. Inside the book you will find annotated games, practical tips and numerous puzzles for you to solve. Preface by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.

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Russian Superfinal 2016

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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Left to right: Evgeny Tomashevsky (bronze), Natalia Pogonina (silver), Alexander Grischuk (silver), Anastasia Bodnaruk (bronze), Alexander Riazantsev (gold), Alexandra Kosteniuk (gold). Image (C)

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The Russian men's and women's chess Superfinals took place in Novosibirsk from October 15 to 28.The event was finely organized and took place in a museum. The format was a 12-person round robin. Apart from the financial prizes for all the participants (9 mln rubles total prize pool) a Renault Kuptur car and a gold statue incrusted with diamonds (king for men, queen for women) were at stake in both tournaments for 1st place, resulting in an intense and exciting battle.

Natalia Pogonina finished 2nd in the women's event. Her previously earned medals were: gold (2012), silver (2010), bronze (2013).

Natalia Pogonina with Eduard Taran, one of the sponsors of the event

Final standings of the Russian Women's Chess Superfinal:
1. Alexandra Kosteniuk - 8.5
2. Natalia Pogonina - 7
3. Anastasia Bodnaruk - 6.5
4-7. Olga Girya, Valentina Gunina, Daria Charochkina, Daria Pustovoitova - 6
8. Evgenia Ovod - 5.5
9. Alexandra Goryachkina - 5
10. Alisa Galliamova - 4
11. Alina Kashlinskaya - 3.5
12. Ekaterina Ubiennykh - 2

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 October 2016 )

Russian Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships

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Saturday, 08 October 2016

Team Ugra during one of the matches

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The Russian rapid & blitz chess championships among women, men and seniors took place in Sochi from October 1 to 7. We will focus on the results of Natalia Pogonina and her team Ugra (Natalia Pogonina, Lilit Mkrtchian, Marina Nechaeva, Baira Kovanova).

In the women's rapid Russian chess championship 63 players competed. The medals went to:

  1. Alexandra Kosteniuk (2519) - 8/10
  2. Alexandra Goryachkina (2424) - 8/10
  3. Natalia Pogonina (2458) - 7.5/10

50 players took part in the women's blitz Russian chess championship. Three ladies were tied for third; the results were the following:

  1. Anastasia Bodnaruk (2386) - 17/22
  2. Natalia Pogonina (2402) - 15.5/22
  3. Elena Tomilova (2223) - 15/22
  4. Daria Charochkina (2333) - 15/22
  5. Alexandra Kosteniuk (2576) - 15/22

In the team events only 7 clubs competed in the women's section and 6 in blitz. Team rapid medalists:

  1. Ugra - 10/12
  2. SHSM-Moscow - 9/12
  3. VIVO - 8/12

Team blitz

  1. VIVO - 14/20
  2. Ugra - 13/20
  3. Ladia - 11/20

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 08 October 2016 )

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.
Just log in to the application and send her a game request.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 20 May 2016 )

Sakura Blitz Marathon with Natalia Pogonina

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Monday, 18 April 2016

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.
Just log in to the application and send her a challenge.

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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

All the players were requested to wear hijabas during the event
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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:

Please check out the official site for additional information and pictures.

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Last Updated ( Friday, 19 February 2016 )
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