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Press Conference in Moscow

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Kateryna Lagno, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Sergei Rublevsky (coach), Natalia Pogonina, Olga Girya, Andrei Filatov (RCF President)

Upon arriving to Moscow from Tromso, the women's Olympic chess champions were invited to participate in a large press conference attended by most of the leading Russian TV channels. Below you can find some of the reports.

Channel One
Russia 1 (starts at 45:15)
Russia 24
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Last Updated ( Monday, 18 August 2014 ) Natalia Pogonina is the Prettiest Female Chess Player in the World

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Sunday, 17 August 2014 selected Natalia Pogonina for the "girl of the day" category once again. The tweet says: "The most beautiful female chess player in the world is called Natalia Pogonina. Check out a large gallery of her images at our site".

The Russian women's chess team has also been recently featured in this nomination.

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Natalia Pogonina: 20 Questions (Kingpin Interview)

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Monday, 16 September 2013
Natalia Pogonina has been interviewed by Kingpin Chess Magazine

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Natalia Pogonina
(born 9 March 1985) is a Russian chess player who has been representing her country since 2004. She holds the titles of Woman Grandmaster and Grandmaster of Russia. Her highest FIDE rating was 2501.

Natalia is the reigning Olympic Womens Chess Champion (team and individual gold), European Womens Team Chess Champion (team and individual gold), Russian Womens Team Chess Champion (team and individual gold) and Russian Womens Chess Champion.

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Last Updated ( Monday, 16 September 2013 )

Natalia Pogonina: "One does not become a GM by only reading books"

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Saturday, 07 September 2013

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Natalia Pogonina was interviewed by about chess books, DVDs, chess training, coaching, Magnus Carlsen vs. Viswanathan Anand and on other topics.

1. As a reviewer it is of major interest for me to know, which books strong players, who reached the highest degree in chess, found especially useful and which they would recommend for the basic education of everyone who wishes to become better in chess.

Here is a list of some of my favorite chess books.

2. What do you think about the development of chess literature, especially with some promising publishing houses available nowadays, i.e. Quality Chess, Everyman Chess, Gambit books, Chess-Stars, NewInChess just to name a few. Do you have any idea which could improve modern chess literature?

In fact, I am positively surprised that authors are still working on chess books. As far as I know, an average chess book sells less than 2,000 copies, so the profit from releasing it doesnt compensate the efforts of the author, especially if we are talking about the top players. I think most of them just love the game and feel like promoting it, sharing their passion with other people. Writing chess books is a form of educational charity.

Unfortunately, there are also many negative issues here. Certain publishers go for quantity, not quality. It is easier for them to release 10 mediocre titles than one real bestseller. They cut production costs by underpaying the authors (and, consequently, agreeing to work with just about anybody who is willing to accept their conditions), not reviewing the manuscripts well enough (resulting in misprints and chess errors), choosing generic and unattractive covers. Also, some of them are too inefficient and slow: the production cycle lasts so long that when the book actually makes it live, it is already outdated.

I believe that in general the trend is shifting towards e-publishing, and many publishing houses havent yet adapted to this new business framework. We will see how it goes.

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Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 September 2013 )

Natalia Pogonina Became a Member of the Saratov Region Governor's Council

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Friday, 28 June 2013

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Recently Natalia Pogonina became a member of the Saratov region Governor's Council. Her main responsibility there will be to create a program of professional sports development in the region.

Members of the working group:

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GQ (Spain) on Girls in Chess

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

GQ (Spain) published an interesting article about girls in chess. If you don't know Spanish, you can always use Google Translate or just click on the links to view the images of beautiful chess-playing girls, articles and videos.

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Susan Polgar on Natalia Pogonina

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Thursday, 25 April 2013
Today Natalia was honored to receive a generous praise from the legendary VIII Women's World Chess Champion and Chairman of FIDE Women's Chess Commission Susan Polgar:

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Natalia Pogonina Nominated for "Girl of the Month" by Russia 2 TV Channel

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Friday, 19 April 2013
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A leading Russian channel Russia-2 has a sports program called All included. Unsurprisingly, one of their most popular projects is the Girl of the month contest. Most nominees are well-known female athletes, while some artists are also invited from time to time.

The reigning Olympic womens chess champion & Russian womens chess champion Natalia Pogonina was recently featured in the program. We would like to share with you the official pictures and a few more exclusive images:


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Chess Cash Kings-2012: Comments

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Monday, 11 February 2013