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Beating the Ex-Chess Sex Symbol

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Wednesday, 20 January 2010

by Natalia Pogonina for her Tuesday column

Men tend to look down on womens chess, joke about their level and style of play, and also discuss the female players looks whenever they have a chance.

Continuing my story about the Russian Superfinal-2009 (Part 1 can be found here), I would like to share with you my Round 2 game against WGM Maria Manakova. Russian-born but currently playing for Serbia, she became relatively well-known in the chess world as the first female grandmaster to pose nude for a tabloid.


WGM Maria Manakova

Maria gained some popularity by spreading spicy pictures of herself and giving provocative interviews, and, along with myself and Almira Skripchenko, has been recognized as one of the most beautiful women chess players in the world. I am actually very ironical about all this fuss, so it was quite entertaining for me to see some newspapers and chess fans comment on our encounter in the fashion of a battle of the chess sex symbols.

WGM Natalia Pogonina (2501) - WGM Marina Manakova (2344)

I have also been aware that GM Evgeny Sveshnikov (yes-yes, the one after whom the Sveshnikov variation has been named!) was assisting Maria in her preparation. Therefore, it was rather easy to predict which variation she was going to play:

Natalia Pogonina (2501) - Maria Manakova (2344)

Including this match, I have played 37 consecutive games without a loss at such strong events as the Russian Superfinal (2008 and 2009), Moscow Open, Women's European Championship, Russian Club Cup. All good things come to an end eventually Smile


P.S. Thanks to everyone who is playing in the Pogonina vs. game! So far its home preparation for me, but I still enjoy analyzing some of the possible alternative continuations. Hope you are also having a great time and learning more about the Najdorf! Btw, its not late to join the match in case you havent done so already! Wink

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Comments (8)
1. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 08:36 20 2010 .
Natalia forever...
Natalia excuse my English because I am using a translator. I was very happy for you to follow me on Twitter, because I am your fan. I think you're the most beautiful woman in the world, and the greatest chess player of all time. I will always cheer for you! Despite the distance, because I live in Brazil. Kisses and all the happiness in the world for you.
2. Written by on 15:06 20 2010 .
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3. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 19:22 20 2010 .
The most beautiful women chess players i
Nooooo, Maria Manakova one of the most beautiful women chess player in the world?? Absolutely not!!! You are, as they say in France, "hors category"!!!!!! 
And what about Tatiana Kosintseva? She is so beautiful!! Well, lets talk about serious chess: 37 consecutive games without a loss?! That's awesome!!! What a great chess player you are!!!!!! Great Great Great!! We (I mean we as "all the fans") want to see you play more and more and more!!! I guess that without that bad flu, the 2009 Russian Superfinal would have had a different winner!!
4. Written by Natalia Pogonina on 08:32 21 2010 .
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Marcos Laprega, Luigi - Thanks a lot for your kind words!
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If you've got it, flaunt it! Am I right?
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The real sex symbol Natalia, the most beautiful chess Player of the world :)
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The real sex symbol Natalia :)

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