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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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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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Puzzle of the Day Widget

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

By WGM Natalia Pogonina, Russia
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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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It's a Wonderful World - Rest Day Report

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Thursday, 18 December 2014



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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

It would be a mistake thinking that nothing important happened during the day off. In fact, the action was very much on, due to the numerous activities.







Your host Anna is not the kind of presence a camera could ignore

Right before the simul, Zoltan shared his thoughts on the Olympic team spirit and offered a few pieces of advice to the new generations.



The new generation proved quite hard to deal with - Almasi lost two games and drew six!

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The Duel of the Titans - Round 5 Report

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014



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The tournament enters the free day not without producing a crucial result: the formidable Russian team defeats top-seeded India by 3-1. The score could have been less severe had India's third board Aravindh not overstepped the limit of admissible risk against Vavulin, in a desperate attempt to restore the equality in the match.







Favorite number two Germany was held to a 2-2 by Georgia. A curious detail is that both decisive games were won by the female players.

Much to the local fans' delight, Hungary 1 broke the invincibility of the ambitious team of Uzbekistan. The result of 3-1 promotes the Hungarians for the top match against Russia in the next round.

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A Queen Trapped in an Empty Hall - Round 4 Report

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Tuesday, 16 December 2014



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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

Round four was already a day of direct encounters between the favourites.

The top match between the main favourite India and the local young heroes, Hungary, was one of the most dramatic so far. After four hours the Hungarians were in the lead with 1,5-0,5 but the remaining two games went wrong for them and India won with 2,5-1,5. You can find out more in the interview with Kende Antal:



By defeating Romania with the same score Russia joined India in the lead. These are the only two teams with a perfect score and they will inevitably meet tomorrow.

Uzbekistan continues to deliver surprises by drawing again with a much higher rated team - this time with Canada 1.

The last match to end was Georgia - Ukraine. At the score of 1,5-1,5 the game Matviishen - Ghvamberia seemed to continue forever. On move 99 the white queen was trapped on an almost empty board and in a practically deserted playing hall, sealing Georgia's match win over their higher ranked opponents.

The brilliancy contest jury had a hard time choosing between two valuable third round games. In the end the Solomonic solution was taken to award two prizes for the same round.



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Gyor Youth under-16 Olympiad 2014 - Round Three Report

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Monday, 15 December 2014



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As the tournament advances, matches become more leveled, increasing the probability of upsets. Since this is the second round of what we have baptized the "girl's day" we will take as a reference a match in which the girl's result had a big impact. Favorite 4 Ukraine had to conceal a 2-2 result to the modestly rated Uzbek team. The only win for Uzbekistan was scored on board three by the girl player Bakhora Abdusattorova.

 "Rustam Kasimdzhanov is not the only Uzbek World Champion; my young brother Nodirbek won the under 8 World Championship two years ago"


 
Brother and sister in action

An emotional video review of this match:


 

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Gyor Youth under-16 Olympiad 2014 - Round Two Report

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Monday, 15 December 2014


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The second round had an early start at 10:00 since this was a day with double rounds. Many teams continued including their girls in the formation so we decided to make this the "girls' day". As you may notice, this largely influenced our picture selection and videos.


From a symbolical point of view, the most interesting match of the round was Russia - China.



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The 2nd Round Brilliancy Prize - Murali Karthikeyan of India

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Sunday, 14 December 2014


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The Indian International Master deserved his prize for the beautiful win against Mihail Nikitenko of Belarus, played in a neo-romantic style.

You do not see three piece sacrifices in one game too frequently!


Murali Karthikeyan receiving his prize from WGM Anna Rudolf before the start of the third round


Scheweningen Sicilian

Murali Karthikeyan (2497) - Mihail Nikitenko (2379)

World Youth U16 Chess Olympiad 2014 Gyor round 4, 14.12.2014
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1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.a4 e6 7.Be2 b6 8.Bf3 Nfd7 9.00 Bb7 10.e5



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Gyor Youth under-16 Olympiad 2014 - Round One Report

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Sunday, 14 December 2014


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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin


The tournament caravan has been put into motion... It happened with the sweetest feelings since all the participants received a small surprise present - Turo Rudi, a traditional Hungarian cottage cheese stick covered with chocolate!

The first round ended without big upsets, so we will focus on some visual impressions. You are also kindly invited to check our round video report




and the interviews with two grandmasters, Lubomir Ftacnik


and Gergely Szabo



- you may be surprised to see which teams they are coaching here!

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World Youth U16 Olympiad - Day 0 - Opening Ceremony

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