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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Friday, 25 December 2015
Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina's Chess Shop

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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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Wednesday, 23 December 2015

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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Last Updated ( Monday, 29 December 2014 )
 

Top GM Secrets Issue #152

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Monday, 26 January 2015


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Issue #152 of the weekly chess newsletter "Top GM Secrets" has been released.
It is delivered by e-mail on Fridays in both pdf and pgn formats.

Table of Contents

Editorial Preface. Tata Steel Chess, Grenke Chess Classic and Gibraltar Open. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Levon Aronian (2797) - GM Baadur Jobava (2727), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Fabiano Caruana (2820) - GM Magnus Carlsen (2862), Tata Steel Chess, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. Accelerated Queen's Indian, 3.Nc3 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion.
David vs. Goliath. 22 upsets of the week by Peter Zhdanov, Chief Editor of Pogonina.com. Featured player - Francisco Restuccia.
10 Tactical Puzzles from Recent Games. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Endgame Section. GM Teimour Radjabov (2734) - GM Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2744), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh. GM Ivan Saric (2666) - GM Luke Van Wely (2667), Tata Steel Chess, 1/2-1/2 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
Chess and the City. "Chess superstitions and their obvious drawbacks" by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Aaron Nimzowitsch - Rudolf Spielmann, San Sebastian 1912, 1-0 annotated by GM Kamil Miton, best FIDE rating - 2655.
Surprise Section/Study. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Solutions to the puzzles from Top GM Secrets #151.

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Top GM Secrets Issue #151

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Issue #151 of the weekly chess newsletter "Top GM Secrets" has been released.
It is delivered by e-mail on Fridays in both pdf and pgn formats.

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Editorial Preface. Tata Steel Chess. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Vassily Ivanchuk (2715) - GM Loek Van Wely (2667), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. GM Ding Liren (2732) - GM Fabiano Caruana (2820), Tata Steel Chess, 0-1 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. Accelerated Queen's Indian, 3.Nf3 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion.
David vs. Goliath. 23 upsets of the week by Peter Zhdanov, Chief Editor of Pogonina.com.
10 Tactical Puzzles from Recent Games. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Endgame Section. GM Vassily Ivanchuk (2715) - GM Baadur Jobava (2727), Tata Steel Chess, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh. GM Ivan Saric (2666) - GM Levon Aronian (2797), Tata Steel Chess, 1/2-1/2 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
Chess and the City. "Ben Oni", a tribute to the late GM Vugar Gashimov by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493.
Clash of the Titans. Lajos Portisch - Vassily Smyslov, Amsterdam Interzonal 1964, 0-1 annotated by GM Kamil Miton, best FIDE rating - 2655.
Surprise Section/Study. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Solutions to the puzzles from Top GM Secrets #150.

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Natalia Pogonina on the Board of Honor in Saratov

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Sunday, 11 January 2015


Natalia Pogonina has been featured on the Board of Honor in Saratov. You can find her image at the central square of the city.

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Top GM Secrets Issue #150

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Saturday, 10 January 2015


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Issue #150 of the weekly chess newsletter "Top GM Secrets" has been released.
It is delivered by e-mail on Fridays in both pdf and pgn formats.

Table of Contents

Editorial Preface. Hastings Chess Congress, Australian Open, Tata Steel Chess. By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, best FIDE rating - 2737 and GM Csaba Balogh, best FIDE rating - 2672.
Two Best Games of the Week. GM Nils Grandelius (2581) - GM Maxim Turov (2591), Rilton Cup, 1-0 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch. IM Miklas Galyas (2428) - GM Maxim Rodshtein (2676), Hastings Masters, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh.
The K-Files. Accelerated Queen's Indian, 3.f3 by GM Alexander Khalifman, ex-FIDE World Chess Champion. NEW
David vs. Goliath. 18 upsets of the week by Peter Zhdanov, Chief Editor of Pogonina.com.
10 Tactical Puzzles from Recent Games. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Endgame Section. GM Sergey Ivanov (2559) - IM Aryan Tari (2485), Rilton Cup, 1-0 annotated by GM Csaba Balogh. GM Maxim Rodshtein (2676) - GM Keith Arkell (2489), Hastings Masters, 0-1 annotated by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.
Chess and the City. "Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is "the most talented" of them all?" by WGM Elisabeth Paehtz, best FIDE rating - 2493. NEW
Clash of the Titans. Robert James Fischer - Raymond Allen Weinstein, USA Championship 1960, 1-0 annotated by GM Kamil Miton, best FIDE rating - 2655.
Surprise Section/Study. By the Chess Evolution Team.
Solutions to the puzzles from Top GM Secrets #149.

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Naiditsch Victorious in Basel

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GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2731) didn't rest on his laurels a single day after winning Weihnachtsopen. Instead he went to Basel and claimed the 1st place there as well.
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GM Arkadij Naiditsch
won the "Masters" section of the Basel chess festival. Weihnachtsopen in Zurich. The tournament was held from December January 1 to 5 and featured 80 participants.

The ultimate round turned out to be quite dramatic: GM Rapport (2716) lost a 21-move game with White against GM Pavlovic (2472). As a result, 5 players finished tied for 1st place, but Arkadij's tie-breaker turned out to be the best.

Final standings:
1-5. GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2731), Germany; IM Alexandr Donchenko (2523), Germany; GM Bonelli Itturizaga (2654), Venezuela; IM Matthias Dann (2457), Germany; GM Milos Pavlovic (2472), Serbia - 5.5/7
6-10. IM Rasmus Svane (2507), Germany; GM Benjamin Bok (2572), Germany; GM Yannick Pelletier (2572), Switzerland; IM Felix Graf (2472), Germany; GM Vlastimil Hort (2432), Germany - 5/7
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How Many Games Did Super GMs Play in 2014?

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Radoslaw Wojtaszek (2744), a second of Viswanathan Anand, has become a super GM himself. In 2014 he overtook Maxime Vachier-Lagrave as the most active top player in the world.

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One of the common questions asked by chess fans is: "How many games per year should I play?". While the answer strongly depends on the player's personality and level, it is still worth taking a look at what the leading GMs are doing. We have been monitoring the tournament schedules of the world's top-20 players for the last 5 years and sharing our observations with you.

Data for years 2009-2013

Please read further to view the statistics for year 2014:


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Naiditsch Won Weihnachtsopen

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GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2731) scored 6.5/7 in Weihnachtsopen and performed at 2855 level
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GM Arkadij Naiditsch
won the "Masters" section of Weihnachtsopen in Zurich. The tournament was held from December 26 to 30 and featured 117 participants, including 14 GMs and 34 other titled players. Congratulations!

A special mention goes to the first chess coach of Magnus Carlsen, IM Ringdal Hansen Torbjørn. He took the third place.

Final standings:
1. GM Arkadij Naiditsch (2713), Germany, 6.5/7
2. GM Laszlo Gonda (2542), Hungary, 6/7
3-5. IM Ringdal Hansen Torbjorn (2470), Norway; GM Georg Meier (2640), Germany; GM Richard Rapport (2716), Hungary - 5.5/7
et al.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 December 2014 )
 

Podium Shuffle - Round 10 Report

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By WGM Anna Rudolf and GM Mihail Marin

None of the three teams having ensured a medal the night before maintained its position after the dramatic tenth round.

Top-seed India defeated the ambitious team of Turkey with 3-1 in a match without draws while a reborn Russian squad crushed Ukraine by 3,5-0,5.


The winning handshake


India's main scorer, Aravindh Chithambaram, was the first one to win today


The reborn and highly motivated Russian team managed to finish just one step away from their maximal goal

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