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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.

As of 2010 Natalia's FIDE rating was over 2500 a mark associated with the title of a male Grandmaster.

Natalia is the reigning Olympic Chess Champion (gold medals for both team and individual performances).

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

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WGM Natalia Pogonina's Notable Games - Part II

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CM Tryfon Gavriel goes over some of the classical games played by WGM Natalia Pogonina.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Round 6

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Olga Girya won an important game vs. Zhao Xue
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Round 6 Results
  Name Rtg  Res.    Name Rtg
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527  1 0 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Lagno Kateryna 2543  ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340
WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321  1 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489  ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2618
GM Ushenina Anna 2501  ½ - ½ GM Muzychuk Anna 2560
GM Zhao Xue 2552  0 1 WGM Girya Olga 2450

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of the top-10 chess tweets from last week - a digest of the most important chess news in one short post.

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Round 5

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Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan is unstoppable so far (4.5/5)
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Round 5 Results
  Name Rtg  Res.    Name Rtg
GM Zhao Xue 2552  ½ - ½ GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527
WGM Girya Olga 2450  ½ - ½ GM Ushenina Anna 2501
GM Muzychuk Anna 2560  ½ - ½ GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489
GM Hou Yifan 2618  1 0 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496  ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2543
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340  0 1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550

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Malakhit and Ugra Won the Russian Team Chess Championship

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Ugra won the Russian Team Chess Championship for the second year in a row. Here are the results of the top-3 teams of the women's league:

 

  1. Ugra (RtgAvg:2446, TB1: 9 / TB2: 15)

Bo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

1

2

3

4

5

6

Pts.

Games

RtgAvg

1

GM

Cmilyte Viktorija

2511

LTU

1

1

1

1

1

0

5.0

6

2473

2

WGM

Pogonina Natalija

2499

RUS

½

½

½

½

1

1

4.0

6

2396

3

WGM

Kovanova Baira

2404

RUS

0

 

½

1

 

1

2.5

4

2358

4

IM

Guseva Marina

2371

RUS

 

½

1

 

0

½

2.0

4

2399

5

WGM

Shadrina Tatiana

2355

RUS

½

0

 

1

0

 

1.5

4

2317

  2. SHSM-Nashe Nasledie (RtgAvg:2436, TB1: 8 / TB2: 13.5)

Bo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

1

2

3

4

5

6

Pts.

Games

RtgAvg

1

GM

Gunina Valentina

2508

RUS

0

0

 

1

0

1

2.0

5

2478

2

IM

Kovalevskaya Ekaterina

2424

RUS

 

½

½

½

0

 

1.5

4

2473

3

WGM

Kashlinskaya Alina

2423

RUS

½

½

½

 

1

0

2.5

5

2366

4

WGM

Charochkina Daria

2380

RUS

1

1

1

½

1

½

5.0

6

2341

5

IM

Savina Anastasia

2389

RUS

½

 

1

0

 

1

2.5

4

2324

  3. Ladia (RtgAvg:2431, TB1: 6 / TB2: 12.5)

Bo.

 

Name

Rtg

FED

1

2

3

4

5

6

Pts.

Games

RtgAvg

1

IM

Galliamova Alisa

2458

RUS

1

1

0

0

½

1

3.5

6

2491

2

IM

Atalik Ekaterina

2442

TUR

½

½

½

½

½

0

2.5

6

2415

3

IM

Zaiatz Elena

2414

RUS

0

1

½

½

 

0

2.0

5

2374

4

IM

Batsiashvili Nino

2408

GEO

½

1

 

1

½

½

3.5

5

2338

5

WGM

Ambartsumova Karina

2342

RUS

   

0

 

1

 

1.0

2

2305


Medals for the top performances on Board 1:

1. Viktoria Cmilyte, 5/6
2. Alisa Galliamova, 3.5/6
3. Valentina Gunina, 2/5

Board 2:

1. Natalia Pogonina, 4/6
2.Gulnar Mammadova, 3.5/6
3. Ekaterina Atalik, 2.5/6

Board 3:

1. Baira Kovanova, 2.5/4
2.Alina Kashlinskaya, 2.5/5
3.Elena Zaiatz, 2/5

Board 4:

1. Daria Charochkina, 5/6
2. Nino Batsiashvili, 3.5/5
3. Anastasia Savina, 2.5/4

Results of the open championship:


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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Round 4

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Anna Muzychuk is trailing the tournament leader (Hou Yifan) by half a point
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Round 4 Results
  Name Rtg  Res.    Name Rtg
GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527  1 0 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550  1 0 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496
GM Lagno Kateryna 2543  ½ - ½ GM Hou Yifan 2618
WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321  0 1 GM Muzychuk Anna 2560
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489  ½ - ½ WGM Girya Olga 2450
GM Ushenina Anna 2501  ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2552

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Saturday's 5-second Tactics

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
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Marcos, Marvin

3

Swapnil, S.

WHITE TO PLAY AND WIN!


Bogner, Sebastian

4

Tabatabaei, M

BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN!


Parfenov, Viktor N.

2

Kostin, Alexey

HOW CAN WHITE INCREASE HIS ADVANTAGE?


Nepomniachtchi, Ian

1

Prizant, Jaroslav

WHAT IS WHITES BEST CONTINUATION?

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Ivkina, Olga

1

Savina, Anastasia

BLACK TO PLAY AND WIN

Shahinyan, David

2

Bortnyk, Olexandr

WHITE TO PLAY AND FORCE MATE


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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Round 3

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Happy birthday to GM Tatiana Kosintseva!
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Round 3 Results
  Name Rtg  Res.    Name Rtg
GM Ushenina Anna 2501  ½ - ½ GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527
GM Zhao Xue 2552  1 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489
WGM Girya Olga 2450  ½ - ½ WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321
GM Muzychuk Anna 2560  ½ - ½ GM Lagno Kateryna 2543
GM Hou Yifan 2618  1 0 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496  ½ - ½ WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340

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