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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Thursday, 25 December 2014
Train your brain by solving chess puzzles

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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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Last Updated ( Friday, 09 May 2014 )
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Puzzle of the Day Widget

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Tuesday, 23 December 2014

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 ( Wednesday, 28 May 2014 )
 

Government Award for Natalia Pogonina

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Wednesday, 29 October 2014


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According to the Decree of President of the Russian Federation (October 25, 2014, #680), Natalia Pogonina was awarded the Medal of the Order "For Merit to the Fatherland", II class for her "large contirbution to physical culture and sports and for high sporting achievements at the XXXXI International Chess Olympiad in Tromso".



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Prize from the Governor & Students' Initiation

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Sunday, 05 October 2014


Natalia Pogonina received a special prize for her sport achievements from the Governor of the Saratov region Valery Radaev and became the honorary guest of the ceremony of initiation of students in Saratov. This is a traditional large annual celebration. You can see Natalia sitting in the VIP lounge next to the Governor @ 1:04 of the video:



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Blitz with Commentary 4

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Friday, 03 October 2014

By IM David Pruess, USA
Best FIDE rating: 2438

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IM David Pruess commentates on his own blitz games in Caro-Kann and Alekhine:



Other videos by David:
Logic in Complex Openings
Blitz w/Commentary 3
Blitz w/Commentary 2
Blitz w/Commentary
Attacking in Chess: Reserves

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Natalia Pogonina Interviewed by TVC

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Thursday, 02 October 2014


Natalia Pogonina greeted the reporters at her home, showed them some of her rewards and told them about her motivation, playing chess and her hobbies.

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Natalia Pogonina Interviewed by 50 Moves

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Thursday, 02 October 2014


The October 2014 issue of 50 Moves features, among other columns, interviews with:

WGM Natalia Pogonina (member of the Russian women's winning Olympic team)
GM Wang Yue (member of the Chinese men's winning Olympic team)
FM Anton Smirnov, Australian chess prodigy

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Bilbao Masters & European Club Cup

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

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Bilbao, Spain is hosting both the Bilbao Masters super tournament and the European Club Cup from September 14 to 20.

The Bilbao Masters Final is the last tournament for Viswanthan Anand before facing Magnus Carlsen in a World Chess Championship match in November in Sochi, Russia.

Double round robin, six players:
Levon Aronian (2804), #2 in the world
Viswanathan Anand (2785), #5
Ruslan Ponomariov (2717), #32
Francisco Vallejo Pons (2712), #38

52 men's and 9 women's teams will be taking part in the European Club Cup. The format is a 7-round swiss. Men's teams have 6 players + 2 reserve ones; women's teams have a 4+1 line-up.

Let's take a look at all the 2700+ participants:

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Arkadij Naiditsch Won Grenke Classic 2014

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Arkadij Naiditsch defeated former European champion Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu in the very 1st round and went on to win the event
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GM Arkadij Naiditsch won the tradional Grenke Classic super tournament in Baden-Baden, Germany. This year most of the strongest German chess players took part in the round robin. Our congratulations to the winner!

Final standings:

1. GM Naditsch (2715) - 5/7
2-3. GM Baramidze (2599), GM Fridman (2633) - 4
4-6. GM Nisipeanu (2672), IM Bluebaum (2521), GM Meier (2652) - 3.5
7. IM Wagner (2499) - 2.5
8. GM Schlosser (2582) - 2

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GM Caruana - GM Topalov annotated by GM Naiditsch

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player
Best FIDE rating: 2737


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The rise of the new superstar Fabiano Caruana began already a few years ago, but what the only 22-year old Italian is showing in the Sinquefield Cup is just unreal! 7 straight wins in the strongest chess tournament in history! Unbelievable. From a professional point of view I can tell that Caruana is not very lucky and his opponents don't blunder-he is simply playing much better chess. Great preparation, great positional play, great in tactics and precise in converting his advantage, this is what Caruana is showing us in his last games. And in the current game we will see a great example of how good Fabiano Caruana really is. After the opening Black makes a minimal mistake and gets himself in trouble. By playing solid/strong moves White's advantage is getting bigger and bigger and Caruana doesn't miss the moment to finish his opponent with a nice winning strike!

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 September 2014 )
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