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Sports.ru: Natalia Pogonina is the Prettiest Female Chess Player in the World

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sports.ru selected Natalia Pogonina for the "girl of the day" category once again. The tweet says: "The most beautiful female chess player in the world is called Natalia Pogonina. Check out a large gallery of her images at our site".

The Russian women's chess team has also been recently featured in this nomination.

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GM Kateryna Lagno to represent Russia

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Saturday, 12 July 2014


The reigning Women's World Rapid Chess Champion and #7 on the FIDE women's rating list GM Kateryna Lagno is eligible to represent Russia from July 12, 2014 according to the FIDE site.

Consequently, she is highly likely to play on one of the top boards for Russia in the upcoming Chess Olympiad in Tromso. China will probably be the rating favorite in the women's section, although the reigning Olympic Women's Champion (Russia) and World Women's Team Champion (Ukraine) are also the top candidates to win gold. Ukraine has recently regained Anna Muzychuk (who previously played for Slovenia) only to lose another top player to its direct competitor.

Needless to say, the Ukrainian Chess Federation has objected against this transfer and has recently issued an open letter to FIDE, stating their official position regarding the situation. Nevertheless, it is unlikely that they will be able to prevent Kateryna from representing the Russian Chess Federation in the nearest future. The Chess Olympiad starts in 20 days.

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014
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By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, Editor of Pogonina.com

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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.

Over 30 chess sensations have happened last week. Take a look:

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European Women's Chess Championship-2014

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Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Venue: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Dates: July 5-18
Format: Swiss, 11 rounds
Time control: 90m/40 moves + 30m until the end of the game with a 30s increment per move, starting from move one.
Participants: 118

Top-10 players:

Nana Dzagnidze, 2541, Georgia
Mariya Muzychuk, 2521, Ukraine
Natalia Pogonina, 2508, Russia
Valentina Gunina, 2501, Russia
Olga Girya, 2493, Russia
Hoang Thanh Trang, 2490, Hungary - reigning champion
Antoaneta Stefanova, 2488, Bulgaria
Tatiana Kosintseva, 2476, Russia
Lela Javakhishvili, 2474, Georgia
Monika Socko, 2462, Poland

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Women's Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 10

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Elina Danielian has an impressive performance so far: 6.5/10 and +22.7 rating points
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 10 results:

Antoaneta Stefanova (2488) - Bela Khotenashvili (2518), 1/2-1/2
Humpy Koneru (2613) - Nafisa Muminova (2332), 1-0
Zhao Xue (2538) - Elina Danielian (2460), 0-1
Hou Yifan (2629) - Alexandra Kosteniuk (2532), 1/2-1/2
Ju Wenjun (2532) - Anna Muzychuk (2561), 1-0
Nana Dzagnidze (2540) - Harika Dronavalli (2503), 1/2-1/2

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Danzhou-2014, Round 5

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Monday, 30 June 2014

Yu Yangyi was one of the three winners of Round 5

Round 5 results:

Bu Xiangzhi (2693) - Zhao Jun (2603), 1-0
Wey Yi (2634) - Arkadij Naiditsch (2705), 1/2-1/2
Ruslan Ponomariov (2723) - Ding Liren (2714) , 1/2-1/2
Zhou Weiqi (2601) - Xiu Deshun (2550) , 1-0
Yu Yangyi (2675) - Ma Qun (2609), 1-0

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Women's FIDE Grand Prix in Lopota, Round 9

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Nafisa Muminova won her first game at the tournament
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Women's FIDE Grand Prix is taking place in Lopota, Georgia from June 18 to July 2.

Round 9 results:

Nana Dzagnidze (2540) - Antoaneta Stefanova (2488), 0-1
Harika Dronavalli (2503) - Ju Wenjun (2532), 1/2-1/2
Anna Muzychuk (2561) - Hou Yifan (2629), 0-1
Alexandra Kosteniuk (2532) - Zhao Xue (2538), 1/2-1/2
Elina Danielian (2460) - Humpy Koneru (2613), 1-0
Nafisa Muminova (2332) - Bela Khotenashvili (2518), 1-0

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Sunday, 29 June 2014
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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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Danzhou-2014, Round 4

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Saturday, 28 June 2014

Arkadij Naiditsch leads Danzhou-2014 after 4 rounds

Round 4 results:

Zhao Jun (2603) - Yu Yangyi (2675), 0-1
Ma Qun (2609) - Zhou Weiqi (2601), 1-0
Xiu Deshun (2550) - Ruslan Ponomariov (2723) , 0-1
Ding Liren (2714) - Wey Yi (2634), 1/2-1/2
Arkadij Naiditsch (2705) - Bu Xiangzhi (2693), 1-0

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Magnus Carlsen on Winning Rapid World Chess Championship

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Saturday, 28 June 2014


Magnus Carlsen sits down with his manager, Espen Agdestein, to discuss the results of the World Rapid Championship. Learn about Magnus' thoughts during the chess tournament and his view on his games.

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