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Manic Street Preachers - It's not war, just the end of love

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The music video must have been inspired by Chess Kama Sutra

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Sunday Puzzle-20

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Puzzle courtesy of Barry R. Clarke, columnist for The Daily Telegraph and
international puzzle expert

Dig It

Shown is a stone, to the right of which is a spade stuck in the ground.
Can you pick up the stone and add one straight line to the picture to show that the spade has sunk deeper into the ground?

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Natalia Pogonina: "Women's Titles Don't Mean Anything in the Men's World"

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Winner of Chess Olympiad in Istanbul Natalia Pogonina

Interviewer: Elena Vaytsekhovskaya,

What is a Chess Olympiad? Why was Judit Polgar the only woman who could compete on par with male grandmasters? What thoughts do chess players have at the board? Do chess players need muscles? Was Robert James Fischer mad? Answers to these and other questions can be found in an interview of grandmaster and two-time Olympic champion Natalia Pogonina


European Team Chess Champion and Vice-Champion of the World Team Chess Championship, grandmaster Natalia Pogonina recently returned from the Chess Olympiad with two gold medals. Our womens chess team has achieved a team victory for the second time in the Russian history (not counting the Soviet victories

- Natasha, what do the chess players themselves consider to be more prestigious the Olympiad or the World Championship?

- Being called a World Champion is obviously more prestigious. However, if we take team events, then the Olympiad is unmatched.

- Chess Olympiad what is it?

- On the one hand, its a great festival. On the other hand a tense and exciting tournament. It is very important. Almost 160 countries participated in the Olympiad at Istanbul, including New Zealand, Uganda lets say, most of the nations from all over the globe. There were a few thousand participants.

- And what about the Olympic slogan: Taking part is more important than winning?

- For such countries as Russia there is always only one goal: to win. Thats the reason why we all feel the responsibility and cant relax even for a minute. Losing focus can quickly lead to forgetting about your dreams and ambitions.

- Has this goal (gold) been formulated for our chess players since the times when Anatoly Karpov and Garry Kasparov were sparkling?

- Yes. But nowadays the competition is much tougher, especially in the Open section. The chess world is generally more condescending towards women. Men are more competitive, and they take losses more personally.

- And what about the competition in the womens chess?

- Our main rivals are usually the Chinese ladies. In Istanbul they had the reigning Womens World Chess Champion Hou Yifan on board 1. She is widely considered to be a chess prodigy: she won the title when she was only 16. Now Hou is 18. Also, there are other teams that have traditionally been strong: Ukraine, Georgia, USA

- What board did you play on?

-  I was a reserve player. We have the 4+1 system, meaning that the reserve player can appear during any round, but only on board 4. Overall there were 11 rounds. I have played 8 games; other members of the team 9.

- You had the best performance on your board, right?

- Yes. The best result among reserve players, 6.5/8. Hence, I now have two Olympic medals: a team one and an individual one. The same result was demonstrated by another girl from our team Nadezhda Kosintseva. She earned gold on board 3. Alexandra Kosteniuk won bronze on board 4. So, speaking figuratively, we stroke with the tail. This skill is very important in chess. Most countries can find one or two strong players, but very few are capable of allocating five stars. I guess we won the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul due to having a strong tail.

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Chess Crossword

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Chess Tactics

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Troitzky, 1898
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How would you play as White?

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Natalia Pogonina & Evgeny Tomashevsky returned from the Chess Olympiad

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Saratov minister of sports, journalists, fans and chess enthusiasts are greeting Natalia Pogonina (team Olympic gold, individual Olympic gold) and Evgeny Tomashevsky (team Olympic silver).

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Russian Anthem @ Chess Olympiad

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012 offers you a selection of some of the most informative chess tweets from last week. All the fresh chess news in one short post:

I wish all the Olympic chess champions received such a treatment
Another reunion between Kasparov and FIDE
Armenia won the Chess Olympiad (Open section)
Too bad we can't clone Nakamura and have 5 of them on the US Team
Russian ladies won the Chess Olympiad
This means war
Quote of the week
Looking for new members
Grand Slam preview
Why do some federations insist on having national ratings?

Have we missed some of the best tweets? You can contribute to our next top-10 stories chart by retweeting the post you like and adding @Pogonina to the message so that we can see it.

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Olympic Chess Champions!

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Russian ladies won the team gold medal: Nadezhda Kosintseva, Natalia Pogonina, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Tatiana Kosintseva. Captain: Sergey Rublevsky

Natalia Pogonina won gold for best individual performance on board 5

Other photos are available at the official website

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Chess Olympiad: Final Round LIVE

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Live games
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22:20 Closing Ceremony - video broadcast

19:22 Congratulations to the winners and thanks for following the amazing event!

19:12 Bronze medals: Kateryna Lahno (UKR), Betul Cemre Yildiz (TUR), Tania Sachdev (IND), Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS), Madina Davletbayeva (KAZ)

19:10 Silver medals: Nana Dzagnidze (GEOR), Mariya Muzychuk (UKR), Jolanta Zawadzka (POL), Silvia Collas (FRA), Melissa Castrillon Gomez (COL)

19:08 Gold medals in the Women Olympiad: Hou Yifan (CHN), Zhao Xue (CHN), Nadezhda Kosintseva (RUS), Huang Qian (CHN), Natalia Pogonina (RUS)

19:05 Bronze medals: Teimour Radjabov (AZE), Gata Kamsky (USA), Sergey Karjakin (RUS), Daniel Fridman (GER), Konstantine Shanava (GEOR)

19:03 Silver medals: Radoslaw Wojtasjek (POL), Anton Filippov (UZB), Vladimir Akopian (ARM), Abhijeet Gupta (IND), Bartolomej Macieja (POL)

19:00 Gold medals in the Open section: Levon Aronian (ARM), David Navara (CZE), Shakhriyar Mamedyarov (AZE), Vladislav Tkachiev (FRA), Dmitry Jakovenko (RUS)

18:55 Coaches of the Russian women team and two of the players:

18:20 I guess they are double-checking the results, because they are were important!

18:00 Before the event I predicted a tight race for gold between Russia and Armenia, and decent chances to win bronze for Ukraine. Now this is coming true! :)

17:45 According to the information that I have, the standings are the following:

Open section: Armenia - gold, Russia - silver, Ukraine - bronze
Women: Russia  -gold, China - silver, Ukraine - bronze
Gaprindashvili Cup: Russia

Let's wait for the official stats and board medals.

17:20 We are waiting for the official results to be posted at the website. Very intriguing!


17:00 China defeated Bulgaria 2.5-1.5, as expected.

16:51 Ukrainian ladies won bronze.

16:50 Russia-Germany 3-1! Wow!

16:46 Or maybe Russia will win gold?

16:40 The critical game in the women's section now. Another one is Huan Qian-Raeva:

16:26 Bravo, Valya Gunina. She won. Now we need Alexandra to save the game!

16:17 Kosteniuk's game is critical - it is worth 15 SB points!

16:08 In the women's section I am supporting Ukraine against Germany (this gives Russia 6 SB points) and Armenia vs. Poland (this match is worth 9 points). Before the final round China had 357 SB and Russia - 348 SB

16:01 Movsesian is completely winning. Will Armenia win gold?

15:47 Very important result: Kosintseva T. - Nahbaeva, 1-0

15:41 Bravo, Voiska! She defeated Ju Wenjun. So far China is losing to Bulgaria 0.5-1.5, but the final score will probably be 1.5-2.5 in China's favor.

15:37 Kramnik-Naiditsch 1-0

15:32 Lahno-Paehtz 1-0.

15:25 Nadezhda Kosintseva scores!!! Amazing result - she will get gold on her board and probably best performance in the women's section overall.

15:23 Ivanchuk played h8Q!, and now Wang Hao is shaking his head:

15:15 Ivanchuk seems to be winning against Wang Hao and Kramnik - vs. Naiditsch.

15:02 Stefanova-Hou Yifan: draw. Meanwhile, amazing things happen on the Voiska-Ju Wenjun board. The Chinese player won an exchange, but then blundered and had to pay the price of a queen!

14:53 A simple, yet elegant tactical shot in Kosintseva's game. White is now up two pawns.

14:46 Gunina snatched a pawn in her opponent's time trouble.

14:42 Gustafsson-Jakovenko: draw. Russia is maintaining pressure on the White boards and drawing with Black.

14:38 Leko-Aronian: draw.

14:36 Surprisingly, some players are already in time trouble. Gunina's opponent has 10 minutes for 22 moves.

14:22 And now I am starting to like Armenia's positions over Hungarian.

14:02 Armenia-Hungary looks balanced; Ukraine has an edge against China. Russia is doing better against Germany.

14:00 After two hours:

13:53 Zhao Xue, Nadezhda Kosintseva and Kateryna Lahno have a serious advantage.

13:44 Melamed-Muzychuk, draw.

13:35 As to the Women Olympiad:

China - 3 gold
Russia - 2 gold
Kazakhstan - 2 silver
Georgia - 1 silver, 1 bronze
Ukraine - 1 silver, 1 bronze
India - 1 silver
Poland - 1 bronze
Germany - 1 bronze
Colombia - 1 bronze

13:30 If individual medals had been awarded after round 10, the Open standings would have looked like this:
Armenia - 1 gold, 1 silver
Czech Republic - 1 gold
Azerbaijan - 1 gold
Germany - 1 gold
Russia - 1 gold
China - 1 silver, 1 bronze
USA - 1 silver
Uzbekistan - 1 silver
France - 1 silver
Tajikistan - 1 bronze
Ukraine - 1 bronze
India - 1 bronze
Poland - 1 bronze

13:22 Grischuk finished his game quickly and is now supporting the Russian girls:

13:05 Most chess players are owls, so it's very hard for them to start playing so early. Some grandmasters are yawning, others are sipping drinks.

13:00 Russian positions after 1 hour of play:

12:56 Some statistics, scores between the leaders of the teams. Kramnik-Naiditsch: +5 -2 =6. Ivanchuk-Wang Hao +0 -0 =1. Aronian-Leko: +4 -1 =13

12:52 Russian ladies are trying to surprise the opponents. Gunina is playing the Scandinavian and Kosteniuk - improved Steinitz Defense.

12:40 Khenkin-Grischuk, draw in 15 moves!

12:36 Germany-Russia:

12:33 Armenia-Hungary:

12:30 Ukraine-China:

12:27 Ukraine-Germany:

12:23 China-Bulgaria:

12:17 Russia-Kazakhstan:

12:10 Off we go!

11:15 Today I am expecting a long and exciting round. We are going to wait until its very end in order to find out who won the team medals and the Gaprindashvili Cup (best federation award). Also, on each of the boards three medals are awarded (gold, silver, bronze). That is another 30 medals (15 for men, 15 for women). We will take note of them and congratulate.

11:05 Round 11, the ultimate fight. Earlier, when the scorings were kept using board points, one could calculate in advance how many points the team should score in the final round depending on how the competitiors do. Nowadays the first tie-break score is Sonneborn-Berger, which includes the results of the opponents. Hence, one is dependent on their performance and it's hard to predict anything in advance. On Friday evening I have spent some time in Excel calculating which results favor Russia today. However, first and foremost it is vital to win the match. Otherwise, there might not be any need to calculate anything.

In the Open section China had a favorable situation in terms of tie-breaks, but they are facing the reigning Olympic champions from Ukraine today. Armenia is challenged by a solid team from Hungary and Russia is playing the European Team Champion Germany. All the three matches are expected to be tense and intriguing.


Even more action is happening in the women's event. China and Russia are very close. Ukraine has a certain chance to sneak from behind. Russia is playing a dark horse of the tournament - Kazakhstan, China vs. Bulgaria, Ukraine vs. Germany.

The games begin at 12:00 Moscow time.

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