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Lucky 7 - Natalia Pogonina's European Chess Championship stories (2005)

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Monday, 13 July 2009
Do you recognize these chess players? WGMs Natalia Pogonina, Vozovic Oksana & Mescheriakova Zhenya

Today will be a photo day - here's a new album from WIECC-2005, Kishinev, Moldova. Hope you'll enjoy it!

Press "More" to read the new article of the "Lucky 7" series about Women European Championship-2005.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 July 2009 )

NY Post on Chess Kamasutra

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Sunday, 12 July 2009

Positional players
Andy Soltis
New York Post
12 Jul 2009

THE 15th-best woman player in the world says the secret of her success is a good love life. Natalia Pogonina, 24, said she is writing a book, Chess Kama Sutra, with her new husband, which will explain what she calls the love theory of more...
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Another amusing article about our upcoming book "Chess Kamasutra".
Btw, writing it is a rigorous task - we're working on the potential bestseller!

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 July 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina - Follow me at Twitter

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Friday, 10 July 2009

We are trying to make more comfortable for you. One of the requests was to add RSS to the website so that it would be easier to follow the updates. We have implemented that a long time ago + have decided that registering a Pogonina Twitter account would also make sense. Now you can follow me at Twitter - I'm available for direct messages, will keep posting news, some of them exclusive.

Let's stay connected!

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Last Updated ( Friday, 10 July 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina: Bacrot - Kramnik live commentary

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Thursday, 09 July 2009
Kramnik and Bacrot analyzing at the World Blitz-2007. Photo courtesy of

We hope that you did watch yesterday's game Jakovenko-Carlsen live at Chessdom with Natalia's comments. Today grandmaster Pogonina is going to take a look at the game between GM Bacrot and GM Kramnik - don't miss it!

Current standings:

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina - Chat with chess fans on July, 9th

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Wednesday, 08 July 2009
Click here (on Thursday, July, 9th, 11 a.m. Moscow time) to join the chat with WGM Natalia Pogonina

Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina welcomes you to join a conference (chat) with her on Thursday, July, 9th. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (2 hours), Moscow time. You can ask Natalia any type of questions, but please keep in mind that:

1) You will need a Livejournal account to participate (if you don't have one, then in 2 mins you can register a new account for free at
2) Questions in English and Russian are appreciated
See you, don't miss your chance to chat with a top female grandmaster!

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 July 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina will be covering Dortmund online at Chessdom

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Wednesday, 08 July 2009
Dmitry Jakovenko and Natalia Pogonina

WGM Natalia Pogonina has been invited as a special guest commentator for On Wednesday (July, 8th) she will be covering the game between GM Jakovenko (a very solid player, #1 on the July rating list in Russia) and GM Carlsen (a talented Norwegian chess prodigy whom many experts consider to be a future WC).

Will Dmitry be able to fight back with White (the game GM Carlsen - GM Jakovenko ended in White's favor)?

Standings after round 5

1. Magnus Carlsen - 3,5
2-3. Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko - 3
4. Dmitry Jakovenko - 2,5
5. Etienne Bacrot - 2
6. Arkadij Naiditsch - 1,0

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 July 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina at Moscow Chess Boulevard - 2009

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Sunday, 05 July 2009
Peter Zhdanov, Magic Pawn and Natalia Pogonina

It is no secret that chess is very popular in Moscow. This summer (from July, 4th to September, 6th) special open-air events are going to be held every weekend at 3 Moscow boulevards. The target auditory are chess fans who can play in tournaments for free (and even win prizes), take part in simuls, observe exhibition matches, etc.

I and Natalia have arrived to one of the boulevards by chance. We were positively surprised to see about 30 people playing chess, no matter that the weather was quite cold. The clocks were electronic and nice, while the boards and pieces were so small that it was extremely tricky to play blitz without knocking the whole chess set over and over again. We were happily chatting with two of Natalia's female chess player friends, when an odd-looking drunk man came up to us, pointed a finger at the four of us, and mumbled something like: "One of you, ladies, should be playing in the tournament!". No comments.

Natalia took her time to give interviews for a few sports channels (they were happy to see a chess celebrity at the event), then we had some fun playing giant chess and hugging with the Magic Pawn (see the new photo album). In general, I think that it's a great idea to promote chess by holding open-air festivals for amateurs. So, should you arrive to Moscow, make sure you visit one of the chess boulevards!

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 05 July 2009 )

Women and men in chess - smashing the stereotypes: readers' feedback

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Wednesday, 01 July 2009

The article "Women and men in chess - smashing the stereotypes" has been very popular with,, and readers. Most of the feedback we have received included statements such as "stop your hatred against men", "this is feminist stuff", "women are just worse players than men, face it and try something else".

However, there were messages of a different kind. Here's a bright example:

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 July 2009 )

Lucky 7 - Natalia Pogonina's European Chess Championship stories (2004)

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Natalia Pogonina at WIECC-2004

Continuing the "Lucky 7" series of my stories about the Women European Chess Championships (see Episode 1 about year 2003 in case you have missed it), I would like to share with you my memories from the 2004 tournament.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 June 2009 )

Paparazzi's photos from Russian Team Chess Cup-2006

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Sunday, 28 June 2009

Dagomys, Russia is famous for hosting the Russian Chess Team Championships which attracts top players from all over the world...who not only play chess, but have a great time together! Today I and Natalia (who is particularly fond of the event) decided to publish some funny pics from the award-giving ceremony and the afterparty!

See famous chess players sing, dance, drink wine in the Russian Chess Team Championship-2006 album!

Paparazzi: IM Pavel Lobach

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 June 2009 )
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