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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Thursday, 25 December 2014
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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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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 5

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Standings after Round 4, group A

1-2. Carlsen, Caruana - 2.5; 3-5. Nakamura, Karjakin, Radjabov - 2; 6. Mamedyarov - 1

Standings after Round 4, group B

1. Bacrot - 3; 2-3. Eljanov, Wojtaszek; 4-7. Motylev, Guseinov, Abasov, Mamedov - 2; 8-9. Safarli, Wang Hao - 1.5; 10. Durarbayli - 1

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 5 (starts April 24, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 5




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Tatiana Kosintseva Leads Women's Rapid Chess Championship

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Tatiana Kosintseva in in clear 1st place after Day 1

The Women's Rapid Chess Championship is taking place in Khanty-Mansyisk, Russia.

Natalia Pogonina made the following comments on the event on Twitter:




After 5 rounds we have the following standings:

1. Kosintseva Tatiana - 4.5/5
2-4. Lagno, Kosteniuk, Muzychuk Maria - 4
5-7. Girya, Dzagnidze, Ushenina - 3.5
8-12. Krush, Paehtz, Zhao Xue, Muzychuk Anna , Stefanova - 3
13-21. Fominykh, Dronavalli, Charochkina, Ubiennykh, Khotenashvili, Guseva, Muminova, Gaponenko, Cramling - 2.5
22-28. Drozdova, Goryachkina, Gunina, Zhu Chen, Kashlinskaya, Zhukova, Batchmeg - 2
29-31. Popova, Ambartsumova, Sukhareva - 1.5
32-33. Bezgodova, Shaydullina - 1
34. Sviridova - 0

10 more rounds will be played on Days 2 & 3.

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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 4

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Wednesday, 23 April 2014

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Standings after Round 3, group A

1. Carlsen - 2.5; 2-5. Nakamura, Karjakin, Radjabov, Caruana - 1.5; 6. Mamedyarov - 0.5

Standings after Round 3, group B

1. Bacrot - 2.5; 2. Eljanov - 2; 3-8. Wojtaszek, Motylev, Safarli, Wang Hao, Abasov - 1.5; 9-10. Mamedov, Durarbayli - 1

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 4 (starts April 23, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 4




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Attack & Defense

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Rapport (2698) - Laznicka (2673), Neckar Open, 2014
White to move
FEN: 2kr1br1/Bp5p/2q1n3/4pp2/3p4/1QP3PP/PP3P2/RN3RK1 w - - 0 21

1. What is Black's main threat? How should White react?
2. In the game White played a natural developing move 21.Nd2? and resigned two moves later. How does Black win after 21.Nd2 ?

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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.

The previous week was quite remarkable: we will both witness super GMs losing games to master-level players and see a 13-year old Mongolian boy rated in the 1800s defeat four considerably stronger opponents rated 2507, 2374, 2232 and 2219.

Check out all the 27 games:

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 22 April 2014 )
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Chess Curious: a Marketplace dedicated to Chess

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014


Safe, Exclusive and All About Chess*

Buying and Selling Chess Stuff is Easy on ChessCurious.com


Whether you are a professional chess player, enthusiast and just starting out ChessCurious.com is the marketplace for you.

Thats right. Unlike other eCommerce communities that tailor to everything and everyone, ChessCurious is the one place to find, buy and sell anything related to Chess. Were a safe and secure community marketplace where all types of Chess lovers buy and sell to each other. So, whether youre selling or buying Chess boards, custom made sets, chess books, specific pieces and so much more, ChessCurious.com is the place filled with chess products.

Check out and register for ChessCurious.com today. Its probably the best move you can make.

*Disclaimer: this post is an advertisement of one of our chess partners. The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Pogonina.com Team.


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Women's FIDE Grand Prix, Khanty Mansyisk, Final Standings

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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Olga Girya (silver), Hou Yifan (gold) and Alexandra Kosteniuk (bronze)
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Final standings:

Rank   Name Rtg FED Pts Res. W n We Rtg+/- Ra Rp
1 GM Hou Yifan 2618 CHN 0 8,5 11 7,38 11 2484 2695
2 WGM Girya Olga 2450 RUS 7 0 7,0 11 4,75 23 2500 2602
3 GM Kosteniuk Alexandra 2527 RUS 0 6,5 11 5,99 5 2493 2558
4 GM Lagno Kateryna 2543 UKR 6 ½ 6,0 11 6,26 -3 2491 2527
5 GM Muzychuk Anna 2560 SLO 6 ½ 6,0 11 6,51 -5 2490 2526
6 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550 GEO 1 5,5 11 6,37 -9 2491 2491
7 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2489 BUL 0 5,5 11 5,37 1 2496 2496
8 GM Zhao Xue 2552 CHN 5 ½ 5,0 11 6,38 -14 2490 2454
9 GM Ushenina Anna 2501 UKR 5 ½ 5,0 11 5,57 -6 2495 2459
10 WGM Muminova Nafisa 2321 UZB 4 0 4,0 11 2,84 17 2511 2409
11 GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2496 RUS ½ 3,5 11 5,47 -20 2496 2363
12 WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2340 MGL ½ 3,5 11 3,11 6 2510 2377

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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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Last Updated ( Monday, 21 April 2014 )
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Vugar Gashimov Memorial, Round 2

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Monday, 21 April 2014

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In the first round only Magnus Carlsen managed to beat Shakhriyar Mamedyarov. The other 7 games ended peacefully.

Here are the pairings & odds for Group A, Round 2 (starts April 21, 3 p.m. local time).



The pairings & odds for Group B, Round 2




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