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Natalia Pogonina @ Toronto Star: Honey, what are you doing with that rook?

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Tuesday, 14 July 2009
WGM Natalia Pogonina

Author: Anonymous
Date: Jun 13, 2009
Start Page: IN.2
Section: Insight
Text Word Count: 127

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Russia's Natalia Pogonina, 24, is one of the best female chess players in the world, a Woman Grandmaster and a two-time European under-18 champion. She is also very good-looking. Seeking to capitalize on her beauty, the law school student and new husband Peter Zhdanov, a Russian debating champ and now her "manager," are writing a book called Chess Kamasutra in which they will show "it is possible to apply sex principles to chess, and vice-versa."

Among other such subjects, Pogonina and Zhdanov will, as she recently told, "be reviewing the most interesting openings and middlegame positions and relating them to positions from Kama Sutra."

They will also explain a new hybrid activity they have pioneered "sexchess." Why not? "Chess," Pogonina said, "is just dying for effective promotion."

P.S. The article can be found here. I wonder what photos they have actually used - we have sent them a couple of them. Anyone  seen the original article in print?

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 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 )

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 )

Play like Pogonina: Seps (2079) - Pogonina (2340)

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
32. ...?

Today's "Play like Pogonina" article is brought to you by GM Raymond Keene who wrote about me in his respectable Times chess column. The problem is very easy, but I hope that you'll enjoy the final position! Press on the link below the diagram to see the whole game.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 June 2009 )

Women and men in chess - smashing the stereotypes

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Tuesday, 23 June 2009


On June 5, 2009 WGM Natalia Pogonina and Peter Zhdanov got married she a Women's Grandmaster, he a successful IT-specialist and debate expert. Peter is also Natalias manager, together they are writing a book called "Chess Kamasutra". Today they share with us their views on the perennial topic why women are worse at chess than men, and take a look at the future of womens chess.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 June 2009 )

Congratulations to Natalia and Peter, the new chess couple

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009

We didn't want to make a fuss out of our wedding, and have informed only some of our best chess friends about Natalia's marriage - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Susan Polgar, Elizabeth Vicary etc. - thanks to all of you who congratulated us and sorry for not making a full list - there are way too many links, we'll still miss someone!

Special thanks goes to ChessBase and personally to Frederic Friedel - their Natalia Pogonina's wedding report was very nice!

Two life-time accounts were from ChessGames were also a great gift.

P.S. If you have seen an interesting report on the wedding (or even published one yourself) - feel free to leave a comment, we'll be happy to read it!

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 June 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina: "Unique trainings in sexchess..."

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Sunday, 24 May 2009
A smile before the game is worth 100 performance points

Recently I gave a pretty exciting and informative interview for, hope you'll like it:

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 May 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina - Women Chess Star interview by Alexandra Kosteniuk

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009

World Women Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk has started a great Women Chess Star interviews Series. Wonderful idea by the Chess Queen! See her new blog for the details:

It an honor for Natalia Pogonina to become the first Women Chess Star to be interviewed by Alexandra.
Heres the full story:

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 10 June 2009 )

New favorite positions of Natalia Pogonina

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Tuesday, 12 May 2009


The case when in a tight Swiss tournament the winner manages to finish a full point ahead of the competition is rather rare. Natalia Pogonina left her competitors in the Women section of Moscow Open 2009 far behind.

Now she she is sharing her impressions of the tournament with a correspondent of the Russian Chess Federation Eugene Surov:

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