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Russian Women Superfinal-2009: Preview

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Saturday, 05 December 2009
Tatiana and Nadezhda Kosintsevas, and Natalia Pogonina at the 2005 Superfinal

The Russian Women Superfinal is one of the strongest annual female events in the world. Only the best Russian chess players qualify for it, and have a chance to decide who the #1 is.

The field for this year is also quite respectable:

GM Kosintseva, Tatiana 2522 (#8 in the world women rankings)
IM Kosintseva Nadezhda 2518 (#9)
WGM Pogonina Natalia 2501 (#15)
IM Galliamova Alisa 2460 (inactive)
IM Romanko Marina 2449 (#43)
WFM Gunina Valentina 2446 (#46)
IM Zaiatz Elena 2390 (#79)
WGM Stepovaia Tatiana 2384 (#82)
WGM Bodnaruk Anastasia 2372 (#90)
WGM Manakova Marina 2344 (#121)

As the Women World Champion GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (2517, #11) is not participating, there are three 2500+ rating favorites in the tournament. They are the reigning Women European Champion Tatiana Kosintseva, the reigning Women Russian Champion Nadezhda Kosintseva and Natalia Pogonina - I bet you know who she is.

The media has been reporting that Natalia won't take part in the event since she has recently given birth to a child. Naturally, that could have been the case since, as you might have guessed, she doesn't have much time for chess now. Nonetheless, Natalia has been missing chess so much that she decided to play in the event anyway! A brave and risky step that is.

Nickolai has already expressed his interest for chess!

P.S. The left panel of the website now features a poll on your favorite in the Superfinal. Pick whoever you like best, and may the strongest player win!

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Comments (4)
1. Written by Majnu2006 on 19:06 05 2009 .
Good luck!
2. Written by on 05:40 09 2009 .
, :-) :-)
3. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 05:18 10 2009 .
The three favorites are also the three most beautiful women in the world!!  
Nadezhda: pretty nice girl! 
Natalia: WOW! Those eyes and that smile!! 
Tatiana (I love you!): the hottest!! 
Good luck to all of you!
4. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 22:13 30 2012 .
The paragon of understanding these isuses is right here!

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