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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Saturday, 01 May 2010

It's time for the weekly Q&As! Feel free to send me new ones:

Q1: Who was the first female player to become GM?

A1: Nona Gaprindashvili, the legendary Women World Champion, received that title in 1978 for her achievements. Another Women World Champion, Maia Chiburdanidze, met the official requirements for becoming a GM in 1988.

Q2: Anand or Topalov - who will win?
A2: Topalov is now in a close to desperate situation. He'll be playing 2 games with black being a point down. If Anand wins one of them and draws the other, it will be very tough for Veselin to come back.

Q3: How would you fare against a male grandmaster?

A3: I have been playing male grandmasters, the results are about the same as expected (according to ratings). Will try to play more of them in the future.

Q4: What are your handles at ICC and PlayChess?
A4: At ICC it's Bagira, at PlayChess - simply Pogonina. I don't play under official handles that often.

Q5: Will you play a re-match against the World with Black?
A5: I will consider doing it.

Q6: Who are the strongest opponents you have faced?
A6: A couple of FIDE 2750+ players in blitz.

Q7: Have you ever experienced a blackout like in Topalov-Anand game 5?
A7: Yes, at the Russian Club Cup in Dagomys. We ended up playing with candles next to our clocks, a very romantic atmosphere.

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