About Natalia
Our Team
Chess Links
Play Chess
Pogonina's Chess Shop
Contact Us


 Follow Natalia on Twitter:

Please help Natalia promote chess by making a donation:


Link to

Play chess at ChessOk Biggest Online Chess Games Database

Check for Japanese bitcoin casinos.

Here you can find Swedish sites without license, Spelkonto utan licens.

Find new casinos at the brand new Online Casinos XYZ site with reviews and ratings of the best gambling sites for UK players.

Play the popular King Kong Cash slot machine at Slot Strike, the new slot site for UK players.

Grab the chance to win big with a high RTP on the goonies slot progressive jackpot. - made an easier way to find Skrill casinos lists the best online casinos for Finnish gamblers. For more information visit:  

Sweden is now a regulated market, which means that as a player you can only play at casinos with a license. See all regulated
casinos in Sweden by Mr casinova.

To find the best casino in Norway take look at
norske casino at CasinoPiloten.

Find the best Norwegian casinobonus at

Get exclusive access to a
huge range of free spins & no deposit casino offers with Spin Bonus.

Try the exhilarating new 20p Roulette game.
Play it online at thecasinodb and find casinos to play for real money.

Get the best casino bonus information with Casino Gorilla.

Chess games at Gametop For you that want to find online casino strategies, guides and a good casino bonus!


What's your FIDE rating?

What should Natalia do to make more interesting for you?

Who is your favorite active top player?

Poker or chess: what do you like more?

What's the largest monetary chess prize you ever won?

How much time per day do you spend on chess-related activities?

Do you have a special chess mascot (pen, badge, toy, etc.)?

Which time control do you prefer for over-the-board tournaments?

The strongest women's chess team in the world is

What is the strongest national chess team in the world?

Will Magnus Carlsen's rating reach FIDE 2900?

Do you think you can become a GM?

Rise from Ashes

User Rating: / 10
Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 19 June 2014

By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania.
Best FIDE rating: 2410

Bookmark and Share

The change never comes easy.

     If one wants to become a different man, he should rip the old him into pieces and throw them to garbage. You can't become a new man saving in the same time the old you.

     We are all like phoenixes, each of us is capable of rising from our own ashes. The point is that no one burns himself, usually someone does it for us and though we see this someone as the biggest enemy, "someone" makes us the most precious gift one can receive- the chance to reinvent ourselves.

The most difficult part is that sometimes there's no "someone" to burn you and you should do it by yourself, you should commit a crime against yourself in order to find the "phoenix effect". It takes a great deal of humanity to commit a crime and it takes all your inner's World power to commit it against yourself. Making this step, there's no way back and when left with nothing but a burning desert, well, it just hurts like hell. The fire kills each little part of  you step by step and there's a not so short time until it burns it all- the ideas, the anger, the memories...

     All you can do when at this point is to wait, to wait until the last wire that links you to "the old you" is burned and then you are free to write a new story about a new man.

     While waiting, thought I could try to choose the quill with which I'll write the story of.... , I still don't know about whom that story will be, but I hope I will eventually find it out.

xoxo from Desert 

Based on the publications in Irina's blog

Other posts by WGM Irina Bulmaga:
A Little Faith
Window in the Sky
Good Day
WGM Bulmaga's Photo Report from London
All I want for December
The great Magnus
20 years to go
Chinese wall
Walk this Way
Sweet critique
Universiade in Kazan-II
Universiade in Kazan
Turkish Chess League
Me at my worst
Report from Golden Sands tournament

Bookmark and Share

Comments (2)
1. Written by me on 14:42 20 2014 .
Fortunately, you/we cannot burn your/our genes which link you/us with your/our fatherland. Respect the spirit of your ancestors, love your fatherland and compatriots despite all their shortcomings, and there will be no need to burn yourself ...
2. Written by 0_x on 07:26 22 2014 .
O M G imstillalive
the phoenix effect.  
I remember seeing a phoenix and a baby alligator in my dreams last night with a few cosmological & lunar friends and inter-galaxy travellers. mustve read the article just before i slept and understood them perfectly. Ha. 
AaHahahahahahahaaaa. . . 

Write Comment
BBCode:Web AddressEmail AddressBold TextItalic TextUnderlined TextQuoteCodeOpen ListList ItemClose List

Code:* Code

Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 June 2014 )
< Prev   Next >