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.

Casivo compares the best new slot sites in the UK, click here to see the updated list.

Visit No Rules Casino for the best sites, bonuses and UK offers

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

Check out this list of new casinos in Finland

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.

Visit Casinomir United Kingdom for top casino sites, game guides and the best UK offers.

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?

Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina-8

User Rating: / 4
Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Saturday, 15 May 2010

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

Q1: What is your favorite opening?

A1: Historically it has been the Dragon, which I have been playing for years. However, if you employ only one opening, it's very easy for the opponent to prepare for the game against you and obtain a preferable position as White. Therefore, currently I have a larger variety of openings for Black.

Q2: How do I create a plan?
A2: This question is almost as general as "how do I play chess well?". One should feel the position and its main factors (material, open lines, king safety, weak and strong squares, etc.). Understanding what is really important is an indicator of mastery. To give a simple example, if you are having the opponent's king mated, you may forget about material (e.g. sacrifice a queen). And in a quiet ending one may be happy to create a passed pawn, slowly improve the position of one piece, etc. By estimating the priority of the factors one can choose what plan to implement. It's not possible to compose a table "when to care about what", one should consider each position individually.

Q3: How to look for a move? How do you understand when to play for a win, or where a draw is enough?

A3: First of all, it depends on the tournament situation. Sometimes only a win suits you, so you have to take chances in drawn positions, try to somehow outplay or trick your opponent. In the general case White is supposed to have some advantage from the opening. Then, during the game, one compares his own play to that of his/her opponent. If you are playing equally well, White will still have a small edge. If your opponent makes a mistake, you are supposed to be better. And so on. With Black you start with a small disadvantage. If things go well, you may at some point feel that the position became equal (if your opponent didn't play that well), or you are even better (if he blundered).

Q4: You have had great success in your chess career and have probably set goals along the way. What are your current chess goals?
A4: This year my main priority is to show good results at the Women World Championship, Chess Olympiad, Women Blitz Championship and at some other events. Also, I need to improve by playing against strong male grandmasters, and finally score the GM norms to get rid of the W in my title.

Q5: On what does my initial FIDE rating depend?
A5: This is the official article on this issue at the FIDE Handbook. Briefly, it depends on the rating of your opponents and your score against them.

Q6: Who are the favorites at US Chess Championship?
A6: The clear favorite is Nakamura, but Kamsky and Onischuk are very formidable too. One also can't forget about Shulman and Akobian, as well as some experienced players and chess prodigies. If I was to pick one, I'd say it's Hikaru.

Q7: What do you think about the results of Anand-Topalov?
A7: It's been a great match, one of the most exciting ones in the history of chess. Anand proved that he can play extremely well and stable. Topalov also deserves praise for his fighting spirit and play. However, I believe the home turf has served him badly: he was so motivated to win the last game that he has virtually committed a chess suicide instead of taking the draw. Also, it's very strange that Veselin (according to his interview) didn't pay any attention to rapid and blitz training. In modern chess that's a must.

Related articles:
Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina-7
Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina-6
Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina-5
Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina-4
Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina-3
Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina-2
Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina

Bookmark and Share

Be first to comment this article

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

Code:* Code

Last Updated ( Saturday, 15 May 2010 )
< Prev   Next >