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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Monday, 25 December 2028
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Natalia Pogonina (born March 9, 1985) is a chess grandmaster and one of the best female chess players in the world. Since 2004 she has been a member of Team Russia and has won three Olympic gold medals playing for her country.

Woman Grandmaster (WGM), three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women's Championship, winner of the gold medal at the 1st International Mind Sports Games, Russian women's champion (2012, 2018) and #1 at multiple prestigious international tournaments (2005 – Bykova Memorial, 2007 – Rudenko memorial, 2009 – Moscow Open, etc.). Ranked as 3rd most successful female chess player in the world in 2009 by the Association of Chess Professionals. In 2011 Natalia became the only chess player in the world to simultaneously win the Eurocup and European Team Chess Championship and in 2013 - the only person to hold the individual and team Russian Champion titles. She was runner-up at Women's World Team Chess Championship-2011 and earned the bronze medal in 2013.

Natalia is the reigning Olympic Women's Chess Champion.
In 2015 Natalia Pogonina became the runner-up of the Women's World Chess Championship.




Natalia is also widely known as a person of great physical and spiritual beauty. She is open, sincere, always smiling, optimistic, friendly and willing to help other people. This, as well as her extraordinary chess-playing abilities, brings her fans from all over the world and makes her a role model for amateurs interested in chess.


Being a smart and versatile person whose life is not limited to chess, Natalia has obtained an MA in Law degree at the Saratov State Academy of Law. Her numerous hobbies include fashion, flamenco, singing, music, photography, sports, travelling, literature & poetry.


Top secret: Natalia is working on a book called “Chess Kamasutra” which teaches chess using analogies from sex, and vice versa. You will be the first to find out the official release date as soon as it is determined!


As an experienced web user, Natalia visits daily and would be happy to hear your feedback regarding the website, her games; any suggestions, questions, or just warm words. Natalia, a photogenic girl with fashion-model looks who appears on the TV and in other media, is also open for proposals regarding promoting products of “chess-friendly” companies.


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Comments (46)
21. Written by Natalia on 18:43 06 сентября 2009 г.
Can`t Take My Eyes Of You...
Thanks, Timo. I had to skip this event due to family affairs.
22. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 22:44 14 сентября 2009 г.
What took so long for a woman to become noticed in a man's chess world? How would have you have faired against your contemporary, in another era, a young Paul Morphy? 
Al Lopez, CEBS
23. Written by Natalia on 05:59 15 сентября 2009 г.
2 Al Lopez
Women started playing chess professionally much later than men. 
Paul Morphy was great, so if he had the same training opportunities as me, he'd have been a super GM.
24. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 20:07 25 сентября 2009 г.
2 Al Lopez
Finally a chess player who makes sense! 
Im much of the opinion that chess tournaments are about as much what happens off the board as what happens on it. 
although i admit the clubbing, the 5am get back to the hotels, and the hangover.. dont exactly make my chess improve... but my word does it make the tournament more exciting. 
PS best wishes for the Chess... and ill certainly be getting your book :) 
love from England
25. Written by Юрий on 09:57 19 ноября 2009 г.
О Наташе
Я хочу сказать что таких порядочных красивых умных женщин как Наташа я ещё не встречал! Я восхищаюсь всем что Наташа делает!И даже если в других Сайтах кому то что то не понравится они могут убрать коментарии ! Наташа же всегда ко всему относиться очень корректно!Я хочу пожелать Наташе всего самого хорошего! И исполнений всех её целей! С уважением Юрий Волков.
26. Written by Natalia Pogonina on 15:49 19 ноября 2009 г.
О Наташе
Спасибо, Юрий, за столь добрый и теплый отзыв! :)
27. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 05:22 17 декабря 2009 г.
Games that you have played
Hi Natalia, 
I was looking at a couple videos of yours, and I must say, you are quite a genius when it comes combinations as well as positional play. Can you give me a few tips for improvement with combinations as well as improving the ability to force an opponent into a zugzwang position. :?
28. Written by Natalia Pogonina on 08:46 17 декабря 2009 г.
Games that you have played
Hi Ryan! 
Thanks. Regarding tactics and combinations: you should train both the calculation and tactical skills by solving puzzles daily. Consistency matters a lot. As to zuzwang position - those occur rarely, and there is no rule for forcing into those. You just have to play better than your opponent, then he will end up in a worse position. And no one can teach you to play chess in a few words. :-)
29. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 19:38 21 декабря 2009 г.
Games that you have played
Hi Natalia, 
How many GM norms have you acquired?
30. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 12:39 09 января 2010 г.
chess visualization
Hello! I would like to ask what is the relation between a player’s elo rating and the number of moves he can “see” ahead. For example how many moves can GMs and IMs see ahead in a game?

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