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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)
41. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 04:08 11 сентября 2012 г.
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Hi Natalia. 
Very good website. Also you are a very nice lady. 
My daughter used to play chess with me sometimes. She had a good trick. She used to say, "Now we swap sides." She no longer plays chess. 
I told my grandson about his aunt's little trick and he started doing the same. 
I hope you come to Australia some time. You would be very welcome at our chess club. :)  
Best of luck in your future endeavours, 
42. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 23:52 14 октября 2013 г.
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What is the Kamasutra chess? Does everything have to be about sex? I mean, chess is one of those ennobling battle of the minds using organ above the shoulder. It is a bit depressing. Still I like the picture of you holding the stripy bar, like you are saying in a sultry mode...."And you must be THIS intelligent to play chess". Good luck and well done on your 3rd in the 2013 supers.
43. Written by Bob on 21:24 15 октября 2013 г.
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Congrats on your 3rd place finish in the supers. If it weren't for your 40th move against Valentina in round 7, you probably would have won the tournament. I'm impressed that you recovered from that and won your last 2 games. Best of luck.
44. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 20:30 30 марта 2015 г.
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Hi Pogo, I did want to cry because of your last defeat as you're playing very well. Thanks to God you win the second game but that one half point was a fortune! Go Natty!!]
45. Written by Камчадал on 01:21 17 февраля 2016 г.
Когда на Камчатку
Наталья приезжайте на Камчатку мы вас ждем!
46. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 21:11 08 марта 2016 г.
C Днем Рождения!
Наталья, поздравляю с Днем Рождения! Неважно, станете ли Вы чемпионкой мира или лидером рейтинга, главное, что Вы - уже хороший человек, поэтому желаю Вам настоящего счастья!

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