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Meet Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018
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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)
31. Written by Natalia Pogonina on 01:34 10 2010 .
2 Dahlia
This popular question doesn't have an answer since there is no such phenomenon as "to see x moves ahead". Unlike chess engines, people rely on those lines which they consider most relevant, but (unless the continuation is forced) you can rarely claim seeing X moves ahead.  
That is, in some calm strategical positions you hardly calculate at all, but just follow a plan. And in some tactical positions you have to calculate precisely very long variations. Accuracy is more important here, since sometimes a person calculates, let's say, 10 moves ahead only to find out that he blundered on the 3rd move. :)
32. Written by Jai on 13:13 16 2010 .
2 Dahlia
I just saw the future... the date of this post is Sunday, 25 March 2012...  
Congrats on becoming GM.
33. Written by Erick on 23:15 06 2010 .
2 Dahlia
hey.. hello natalia.. 
surprised to see such young n beautifull women being a world GM.  
Good job natalia. keep going.. :D
34. Written by on 09:29 02 2010 .
.. )))
Peter Zhdanov  
25.03.2012 . 
:) :) :)
35. Written by donglan on 19:36 13 2010 .
.. )))
You're beautiful and a good chess player and chess commentator. Congrats!
36. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 18:10 16 2010 .
Male chauvinism?
Hi Natalia, 
Although I won't repeat the cheesy comments about your looks, I do agree with them. What struck me though in your biography up there is the line: "Her current FIDE rating is over 2500 a mark that is associated with the title of a male Grandmaster." Now I do understand that historically more men than women probably played the game at a high level, but why on earth is there still a distinction in this day and age. To me it seems quite condescending towards women. Do you have any plans to (try to) address this issue? 
I wish you continued success and happiness, both in chess and in life. 
37. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 15:46 20 2010 .
Moscando na Teia
you are very intelligent, here in Brazil you would also be a champion! is a pleasure speaking with you. 
and visit my blog!I'll wait... 
tchau e at outro dia.
38. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 20:25 26 2010 .
, : , , .  
( :) ) , !
39. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 09:59 10 2011 .
You're really amazing. Marry me?
40. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 07:56 19 2012 .
play a game?
ciao Natalia, 
would it be possible to play a game with you? 
I wish you all the best ! 

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