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Women's European Chess Championship-2017

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Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) won the European Women's Championship-2017 with 8.5 points out of 11. Russian players Aleksandra Goryachkina (8) and Alisa Galliamova (8) earned the silver and bronze medals accordingly.

Natalia Pogonina scored 7.5/11 and shared 4th-15th places, ending up on the 12th spot according to the tie-break scores. Therefore, she has qualified for the next Women's World Chess Championship.

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Women's World Chess Championship-2017

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Monday, 13 February 2017


Venue: Tehran, Iran
Schedule: February 10 - March 4
Format: knock-out, 64 participants, 6 rounds
Prize fund: $450,000
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1/32-final: Natalia Pogonina (2487) defeated Zhou Qiyu (2287) 1.5-0.5.
1/16-final: Natalia is drew Huang Qian (2451) twice in classical chess, traded blows in 25m rapid and won 1.5-0.5 in 10m rapid.
1/8-final: Natalia was eliminated by Ni Shiqun (2399) with a 0.5-1.5 score.

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 19 February 2017 )
 

New Book: David vs. Goliath

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Monday, 14 November 2016


Publisher
: Chess Evolution, 2016
Author: Peter Zhdanov
Edition: Paperback medium
Pages: 256
Language: English
Price: 24.95

ISBN: 978-83-945362-1-3

How does an amateur beat a top grandmaster? "David vs Goliath" features 111 remarkable upsets suffered by the likes of Magnus Carlsen, Vishwanathan Anand, Vladimir Kramnik, Garry Kasparov, Anatoly Karpov, Mikhail Tal and other chess legends. Inside the book you will find annotated games, practical tips and numerous puzzles for you to solve. Preface by GM Arkadij Naiditsch.

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Russian Superfinal 2016

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Saturday, 29 October 2016

Left to right: Evgeny Tomashevsky (bronze), Natalia Pogonina (silver), Alexander Grischuk (silver), Anastasia Bodnaruk (bronze), Alexander Riazantsev (gold), Alexandra Kosteniuk (gold). Image (C) RuChess.ru

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The Russian men's and women's chess Superfinals took place in Novosibirsk from October 15 to 28.The event was finely organized and took place in a museum. The format was a 12-person round robin. Apart from the financial prizes for all the participants (9 mln rubles total prize pool) a Renault Kuptur car and a gold statue incrusted with diamonds (king for men, queen for women) were at stake in both tournaments for 1st place, resulting in an intense and exciting battle.

Natalia Pogonina finished 2nd in the women's event. Her previously earned medals were: gold (2012), silver (2010), bronze (2013).


Natalia Pogonina with Eduard Taran, one of the sponsors of the event

Final standings of the Russian Women's Chess Superfinal:
1. Alexandra Kosteniuk - 8.5
2. Natalia Pogonina - 7
3. Anastasia Bodnaruk - 6.5
4-7. Olga Girya, Valentina Gunina, Daria Charochkina, Daria Pustovoitova - 6
8. Evgenia Ovod - 5.5
9. Alexandra Goryachkina - 5
10. Alisa Galliamova - 4
11. Alina Kashlinskaya - 3.5
12. Ekaterina Ubiennykh - 2

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Russian Rapid & Blitz Chess Championships

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Saturday, 08 October 2016

Team Ugra during one of the matches
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The Russian rapid & blitz chess championships among women, men and seniors took place in Sochi from October 1 to 7. We will focus on the results of Natalia Pogonina and her team Ugra (Natalia Pogonina, Lilit Mkrtchian, Marina Nechaeva, Baira Kovanova).

In the women's rapid Russian chess championship 63 players competed. The medals went to:

  1. Alexandra Kosteniuk (2519) - 8/10
  2. Alexandra Goryachkina (2424) - 8/10
  3. Natalia Pogonina (2458) - 7.5/10

50 players took part in the women's blitz Russian chess championship. Three ladies were tied for third; the results were the following:

  1. Anastasia Bodnaruk (2386) - 17/22
  2. Natalia Pogonina (2402) - 15.5/22
  3. Elena Tomilova (2223) - 15/22
  4. Daria Charochkina (2333) - 15/22
  5. Alexandra Kosteniuk (2576) - 15/22

In the team events only 7 clubs competed in the women's section and 6 in blitz. Team rapid medalists:

  1. Ugra - 10/12
  2. SHSM-Moscow - 9/12
  3. VIVO - 8/12

Team blitz
medalists:

  1. VIVO - 14/20
  2. Ugra - 13/20
  3. Ladia - 11/20

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May Blitz Marathon with Natalia Pogonina

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Friday, 20 May 2016


Don't miss your chance to play WGM Natalia Pogonina on May 21st during the May chess blitz marathon from 7 to 8 pm UTC.

With a bit of luck you can also challenge her to a Chess Heroz match at any other time.
Just log in to the application and send her a game request.

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Sakura Blitz Marathon with Natalia Pogonina

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Monday, 18 April 2016


Don't miss your chance to play WGM Natalia Pogonina on April 23rd during a special Sakura chess blitz marathon from 7 to 8 pm UTC.

With a bit of luck you can also challenge her to a Chess Heroz game at any other time.
Just log in to the application and send her a challenge.

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FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Teheran

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Wednesday, 09 March 2016

All the players were requested to wear hijabas during the event
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From February 10 to 24 Natalia competed in a stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Teheran. After a spectacular start she was co-leading the event with 5.5/7 and had to score only half a point in the following two rounds to earn her final GM norm. Unfortunately, she lost three games in a row and bounced back with a win only in the final round.



Natalia Pogonina is currently ranked #2 on the cumulative FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2015-2016 Standings.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 March 2016 )
 

GM Norm for Natalia @ Gibraltar

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Friday, 19 February 2016


Natalia Pogonina performed successfully at Gibraltar Masters'2016. She scored 6/10, won one of the women's prizes, gained 18 rating points and obtained her second GM norm. Here is the round by round breakdown of Natalia's performance:



Please check out the official site for additional information and pictures.

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Yearbook of Chess Wisdom

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Monday, 11 January 2016

Publisher: Chess Evolution, 2016
Author: Peter Zhdanov
Edition: Paperback medium
Pages: 376
Language: English
Price: 24.95

ISBN: 978-83-937009-7-4


In this book the author addresses 366 (one for each day of the year) intriguing chess topics which could be of interest to any chess fan, regardless of the playing level. For example:

        IQ and chess skills

        Talent vs. hard work

        How many games to play per year?

        Are women underrated or overrated as compared to men?

        Rating inflation in chess

        What does your chess tell about your personality?

        Playing computers: dos and donts

        Developing your chess memory and visualization

        How does one prepare for an upcoming tournament?

        Is 1.e4 really best by test?


Yearbook of Chess Wisdom is packed with insights and is based on analytical research, vast personal experience and conversations with some of the worlds leading chess players and coaches.

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