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Russian Club Cup Tactic

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Valentina Gunina (2457) - Natalia Pogonina (2496)
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Today during the game Natalia saw the best continuation, but miscalculated and went for Ne6? Can you see how this position should be treated?

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Russian Club Cup 2010 - Round 2

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Friday, 02 April 2010

Nikolai the Terrible: Natalia's best chess second!

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6 [2.0]   ShSM - AVS   [1.5] 4
  1 [0.5] 2524 Kosteniuk, Alexandra 0-1 Stefanova, Antoaneta 2555 [0.0] 1
  2 [0.5] 2438 Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina 1-0 Muzychuk, Anna 2533 [0.5] 2
  3 [0.5] 2457 Gunina, Valentina 1/2-1/2 Pogonina, Natalija 2501 [0.0] 3
  5 [0.0] 2362 Girya, Olga 1/2-1/2 Savina, Anastasia 2391 [1.0] 5

Games start at 3 p.m. Moscow time.

AVS tied ShSM after a dramatic exchange of blows on the first two boards and two draws on boards 3 & 4. Natalia drew Valentina Gunina with Black in 90 moves.

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Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina vs. the World at

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Thursday, 01 April 2010


This is the current position of the Pogonina vs. the World game which is taking place at (started on December, 24).
You can still join it here.

Will be happy to play against you! Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

[Event "Pogonina vs. the World]
[Site ""]
[Date "2009.12.23"]
[White "Pogonina"]
[Black ""]
[Result "*"]
[WhiteElo "2501"]
[TimeControl "1 in 1 day"]

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 d6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 Nf6 5.Nc3 a6 6.Be2 e5 7.Nb3 Be7 8.O-O O-O 9.Re1 Be6 10.Bf3 Nbd7
 11.a4 Qc7 12.Nd2 Rac8 13.Nf1 Nb6 14.Ne3 Nc4 15.Ned5 Nxd5 16.Nxd5 Bxd5 17.Qxd5 Nb6 18.Qb3 Nd7 19.Be3 Qc6 20.Red1 Rc7
 21.c3 Nc5 22.Qc2 Ne6 23.a5 Ng5 24.Bxg5 Bxg5 25.Ra4 Qd7 26.Qb3 Rb8 27.Be2 Rc6 28.Rb4 Bd8 29.Qa4 Rbc8 30.h3 Qe7
 31.Rd3 Qc7 32.Rf3 Bf6 33.Qb3 Rb8 34.Bc4 h6 35.g4 b5 36.axb6 Rcxb6 37.Rxb6 Rxb6 38.Qa2 Qb7 39.b4 Qa7 40.Kg2 Rb7
 41.Qa4 Kf8 42.Qc6 Rd7 43.Bxa6 Qc7 44.Qd5 Bg5 45.Bb5 Rd8 46.Bc6 Bf4 47.c4 Bd2 48.b5 Ba5 49.Qe6 Kg8 50.Qf5 Bb6
 51.Bd5 Rf8 52.g5 hxg5 53.Qxg5 Qd8 54.Qg6 51% of the people resigned here, but rules require 60 or more, thus Qe7 (32%) was played. Here White announced mate in 4 with 55.Rg3

Black resigned

Thanks to everyone for playing!

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Russian Club Cup 2010 - Round 1

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Natalia Pogonina: just arrived at Dagomys

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4     AVS - Dvorets     5
 1/2 2   2533 Muzychuk, Anna - Romanko, Marina 2409  1/2 1
 0 3   2501 Pogonina, Natalija - Paikidze, Nazi 2322 1 2
 0 4   2444 Muzychuk, Mariya - Repina, Varvara 2240 1 3
 1 5   2391 Savina, Anastasia - Bukhteeva, Viktoria 2206  0 4

Natalia Pogonina (winner of Moscow Open-2009) is playing against Nazi Paikidze (winner of Moscow Open-2010) with Black.

Games start at 3 p.m. Moscow time.

What happens when one team totally outclasses the other? AVS had over 170  (!) average rating advantage over Dvorets, and they... lost 2.5-1.5! A sensation, of course. Let's see if AVS members will be able to pull themselves together and prove their class in other matches.

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Endgame challenge

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Galustova - Pogonina, 1998
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Black is a pawn up & has two passed pawns. However, White has put up some resistance: their bishop is eyeing the pawns, the b7 passer looks formidable. How would you handle this?

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Guess the players-9

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Monday, 29 March 2010

This challenge has two questions: 1) (easy) who am I playing against? 2) (medium) who is the intimidating guy next to my opponent?

P.S. Getting packed for Russian Club Cup in Dagomys, the tournament is starting on the 1st of April.

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Natalia Pogonina beats the World at

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Pogonina vs the World match took place from December 24, 2009 to March 28, 2010. During these three months a few thousand chess players from over 100 countries have been competing against top female grandmaster Natalia Pogonina. Among those who have revealed their identities were two IMs, two FMs, numerous NMs and CMs, as well as many strong correspondence players. Each side had one day per move. The World was offered a chance to discuss the course of the game at a special forum (not available to Natalia), come up with the best decision and vote. The move that received the most votes was automatically made. Its important to mention that vote chess is perfectly suited for learning chess since more experienced players have a chance to teach and instruct their less experienced teammates along the way.

After scoring an impressive strategic win in 55 moves, Natalia Pogonina was kind enough to share her impressions of the game.

On the concept of vote chess

Vote chess seems to be an excellent opportunity for people to learn more about chess and decision-making. Team work is also an important part of it. Many chess players are individualists; they prefer working on their own. Meanwhile, this format allows them to feel themselves part of the team.

WGM Natalia Pogonina (FIDE 2501) challenged the World to a vote chess game

On correspondence chess, killer instinct and match expectancies

Correspondence chess is something totally new to me. I have never played it before, especially against consultants. My primary goal was to make the game instructive and memorable for all the participants, as well as enjoy it myself. Of course, I didnt feel like losing, but there was no killer instinct or must win frenzy involved. The level of play from both sides is more important than the outcome.

Before the game some well-wishers tried to talk me out of playing by either telling me that the World will be playing very badly and quickly lose or you will be dealing with professional correspondence players and their chess engine labs. I waved these scary stories off being optimistic helps a lot. In reality, neither of these scenarios came to life.

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Your questions answered by Natalia Pogonina

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Friday, 26 March 2010

Each week I get lots of messages with chess-related questions. Some of them are quite typical and repeated over and over again. I think it makes perfect sense to share my replies to some of the most common questions at Every week I am planning to publish 7 of them, one for each day of the week.

Q1: I am 20 (30,40, 50). Do I still have a chance to improve?
A1: Yes, although it is harder to learn chess at an older age, you can still progress, no matter how old you are.

Q2: Why do GMs avoid playing at public chess portals?
A2: They don't want to reveal their opening preparation by showing on what lines they are working.

Q3: Can I play you?
A3: While for most people chess is a hobby, for me it is a full-time job. When I have free time, I prefer to spend it on something not chess-related, so I don't accept any chess challenges, sorry! Besides, I get from 10 to 20 new game invitations a day, so even if I wanted to, I would not have been able to accept them.

Q4: How much time a day do you spend on chess?
A4: I don't have a schedule. Sometimes it's a few hours (during tournaments), sometimes I don't work on chess at all.

Q5: Will I be able to make it to national master (FIDE master)?

A5: A lot depends on you, conditions and circumstances. If you have time, will, financial support and at least an average talent, you will probably make it. Almost anyone can reach that level given some persistence.

Q6: Is it ok that I'm playing 400 (500, 600) correspondence games simultaneously?
A6: It's nothing to brag about. Playing so many games at a time, you spend a few seconds on each move. That leads to detoriation of skills and superficial play. Concentrate on quality rather than on quantity of the games.

Q7: I'm an amateur who has about 1 hour per day to spend on chess. What is the best way to do it?
A7: An hour of tactics a day keeps the patzer away! Make sure you solve tactical problems on a daily basis. Also, it's better to solve 5 or 10 problems that are relatively difficult for you than a hundred cheapos which teach you nothing except for mouse-racing.

Send your question to grandmaster Natalia Pogonina

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Guess the players-8

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Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Next to me you can see a lovely chess couple. Can you name them? Tip: they are both grandmasters!

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Anand or Topalov?

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Monday, 22 March 2010

Here is ex-World Champion Vladimir Kramnik's take on the upcoming match. Quite informative and admirable accent, as always.'s audience seems to favor Anand. However, the results of the poll (see left panel of the website) may change yet.

Who will win in the Anand - Topalov match?
964   63.6%
406   26.8%
I don't know
79   5.2%
The match won't happen
66   4.4%

Number of Voters  :  1515
First Vote  :  Sunday, 07 June 2009 12:52
Last Vote  :  Monday, 22 March 2010 12:56
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