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Natalia Pogonina - Chat with chess fans on July, 9th

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Wednesday, 08 July 2009
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Click here (on Thursday, July, 9th, 11 a.m. Moscow time) to join the chat with WGM Natalia Pogonina

Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina welcomes you to join a conference (chat) with her on Thursday, July, 9th. It will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (2 hours), Moscow time. You can ask Natalia any type of questions, but please keep in mind that:

1) You will need a Livejournal account to participate (if you don't have one, then in 2 mins you can register a new account for free at http://livejournal.com)
2) Questions in English and Russian are appreciated
See you, don't miss your chance to chat with a top female grandmaster!

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Natalia Pogonina will be covering Dortmund online at Chessdom

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Wednesday, 08 July 2009
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Dmitry Jakovenko and Natalia Pogonina

WGM Natalia Pogonina has been invited as a special guest commentator for Chessdom.com. On Wednesday (July, 8th) she will be covering the game between GM Jakovenko (a very solid player, #1 on the July rating list in Russia) and GM Carlsen (a talented Norwegian chess prodigy whom many experts consider to be a future WC).

Will Dmitry be able to fight back with White (the game GM Carlsen - GM Jakovenko ended in White's favor)?

Standings after round 5


1. Magnus Carlsen - 3,5
2-3. Vladimir Kramnik, Peter Leko - 3
4. Dmitry Jakovenko - 2,5
5. Etienne Bacrot - 2
6. Arkadij Naiditsch - 1,0

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Natalia Pogonina at Moscow Chess Boulevard - 2009

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Sunday, 05 July 2009
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Peter Zhdanov, Magic Pawn and Natalia Pogonina

It is no secret that chess is very popular in Moscow. This summer (from July, 4th to September, 6th) special open-air events are going to be held every weekend at 3 Moscow boulevards. The target auditory are chess fans who can play in tournaments for free (and even win prizes), take part in simuls, observe exhibition matches, etc.

I and Natalia have arrived to one of the boulevards by chance. We were positively surprised to see about 30 people playing chess, no matter that the weather was quite cold. The clocks were electronic and nice, while the boards and pieces were so small that it was extremely tricky to play blitz without knocking the whole chess set over and over again. We were happily chatting with two of Natalia's female chess player friends, when an odd-looking drunk man came up to us, pointed a finger at the four of us, and mumbled something like: "One of you, ladies, should be playing in the tournament!". No comments.

Natalia took her time to give interviews for a few sports channels (they were happy to see a chess celebrity at the event), then we had some fun playing giant chess and hugging with the Magic Pawn (see the new photo album). In general, I think that it's a great idea to promote chess by holding open-air festivals for amateurs. So, should you arrive to Moscow, make sure you visit one of the chess boulevards!


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Women and men in chess - smashing the stereotypes: readers' feedback

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Wednesday, 01 July 2009
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The article "Women and men in chess - smashing the stereotypes" has been very popular with Pogonina.com, ChessBase.com, Sports.ru and Chess.com readers. Most of the feedback we have received included statements such as "stop your hatred against men", "this is feminist stuff", "women are just worse players than men, face it and try something else".

However, there were messages of a different kind. Here's a bright example:

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Lucky 7 - Natalia Pogonina's European Chess Championship stories (2004)

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Tuesday, 30 June 2009
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Natalia Pogonina at WIECC-2004

Continuing the "Lucky 7" series of my stories about the Women European Chess Championships (see Episode 1 about year 2003 in case you have missed it), I would like to share with you my memories from the 2004 tournament.


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Paparazzi's photos from Russian Team Chess Cup-2006

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Sunday, 28 June 2009
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Dagomys, Russia is famous for hosting the Russian Chess Team Championships which attracts top players from all over the world...who not only play chess, but have a great time together! Today I and Natalia (who is particularly fond of the event) decided to publish some funny pics from the award-giving ceremony and the afterparty!

See famous chess players sing, dance, drink wine in the Russian Chess Team Championship-2006 album!

Paparazzi: IM Pavel Lobach

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Ivanchuk wins Bazna Kings Tournament

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Thursday, 25 June 2009
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Vassily Ivanchuk and Natalia Pogonina

Congratulations to the chess genius Vassily Ivanchuk (who is on a roller-coaster ride now) on winning the Bosna Kings Tournament!

The final standings are the following:

Rk.   Name FED Rtg Pts.  TB1   TB2   TB3 
1 GM Ivanchuk Vassily UKR 2746 7,0 4 0,0 30,25
2 GM Gelfand Boris ISR 2733 6,0 2 0,0 28,25
3 GM Shirov Alexei ESP 2745 5,5 3 0,0 22,50
4 GM Radjabov Teimour AZE 2756 5,5 1 0,0 26,00
5 GM Kamsky Gata USA 2720 3,0 0 1,0 15,25
6 GM Nisipeanu Liviu-Dieter ROU 2675 3,0 0 1,0 14,25

Annotation:
Tie Break1: The greater number of victories
Tie Break2: The results of the players in the same point group#results against
Tie Break3: Sonneborn-Berger-Tie-Break (with real points)

Source: Chess-results.com


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Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 June 2009 )
 

Play like Pogonina: Seps (2079) - Pogonina (2340)

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Wednesday, 24 June 2009
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32. ...?

Today's "Play like Pogonina" article is brought to you by GM Raymond Keene who wrote about me in his respectable Times chess column. The problem is very easy, but I hope that you'll enjoy the final position! Press on the link below the diagram to see the whole game.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 24 June 2009 )
 

Women and men in chess - smashing the stereotypes

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Tuesday, 23 June 2009

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On June 5, 2009 WGM Natalia Pogonina and Peter Zhdanov got married she a Women's Grandmaster, he a successful IT-specialist and debate expert. Peter is also Natalias manager, together they are writing a book called "Chess Kamasutra". Today they share with us their views on the perennial topic why women are worse at chess than men, and take a look at the future of womens chess.

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Natalia Pogonina: Russian Women Superfinal 2005

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Monday, 22 June 2009
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Thank you for paying attention to my photos! We would be uploading more albums to the website with lots of nice pictures. Here's a new one with pics from the Russian Women Superfinal in Samara, 2005.

It was my debut year in the Superfinals and I managed to do relatively well by scoring 50 percent (5.5/11) against such tough opposition as Alexandra Kosteniuk, Kosintzeva sisters, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya, Alisa Galliamova, Svetlana Matveeva, Elena Zaiatz, Valentina Gunina, Ekaterina Korbut, Yulia Kochetkova, Yulia Yakovich.

P.S. All images are courtesy of IM Pavel Lobach

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Last Updated ( Monday, 22 June 2009 )
 
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