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Natalia Pogonina clinches bronze at ACP Women Series 08/09

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Monday, 20 July 2009

Each year the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) keeps track of the performances of chess players and assigns them points based on the results. In 2007/08 Russian chess girls Tatiana Kosintseva, Alexandra Kosteniuk and Natalia Pogonina took the 5th, 8th and 10th places accordingly, but it was clear that their potential is higher.

This year the prediction came true, and Natalia became the 3rd most successful women player in the world according to ACP:
(press "Read more" to see the full Standings table).

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Natalia Pogonina: Tournaments as a way of increasing your chess mastery

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Saturday, 18 July 2009

Natalia Pogonina at Moscow Open-09 (which she

Studying chess is very important. By doing so, we gain new knowledge and boost our chess level. However, it is hard to progress only by learning the theory of chess. Practice makes perfect, so, to become a better player, its essential to participate in tournaments.

Competitions are not only a way of checking how good you are as compared to the other players, but also an impulse for your future chess development. The golden middle rule applies here as well: by playing too few events you will not be able to stay in top trim and estimate your chess level. If you play too much, you wont have any time to study and work on your mistakes and, therefore, wont be progressing as rapidly as desired.

Lets talk a bit about various tournament types, and their features.


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Natalia Pogonina: Tactics challenge

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Wednesday, 15 July 2009
A touching photo of Natalia Pogonina, 17, 2003, with some of her trophies.
Just imagine how many awards she has now!

They say that chess is all about tactics - there are very few people who like chess, but aren't fond of solving tactical problems. We have been offering you positions from the "Play like Pogonina" series with Natalia's comments - hope you liked them. Now just imagine how positvely shocked I was when I saw this message on the web:

I posted 29 chess puzzles by Russian GM/Beauty Queen, Natalia Pogonina:
What's the best move? by WTHarvey

What can I say? Thanks to Mr. Harvey for preparing such an excellent selection of tactics from Natalia's games. I'm sure you're going to have a great time solving them!

P.S. The website includes chess tactics of some of the other top GMs - make sure you don't miss the most interesting problems!

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 July 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina @ Toronto Star: Honey, what are you doing with that rook?

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Tuesday, 14 July 2009
WGM Natalia Pogonina

Author: Anonymous
Date: Jun 13, 2009
Start Page: IN.2
Section: Insight
Text Word Count: 127

Document Text

Russia's Natalia Pogonina, 24, is one of the best female chess players in the world, a Woman Grandmaster and a two-time European under-18 champion. She is also very good-looking. Seeking to capitalize on her beauty, the law school student and new husband Peter Zhdanov, a Russian debating champ and now her "manager," are writing a book called Chess Kamasutra in which they will show "it is possible to apply sex principles to chess, and vice-versa."

Among other such subjects, Pogonina and Zhdanov will, as she recently told, "be reviewing the most interesting openings and middlegame positions and relating them to positions from Kama Sutra."

They will also explain a new hybrid activity they have pioneered "sexchess." Why not? "Chess," Pogonina said, "is just dying for effective promotion."

P.S. The article can be found here. I wonder what photos they have actually used - we have sent them a couple of them. Anyone  seen the original article in print?

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 14 July 2009 )

Lucky 7 - Natalia Pogonina's European Chess Championship stories (2005)

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Monday, 13 July 2009
Do you recognize these chess players? WGMs Natalia Pogonina, Vozovic Oksana & Mescheriakova Zhenya

Today will be a photo day - here's a new album from WIECC-2005, Kishinev, Moldova. Hope you'll enjoy it!

Press "More" to read the new article of the "Lucky 7" series about Women European Championship-2005.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 July 2009 )

NY Post on Chess Kamasutra

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Sunday, 12 July 2009

Positional players
Andy Soltis
New York Post
12 Jul 2009

THE 15th-best woman player in the world says the secret of her success is a good love life. Natalia Pogonina, 24, said she is writing a book, Chess Kama Sutra, with her new husband, which will explain what she calls the love theory of more...
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Another amusing article about our upcoming book "Chess Kamasutra".
Btw, writing it is a rigorous task - we're working on the potential bestseller!

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 12 July 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina - Follow me at Twitter

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Friday, 10 July 2009

We are trying to make more comfortable for you. One of the requests was to add RSS to the website so that it would be easier to follow the updates. We have implemented that a long time ago + have decided that registering a Pogonina Twitter account would also make sense. Now you can follow me at Twitter - I'm available for direct messages, will keep posting news, some of them exclusive.

Let's stay connected!

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Last Updated ( Friday, 10 July 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina: Bacrot - Kramnik live commentary

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Thursday, 09 July 2009
Kramnik and Bacrot analyzing at the World Blitz-2007. Photo courtesy of

We hope that you did watch yesterday's game Jakovenko-Carlsen live at Chessdom with Natalia's comments. Today grandmaster Pogonina is going to take a look at the game between GM Bacrot and GM Kramnik - don't miss it!

Current standings:

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 09 July 2009 )

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

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Wednesday, 08 July 2009
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
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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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 July 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina will be covering Dortmund online at Chessdom

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Wednesday, 08 July 2009
Dmitry Jakovenko and Natalia Pogonina

WGM Natalia Pogonina has been invited as a special guest commentator for 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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