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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

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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Last Updated ( Sunday, 28 June 2009 )

Ivanchuk wins Bazna Kings Tournament

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Thursday, 25 June 2009
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

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)


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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
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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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Tuesday, 23 June 2009


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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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 23 June 2009 )

Natalia Pogonina: Russian Women Superfinal 2005

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Monday, 22 June 2009

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 )

Lucky 7 - Natalia Pogonina's European Chess Championship Stories (2003)

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Saturday, 20 June 2009


The European Championship is one of the most important annual chess events. Offering qualifying places for the World Cup, it attracts almost all the top players. To succeed one has to face tough competition and, quite often, survive in rigorous tie-breaks.

So far I have participated in 7 Women European Chess Championships (not to mention girls events), and would like to share my impressions of the tournaments with you.

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 30 June 2009 )

Congratulations to Natalia and Peter, the new chess couple

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Wednesday, 17 June 2009

We didn't want to make a fuss out of our wedding, and have informed only some of our best chess friends about Natalia's marriage - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Susan Polgar, Elizabeth Vicary etc. - thanks to all of you who congratulated us and sorry for not making a full list - there are way too many links, we'll still miss someone!

Special thanks goes to ChessBase and personally to Frederic Friedel - their Natalia Pogonina's wedding report was very nice!

Two life-time accounts were from ChessGames were also a great gift.

P.S. If you have seen an interesting report on the wedding (or even published one yourself) - feel free to leave a comment, we'll be happy to read it!

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 17 June 2009 )

Women Russian Chess Championship-09: Higher League

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Gunina Valentina ("bronze"), Tairova Elena ("gold"), Zaiatz Elena ("silver")

The Women Russian Championship 2009-Higher League has been held at Voronezh in June, 1-9. The participants were rather strong players who were aiming at qualifying for the Russian Women Chess Superfinal. A lot of players and only 5 to succeed - that guaranteed exciting chess struggles.

Elena Tairova won first 5 games in a row, and has spared only three draws in the remaining rounds. 1st place and 7,5 out of 9.

While Tairova convincingly occupied the top spot, other players have been battling for the other 4 qualifying places. Only the last two rounds have put an end to the fight: the silver medal went to Elena Zaiatz (7 out of 9), who, just like Tairova, hasn't lost a single game. Places 3-5 went to players who scored 6 points: Gunina (3rd), Stepovaia (4th), Manakova (5th). Gunina and Manakova had been especially fierce ladies -  they hadn't made any draws!

So, now we know the names of 10 participants of the Russian Women Chess Superfinal (it's usually a 12-player round robin). Five people who qualified from the Higher League (see above), 3 winners of Superfinal-2008 - Kosintzeva Nadezhda, Kosintzeva Tatiana and Anastasia Bodnaruk. Also top-3 Russian women players by FIDE rating: Alexandra Kosteniuk, Natalia Pogonina (Tatiana Kosintseva has already been mentioned, so someone else will take part). Therefore, the organizers will have to find 2 more players, or opt for a 10-player event. The Superfinal will be held from 16 to 30 of December, 2009.

Press "Read more" for chess episodes of the tournament

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Last Updated ( Sunday, 14 June 2009 )

Play like Pogonina: Pogonina (2462) - Middelveld (2009)

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Written by Natalia Pogonina   
Thursday, 11 June 2009

Thank you for voting in the Polls (see the left panel of the website) - now I know that 1.e4 is by far the most popular move among the readers of (52.1%), d4 is #2 with 27.8% and #3-4 are Nf3 and c4 with 5.6%. It's also clear from the results that my home video (36%)  would even be a bit more popular than annotated games (28.1%). Wow, what a surprise. Ok, back to chess then!

This position occurred in one of my games at the EuroCup-2007 in Turkey where I have been playing for my favorite team AVS. The winning continuation is pretty easy to see (can you calculate it in 10 seconds?), but still nice enough.

White to move and win. Press "More" for the solution and actual game move list.

P.S. Thank you for the warm congratulations that you keep sending to me and Peter! Please visit our Gallery for more wedding pictures if you liked the first part of the report!

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 June 2009 )

Strongest chess couples: "5000+ Club"

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Written by Peter Zhdanov   
Tuesday, 09 June 2009

If only they were married: GM Kasparov G (2851) GM Polgar J (2735) = 5586

Natalia and I decided to compile a list of the strongest chess couples in the world who could become members of the honorary "5000+ Club".

The requirements for becoming a member are the following:

1)     Two chess players should be officially married (no girlfriend & boyfriend stuff)

2)     The sum of their peak FIDE ratings should be 5000 (!) or more

So, as of this day, we have the following list of of "5000+ Club" members:

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Last Updated ( Tuesday, 28 July 2009 )
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