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Natalia Pogonina: Verified on Twitter

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Tuesday, 04 March 2014


After almost 5 years of tweeting, over 100k followers and 86 episodes of "Chess week on Twitter" Natalia Pogonina has finally been verified on Twitter!

How does one get verified? According to Twitter:

Twitter verifies accounts on an ongoing basis to make it easier for users to find who they're looking for. We concentrate on highly sought users in music, acting, fashion, government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.

Hence, we are grateful to you for your support and to Twitter for acknowledging Natalia's achievements and efforts to promote chess internationally. Becoming verified is an important step towards increasing the efficiency of the process.

As far as we know, at the moment only three professional chess players have verified Twitter accounts - Alexandra Kosteniuk, Garry Kasparov and Natalia Pogonina. However, we have previously compiled a list of grandmasters on Twitter - check it out. We will also update it today and add a couple of new entries! Let's hope that some of them will get the blue badges in the future.

If you follow Natalia Pogonina and send her a tweet saying that you are a chess fan from Pogonina.com, she will follow you back! Let's stay in touch

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Chess Review TV Program

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Monday, 03 March 2014


This is a Youtube version of a TV chess program that has been broadcast for ages on one of the Russian sports channels. The hosts are GM Sergey Makarichev and his wife Marina.

In this week's episode:

 - Moscow Superfinal, rapid chess, interviews with GM Grischuk and WGM Charotchkina

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Players who have quit, or you never hear about anymore

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By GM Daniel Gormally, England.
Best rating: FIDE 2573


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As I've suggested on this thread many times it's more or less impossible to make a decent living as a chess player, unless you are rated in the top twenty in the world.

Demis Hassapis is a former chess prodigy who recently sold his company to Google for £400 million. Demonstrating that if you have the brainpower to be good at chess, you are far better off putting that intelligence to use in some other activity where you might actually get rewarded. Then in fairness, even most strong chess players aren't as bright as Demis.

If the parent's of some promising young chess player came to me for advice on how whether or not their kid should become a chess player, I'd strongly advise against it. Far better to be an amateur, than suffer the trial's and tribulations of being a chess pro without any real money to show for it.

In recent years we've seen even very strong Grandmasters give up playing chess for a living, to pursue another vocation with a more secure financial grounding.

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FIDE March 2014 Rating List

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There are 50 players in the world rated 2700+. Magnus Carlsen has broken his own all-time chess record: now it is 2881.

The following 2700+ players have achieved their personal records: Aronian (2830), Vachier-Lagrave (2758), Vitiugov (2747), Harikrishna (2714), Kryvoruchko (2706). Denis Khismatullin enters the club for the first time (2716) - congratulations!

Updated list of all-time chess rating records

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GM Ivanisevic - GM Acs annotated by GM Balogh

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Thursday, 27 February 2014
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By GM Csaba Balogh, Hungary.
Best FIDE rating: 2672


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Ivanisevic is a strong attacking player. He wins many nice games, especially with the White pieces, thanks to his sharp and dangerous openings.

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of Pogonina.com

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a similar level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

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Chess Week on Twitter

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Monday, 24 February 2014
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Pogonina.com offers you a selection of the top-10 chess tweets from last week - a digest of the most important chess news in one short post.

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5-second Chess Tactics

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By GM Kevin Spraggett, Canada.
Best FIDE rating: 2633
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Enjoy life. Theres plenty of time to be dead.  
―     Hans Christian Andersen

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GM  Fier,Alex

GM  Meister, Peter


Bundesliga  2014.2.8    Position before Blacks 42nd move.  The game has been hard fought but is close to the end, as Blacks far advanced passed pawn is unstoppable while Whites counterplay has still not become dangerous.  In the game continuation Fier played the imprecise 42f4, though White decided to resign anyway!  HOWEVER, while there is not doubt that Black must win, there is still some fight left:  43. Bxf4  Rf8  44.Kg2! RxB  45.Rc7! when an ending with Black having a Bishop extra arises.


There is a more convincing  way for Black to win from the position above.  Do you see it?

WHAT IS BLACKS SIMPLEST WIN?

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Natalia Pogonina / Li Chao Master Class @ Gibraltar

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Friday, 21 February 2014


GM Li Chao (China) and WGM Natalia Pogonina (Russia) gave a master class at the Gibraltar Chess Festival'2014.
Natalia commented on the sharp & exciting game with Nigel Short that took place on the same day as the master class.

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Fairytale

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Friday, 21 February 2014

By WGM Irina Bulmaga, Romania.
Best FIDE rating: 2410

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Here I am, in Poiana Brasov, wondering how does it come that I've never been here before.

  

     I took a "short" walk this morning- about 2h and a half :))) - and took my time to explore the resort. It's absolutely amazing! The landscapes are so nice and they somehow induce a peaceful state of mind and soul.  The only minus is the "too fresh and clear" air, because of which I can't stop feeling dizzy... Maybe that's why I feel like I'm in a fairytale
   
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