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Prize from the Governor & Students' Initiation

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Sunday, 05 October 2014


Natalia Pogonina received a special prize for her sport achievements from the Governor of the Saratov region Valery Radaev and became the honorary guest of the ceremony of initiation of students in Saratov. This is a traditional large annual celebration. You can see Natalia sitting in the VIP lounge next to the Governor @ 1:04 of the video:



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Blitz with Commentary 4

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Friday, 03 October 2014

By IM David Pruess, USA
Best FIDE rating: 2438

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IM David Pruess commentates on his own blitz games in Caro-Kann and Alekhine:



Other videos by David:
Logic in Complex Openings
Blitz w/Commentary 3
Blitz w/Commentary 2
Blitz w/Commentary
Attacking in Chess: Reserves

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Natalia Pogonina Interviewed by TVC

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Thursday, 02 October 2014


Natalia Pogonina greeted the reporters at her home, showed them some of her rewards and told them about her motivation, playing chess and her hobbies.

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Natalia Pogonina Interviewed by 50 Moves

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Thursday, 02 October 2014


The October 2014 issue of 50 Moves features, among other columns, interviews with:

WGM Natalia Pogonina (member of the Russian women's winning Olympic team)
GM Wang Yue (member of the Chinese men's winning Olympic team)
FM Anton Smirnov, Australian chess prodigy

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Bilbao Masters & European Club Cup

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Saturday, 13 September 2014

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Bilbao, Spain is hosting both the Bilbao Masters super tournament and the European Club Cup from September 14 to 20.

The Bilbao Masters Final is the last tournament for Viswanthan Anand before facing Magnus Carlsen in a World Chess Championship match in November in Sochi, Russia.

Double round robin, six players:
Levon Aronian (2804), #2 in the world
Viswanathan Anand (2785), #5
Ruslan Ponomariov (2717), #32
Francisco Vallejo Pons (2712), #38

52 men's and 9 women's teams will be taking part in the European Club Cup. The format is a 7-round swiss. Men's teams have 6 players + 2 reserve ones; women's teams have a 4+1 line-up.

Let's take a look at all the 2700+ participants:

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Arkadij Naiditsch Won Grenke Classic 2014

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Arkadij Naiditsch defeated former European champion Liviu Dieter Nisipeanu in the very 1st round and went on to win the event
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GM Arkadij Naiditsch won the tradional Grenke Classic super tournament in Baden-Baden, Germany. This year most of the strongest German chess players took part in the round robin. Our congratulations to the winner!

Final standings:

1. GM Naditsch (2715) - 5/7
2-3. GM Baramidze (2599), GM Fridman (2633) - 4
4-6. GM Nisipeanu (2672), IM Bluebaum (2521), GM Meier (2652) - 3.5
7. IM Wagner (2499) - 2.5
8. GM Schlosser (2582) - 2

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GM Caruana - GM Topalov annotated by GM Naiditsch

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By GM Arkadij Naiditsch, #1 German chess player
Best FIDE rating: 2737


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The rise of the new superstar Fabiano Caruana began already a few years ago, but what the only 22-year old Italian is showing in the Sinquefield Cup is just unreal! 7 straight wins in the strongest chess tournament in history! Unbelievable. From a professional point of view I can tell that Caruana is not very lucky and his opponents don't blunder-he is simply playing much better chess. Great preparation, great positional play, great in tactics and precise in converting his advantage, this is what Caruana is showing us in his last games. And in the current game we will see a great example of how good Fabiano Caruana really is. After the opening Black makes a minimal mistake and gets himself in trouble. By playing solid/strong moves White's advantage is getting bigger and bigger and Caruana doesn't miss the moment to finish his opponent with a nice winning strike!

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1 Square Meter

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Wednesday, 10 September 2014

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

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Summer ended quite a few days ago, but it feels that it still hasn't left.

What has changed in these 9 days? Hit-nay, no tournaments-nay, late morning coffee- check, game after game-check, white clothes-check, late summer evenings-check :))) So, it is still summer!

Well, on a more serious basis- I am actually playing another tournament, this time- a round-robin in Romania, Braila- "Maria Albulet Memorial". You can check it
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It is a nice feeling- playing each game (especially after the Turkish League, where I played only 6 games out of 13).

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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Tuesday, 09 September 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.

28 upsets from last week will be featured this time; among them three losses by 2700+ GMs.

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Fabiano Caruana Won Sinquefield Cup with a Big Margin

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Sunday, 07 September 2014

Fabiano Caruana won all the 5 mini-matches at Sinquefield Cup and scored 8.5/10 - a fantastic result!
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Sinqufield Cup 2014, final standings:
1. Fabiano Caruana - 8.5/10
2. Magnus Carlsen - 5.5
3. Veselin Topalov - 5
4-5. Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, Levon Aronian - 4
6. Hikaru Nakamura - 3

How often do you see someone outdistance the reigning World Champion by 3 points in a 10-round tournament? Fabiano Caruana won 7 games out of 10, lost none and had 2 totally winning positions in 2 of the 3 games he drew. His performance at the Sinquefield Cup has definitely been one of the best ever. Another analogy comes to mind: in 2009 an Nanjing Magnus Carlsen (at that time #4 in the world) also won all the 5 mini-matches and scored 8/10. On the next rating list he rose to #2 and claimed the very top spot in another month. Fabiano Caruana is officially #3 in the world now, although on the live rating list he is a commanding #2, ahead of Levon Aronian by 43 points. Will we see Caruana rise to the very pinnacle soon? Time will show.

Meanwhile, today is September 7 - the deadline for signing the World Chess Championship contract. Vishy Anand has already agreed to playing in Sochi in November 2014. Will Magnus sign the contract, or will Sergey Karjakin have to replace him?

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