N Pogonina 
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Natalia Pogonina
Number of games in database: 774
Years covered: 1996 to 2014
Last FIDE rating: 2499
Highest rating achieved in database: 2501
Overall record: +288 -120 =265 (62.5%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      101 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (173) 
    B92 B33 B42 B32 B58
 French Defense (61) 
    C07 C03 C05 C10 C09
 Ruy Lopez (56) 
    C78 C65 C69 C77 C70
 French Tarrasch (54) 
    C07 C03 C05 C09 C04
 Sicilian Najdorf (44) 
    B92 B90
 Caro-Kann (41) 
    B12 B17 B18 B15 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (105) 
    B76 B78 B52 B50 B70
 Sicilian Dragon (57) 
    B76 B78 B70 B72 B74
 Modern Benoni (43) 
    A57 A58 A59 A56
 Benko Gambit (41) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Ruy Lopez (38) 
    C78 C69 C92 C85 C77
 Nimzo Indian (32) 
    E32 E46 E21 E47 E20
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Pogonina vs V Gunina, 2012 1-0
   N Pogonina vs N Dzagnidze, 2009 1-0
   N Pogonina vs The World, 2009 1-0
   The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 1/2-1/2
   Zhu Chen vs N Pogonina, 2007 1/2-1/2
   N Pogonina vs C Roelli, 1998 1-0
   N Pogonina vs Kosteniuk, 2011 1-0
   N Pogonina vs J Majdan-Gajewska, 2013 1-0
   N Pogonina vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2010 1-0
   O Iljushina vs N Pogonina, 2010 0-1

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2005)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2007)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2007)
   2008 Women's Olympiad (2008)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   10th European Individual Women's Championship (2009)
   Russian Women's Superfinals (2011)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women) (2012)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2013)
   Tradewise Gibraltar (2014)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   White Sicilian Wins by Hvalros
   Black Sicilian Wins by Hvalros

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(born Mar-09-1985) Russia
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WFM (2001), WIM (2002) and WGM (2004). WGM Natalija Andreevna Pogonina was born in Vladivostok, Primorsky Krai and learned to play chess at the age of 5 from her grandfather.


Pogoninaís early successes include winning the Russian U14 Girls championship in 1998. She was =1st at the Russian U18 Girls in 2001 and is two-times European girls champion (U16 in 2000, U18 in 2003), bronze winner at the World Championship (U18) (Girls) in 2003, =1st at the Russian Junior Championship (Girls) in 2003 and 2004, and outright winner of that event in 2005, She also won bronze at the 10th European Individual Women's Championship (2009). She contested the 2004 Women's World Championship and the Women's World Chess Championship (2010) but was eliminated in the first round on both occasions. In March 2012, she scored 7.5/11 in the European Individual Women's Championship (2012) (EIWC) to place =5th (10th on tiebreak and with a TPR of 2501), and then followed up in June 2012 by scoring an undefeated 8/11 (TPR 2514) to take outright second place in the Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women) (2012), signaling a return to her playing strength of a couple of years ago. Her latter result also qualified her to participate in the Russian Women's Superfinals (2012), in which she went one better to win outright with 6.5/9 (+4 =5), and a TPR of 2611. In August 2013, she scored a solid 7.5/11 at the European Individual Women's Championship (2013).

Pogonina qualified for the FIDE Knock-Out Women's World Championship (2012) and defeated compatriots, IM Svetlana Matveeva and former Women's World Champion, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, in the first two rounds before losing to the eventual winner, Ukrainian IM Anna Ushenina, in the third round, thereby bowing out of the title contest. Her result in the 2012 EIWC qualified her to play in the next Women's World Championship Knockout Tournament that will be held late in 2014.

Classical Tournaments

Pogonina won the Líviv Hopes-5 Women in 2002 with 11/13 and the bronze medal at the North Urals Cup (2007). Co-winner of the 2008 Student World Championship, and first at multiple prestigious international tournaments: 2006 Bykova Memorial with 8.5/9, the Rudenko Memorial 2007 with 8/9 and the C section (women's) of the Moscow Open 2009 with 8/9, Pogonina also came equal first (2nd on rapid game tie break behind Alisa Galliamova) in the 60th Russian Women's Superfinal (2010). In 2011, she scored 6/10 in the Tradewise Gibraltar (2011) and in 2014 she scored a solid 5.5/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014).

Team Play

<Olympiads> Pogonina represented Russia in the Women's Olympiad (2008) scoring 6/7 (+5 =2 -0) on first reserve, and was top board for Russia 2 in Chess Olympiad (Women) (2010), scoring 5.5/11. She achieved her best result so far when she won team and individual gold (playing on board 5) in the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012) held in Istanbul, scoring 6.5/8 (+6 =1 -1).

<National and Club events> She won team gold as a member of her Russian team for the womenís blitz final and the bronze medal in the women's team rapid final at the 1st International Mind Sports Games in 2008. 2011 was an excellent year for Pogonina in team play. Playing for her club, AVS Krasnoturinsk, she won team gold and individual silver at the European Club Cup (Women) (2011), and playing for Russia, she won team gold and individual gold at the European Team Championship (Women) (2011) and team silver and individual silver medals at the FIDE Women's World Team Championship (2011). The combination of winning in both the European Club and European Team championships in the same year is unique in both the womenís and menís competitions. Playing board 3 for Russian, she won bronze and helped her team to a bronze medal at the Women's World Team Championship (2013). She helped her team Ugra to win gold at the Russian Team Championships (Women) (2013), also taking individual gold for her 4.5/5 points, which represented a 2757 rating performance. Pogonina wound up 2013 playing board 3 for Russia in the European Team Championship (Women) (2013), helping her team to silver and winning individual bronze for her board.


Pogonina is currently studying for an MA in law at the Saratov State Academy of Law. Her hobbies include flamenco, music, photography, traveling, sports, literature and poetry. She is married to Peter Zhdanov (User: Peter Zhdanov), and they have a son, Nikolai (born 18 November 2009). She is also a member of as User: Natalia Pogonina, and an occasional commentator and analyst here for live broadcasts of games.


<Standard> As of 1 March 2014, Pogonina's rating was 2499 ranking her the #19 woman in the world;

<Rapid> 2404; and

<Blitz> 2427.


Live rating: [; Website:; Wikipedia article: Pogonina

 page 1 of 31; games 1-25 of 774  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. N Pogonina vs Y Kaschenko 1-038 1996 Volgograd opB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. N Zajnullina vs N Pogonina ½-½16 1996 Volgograd opA00 Uncommon Opening
3. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  0-128 1996 Volgograd opD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. V Savchuk vs N Pogonina  0-148 1996 Volgograd opC60 Ruy Lopez
5. N Pogonina vs A Kizhikina  1-032 1996 Volgograd opE10 Queen's Pawn Game
6. M Dolgova vs N Pogonina  1-045 1996 Volgograd opB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
7. N Pogonina vs A Sorokina  1-048 1996 Volgograd opC42 Petrov Defense
8. T Baranchikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½31 1996 Volgograd opB24 Sicilian, Closed
9. T Kosintseva vs N Pogonina  1-063 1997 RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
10. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  ½-½38 1997 RUS-ch U12 GirlsB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
11. J Komarishkina vs N Pogonina  ½-½81 1997 RUS-ch U12 GirlsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
12. N Pogonina vs M Zabiran  1-050 1997 RUS-ch U12 GirlsC52 Evans Gambit
13. E Meshcheriakova vs N Pogonina  0-138 1997 RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
14. N Pogonina vs L Kucherova  1-060 1997 RUS-ch U12 GirlsB33 Sicilian
15. L Dezhurko vs N Pogonina  0-137 1997 RUS-ch U12 GirlsB27 Sicilian
16. T Eremina vs N Pogonina  0-136 1997 RUS-ch U12 GirlsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
17. N Pogonina vs E Hasanova 0-125 1997 RUS-ch U12 GirlsB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
18. N Pogonina vs O Kuchkova  1-033 1998 RUS-ch U16 GirlsC05 French, Tarrasch
19. N Pogonina vs L Javakhishvili  0-150 1998 Wch U14 GirlsB54 Sicilian
20. N Pogonina vs S Tidman  ½-½35 1998 EU-ch U14 GirlsC07 French, Tarrasch
21. Y Melnikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½52 1998 RUS-ch U16 GirlsC49 Four Knights
22. N Pogonina vs Korbut  1-029 1998 RUS-ch U16 GirlsB32 Sicilian
23. N Pogonina vs M Magnucka  ½-½18 1998 Wch U14 GirlsB29 Sicilian, Nimzovich-Rubinstein
24. N Pogonina vs M De los Santos Honrubia  ½-½72 1998 EU-ch U14 GirlsB22 Sicilian, Alapin
25. L Galustova vs N Pogonina  0-166 1998 RUS-ch U16 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
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  Natalia Pogonina: I am staying away from politics. We have Anatoly Karpov, a member of the State Duma. He can give simuls :)

Alexandra Kosteniuk is also a member of United Russia, the reigning pro-Putin party. But she is not an official of any sorts, afaik.

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  waustad: Best of luck in the European Team Championship. That of course applies unless you are playing another of my faves, in which case I can only hope for an excellent and memorable game.
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  WannaBe: <waustad> If she is playing another one of your faves, you can always hope for 1/2. =)
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  waustad: I'm sad to see either lose, but a really good game justifies it. That being said, playing on a powerhouse like Russia, most opponents on board 3 will have deer in the headlights issues and probably won't be players I know much about. Sadly, teams I know top to bottom probably won't be playing Russia unless there is a Swiss fluke in final rounds, which is less likely with 32 teams for 9 rounds than was the case in Rhodes.
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  kingfu: Yes, politics can be messy. I prefer Chess. One board. 2 sides in White and Black. Same rules. Let's play Chess.

Are the teams set by country in the European Team Championship?


Have you heard anything about Spassky?

Spasibo in advance.

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  waustad: Here is something to note about the ETCC: Live broadcast is delayed by 15 minutes and so the text broadcast will be delayed accordingly.
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  HeMateMe: Hi Natalie, exciting last couple of rounds, as Rus. was chasing the Ukrainians.

Here's a good photo of the finalists (I think you are third over, on the right hand side?)


Anything special happen in the event that played out so well for the other team?

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  HeMateMe: Hi Natalie, a belated happy New Year to you. Can you tell us a bit about your upcoming tournament schedule, where you'll be playing in 2014?
Jan-28-14  SimonWebbsTiger: @<HMM>

She's in Gibraltar right now.

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  HeMateMe: Natalie at Gibraltar:


Can you find the hidden watch?


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  Domdaniel: Good luck in Gibraltar, Natalia. It seems pretty strong this year, but it's a good place to be in January.
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  cro777: Natalia Pogonina plays the Short Attack against Nigel Short

In Round 7 of the 2014 Tradewise Gibraltar Chess Festival, Natalia met GM Nigel Short. Against Short's Caro Kann she opted for the Short Attack (4.Nf3) of the Advance Variation.

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 h6 6. O-O Ne7 7. Nbd2 Nd7 8. Nb3 Bg6 9. a4 Nf5 10. a5

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Interestingly, we met the same Black's set-up in the Chessgames challenge The World vs Varuzhan Akobian

1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O Bg6 7. a4 Ne7 8. a5 Nf5 9. c3 h6 1. e4 c6 2. d4 d5 3. e5 Bf5 4. Nf3 e6 5. Be2 Nd7 6. O-O Bg6 7. a4 Ne7 8. a5 Nf5 9. c3 h6

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N Pogonina vs Short, 2014

The World vs Akobian, 2012

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  cro777: <Natalia Pogonina>: "I've been told this during my Gibraltar master class. However, I wasn't even aware that the line is called the Short Attack when I played it. I don't pay much attention to the names when studying openings."
Feb-05-14  GREYSTRIPE: The preferences of Grandmasters of Note~~ H- are to obtain victory and, therefore, achievements have been earned that way; there is no PR for people who earn nothing at the chess-board, nor should a novice make a sound. There are people who did not set foot in Boston who spoke loudly of the Tea Party.
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  Natalia Pogonina: Finally verified on Twitter:

If you follow me and send me a tweet saying that you are a friend from, I will follow you back! :P

Mar-04-14  RedShield: No fear! You might send troops to occupy my account.
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  Stonehenge: Happy Birthday :)
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  Benzol: The picture here on the player page of Natalia is a really nice one. Good choice!


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  moronovich: Happy Birthday <Natalia>
Mar-10-14  joeyj: Happy Birthday WGM Pogonina !!!
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  HeMateMe: Nice photo: this would be Natalie Pogonina, A. Kosteniuk, and ....?


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  Stonehenge: and Valentina Gunina.
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  kingscrusher: Natalia, thanks for coming to the livestream last night. Here is the video now on Youtube:

Best wishes, K

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  HeMateMe: Well done Natalie and team Ugra:


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