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Natalia Pogonina
N Pogonina 
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Number of games in database: 1,034
Years covered: 1996 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2474 (2433 rapid, 2309 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2508

Overall record: +365 -165 =370 (61.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 134 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (188) 
    B92 B33 B42 B32 B83
 Ruy Lopez (65) 
    C78 C65 C69 C70 C77
 French Defense (64) 
    C07 C03 C05 C10 C04
 French Tarrasch (57) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04 C09
 Sicilian Najdorf (47) 
    B92 B90
 Caro-Kann (43) 
    B12 B18 B17 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (102) 
    B76 B78 B52 B50 B70
 Ruy Lopez (60) 
    C78 C69 C65 C92 C77
 Sicilian Dragon (55) 
    B76 B78 B70 B72 B74
 Modern Benoni (45) 
    A57 A58 A59 A56
 Benko Gambit (43) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Queen's Gambit Declined (41) 
    D37 D35 D38 D36 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   G Swathi vs N Pogonina, 2008 0-1
   N Pogonina vs N Dzagnidze, 2009 1-0
   N Pogonina vs V Gunina, 2012 1-0
   The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 1/2-1/2
   N Pogonina vs The World, 2009 1-0
   L Kalinina vs N Pogonina, 2005 0-1
   Korbut vs N Pogonina, 2007 0-1
   Zhao Xue vs N Pogonina, 2015 0-1
   M Socko vs N Pogonina, 2009 0-1
   Zhu Chen vs N Pogonina, 2007 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Team Championship (Women) (2018)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2007)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2005)
   Russian Chess Championship Higher League (Women) (2012)
   FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2016)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tehran (2016)
   10th European Individual Women's Championship (2009)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2017)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2016)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)
   European Team Championship (Women) (2013)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   White Sicilian Wins by Hvalros
   Black Sicilian Wins by Hvalros
   C78 Spanish: Archangelsk [Black] by chess.master

   🏆 Russian Team Championship (Women)
   E Nikitina vs N Pogonina (May-09-18) 0-1
   N Pogonina vs Darya Filippova (May-08-18) 1-0
   V Nebolsina vs N Pogonina (May-07-18) 0-1
   N Pogonina vs Margarita Lysenko (May-05-18) 1-0
   E Ovod vs N Pogonina (May-04-18) 0-1

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(born Mar-09-1985, 33 years old) Russia
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WFM (2001), WIM (2002), 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 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015). There she won through to the final, defeating Qi Guo, Ju Wenjun, Marie Sebag, Zhao Xue and Pia Cramling in the preliminary rounds (also winning the IM title and a GM norm for her efforts), to play for the women's crown against Mariya Muzychuk. Unfortunately for her, she lost the final match by 2.5-1.5 (+0 =3 -1).

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 respectable 5.5/10 at the Tradewise Gibraltar (2014). In May-June 2014, she competed in the Rashid Nezhmetdinov Cup, and played strongly to score 6/9.

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). She again played board 5 for Russia at the Chess Olympiad (Women) (2014), remaining undefeated to score 5.5/7 and help her team to another gold medal for the event.

<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.

In 2014, she played board 2 for Yugra (Khanty) in the Russian Women's League and helped her team to win the gold medal. She also played board 2 for the Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk region club in the 2014 European Women's Club Cup, scoring individual bronze and helping her team to 4th place in the event.


Pogonina has an MA in law from 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.


Pogonina was awarded the national title of <Russian Grandmaster> in 2006 or 2007 in recognition of her achievements and contribution to the game in Russia. (1)


Pogonina's highest rating to date was 2508 in July 2014 when she was ranked #15 woman player in the world, while her highest ranking ever was #14 on the women's list in April 2009 and May 2010 when she was rated 2501.


(1) Natalia Pogonina, Wikipedia article: Гроссмейстер (шахматы); and Natalia Pogonina (kibitz #657).

Live rating:; Website:; Wikipedia article: Pogonina

Last updated: 2017-01-13 07:56:06

 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,034  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Savchuk vs N Pogonina  0-1481996Volgograd opC60 Ruy Lopez
2. N Pogonina vs A Kizhikina  1-0321996Volgograd opA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
3. M Dolgova vs N Pogonina 1-0451996Volgograd opB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
4. N Pogonina vs A Sorokina  1-0481996Volgograd opC42 Petrov Defense
5. N Pogonina vs Y Kaschenko 1-0381996Volgograd opB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
6. T Baranchikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½311996Volgograd opB24 Sicilian, Closed
7. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  0-1281996Volgograd opD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
8. N Zajnullina vs N Pogonina ½-½161996Volgograd opB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
9. N Pogonina vs M Zabiran  1-0501997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC52 Evans Gambit
10. J Komarishkina vs N Pogonina  ½-½811997RUS-ch U12 GirlsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
11. E Meshcheriakova vs N Pogonina 0-1381997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
12. N Pogonina vs L Kucherova  1-0601997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB33 Sicilian
13. L Dezhurko vs N Pogonina  0-1371997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB27 Sicilian
14. N Pogonina vs E Hasanova 0-1251997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
15. T Eremina vs N Pogonina  0-1361997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
16. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  ½-½381997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
17. T Kosintseva vs N Pogonina  1-0631997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
18. N Pogonina vs Korbut  1-0291998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB32 Sicilian
19. Y Melnikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½521998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC49 Four Knights
20. N Pogonina vs M Komiagina  1-0401998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
21. L Galustova vs N Pogonina  0-1661998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
22. N Pogonina vs N Zajnullina  1-0171998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC50 Giuoco Piano
23. O Druzhinina vs N Pogonina  0-1611998RUS-ch U16 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  1-0231998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
25. N Pogonina vs O Kuchkova 1-0331998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC05 French, Tarrasch
 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,034  PGN Download
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  kingfu: This is in reference to Gunina-Pogonina game just played.

13....b6 was the only try to get the Bishop in the game.

Does 14....Bb7 hold? It seems that after this move the black c pawn is weak if not lost. It ends up being lost. White invades on the c file and wins.


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  tamar: <kingfu> can you give the moves up til then?
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  HeMateMe: oops, that 23 of 64 was all wrong. Somehow that was list given at chessbase, a few weeks ago.
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  Peter Zhdanov: <HeMateMe> It's ok, but refers to the World Championship, not Russian Superfinal.
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  HeMateMe: Err..does that mean that she is ranked/seeded No. 23 in the upcoming knockout matches? I like her articles on

BTW, some of the players in the Pogonina v. The World game want to give you the Stalin v. Trotsky treatment, if only virtually. You might want to avoid that page...

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  Ezzy: Natalia finished second and received the silver medal in the Russian women's championship 2010.

She lost the tiebreak final 1.5 - 0.5 to Galliamova.

A great effort from Natalia who had an outstanding tournament, but just fell at the last hurdle.

A good confidence booster for the upcoming Women's World Championships.

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  kingfu: tamar,

Go to The Russian Women's Super Final. It is Pogonina's only loss. It was the Lasker Defense in the Queen's Gambit.

My bad. My post went to the wrong place!

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  kingfu: May you have great fortune in The Championship, Natalia Pogonina.
Dec-06-10  ketchuplover: Sounds like her phone rang in game 1 = forfeit. She then lost in game 2 = eliminated. Alledgedly.
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  Golden Executive: ----------------TROLL ALERT-----------
The World vs N Pogonina, 2010
mindfreakkk: I personally think that Nathalia Pagannina is a very good female player, she represents the modern chess, or better, the modern world, where speed matters too much than past. sHe has incredible velocity in variant calculation, and can see beyond. Creativity and performance.

Nakamura vs Kramnik, 2010
mindfreakkk: I personally think that Hikaru James Nakasaki is a very good player, he represent the modern chess, or better, the modern world, where speed matters too much than past. He has incredible velocity in variant calculation, and can see beyond. Creativity and performance.

Mikhail Tal
mindfreakkk: I personally think that Mikaheil James Tal is a very good player, he represent the modern chess, or better, the modern world, where speed matters too much than past. He has incredible velocity in variant calculation, and can see beyond. Creativity and performance.>

A robot-troll ?

Dec-07-10  I play the Fred: No, that's no form-post. You'll notice that Natalie Pogonina lacks the middle name "James".
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  Golden Executive: ...or a romantic troll <Best post ever in this site, I totally agree. These people don't know romantic chess and sell their souls to rybka> ?
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  Golden Executive: <I play the Fred> You are right. <James> is missing only at NP reference...

Viswanathan Anand
mindfreakkk: I personally think that Vishywanatan James Anand are a very good player, he represent the modern chess, or better, the modern world, where speed matters too much than past. He has incredible velocity in variant calculation, and can see beyond. Creativity and performance.

Magnus Carlsen
mindfreakkk: I personally think that Magnus James Carlsen are a very good players, he represent the modern chess, or better, the modern world, where speed matters too much than past. He has incredible velocity in variant calculation, and can see beyond. Creativity and performance.>

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  Tomlinsky: Chin up Natalia! Best wishes for the rest of the Championship.
Dec-08-10  Blunderdome: I personally think mind james freakkk is a very good kibitzer, he represents the modern troll...
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  Golden Executive: <Blunderdome: I personally think mind james freakkk is a very good kibitzer, he represents the modern troll...>

Good one !

Dec-22-10  tentsewang: Mrs. Natalia Pogonina is Elena Fisher from Uncharted series.. She's an absolute delicacy.. Clever, Charming & a wonder-women ;)
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  Boomie: I am surprised and somewhat dismayed that nobody from the World Team has left a message here on the game.

Congratulations on achieving a draw with the black pieces. This is the first time the team has not won with white. We perhaps chose the wrong opening for us but there is no denying that you are one tough opponent. You have every right to be proud of this achivement.

Best of luck in your future endeavors.

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  HeMateMe: <Boomie> I guess we thought the thank you's we left were better placed on the actual game page she frequented.
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  YouRang: <Boomie> Some have posted in Natalia's chessforum: User: Natalia Pogonina
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  Boomie: <YouRang, HeHateMe>

Ah. Good point. Thanks.

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  parmetd: Happy Birthday Natalia! We share the same birthday ;)
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  chancho: Same day as Bobby Fischer!
Mar-09-11  BLarsen1967: Pisces is a deep sign,they play chess from within their salsa soul,like Pogonina,Robert James,like Larsen,all pisces,they're unpredictable
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  twinlark: Due to the precession of the equinoxes, she's an Aquarius.
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