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Natalia Pogonina
N Pogonina 
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Number of games in database: 1,026
Years covered: 1996 to 2018
Last FIDE rating: 2474 (2433 rapid, 2309 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2508

Overall record: +358 -165 =369 (60.8%)*
   * 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 C77 C69 C70
 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 (103) 
    B76 B78 B52 B50 B70
 Ruy Lopez (60) 
    C78 C69 C65 C92 C85
 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 (40) 
    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
   N Pogonina vs K Arakhamia-Grant, 2010 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   European Club Cup (Women) (2007)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2005)
   FIDE Women's World Chess Championship (2015)
   Russian Chess Championships Higher League (Women) (2012)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2016)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tehran (2016)
   Russian Women's Superfinals (2011)
   Russian Superfinals (Women) (2007)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2012)
   10th European Individual Women's Championship (2009)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2017)
   European Individual Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Individual Women's Championship (2013)
   Women's Olympiad (2008)
   Chess Olympiad (Women) (2012)

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

   🏆 Aeroflot Open
   N Pogonina vs S Sargsyan (Feb-26-18) 1/2-1/2
   S L Narayanan vs N Pogonina (Feb-25-18) 1-0
   A Bellaiche vs N Pogonina (Feb-24-18) 1/2-1/2
   N Pogonina vs A Gholami (Feb-23-18) 1/2-1/2
   M Chigaev vs N Pogonina (Feb-22-18) 1-0

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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 1,026  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Pogonina vs A Sorokina  1-0481996Volgograd opC42 Petrov Defense
2. N Pogonina vs Y Kaschenko 1-0381996Volgograd opB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
3. T Baranchikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½311996Volgograd opB24 Sicilian, Closed
4. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  0-1281996Volgograd opD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
5. N Zajnullina vs N Pogonina ½-½161996Volgograd opB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
6. V Savchuk vs N Pogonina  0-1481996Volgograd opC60 Ruy Lopez
7. M Dolgova vs N Pogonina 1-0451996Volgograd opB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. N Pogonina vs A Kizhikina  1-0321996Volgograd opA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
9. L Dezhurko vs N Pogonina  0-1371997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB27 Sicilian
10. N Pogonina vs L Kucherova  1-0601997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB33 Sicilian
11. N Pogonina vs E Hasanova 0-1251997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. T Eremina vs N Pogonina  0-1361997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  ½-½381997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
14. T Kosintseva vs N Pogonina  1-0631997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
15. N Pogonina vs M Zabiran  1-0501997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC52 Evans Gambit
16. J Komarishkina vs N Pogonina  ½-½811997RUS-ch U12 GirlsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
17. E Meshcheriakova vs N Pogonina 0-1381997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
18. L Galustova vs N Pogonina  0-1661998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
19. O Druzhinina vs N Pogonina  0-1611998RUS-ch U16 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. N Pogonina vs N Zajnullina  1-0171998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC50 Giuoco Piano
21. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  1-0231998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
22. N Pogonina vs O Kuchkova 1-0331998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC05 French, Tarrasch
23. N Pogonina vs Korbut  1-0291998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB32 Sicilian
24. Y Melnikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½521998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC49 Four Knights
25. N Pogonina vs M Komiagina  1-0401998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
 page 1 of 42; games 1-25 of 1,026  PGN Download
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  whiteshark: Many happy returns of the Day!
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  parmetd: Happy Birthday. I am sure I say this every year but we share the same birthday and year!
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  WannaBe: Happy Birthday Natalia!!
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  tpstar: <Natalia Pogonina> Happy Birthday!!
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  brankat: Best wishes for Your Birthday!
Mar-09-12  galdur: Happy birthday Natalia, Bobby and parmetd.
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  HeMateMe: Happy birthday Natalie, even though you are mostly at the other (inferior) chess site.
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  brankat: <Penguincw> Women do not like numbers attached to their birthdays :-)
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  Penguincw: < brankat >

Oops. I deleted the post and here it is:

Happy Birthday Pogonina.

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  parmetd: Thank you galdur. Also, Fischer shared the same birthday. Ah March :)
Mar-13-12  kia0708: Oh my god, Pogonina looks so pretty on this photo:

I am sure some male chess players get brain fog playing against pretty women.

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  cro777: The Russian Club Championship takes place in the village of Loo (a historic district of Sochi), Russia, from April 9 to 16 with an impressive array of players and teams.

Interestingly, Natalia Pogonina will play in the men's tournament for the Chess Club Rakita, Belgorod County.

Loo is a microdistrict of the city of Sochi, Krasnodar Territory, Russia, located 18 kilometers (11 miles) from the city center. The recreation center "Akvaloo" achieved wide popularity with its developed infrastructure which includes a water park, restaurants, and a nightclub.

Apr-06-12  waustad: It says on your website that you are the editor for "Chess Kamasutra". OK, I give, what is that about?
Apr-14-12  Smileshire: "I am sure some male chess players get brain fog playing against pretty women." Only men who allow women to be the mirror of their masculinity do. Blame social conditioning that's got into your brain.

And besides, if i turned it around and said i was sure some women would get brain fog playing against attractive men, then you would wonder how that could be. It wouldn't make any sense. Unless they were secretly attracted to them.

And that pic is aweful. it's way over the top. She looks far nicer on here.

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  peyote: Thank you. Have enjoyed your W.C.commentary Natalia.
May-28-12  Born In 2000: <Interesting fact<<<<<>>>>>>: Natalia was born in the city of Vladivostok, which according to Wikipedia < not far from Russia's borders with China and North Korea.> It is also near Japan, only separated by a body of water, the Sea of Japan.
May-30-12  ketchuplover: Thanks for your WCM commentary :)
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  HeMateMe: This would seem to be the photo used to create Natalie P.'s avatar here:


Very nice.


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  twinlark: Congratulations to WGM Pogonina for winning the Women's Superfinal.
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  moronovich: Kudos <Natalia> Well done !
Aug-12-12  LoveThatJoker: <Natalia> Congratulations on becoming the 2012 Female Russian Chess Champion!!


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  Natalia Pogonina: Thanks! =)
Aug-18-12  waustad: They seem to have you listed incorrectly in the http://register.chessolympiadistanb... table. Looking at I was surprised that you are officially a WGM but not IM. You are rated much higher than many IMs so I just wondered what your norm status is. Even better would be to find a site that keeps track of everybody's norm status, but I haven't run across one.
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  harrylime: You are beautiful.
Aug-18-12  torrefan: That's good. Just say thanks everytime, and do it sparingly. Guys, when they talk to beautiful girls, say a lot if innocent things but in their minds they think mostly of sex.
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