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Natalia Pogonina
N Pogonina 
Photograph courtesy of pogonina.com.  
Number of games in database: 987
Years covered: 1996 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2466 (2447 rapid, 2401 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2508

Overall record: +354 -161 =359 (61.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 113 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

MOST PLAYED OPENINGS
With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (188) 
    B92 B33 B42 B83 B32
 Ruy Lopez (65) 
    C78 C65 C69 C77 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 B19
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (104) 
    B76 B78 B52 B50 B70
 Ruy Lopez (57) 
    C78 C69 C65 C92 C85
 Sicilian Dragon (57) 
    B76 B78 B70 B72 B74
 Modern Benoni (45) 
    A57 A58 A59 A56
 Benko Gambit (43) 
    A57 A58 A59
 Nimzo Indian (37) 
    E32 E46 E21 E47 E36
Repertoire Explorer

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
   L Kalinina vs N Pogonina, 2005 0-1
   N Pogonina vs The World, 2009 1-0
   Korbut vs N Pogonina, 2007 0-1
   M Socko vs N Pogonina, 2009 0-1
   Zhao Xue vs N Pogonina, 2015 0-1
   The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 1/2-1/2
   N Pogonina vs Kosteniuk, 2011 1-0

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

RECENT GAMES:
   🏆 European Club Cup (Women)
   N Pogonina vs Safiye Oyku Ince (Oct-14-17) 1-0
   U Fataliyeva vs N Pogonina (Oct-13-17) 1/2-1/2
   N Pogonina vs M Sandu (Oct-11-17) 1-0
   N Pogonina vs D Harika (Oct-10-17) 1/2-1/2
   E Kovalevskaya vs N Pogonina (Oct-09-17) 1/2-1/2

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NATALIA POGONINA
(born Mar-09-1985, 32 years old) Russia
PRONUNCIATION:
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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.

Championships

Pogonina’s 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 L’viv 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 women’s 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 women’s and men’s 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.

Personal

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 chessgames.com as User: Natalia Pogonina, and an occasional commentator and analyst here for live broadcasts of games.

Award

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)

Rating

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.

Sources

(1) Natalia Pogonina, Wikipedia article: Гроссмейстер (шахматы); http://www.rg.ru/2007/12/08/sport-d... and Natalia Pogonina (kibitz #657).

Live rating: http://pogonina.com/index.php?optio...; Website: http://pogonina.com/; Wikipedia article: Pogonina

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

 page 1 of 40; games 1-25 of 987  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Pogonina vs Y Kaschenko 1-0381996Volgograd opB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. T Baranchikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½311996Volgograd opB24 Sicilian, Closed
3. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  0-1281996Volgograd opD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. N Zajnullina vs N Pogonina ½-½161996Volgograd opA00 Uncommon Opening
5. V Savchuk vs N Pogonina  0-1481996Volgograd opC60 Ruy Lopez
6. N Pogonina vs A Kizhikina  1-0321996Volgograd opA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
7. M Dolgova vs N Pogonina 1-0451996Volgograd opB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
8. N Pogonina vs A Sorokina  1-0481996Volgograd opC42 Petrov Defense
9. N Pogonina vs E Hasanova 0-1251997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
10. T Eremina vs N Pogonina  0-1361997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
11. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  ½-½381997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
12. T Kosintseva vs N Pogonina  1-0631997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
13. N Pogonina vs M Zabiran  1-0501997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC52 Evans Gambit
14. J Komarishkina vs N Pogonina  ½-½811997RUS-ch U12 GirlsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
15. E Meshcheriakova vs N Pogonina 0-1381997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
16. N Pogonina vs L Kucherova  1-0601997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB33 Sicilian
17. L Dezhurko vs N Pogonina  0-1371997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB27 Sicilian
18. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  1-0231998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
19. N Pogonina vs O Kuchkova 1-0331998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC05 French, Tarrasch
20. N Pogonina vs Korbut  1-0291998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB32 Sicilian
21. Y Melnikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½521998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC49 Four Knights
22. N Pogonina vs M Komiagina  1-0401998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
23. L Galustova vs N Pogonina  0-1661998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
24. N Pogonina vs N Zajnullina  1-0171998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC50 Giuoco Piano
25. O Druzhinina vs N Pogonina  0-1611998RUS-ch U16 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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Grandmaster Pogonina's Website

Kibitzer's Corner
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Aug-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: BF is a loser, crying out for attention. His posts on other pages resemble the above^^.
Aug-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Natalia Pogonina: <BlackFront> Grandmaster of Russia is a title that is rewarded for outstanding results in chess - both having a high rating and having performed well at top international official competitions. The RCF has removed the list of title holders from the website for some reason, but I can reassure you that it is by far less common than the GM title. I would estimate the ratio to be about 4 Russian FIDE GMs to 1 GM of Russia. Most 2600+ GMs don't have the title, because, for example, one has to finish in the top-6 at World Chess Championship or top-3 at European Chess Championship to qualify. To give you another benchmark, GM Alekseev, who has been rated above 2700 for a few years already, has only earned this title in 2012. I have been awarded mine in 2006.

You remark about Chess Olympiad vs. Olympics is factually correct, but rather irrelevant. First of all, we are not talking about public perception of players outside the chess community. Within the chess world if you are an Olympic champion, you are one of the top-10 most established team players in the world by definition. Secondly, it is not easier to win a Chess Olympiad than any other Olympic event. With 150+ stongest federations participating, it is hard to clinch first place. If chess was included into the Olympics and a few more federations would send their sub-2000 players to the competition, it wouldn't make it any more challenging. Hence, I don't see what exactly you are trying to point out. That Chess Olympiad isn't as prestigious in the eyes of the laymen as the Olympics? It goes without saying. And if you are thus implying that it's easy to win it, then I have explained above why you are wrong.

On a separate note, I am always puzzled by certain individuals who think that being a GM is so cool that I am supposed to be dying to use the title to promote myself. In fact, the ladder goes like this: no title-title-holders-winners of strong international tournaments-popular winners of strong international tournaments. Now you can guess on which step of the ladder I am standing.

When colleagues want to describe my level of achievements to a stranger who doesn't know who I am, they would never use the word "grandmaster" as the key description, because there are over 1400 GMs in the world right now. Instead they would refer to one of my CURRENT titles (ignoring the ones I have won in the past):

Olympic Women’s Chess Champion (team & individual gold), European Women’s Team Chess Champion (team & individual gold), Russian Women’s Team Chess Champion (team & individual gold), Russian Women’s Chess Champion. Oh yes, I also have team & individual bronze from the Women's World Team Chess Championship, but usually list only gold medals :P

Aug-06-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  twinlark: <Natalia Pogonina>

Well done in the recent European Championship. Does this result qualify you for the Women's World Championship Tournament next year?

Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bureaucrat: Chess Olympiad 2012, Istanbul:

Russia won the women's team event, and are thus the reigning champions. The team:

Board 1: GM Tatiana Kosintseva
Board 2: IM Valentina Gunina
Board 3: GM Nadezhda Kosintseva
Board 4: GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
Reserve: WGM Natalia Pogonina

Indivudual gold medals in the women's event:

<All board prizes were given out according to performance ratings. Nadezhda Kosintseva on third board had the best performance of all players in the tournament:

Board 1: Hou Yifan 2645
Board 2: Zhao Xue 2574
Board 3: Nadezhda Kosintseva 2693
Board 4: Huang Qian 2547
Reserve: Natalia Pogonina 2487.>

Source:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/40th_C...

Natalia Pogonina played 8 games in the Olympiad, scoring six wins, one draw and one loss, against a rating average of 2266.

http://ratings.fide.com/individual_...

Aug-07-13  gromguten: Skill levels in general:

GM > IM > WGM > FIDE Master.

For Gents: Grandmaster of Russsia > GM

For Ladies: GM > Grandmaster of Russia

(a title no one ever heard of, btw.)

Our grandmaster has so far been awarded the WGM title. Her user profile is correct about this, but her rating of 2501 in the profile is outdated (3 years old). Her current rating is 2478.

Our grandmaster is a very talented chessplayer, and has excellent results in women's (team) competitions, congratulations.

Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bureaucrat: By the way, I wrote the above post in order to provide some details as to how grandmaster Natalia Pogonina became <the reigning Olympic Chess Champion>, the term used in her resume on www.pogonina.com.
Aug-07-13  gromguten: Current world rank: 1198 (female player #26 )

I can only imagine it must be hard to make a living from chess when there's 1200 players better than you. It's reassuring to read she's studying for an MA in Law. Professional chess is not for everyone!

Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Natalia Pogonina: <twinlark> Thanks. I have qualified for it last year, so this year I didn't even have to do it. However, I did.

<Bureaucrat> You are posting well-known facts (available at the official website, Wikipedia, Olimpbase - anywhere) while trying to supply them with multiple links and proofs, as if someone was trying to dispute them or conceal the truth. Also, you didn't actually comment on the results. What exactly is your point? Do you have a problem with the way I (or our team overall) played?

<gromguten> First your make certain assumptions about how GM and GM of Russia titles can be compared and then follow it up by saying that "no one has heard of" the latter title. Don't you see an obvious controversy in your own words? If you haven't heard about it, then how do you know which one is more prestigious? :-)

Also, the profile here correctly states:

>Last FIDE rating: 2478
>Highest rating achieved in database: >2501

Where did you find the "currently rated 2501" line?

Moreover, I am not in charge of editing my profile here. Hence, it is inappropriate to make it sound as if I am the one responsible for what it says. I would have probably rewritten it in a different fashion, but it's up to the website's administration to run the site the way they want. I don't feel like I should interfere, as long as there are no SERIOUS mistakes in the bio. And even if there were, I have more important things to do than to monitor all the chess websites in the world and see what they have written about me :-)

Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Natalia Pogonina: <gromguten> If you continue making personal attacks here instead of discussing something meaningful, I will have to ban you. Also, I have my degree in Law and am not planning to work as a lawyer anyway. For me personally chess is more interesting and pays better.

Please don't be concerned about my earnings. I make more than an average 2700+ GM. Instead, please tell us how successful you are in your area of expertise. Since you are obviously not impressed with my titles and a pathetic (according to your views) #26 spot on the women's chess rating list, I guess you are the one of the world's top-10 scientists, enterpreneurs, singers, writers, etc.? Or...?

Aug-07-13  gromguten: I said your user profile, mylady, which says FIDE 2501 :-)

Natalia Pogonina chessforum

Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bureaucrat: <What exactly is your point?>

I got interested in how you became the reigning Olympic Chess Champion, and I thought others might be interested too. This is a good place to post such information, as it is the Natalia Pogonina player page.

Aug-07-13  gromguten: I'm well off, thanks :-)
Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Natalia Pogonina: <gromguten> Thanks for the heads-up. I have completely forgotten about that profile. Updated now. Hope you are happy. 23 rating points is no joke!!!
Aug-07-13  gromguten: You're welcome!
Aug-07-13  BlackFront: Padded resume is like padded bra; that we like to know what's on top, doesn't mean we don't like what's underneath.

<<BlackFront> Grandmaster of Russia is a title that is rewarded for outstanding results in chess - both having a high rating and having performed well at top international official competitions. The RCF has removed the list of title holders from the website for some reason, but I can reassure you that it is by far less common than the GM title.>>

When was this title instituted, or is it a continuation of:

<In 1927, the Soviet Union's Chess Federation established the title of Grandmaster of the Soviet Union, for their own players, since at that time Soviets were not competing outside their own country. This title was abolished in 1931, after having been awarded to Boris Verlinsky, who won the 1929 Soviet Championship.[7] The title was brought back in 1935, and awarded to Mikhail Botvinnik, who thus became the first "official" Grandmaster of the USSR. Verlinsky did not get his title back.[7]>

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandm...

Is there a formal ceremony of investiture or do you simply get a letter through the post?

Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Bureaucrat: <while trying to supply them with multiple links and proofs, as if someone was trying to dispute them or conceal the truth.>

Nope. When sharing information it is customary to provide the sources of that information. Besides, the sources provide <additional> information, for anyone interested.

Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  Natalia Pogonina: <BlackFront> The phrase about a padded bra is witty, but completely irrelevant here, because nothing has been padded at all.

The title is in some way derived from the one you have mentioned. I guess it exists from the early 90s, but I don't remember the exact date since I was probably a small girl when it was introduced. You can google it as efficiently as myself (hopefully).

There is a formal procedure of application that is identical to the FIDE one - collect documents, certify them, apply, wait for a decision, receive your document and badge (if the application gets approved).

Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <(a title no one ever heard of, btw.) >

The following information is supplied by Wikipedia. <Grandmaster (chess)>

<Non-standard and Soviet usage before 1950>

Before 1950, the term grandmaster was sometimes informally applied to other world class players. The Fédération Internationale des Échecs (FIDE, or World Chess Federation) was formed in Paris in 1924, but at that time did not formulate criteria on who should earn the title.

In 1927, the Soviet Union's Chess Federation established the title of Grandmaster of the Soviet Union, for their own players, since at that time Soviets were not competing outside their own country. This title was abolished in 1931, after having been awarded to Boris Verlinsky, who won the 1929 Soviet Championship. The title was brought back in 1935, and awarded to Mikhail Botvinnik, who thus became the first "official" Grandmaster of the USSR. Verlinsky did not get his title back.>

Aug-07-13  BlackFront: <The phrase about a padded bra is witty...>

Confucius say it.

<because nothing has been padded at all.>

How about <sexed-up>? It would appear you take umbrage at the implication that you are more concerned with self-promotion than chess promotion, but I don't understand why, as the two are not mutually exclusive. If you do indeed make more from chess than your average 2700+ ELO, then congratulations are in order.

<You can google it as efficiently as myself (hopefully).>

Your Russian is probably slightly better than mine.

<There is a formal procedure of application that is identical to the FIDE one - collect documents, certify them, apply, wait for a decision, receive your document and badge (if the application gets approved).>

I see. I was labouring under the misapprehension that it was bestowed upon one, as if from the gods. Is the title prestigious enough that all eligible players would apply?

Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <gromgruten> The US also used to award GM titles that were not FIDE titles.

<On the national rating List, Robert Fischer has a rating of 2626, a U.S. grandmaster's rating. The only other active grandmaster is Samuel Reshevsky with a rating of 2713 – Chess Life, March 5, 1958, pg. 5.>

Fischer had a US GM title before he received his FIDE GM title. He received it when he finished well in Portoroz 1958 qualifying for the Candidates.

Aug-07-13  gromguten: Thank you TheFocus. Fischer is one of my all time favourite chess players!

Exciting times, this week we've learned about two gm-titles unknown to mankind :-)

Aug-07-13  MarkFinan: Gromguten.. It baffles me what goes through people like yours minds. Even if what you said was true, does it matter? Is it Important to you personally?
Aug-07-13
Premium Chessgames Member
  TheFocus: <Exciting times, this week we've learned about two gm-titles unknown to mankind :-)>

What a stupid remark. Act your age, and not your ignorance.

Aug-07-13  gromguten: I will be banned from this page now, but that's not important right now.

Mark Finan, I don't like arrogant braggers, that's all :-)

Aug-07-13  gromguten: Like jfq and alexmagnus for instance. But I'm done, sorry for the interruption :-)
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