Members · Prefs · Laboratory · Collections · Openings · Endgames · Sacrifices · History · Search Kibitzing · Kibitzer's Café · Chessforums · Tournament Index · Players · Kibitzing

Natalija Pogonina
N Pogonina 
Photograph courtesy of  

Number of games in database: 1,308
Years covered: 1996 to 2023
Last FIDE rating: 2475 (2499 rapid, 2311 blitz)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2508
Overall record: +442 -222 =472 (59.7%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 172 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (202) 
    B92 B33 B32 B42 B83
 Ruy Lopez (69) 
    C78 C65 C77 C69 C70
 French Defense (67) 
    C07 C03 C05 C10 C04
 French Tarrasch (60) 
    C07 C03 C05 C04 C09
 Sicilian Najdorf (48) 
    B92 B90
 Caro-Kann (47) 
    B12 B18 B17 B15
With the Black pieces:
 Sicilian (106) 
    B76 B78 B52 B50 B22
 Ruy Lopez (81) 
    C78 C69 C92 C95 C65
 Queen's Gambit Declined (68) 
    D37 D35 D30 D36 D38
 Sicilian Dragon (58) 
    B76 B78 B70 B72 B74
 Modern Benoni (56) 
    A57 A58 A59 A56
 Queen's Pawn Game (55) 
    A46 D02 A45 E10 D05
Repertoire Explorer

NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   N Pogonina vs V Gunina, 2012 1-0
   G Swathi vs N Pogonina, 2008 0-1
   N Pogonina vs N Dzagnidze, 2009 1-0
   The World vs N Pogonina, 2010 1/2-1/2
   N Pogonina vs C Roelli, 1998 1-0
   N Pogonina vs The World, 2009 1-0
   X Zhao vs N Pogonina, 2015 0-1
   N Pogonina vs I Krush, 2004 1-0
   Korbut vs N Pogonina, 2007 0-1
   N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich, 1998 1-0

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Russian Team Championship (Women) (2018)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2018)
   Russian Championship Higher League (Women) (2012)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2016)
   Russian Championship Superfinal (Women) (2019)
   European Championship (Women) (2009)
   European Club Cup (Women) (2007)
   FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tehran (2016)
   Russian Club Championship: Women (2006)
   World Junior Championship (Girls) (2005)
   European Championship (Women) (2008)
   European Championship (Women) (2012)
   European Championship (Women) (2011)
   Dresden Olympiad (Women) (2008)
   Istanbul 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

   🏆 73rd Russian Championship (Women)
   P Shuvalova vs N Pogonina (Oct-12-23) 1-0
   N Pogonina vs B Kovanova (Oct-11-23) 1/2-1/2
   M Yakimova vs N Pogonina (Oct-10-23) 1/2-1/2
   N Pogonina vs M Korneva (Oct-09-23) 1/2-1/2
   N Pogonina vs V Gunina (Oct-08-23) 1-0

Search Sacrifice Explorer for Natalija Pogonina
Search Google for Natalija Pogonina
FIDE player card for Natalija Pogonina

(born Mar-09-1985, 38 years old) Russia
[what is this?]

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.


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.


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 53; games 1-25 of 1,308  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. N Pogonina vs Y Kaschenko 1-0381996Volgograd opB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
2. N Zajnullina vs N Pogonina ½-½161996Volgograd opB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
3. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  0-1281996Volgograd opD16 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
4. N Pogonina vs A Kizhikina 1-0321996Volgograd opA70 Benoni, Classical with 7.Nf3
5. M Dolgova vs N Pogonina 1-0451996Volgograd opB18 Caro-Kann, Classical
6. V Savchuk vs N Pogonina  1-0481996Volgograd opC60 Ruy Lopez
7. T Baranchikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½311996Volgograd opB24 Sicilian, Closed
8. N Pogonina vs A Sorokina  1-0481996Volgograd opC42 Petrov Defense
9. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  ½-½381997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB45 Sicilian, Taimanov
10. N Pogonina vs M Zabiran  1-0501997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC52 Evans Gambit
11. N Pogonina vs E Karnaukhova 0-1251997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB00 Uncommon King's Pawn Opening
12. N Pogonina vs L Kucherova  1-0601997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB33 Sicilian
13. T Eremina vs N Pogonina  0-1361997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
14. T Kosintseva vs N Pogonina  1-0631997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
15. J Gokbulut vs N Pogonina  ½-½811997RUS-ch U12 GirlsE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
16. E Meshcheriakova vs N Pogonina 0-1381997RUS-ch U12 GirlsC42 Petrov Defense
17. L Dezhurko vs N Pogonina  0-1371997RUS-ch U12 GirlsB27 Sicilian
18. L Galustova vs N Pogonina  0-1661998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB01 Scandinavian
19. Y Melnikova vs N Pogonina  ½-½521998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC49 Four Knights
20. O Druzhinina vs N Pogonina  0-1611998RUS-ch U16 GirlsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. N Pogonina vs N Zajnullina  1-0171998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC50 Giuoco Piano
22. N Pogonina vs I Vasilevich  1-0231998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
23. N Pogonina vs O Kuchkova 1-0331998RUS-ch U16 GirlsC05 French, Tarrasch
24. N Pogonina vs Korbut  1-0291998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB32 Sicilian
25. N Pogonina vs M Komiagina 1-0401998RUS-ch U16 GirlsB92 Sicilian, Najdorf, Opocensky Variation
 page 1 of 53; games 1-25 of 1,308  PGN Download
  REFINE SEARCH:   White wins (1-0) | Black wins (0-1) | Draws (1/2-1/2) | Pogonina wins | Pogonina loses  

Grandmaster Pogonina's Website

Kibitzer's Corner
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 28 OF 28 ·  Later Kibitzing>
Mar-08-16  Party Animal: Happy Birthday Natalia! Great chess player & beautiful woman! ; P

The Beatles - Birthday

Premium Chessgames Member
  AylerKupp: Happy Birthday Natalia. We each have something to celebrate March 9th. You, of course, your birthday. Me, it's the anniversary of the day my wife and I met, back in 1969, and we still celebrate it each year. So, happy 31st to you and happy 47th to us.
Premium Chessgames Member
  tpstar: <Natalia Pogonina> Happy Birthday!!
Mar-09-16  parmetd: Happy birthday! I say it every year because we share same birthday and year.
Premium Chessgames Member
  Natalia Pogonina: Thanks for the birthday greetings, friends!

<parmetd> Happy birthday!

<AylerKupp> All the best to you and your wife! Keep it up!

Premium Chessgames Member
  sire: Happy birthday, Natalia!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Stonehenge: <<AylerKupp> All the best to you and your wife! Keep it up!>

Double entendre?

Premium Chessgames Member
  Benzol: Many happy returns.


Mar-09-16  Harvestman: Happy birthday Natalia Pogonina. Same birthday as the great Fischer, and the far less great me.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Ladies who lunch---on their helpless opponents!


Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Congratulations Natalie on a strong showing, going +3 in the recent Euro championships.

Any chance early in your career that you bumped into Korchnoi at European competitions?

Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Well done Natalie, on your strong surge near the end of the tournament to finish sole second in the Russia championship


Is it just me, or do the chess tables in this event seem a little large, maybe too long?

Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Give 'em heck Natalie!


Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: <Stalker alert>
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: no way, man. Natalie's part of the CG family. I just check in now and then and say hi. I don't think she talks much to people here anymore because it takes away from her own web page/blog.
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Or because she doesn't like creepy stalkers. I know the feeling.
Feb-12-17  morfishine: <HeMateMe> Drop it, you are a slobbering, drooling, overage social media user, who has WAY too much time on your hands

There are much more fruitful ways for you to spend your quickly decreasing remaining time on this planet


Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: < morfishine >

go away, loser. This is a chess site, not yahoo.

Feb-12-17  WorstPlayerEver: Yeah, there must be more in life than being an anti-pun freak lol joke's on you, morfy.
Sep-28-18  waustad: It seems that chess2700 has a different result for her game in round 2 of the olympiad. That site lists it as a draw, but all of chessbomb, chess-results and the official site list it as a loss.
Premium Chessgames Member
  HeMateMe: Natalie and super chess vet Pia Cramling


This must be Andreikin with Pogonina, the winners of the 2018 Russian championships.



I've never seen Chuckie all groomed up and well dressed, as here


She looks so pretty here, like two kids on a date.

Oct-14-18  sonia91: Russian women's champion again in 2018, after beating Olga Girya in the playoff:

A shame didn't cover the Russian Superfinals this year, as they are the world strongest national championships...

Jul-24-22  carpovius: What a beautiful woman!
Premium Chessgames Member
  Diocletian: Remarkable this is Fischer's birthday too.
Premium Chessgames Member
  MissScarlett: Same coincidence happens every year. Spooky.
Jump to page #    (enter # from 1 to 28)
search thread:   
< Earlier Kibitzing  · PAGE 28 OF 28 ·  Later Kibitzing>

NOTE: Create an account today to post replies and access other powerful features which are available only to registered users. Becoming a member is free, anonymous, and takes less than 1 minute! If you already have a username, then simply login login under your username now to join the discussion.

Please observe our posting guidelines:

  1. No obscene, racist, sexist, or profane language.
  2. No spamming, advertising, duplicate, or gibberish posts.
  3. No vitriolic or systematic personal attacks against other members.
  4. Nothing in violation of United States law.
  5. No cyberstalking or malicious posting of negative or private information (doxing/doxxing) of members.
  6. No trolling.
  7. The use of "sock puppet" accounts to circumvent disciplinary action taken by moderators, create a false impression of consensus or support, or stage conversations, is prohibited.
  8. Do not degrade Chessgames or any of it's staff/volunteers.

Please try to maintain a semblance of civility at all times.

Blow the Whistle

See something that violates our rules? Blow the whistle and inform a moderator.

NOTE: Please keep all discussion on-topic. This forum is for this specific player only. To discuss chess or this site in general, visit the Kibitzer's Café.

Messages posted by Chessgames members do not necessarily represent the views of, its employees, or sponsors.
All moderator actions taken are ultimately at the sole discretion of the administration.

Spot an error? Please suggest your correction and help us eliminate database mistakes!
Home | About | Login | Logout | F.A.Q. | Profile | Preferences | Premium Membership | Kibitzer's Café | Biographer's Bistro | New Kibitzing | Chessforums | Tournament Index | Player Directory | Notable Games | World Chess Championships | Opening Explorer | Guess the Move | Game Collections | ChessBookie Game | Chessgames Challenge | Store | Privacy Notice | Contact Us

Copyright 2001-2023, Chessgames Services LLC