Natalia Andreevna Pogonina(Наталья Андреевна Погонина)
March 9, 1985 |
Vladivostok, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|FIDE rating||2495 (December 2013)
(No. 21 ranked woman in the December 2013 FIDE World Rankings)
|Peak rating||2501 (April 2009)|
She achieved notice for the first time in 1998 when she won the Russian Girls under-14 National Championship. Natalia Pogonina has won the European Chess Championships among girls thrice, and has also been awarded a bronze medal at the World Junior Chess Championship. Some of her other victories include winning the Bykova Memorial in 2005, Rudenko Memorial in 2007, bronze medal at North Urals Cup chess super tournament and sharing first place at the World Student Chess Championship in 2008.
Her latest successes have been winning the gold medal in team blitz and bronze medal in team rapid chess at the first World Mind Sport Games in Beijing and scoring 6/7 on Board 5 (Russian team) in the Chess Olympiad in 2008. She finished first (with 8 points from 9 games) at the prestigious Moscow Open 2009, and won the bronze medal at the European Women Championship 2009 (on tie-breaks). In 2011 Natalia Pogonina won gold medals at both the European Club Cup and the European Team Chess Championship, as well as got silver at the Women's World Chess Team Championship. In August 2012 Natalia won the Russian Women's Chess Championship with a score +4 =5 -0.
In 2012 she was no. 5 player (reserve) and played eight of the eleven rounds for the Russian women's team, which won the gold medal at the 40th Chess Olympiad in Istanbul. She scored +6=1-1 and won the gold medal for her individual performance on board 5.
Pogonina vs the World
Natalia Pogonina defeated the World with White in a vote chess game that took part at Chess.com from December 23, 2009 to March 28, 2010. A few thousand players from over 100 countries participated. A re-match game against the World has been played at ChessGames.com and ended in a draw.
Columnist at Chess.com since 2009. Has chess blogs at Sports.ru and RedHotPawn.com. Natalia Pogonina served as host and commentator of chess events at a number of chess websites, most notably, ChessGames.com and Chessdom.com. Announced in 2009 that she and Peter Zhdanov will release a book titled “Chess Kama Sutra”. The book has not been published so far, but has received a lot of attention from international media. In 2009 Natalia Pogonina became an ambassador of the Chess Elite software.
Pogonina is currently studying for an MA in law at the Saratov State Academy of Law. Her hobbies include flamenco, music, photography, travelling, sports, literature and poetry. Her handle on the Internet Chess Club is "Bagira".
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After this 25-move victory with the Neo-Archangelsk variation of Ruy Lopez over former FIDE Women's World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova, Natalia Pogonina became co-leader in the North Urals Cup-2007 tournament. (Analysis by T. Grabuzova, ChessPro)
1.e4 e5 2.Nf3 Nc6 3.Bb5 a6 4.Ba4 Nf6 5.0-0 Bc5 6.c3 b5 7.Bc2 d6 8.a4 Bg4 9.h3 Bxf3 10.Qxf3 b4 11.a5 0–0 12.d3 Rb8 13.Nd2 d5 14.exd5 bxc3 15.bxc3 Nd5 (See diagram) 16.d4 More solid is 16. Qe4 with similar ideas, but without sacrificing a pawn. 16...exd4 17.Qd3 g6 17…Nf6 doesn’t work since after 18.Ne4 Nxe4 19.Qxe4 White come up with the decisive fork. 18.Qc4 18.Qxa6 could be met with 18…Ne5 with the idea to counter 19.Ne4 with a nice move 19…Nxc3! White has to decide whether to force a draw by playing 20.Nxc5 Ra8 21.Qb7 Rb8 or to try to demonstrate the potential of the passed a-pawn, supported by two bishops, after 20.Nxc3 dxc3 which led to a position with mutual chances. 18…Rb5 19.Ne4 Ne5? White’s decisiveness is awarded surprisingly quickly. This mistake seems to be uncharacteristic of Antoaneta Stefanova who is, in general, in her element when playing complicated positions with tactical opportunities for both sides. And here comes the blunder! After a reasonable 19…Nc3 White would have been facing certain problems. For instance, 20.Bg5 (White’s queen is badly placed. So, 20.Nxc5? loses immediately to 20…Ne5, while after 20.Nxc3 dxc3 the threats Ne5 and Nxa5 leave white feeling uncomfortable) is answered by 20…Qc8 21.Nc3 (21.Nxc5? Ne5) 21...dxc3 22.Bf6 (22.Qxc3? Bd4 23.Qxc6 Bxa1 and white has no real compensation for the sacrificed material) 22…Qe6 23.Qxc3 Bb4 White can’t develop the initiative: 24.Qf3 Ne5 25.Qf4 Rxa5 26.Rab1 Be7 27.Bxe7 Qxe7 28.Rfe1 f6 leaves black with two “healthy” extra pawns for no real compensation. However, after Black’s mistake the rest is simple: 20.Qxd5 d3 21.Qxd8 Rxd8 22.Ba4 Rxa5 23.Bg5 Rb8 24.Bf6 Bf8 25.Bxe5 25...Rxe5 26.Nf6+ and 27.Nd7 1-0
- "bagira". Internet Chess Club. Retrieved March 3, 2011.
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- Natalia Pogonina's official website
- Natalia Pogonina player profile and games at Chessgames.com
- Pogonina's old website (Russian)
- Interview with Woman Grandmaster Natalia Pogonina at Chessdom site, 2008
- Interview with Natalia Pogonina at Befree site (Befree’s Choice Award), 2008 (Russian)
- Photo collection of Natalia Pogonina and other members of the Russian Chess Team
- Chessportal.ru: Interview with Natalia Pogonina, 2003
- Natalia Pogonina’s interview, 2003 (Russian)
- Video report – Russian Chess Team at the 1st Mind Sport Games
- LatestChess – Interview with WGM Natalia Pogonina, 2009