WGM Natalia Pogonina

Natalia Pogonina is a Russian chess player who holds the title of Woman Grandmaster (WGM).

She is one of the best female chess players in the world and has won many medals and championships. She had a peak Elo rating of 2508 in July 2014.

She was born on March 9, 1985 in Vladivostok, Russia
She learned to play chess at the age of five from her grandfather.

Her notable achievements include winning the Russian Women’s Championship two times (in 2012 and 2018) and the runner-up of the Women’s World Chess Championship 2015.

She was a member of the gold medal-winning Russian team at the Women’s Chess Olympiads of 2012 and 2014 and at the 2011 Women’s European Team Chess Championship

Chess Articles by WGM Natalia Pogonina

Journey to the Chess Kingdom: Review

Publisher: Chess Evolution Authors: GM Yuri Averbakh, Mikhail Beilin Edition: Paperback medium ISBN: 978-83-934656-6-8 Pages: 284 Language: English Cover price: $26.99/€19.99 Available at: Chess Evolution site

Chess Cash Kings 2012: Highest-Earning Chess Players in the World

chess kingsAnnual money rankings are available for many reputable sports. For example, lists by Forbes (highest-earning tennis players; highest-paid NHL players, best-earning men in biathlon, etc.). Unfortunately, this is not the case with chess, where financial data is scarce, and secretly handing out fees in envelopes is still a widespread practice.

Will Magnus Carlsen Break 2900?

magnus carlsenIn January 2013 Magnus Carlsen officially became the highest-rated chess player ever, beating the seemingly unsurpassable achievement of Garry Kasparov (2851). Magnus’ ELO reached a skyrocket height of 2861. However, after winning Tata Steel Chess Tournament Carlsen’s February FIDE rating is expected to be 2872, which is another record. Many people have announced a “countdown to […]

Women vs. Men in Chess

polgar susanThere is nothing that disgusts a man like getting beaten at chess by a woman. Charles Dudley Warner Playing in mixed events is enjoyable since it allows one to learn more about chess and psychology, and to improve more rapidly. So why, one might ask, are women often segregated? The problem is that most organizers […]

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Ksparov-Kramnik MatchHere is another cool article written by the WGM Natalia Pogonina, where she continues the nemeses and customers theory and talks about three basic chess characters as Positional, Tactical and.. Calculator. Natalia also analyzes her game against 2448 FIDE rated WFM (!?). One of the reasons behind the “nemeses and customers” theory is that each […]

Customers and Nemeses

pogonina imageThe transitivity law does not hold for chess. That is, if player A usually beats player B, and player B usually beats player C, it does not imply that player A usually beats player C. In fact, sometimes it’s quite the opposite. While playing against some opponents of similar rating is a walk in the […]

Chess is not only about winning

TheChessWorld begins to publish articles written by WGM Natalia Pogonina as a part of TheChessWorld.com & Pogonina.com cooperation. Natalia Pogonina is three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women Championship, winner of the gold medal at the 1st International Mind Sports Games,co-winner of the 2008 Student […]
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