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  • Classic Pawn Structure, Part 1b

    Last week we looked at a structure that featured a central space advantage for White (two center pawns vs. Black's one) and a queenside pawn majority for Black. I discussed White’s most aggressive plan (a pawn sacrifice that creates a mobile... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Pushing the Lesson Home!

    In “Train Your Brain, Target Consciousness” (Part 1, Part 2) we took a look at weak squares and weak pawns. When studying things like this, you first look at the concept (in this case weak squares and/or weak pawns), you try to intellectually ... | Read More

  • Train Your Brain! Target Consciousness, Part 2

    My last two articles (Train Your Brain! Target Consciousness Part 1, and How to Train Your Brain) were about weak squares and weak pawns, which I view as targets that need to be devoured or used. Creating a permanent seek-and-destroy mentality whe... | Read More

  • Heritage in Modern Play, Part 2

    Last week was the first installment of the series Heritage in Modern Play. Just to remind you, since the topic is still fresh this series aim at systematically studying some of the methods of play and ideas that were invented long ago but still ar... | Read More

  • Balanced Imbalance

    In this week's edition of my "Without the Lady" column, I will be showing an interesting game I played last year against the young Filipino GM Wesley So. Despite the early exchange of queens, the game was razor-sharp - imbalanced in terms of struc... | Read More

    • Team Oz in Oslo

      Goodbye Denmark, Hello Norway! The Politiken Cup once again lived up to its billing as one of the most enjoyable tournaments on the European Summer calendar. This year was especially pleasant for the Aussies; as a team, we scored 4.5/5 in the f... | Read More

      • smurfo
      • | Jul 31, 2014
    • Top 100 Women Chess Player July 2014

      Rank Name Title Country Rating 1  Polgar, Judit  g  HUN 2676 2  Hou, Yifan  g  CHN 2629 3  Koneru, Humpy  g  IND 2613 4  Muzychuk, Anna  g  UKR 2561 5  Zhao, Xue  g  CHN 2542 6  Dzagnidze, Nana  g  GEO 2541 7  Lagno, Kateryna  ... | Read More

      • gludug
      • | Jul 20, 2014
    • IM swayamsm vs equalatoms

      omg I need to share this. This was a bullet game I played yesterday. Did he blunder or just let me win? What are your thoughts guys? Natalia Pogonina Can I submit this for a David vs. Goliath? | Read More

      • equalatoms
      • | Jul 13, 2014
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    • Natalia Pogonina

      Chess Grandmaster & Ambassador | Read More

      • jonate
      • | Jun 3, 2014
    • This is Ukraine today. 20/05/2014 .10 languages.

      Maidan Community Sector, Lviv: Dear friends!By annexing Crimea, Russia has carried out an act of aggression against Ukraine. Currently Russia is transferring terrorist and sabotage groups to Eastern Ukraine. Russia aims to prevent legitimate presi... | Read More

      • Osokor
      • | May 20, 2014

  • Pogonina, Natalia

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    Natalia Pogonina (born on March 9, 1985) is one of the best female chess players in the world. Woman Grandmaster (WGM), three-times European champion (U16, twice U18), bronze prize winner at the World Championship (U18) and European Women Champi... Read More »

  • Alekhina, Natalia

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    Natalia Vladimirovna Alekhina, born Nov 3, 1954, is a Woman Grandmaster (WGM) from Russia.  In 1984, she was awarded the Woman International Master title.  She is married to GM Sergey Archipov.  In 1997, she won the Moscow champions... Read More »