Here are some chess puzzles from the games of Natalia Pogonina.
White to move and win except where noted.

Solutions are between the brackets under each puzzle.
Drag your cursor from one bracket to the other.


a)
White Mates in 3. Pogonina vs A Kizhikina, Volgograd, 1996
2r3k1/ppq3p1/2n2p1p/2pr4/5P1N/6QP/PP2R1P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re8+ ]

b)
Black to move and win. E Borisova vs Pogonina, Rybinsk, 2001
2r5/5pk1/3p2p1/7p/1P1N1PbP/p1P5/qPKR2P1/1Q6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxc3+ ]

c)
Pogonina vs Cindy Tsai, Oropesa, 2001
6r1/5k2/p3pnNp/1p6/4r2b/2PKB3/PP5P/5RR1 w - - 0 1
[ Nxh4 if Rxg1 Bxg1 Rxh4 Bd4 ]

d)
Pogonina vs Sopiko Khukhashvili, Heraklio, 2002
5r1k/1r4p1/2N2p1p/1q6/n7/3QR2P/2P3P1/4R2K w - - 0 1
[ Re8 Qc5 Qg6 if Kg8 Ne7+ or if Rb6 Rxf8+ ]

e)
Black to move and win. Viktoria Bashkite vs Pogonina, Halkidiki, 2003
r1r2bk1/p2q1p1p/1pb1p1p1/3p4/3P1P2/1QN1P3/PP1R1P1P/2R2BK1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ba4 ]



Pogonina Puzzles, Part II. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Black to move and win. Meihriban Shukurova vs Pogonina, Istanbul, 2003
4r1k1/5p1p/6p1/pp6/3b4/B4P2/PP3P1P/3R2K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rd8 ]

b)
Pogonina vs Evgenija Shmirina, Dresden, 2004
1r1r2k1/2qn1ppp/p3p3/2b1P3/P1NB4/3RQ3/5PPP/2R3K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxc5 if Qxc5 Rxd7 or if Nxc5 Rxd8+ ]

c)
Black to move and win. Betul Yildiz vs Pogonina, Dresden, 2004
1k5r/pp5p/2q4b/2pp4/P5n1/2N3P1/1PQ1NPKP/5R2 b - - 0 1
[ ...d4+ if Qe4 Qxe4+ Nxe4 Re8 f3 Ne3+ ]

d)
Pogonina vs Elena Zaiatz, Smolensk, 2007
3r1k2/5pr1/3p4/1q1N2b1/4Q2p/8/5PPP/3RR1K1 w - - 0 1
[ f4 ]

e)
Pogonina vs Elena Tomilova, Smolensk, 2007
q5r1/2r2p1k/3pp2p/p3n1b1/P2NPn2/1Q2BP2/2P4P/3R1BRK w - - 0 1
[ h4 ]

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Pogonina Puzzles, Part III. White to move and win except where noted.
a)
Pogonina vs Irina Sudakova, Sochi, 2007
r4rk1/1p1bbppp/p2ppn2/P5B1/2q1P3/1NN5/1PPQ1PPP/3R1RK1 w - - 0 1
[ e5 if dxe5 Bxf6 ]

b)
Pogonina vs I Turova, Sochi, 2006
4r1k1/1rp2ppp/3p2q1/QP6/p1P5/4B3/Pb3PPP/2R1R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bd4 ]

c)
Pogonina vs Antoaneta Stefanova, Krasnoturinsk, 2007
3q1rk1/2p2p1p/p5p1/Prbnn3/2QpN3/2P4P/2B2PP1/R1B2RK1 w - - 0 1
[ Qxd5 ]

d)
Pogonina vs Olga Iljushina, Novokuznetsk, 2007
r1r3k1/3b1pp1/p2ppn1p/Pp2n3/1q2PQ2/1NN2P2/1PP1B1PP/R2R2K1 w - - 0 1
[ Na2 Qa4 Nac1 if Qb4 c3 ]

e)
White Mates in 5. Pogonina vs Andrei Kuznesov, Novokuznetsk, 2007
3q1r1k/rp5p/pQ1bBp2/P1p1nP2/3p1P1B/6R1/1P4P1/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Rg8+ Rxg8 Qxd8 ]

Natalija Pogonina Puzzles, Part IV.
The color disk on the diagram indicates who moves first.
a)
Ghate Swathi vs Pogonina, Beijing, 2008
1r4k1/3bpp1p/3p2p1/2rP4/3R4/1B3P2/1qPQ2PP/4RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxb3 cxb3 Bb5+ Kg1 Rc2 ]

b)
Pogonina vs Karina Ambartsumova, Moscow, 2009
2n2rk1/5ppp/8/N1Q5/1p6/3B4/bqP2PPP/4R1K1 w - - 0 1
[ Bxh7+ ]

c)
White Mates in 4. Pogonina vs Nana Dzagnidze, St. Petersburg, 2009
2q5/p3p2k/3pP1p1/2rN2Pn/1p1Q4/7R/PPr5/1K5R w - - 0 1
[ Rxh5+ ]

d)
Daria Pustovoitova vs Natalija Pogonina, Tiumen, 6/19/2012
5Q2/kb6/p6p/1q2r3/1P1p4/4rB2/6PP/2RR3K b - - 0 1
[ ...Rxf3 if gxf3 Qe2 mates ]

e)
Bayanmunkh Ankhchimer vs Natalija Pogonina, Istanbul, 8/30/2012
4rbk1/5pp1/p5rp/1p2PN1N/1PnpQP1P/2q5/P5P1/3RR1K1 b - - 0 1
[ ...Nd2 if Qe2 Nf3+ ]

f)
Nino Maisuradze vs Natalija Pogonina, Caleta, 1/31/2014
5r1k/p4q1p/1p2b1pP/3pP1R1/2r1pB2/1P6/P2Q1PP1/4RK2 b - - 0 1
[ ...Rc2 if Qxc2 Qxf4 ]

g)
Viktor Turkin vs Natalija Pogonina, Kazan, 6/7/2014
6k1/5pp1/4p2p/1p1qP3/r2P1P2/6PP/6QK/1R6 b - - 0 1
[ ...Ra2 if Rb2 Qxg2+ ]


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