In round two of the Women’s World Championship in Sochi number two seed Ju Wenjun had to give up all hopes of becoming World Champion after losing against Natalja Pogonina. But most of the favorites prevailed, and Valentina Gunina and Humpy Koneru even won their fourth game in a row. Five matches were drawn and will be decided in the tie-break.
Humpy Koneru won her first game against the young Chinese Lei Tingjie, and had no problems in the second. After the opening she had a slightly better position and coolly countered Lei’s attempts to get at least some chances. Thus, Koneru won her fourth game in a row and easily qualified for the round of the last sixteen.
Natalja Pogonina eliminated second seed Ju Wenjun. After a draw with Black in their first game Pogonina played White and controlled her opponent right from the start. The game began with a King’s Indian but soon turned into a Maroczy structure in which White had a slight advantage. Pogonina converted this advantage into a better endgame with queens and rooks. Soon after Ju Wenjun committed an inaccuracy in a difficult position which cost her a pawn, and in the resulting rook endgame the Chinese could only hope for a mistake of her opponent. When that did not come Pogonina advanced to the next round.
Anna Muzychuk was always better against Aleksandra Goryachkina and won in a better queen endgame.
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya had to win with White against Victorija Cmilyte,
but found no recipe against Cmilyte’s good preparation and safe play. With this draw Cmilyte advanced to the next round.
Alexandra Kosteniuk won the first game against Shen Yang from China and needed only a draw to win the match. Thus, she did not hesitate when she saw a nice drawing combination.
27.Rxd7 Rxd7 28.Nxe5 Qc1+ 29.Kh2 Ra7 30.Ng6+ Kh7 31.Qxe6 Qg5 32.Nf8+ Kh8 33.Ng6+ ½–½
Valentina Gunina showed against Olga Girya how to play against hanging pawns, winning the match 2-0, and scoring her fourth win in a row.
Yaniet Marrero Lopez from Cuba had White against Meri Arabidze, and after a draw in the first game, she went for broke in the second. However, Lopez’ attempt to overrun her opponent in the opening backfired and with a cool counter Arabidze advanced to the next round.
Pia Cramling also won and qualified for the next round, however, in a different way. She outplayed Ketevan Arakhamia-Grant in a fine positional game.
A drama occurred in the game between Lela Javakhishvili from Georgia and Chinese Tan Zhongyi. For a long time Tan had been forced to defend, and in the following position she missed a simple tactical stroke in time-trouble:
Here Tan could have won with 52…Rxf6!. Perhaps she had overlooked that the new queen on a1 after 53.gxf6 a1Q 54.f7+ Kf8 covers the square g7 and stops White’s passed pawns. In the game she played 52…Rd1? and resigned after 53.Rc5 Rd6 54.Rc1 Re6 55.Rh1 1–0. As the first game of their match had ended in a draw, Javakhishvili qualified for the next round.
Alisa Galliamova had no such problems to advance. She won the first game against Tatiana Kosintseva and needed only a draw in the second. And though she had Black she outplayed her opponent right from the opening. To win the match she offered a draw in a winning positon and Kosintseva basically had to accept.
Antoaneta Stefanova played the shortest game of the round: after 12 moves she and her opponent Inna Gaponenko decided that a draw and a tie-break were best.
Bela Khotenashvili needed one move more to come to the same result against Huang Qian: draw and tie-Break.
Monika Socko and Marya Muzychuk needed 14 moves to agree on a draw and another get-together in the tie-break. Anna Ushenina, however, did not take the easy way out. She tried hard to win against Marie Sebag but though she had good chances to do so she finally had to settle for a draw and the tie-break.
Irina Krush was also lucky to make it to the tie-break. She had White against Harika Dronavalli,
came close to a defeat but could finally save the draw.
Harika Dronavalli did not use her chances and has to go into over-time.
|Koneru, Humpy (IND)||1-0||Lei, Tingjie (CHN)||2-0|
|Pogonina, Natalija (RUS)||1-0||Ju, Wenjun (CHN)||1.5-0.5|
|Muzychuk, Anna (UKR)||1-0||Goryachkina, Aleksandra (RUS)||1.5-0.5|
|Kovalevskaya, Ekaterina (RUS)||½-½||Cmilyte, Viktorija (LTU)||0.5-1.5|
|Kosteniuk, Alexandra (RUS)||½-½||Shen, Yang (CHN)||1.5-0.5|
|Girya, Olga (RUS)||0-1||Gunina, Valentina (RUS)||0-2|
|Zhao, Xue (CHN)||½-½||Melia, Salome (GEO)||1.5-0.5|
|Socko, Monika (POL)||½-½||Muzychuk, Mariya (UKR)||1-1|
|Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL)||½-½||Gaponenko, Inna (UKR)||1-1|
|Huang, Qian (CHN)||½-½||Khotenashvili, Bela (GEO)||1-1|
|Cramling, Pia (SWE)||1-0||Arakhamia-Grant, Ketevan (SCO)||1.5-0.5|
|Krush, Irina (USA)||½-½||Harika, Dronavalli (IND)||1-1|
|Marrero Lopez, Yaniet (CUB)||0-1||Arabidze, Meri (GEO)||0.5-0.5-1.5|
|Javakhishvili, Lela (GEO)||1-0>||Tan, Zhongyi (CHN)||1.5-0.5|
|Ushenina, Anna (UKR)||½-½||Sebag, Marie (FRA)||1-1|
|Kosintseva, Tatiana (RUS)||½-½||Galliamova, Alisa (RUS)||0.5-1.5|
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1.f3 f6 2.g3 g6 3.g2 d5 4.0-0 g7 5.d4 0-0 6.c4 dxc4 7.a3 c6 8.xc4 e6 9.b3 d5 10.b2 a5 11.a4 b8 12.fe5 d8 13.xc6 bxc6 14.c2 xg2 15.xg2 d5 16.ab1 a7 17.e3 c5 18.dxc5 xc5 19.xg7 xg7 20.fd1 b4 21.e4 e6 22.e5+ xe5 23.xe5 f6 24.f4 d6 25.c4 d3 26.xd3 xd3 27.f3 c5 28.e4 d8 29.e5+ g7 30.xa5 b8 31.a1 g5 32.e3 b4 33.c1 gxf4+ 34.gxf4 xb3 35.b1 d4 36.xb4 c2+ 37.e4 xb4 38.b3 g6 39.a5 h5 40.f5 g5 41.fxe6 fxe6 42.c5 1–0
|Round 1 – 64 players|
|March 17||Game 1||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 18||Game 2||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 19||Tie breaks||3:00 p.m. local time|
|Round 2 – 32 players|
|March 20||Game 1||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 21||Game 2||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 22||Tie breaks||3:00 p.m. local time|
|Round 3 – 16 players|
|March 23||Game 1||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 24||Game 2||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 25||Tie breaks||3:00 p.m. local time|
|Round 4 – 8 players|
|March 26||Game 1||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 27||Game 2||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 28||Tie breaks||3:00 p.m. local time|
|Round 5 – 4 players|
|March 29||Game 1||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 30||Game 2||3:00 p.m. local time|
|March 31||Tie breaks||3:00 p.m. local time|
|Rest day – April, 1|
|Round 6 – 2 players|
|April 2||Game 1||3:00 p.m. local time|
|April 3||Game 2||3:00 p.m. local time|
|April 4||Game 3||3:00 p.m. local time|
|April 5||Game 4||3:00 p.m. local time|
|April 6||Tie breaks||3:00 p.m. local time|
|April 7||Closing Ceremony*|
|*Closing Ceremony can be shifted to
April 6 in the absence of tie breaks