Hou Yifan crashes and burns! Monika Socko, who earned her GM title the traditional way, is knocking off all comers INCLUDING HOU and is on fire, but will these play-off games take a toll?
Maybe not!!! Irina Krush advanced into R3 after battling through a second straight play-off (she also battled through a play-off in R1), whomping veteran GM Pia Cramling, who also earned her title the traditional way. Krush was taking no prisoners today.
Some favorites have been eliminated; indeed, if they're betting on this in Las Vegas, the odds have no doubt gone absolutely nut-so after elimination of the favorites (Hou and Koneru, among others). WOW! One American is left (Krush) -- Anna Zatonskih battled Ju Wenjun for FOUR play-off games, trying to find a way to advance. She couldn't. She goes home bruised and battered, but I hope she feels good about herself. She fought her heart out! This sure is turning into one damn interesting Women's World Championship, woo woo!
Results from R2 play-offs. Players advancing are in bold, Americans in red.
|Round 2 Match 01|
|Socko, Monika (POL)||0||1||1||1||3|
|Hou, Yifan (CHN)||1||0||0||0||1|
Round 2 Match 03
|Ushenina, Anna (UKR)||½||½||1||1||3|
|Muzychuk, Anna (SLO)||½||½||0||0||1|
Round 2 Match 04
|Zhao, Xue (CHN)||1||0||1||½||2.5|
|Khurtsidze, Nino (GEO)||0||1||0||½||1.5|
Round 2 Match 06
|Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS)||½||½||0||1||1||½||3.5|
|Mkrtchian, Lilit (ARM)||½||½||1||0||0||½||2.5|
Round 2 Match 10
|Cramling, Pia (SWE)||1||0||0||0||1|
|Krush, Irina (USA)||0||1||1||1||3|
Round 2 Match 15
|Zatonskih, Anna (USA)||½||½||½||½||0||0||2|
|Ju, Wenjun (CHN)||½||½||½||½||1||1||4|