About 30 minutes ago, I visited the official website to see if I could pick up information on the three different play-offs taking place in Kamksy Mansky, Russia (where?) Okay, it's actually Khanty Masisky, no, that's not right either... It actually Khanty Mansiysk - or something like that. Anyway, my goal was to post a news flash here whilst in the midst of my Thanksgiving Day celebrations.
So, I had discerned that Stefanova had KNOCKED OUT GM Marie Sebag, and that one of the Chinese players had probably knocked out a different Chinese player, but it was basically undecipherable to me what the heck was actually going on - couldn't figure out how to register (not that I wanted to!), or to navigate the games properly, well, par for the course for moi.
The Week in Chess to the rescue. Here are the results from the Round 4 playoffs:
Round 4 Match 01
|Sebag, Marie (FRA)||1||0||0||0||1|
|Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL)||0||1||1||1||3|
Round 4 Match 02
|Ju, Wenjun (CHN)||½||½||½||½||½||1||3½|
|Huang, Qian (CHN)||½||½||½||½||½||0||2½|
Round 4 Match 03
|Kosintseva, Nadezhda (RUS)||½||0||½|
|Ushenina, Anna (UKR)||½||1||1½|
Round 4 Match 04
|Zhao, Xue (CHN)||½||½||0||½||1½|
|Harika, Dronavalli (IND)||½||½||1||½||2½|
Players advancing from the play-offs to Round 5: Antoaneta Stefanova, Ju Wenjun, and Harika Dronavalli. Anna Ushenina had previously secured a spot for herself in the semi-final during regular play and did not have to go through a play-off.
I have to say, this is about an as unlikely group of potential female world chess champions as I could have imagined - and did not! Holy Hathor!
I'm just going to sit back and be entertained over the next several days, beginning with Round 5, whenever that is. Don't the players EVER get a break in this event? Geez!