Ushinina and Ju tied their match and so will be going to play-offs tomorrow! What a way to spend a weekend, following this action!
Results Round 5, Game 2:
Round 5 Match 01
|Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL)||1||½||1½|
|Harika, Dronavalli (IND)||0||½||½|
Round 5 Match 02
|Ushenina, Anna (UKR)||½||½||1|
|Ju, Wenjun (CHN)||½||½||1|
The second games of the Women’s World Championship semifinals were played today in Khanty-Mansiysk
Harika Dronavalli (India) needed to win as White to tie the match score against Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria). In a slow maneuvering game the Indian advanced her pawns on the queenside, and Stefanova pushed on the kingside. As the game got more open, Black sacrificed a piece for White’s three central pawns and obtained a big advantage. However, Stefanova did not try to win the game outright and just forced a draw by repetition, securing the match victory. Now the former World Champion will have a chance to win her second title.
|At the risk of jinxing her for tomorrow's play-off, Ushenina looks ready to rumble! Killer eyes...|
Anna Ushenina (Ukraine) and Ju Wenjun (China) agreed to an early draw. The Chinese was unable to get an opening advantage with White and offered a draw on the 18th move. Tomorrow, November 25th, the tie-break will determine the second participant of the final match. It will be the fifth tie-break at this championship for Ju Wenjun, and the second one for Ushenina.