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Tie-breaks 2
frontSeven matches was decided on tie-breaks today. All of them were decided in rapid games. Katerina Lahno, Zhu Chen, Ruan Lufei, Aleksandra Kosteniuk, Elmira Skripchenko and Huang Qian confidentially won their matches with 2:0 and joined the participants who had already promoted.  Viktorija Cmilyte who made a draw in the first game against Elisabeth Paehtz succeeded to win in the second game. The most remarkable defeat was caused by Huang Qian who kicked the former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova out of the tournament. In the first game Huang Qian got position with advantage from the opening and converted it into a point. In the second one Bulgarian player had a comfortable position and chances to equalize a score in the match but didn't succeed.

                                  Former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova was eliminated in the second match.

Elisabeth Peahtz and Viktorija Cmilyte during the first game of tie-break. Higher rated Nedezhda Kosintseva, who came here as a second of her sister Tayana Kosintseva, writes moves.

                                     Chinese Ruan Lufei was stronger than her compatriot Zhang Xiaowen in both games.

04                                                                Monika Socko was defeated by Zhu Chen today.


Ukrainian player Katerina Lahno was qualified for the third stage of the tournament after she won both games against Hoang Thanh Trang.


Aleksandra Kosteniuk is a last Russian player who continues to play in the World Championship. She defeated Georgian player Sopiko Khukhashvili in tie-break.


In the first game Almira Skripchenko who had white pieces created a smashing attack on black`s king and won the game against Nana Dzagnidze. In the second one Georgian player was close to equalize the score. Her pieces were set for an attack but one inaccurate move gave Almira Skripchenko chances for counter play. French player used this opportunity and won the second game and the match.


The coach of Zhu Chen from Qatar Alexander Morozevich, who was “hiding” before, finally appeared in the playing hall.
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