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Round 3 Game 2
frontThe results of the four matches were decided today. Thus, Humpy Koneru, Katerina Lahno, Ju Wenjun and Zhao Hue were promoted to the next stage. The fate of the other four matches Cmilyte - Skripchenko, Muzychuk M. - Harika, Kosteniuk - Ruan Lufei and Zhu Chen - Hou Yifan will be determined in the tie-breaks tomorrow. Playing with white pieces Zhu Chen equalized the match score after her loss in the previous game.  The game Koneru – Zatonskih lasted  only 14 moves. In the final position Indian player could win a pawn and fight for a win in the game but preferred to fix her victory in the match and accepted a draw.
One of the most exiting games of today was Cmilyte - Skripchenko. Playing white, Lithuanian player sacrificed a piece for an attack.  Almira Skripchenko could take this knight with a pawn and force her opponent to give a perpetual check but decided to test her fortune.

Round 3 Game 1
front16 participants out of 64 continue to play in the World Championship. Three games Kosteniuk – Ruan Lufei, Skripchenko – Cmilyte and Harika - Muzychuk Maria were drawn. Two games were finished relatively quick but in the third one Harika Dronavaliy was trying to win rook ending with pawn up but after 90 moves players shared a point. Among the winners of the first game are Humpy Koneru, Hou Yifan, Zhao Xue, Katerina Lahno, Ju Wenjun. The game between Chinese Hou Yifan and her former compatriot Zhu Chen ended in favor of the young prodigy. After 20 moves the position was about equal. The player from Qatar underestimated her pawn weaknesses in the ending which followed after the queen trade that she proposed herself. Hou Yifan was accurate to prove the ending to be won.

Interview with Yelena Dembo
IMG_5847“I should try to take revenge!”

Anastasia Karlovich- How did you prepare for the championship and what did you expect?
Yelena Dembo- To be honest after the World Championship in 2006 in Ekaterinburg I did not expect anything because I lost in the first round there and went home. Thus, if you consider that my opponent was stronger than four years ago (in the first round Yelena Dembo played against Munguntuul Batkhuyag - AK), I was expecting a very serious struggle. It is clear that I hoped to win but I wasn’t sure in my victory. Preparation for the tournament was quite normal – I was watching what my opponents play, what do they like and not like, how to build a game and so on.

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.

Round 2 Game 2
frontThe second day was really horrible for Russian participants – 5 out 6 players were eliminated and only Aleksandra Kosteniuk continues to play tomorrow with Sopiko Khukhashvili on the tie-break. Among the promoted players are Humpy Koneru, Hou Yifan, Dembo Yelena, Anna and Maria Muzichyk, Harika Dronavalli, Ju Wenjun, Zhao Xue, Anna Zatonskih. Seven matches will be decided on tie-breaks tomorrow.

After unfortunate start of the 2nd round Viktorija Cmilyte and Huang Qian won their games and equalized the score in the matches against Elisabeth Paehtz  and Antoanetta Stefanova accordingly. Playing with black pieces Tatiana Kosintseva had to win today against Yelena Dembo after the unlucky first game. She was really close to succeed but lost the chance to activate her pieces under the time trouble and had to accept a draw.

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