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Round 4 Game 1
r 20170220 teheran wwc R4G1 6943 Shiqu Ni CHINA

The Quarterfinals of the Women's World Championship started in the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran on February 20.

Eight players continue their quest for the chess crown – two former World Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia) and Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria), three Chinese players Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi and Ni Shiqun, Harika Dronavalli (India), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia).

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Third round tie-breaks
r 20170219 teheran wwc R3TB 6890 Sopiko Guramishvili GEORGIA Harika Dronavalli INDIA

The third round tie-breaks started with 4 matches on February 19th at 15:00 local time. 

None of the matches were decided in rapid games at the 25 min + 10 sec time control.

All games finished in a draw in Kosteniuk-Cramling and Dronavalli-Guramishvili matches. Sopiko had good chances in the rook ending in the second rapid game but didn’t find a precise way to convert her advantage.
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Round 3 Game 2
r 20170218 teheran wwc R3G2 6789 Anna Muzychuk UKRAINE

4 matches were decided on the second day of the third round and other 4 matches will be finalized after tie-breaks tomorrow.
Nana Dzagnidze and Antoaneta Stefanova, who won the first games of the third round, had no problems to make draws in the second games and went through the next stage.

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Round 3 Game 1
 MG 3208

Only 16 out of 64 participants are remaining in contention for the title of the Women’s World Champion. In the first game of the third round Nana Dzagnidze, Anna Muzychuk and Antoante Stefanova defeated their opponents, while five other games finished in a draw.

In a Slav Exchange Variation Shen Yang didn`t find the right way to neutralize pressure of Nana Dzagnidze and found herself in an unpleasant position. Her attempt to sacrifice a pawn in order to get conter play was refuted by Nana’s nice tactical blow 25...Ng7!
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Round 2 tiebreak
 MG 3116

The second round tie-breaks started with 9 seeds on February 16th at 15:00 local time. After two rapid games, 5 players, including Harika Dronovalli, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Antoaneta Stefanova, Pia Cramling and Padmini Rout, went through the next round.

The first game of rapid match between Sopiko Guramishvili and Natalia Buksa was finished in draw by Sopiko's claim according to the three times repetition. The second game of one of the most dramatic matches of this tournament also finished in a draw.
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