The return games of the second round of the Women’s World Championship were completed in the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran. More than 50 % of the matches will be decided on tie-breaks tomorrow.
Nana Dzagnidze, Shen Yang, Olga Girya, Ni Shiqun defeated their respective opposition with 2-0 to qualify for the third round of the competition.
Ju Wenjun, Anna Muzychuk, Shen Yang, who started the round by winning against higher rated players, preserved the advantage to also advance to the next round. Pham Le Thao Nguyen, who started with a draw in the first game, managed to win against Alexandra Goriachkina.
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As for the comebacks in a must-win situation, Tan Zhongyi equalized against Anna Ushenina, Nataliya Buksa struck back against Sopiko Guramishvili. From the begiing it didn`t look like Nataliya has any chance to level the score as Sopiko got better ending. Ukrainian player decided to complicate matters and played 27. Nd5 breaking the material balance.
The biggest surprise of the round was a relativly quick loss of Valentina Gunina, who played innacurately in a mustwin situation and was defeated for the second time by Ni Shiqun.
Olga Zimina had a good chance to level the score against Nana Dzagnidze but when the victory was very close she let it slip with tacktical oversight.
A total of 9 matches will be settled in the games with quick time control.
According to regulations after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played.
If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.
In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.
If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.