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29. Qxb8 just looked ridiculous to me?
other moves would have been worse ... 28.Bd4 was a blunder (allowing some nice black combinations with the pawn on d3) but she was going downhill after the "obvious" 21.Rc7 ?
Yeah thought that might be the case after looking for a bit longer, black was getting quite a bit of pressure with the 2 bishops and the rook on the b file.
What is the move if 29. Qc3? d2 maybe?
white can play Nb2 then i think, but black has the trade on d4 followed by a bishop sac when the pawn is motoring
Kateryn Lahno and Nadezhda Kosinsteva also go to tie breaks tomorrow. So, of the top five seeded players, four go to tie-breaks, and one is out!
Edit: Lahno lost!
Oops! Add Zhao Xue also goes to tie-breaks tomorrow.She is the number four seed
Houdini now evaluates Natalija Pogonina's position as +2.06!
Irina Krush's position is also evaluated as a significant advantage by Houdini: +1.67! Turning into a bad day for former and current world champions
Krush and Cramling are both very short on time, and play some weird moves.
PS: Crush is winning very easily after some more mistakes.
Viktorija Cmilyte, the number eight seed is out of the tournament, losing to Huang Qian!
Chess.com contributor, Natalija Pogonina just won!
Earlier I mistakenly said that Kateryna Lahno is playing a tie break tomorrow, but the number five seed is out of the tournament, beaten by Lela Javakhishvili!
So, the number 2, 5, and 8 seeds are gone. One former world champion-- Alexandra Kosteniuk--is out of the tournament!
edit: It's still early in the morning
Irina Krush wins to go to tie-breakers w/ Pia Cramling.
11 out of 16 games were wins today.
Okay, having played through all the games fairly quickly I liked the game below, because I understood it more...I think
Hope it does not put the mockers on her but I am starting to fancy our own Natalya Pogonina for the title. :D
Yup, Nino, my ex-teammate, went fine today- although the game was decided by the bad blunder 21...Bd5?? which throws away the exchange and a pawn.
Why doesn't this work?: 22. Nxb6 Bxb3 23. Rc3 Nd5. It seems like black should get one pawn for the R/N exchange.
Okay, so I just woke up and found out that Yifan Hou is out of the tournament. Anna Muzychuk is also out of the tournament. I'm going back to bed
Going back to bed is always a good option. :)
But, hey, look at the cool players that are still in. And think how excited the ladies pulling off the big upsets are going to be.
Pick a new favourite to root for.
(And what an excellent site to watch the tournament on. Props to the organisers.)
this things happen in KO tourneys, if Alexander Khalifman was world champ. Also closed tourneys should rotate the people the invite to play
I guess Xue Zhao is currently the highest rated player
I'm going to take johnyoudell's advice and choose Socko against Pogonina for the final. If you can beat Yifan Hou 3-1, then you have to be one of the favorites against the current Olympic gold medalist and Russian champion.