Women's World Championship 3rd Round Tiebreaks

Women's World Championship 3rd Round Tiebreaks

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Nadezhda Kosintseva, Ju Wenjun and Huang Qian advanced to the quarterfinals.

The match of Kosintseva sisters lived up to expectations and was the most tense and dramatic in the round.

The elder sister dominated in the first rapid game: she obtained an opening advantage, and her play was accurate and energetic, which forced the younger sister to spend more and more time. Tatiana defended imprecisely in the time trouble, and eventually had to resign.

However, in the second game Tatiana demonstrated her character and equalized the score with Black. In the first 10-minute game she played White and got an advantage, but spoiled it later in a very complicated game and lost. Nadezhda defended very well in the second 10-minute game and parried all dangerous threats created by her sister. Black was eventually forced to go for a draw, and Nadezhda won the match 2.5-1.5.

Tatiana (left) and Nadezhda Kosintseva



Natalia Zhukova (Ukraine) lost the first game to Ju Wenjun (China). The Chinese, playing White, got a promising position after the opening, seized more space and controlled the open files. After the queen exchange White won a pawn, and her material advantage was the decisive factor in the endgame. The Ukrainian was unable to come back in the second game, where she initiated a sharp struggle, but cracked under time pressure. Ju Wenjun forced a draw by perpetual and advanced to the quarterfinals.

Ju Wenjun (right) defeated Natalia Zhukova



Huang Qian (China) knocked out Irina Krush (USA) in similar fashion. Krush was forced to defend an unpleasant position in the first game, blundered at the end and had to resign. In the second game the Chinese equalized as Black and held the draw, which allowed her to advance.

Irina Krush (left) was eliminated by Huang Qian



3rd Round Tie-break results

Ju Wenjun (China) – N. Zhukova (Ukraine) 1.5-0.5

Т. Kosintseva (Russia) – N. Kosintseva (Russia) 1.5-2.5

Huang Qian (China) – I. Krush (USA) 1.5-0.5


 The quarterfinal pairings

А. Stefanova (Bulgaria) – М. Sebag (France)

Zhao Xue (China) – H. Dronavalli (India)

Ju Wenjun (China) – Huang Qian (China)

N. Kosintseva (Russia) – А. Ushenina (Ukraine)

The remaining schedule is below. Games start at 15:00 local time (09:00 UTC).

Date Day Event
20.11.2012 Tuesday Quarter-finals - game 1
21.11.2012 Wednesday Quarter-finals - game 2
22.11.2012 Thursday Tiebreaks
23.11.2012 Friday Semi-finals - game 1
24.11.2012 Saturday Semi-finals - game 2
25.11.2012 Sunday Tiebreaks
26.11.2012 Monday Free Day
27.11.2012 Tuesday Final - Game1
28.11.2012 Wednesday Final - Game2
29.11.2012 Thursday Final - Game3
30.11.2012 Friday Final - Game4
01.12.2012 Saturday Tiebreaks
02.12.2012 Sunday Closing Ceremony


The 2012 championship runs from 11 November - 2 December, with each round consisting of 2-game matches (4 in the final) between the players drawn against one another. Tied matches are decided by rapid and blitz tie-break deciders.

Report and pictures via the official website. Games via TWIC.

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