2018 Women's World Championship

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:09 pm

Pogonina and Lagno have drawn tie-breaks five and six, so does that put us into Armageddon?
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:35 pm

(No it doesn't)
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:36 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:09 pm
Pogonina and Lagno have drawn tie-breaks five and six, so does that put us into Armageddon?
Not yet.

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:58 pm

But now, yes?
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by NickFaulks » Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:59 pm

JustinHorton wrote:
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:58 pm
But now, yes?
Yes

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by Tim Harding » Sun Nov 11, 2018 4:09 pm

Lagno wins with White, so the next round shapes up as follows:

Ju, Wenjun v Tokhirjonova (of whom I had never heard before this event)
Anna Muzychuk v Kosteniuk

Abdumalik v Mariya Muzychuk
Lagno v Lei, Tingjie

So an all-China final or an all-Muzychuk final is still possible; somehow the former seems more probable.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by Kevin Thurlow » Sun Nov 11, 2018 5:14 pm

"So an all-China final or an all-Muzychuk final is still possible;"

Would we get the usual game played repeatedly then an exciting Armageddon game?

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by Chris Rice » Mon Nov 12, 2018 6:13 am

Great report from Jovanka Houska on the last 16 matches including the four golden rules for the tie-breaks:

Rule number 1: Do NOT lose control of the initiative
Rule number 2: Do NOT walk into preparation, duck and dive
Rule number 3: In the midst of chaos there is always opportunity
Rule number 4: "Bang, BANG your moves and hope it pays off"

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Nov 12, 2018 1:30 pm

Muzychuk M fighting for a draw with white against Abdumalik. (Not the first R and N v R, with pawns, we've seen recently, I think.)
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Mon Nov 12, 2018 2:47 pm

Lagno beat Lei with White, Abdumalik beat Muzychuk (M) with Black. Kosteniuk drew with the other Muzychuk and Ju drew with Tokhirjonova, giving the Uzbek a chance with White to knock out the champion.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:27 am

Muzychuk (M) has gone for a Sicilian, not unusual when needing to win with Black, though the particular version, a Taimanov without a6, is a little more unorthodox.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 13, 2018 10:56 am

After 13 moves she seems to me to just have a Scheveningen where White's played a3 and she's played Qb8, which seems OK to me even if the computers think White has a small edge.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:23 pm

Tokhirjonova taking a terrible pasting from Wu today.
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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by Chris Rice » Tue Nov 13, 2018 12:54 pm

Impressed that the spelling of the player with 12 letters is correct.

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Re: 2018 Women's World Championship

Post by JustinHorton » Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:22 pm

She's fighting back and despite being two pawns down may now have a real chance (she's gone from minus seven to minus less than one). Meanwhile Abdumalik, who was just shuffling pieces to get the draw she needs, seems to have messed up the shuffling.
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