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Parker Report: Women's World Championship - rd 1 results, rd2 pairings

November 14, 2012 8:30 PM | Anonymous
IM Anna Zatonskih (2489) defeated IM Carolina Lujan (2369, Argentina) by drawing their first game and winning their second.
 IM Irina Krush (2470) also won, although she had a much tougher time with her opponent, IM Li Ruofan (2394, Singapore). Both of their games at classical time controls were drawn. The match then went to rapid time controls. In their first set of two games, Krush won the opener, but Li came back to win the second. In their second set of rapid games the situation was reversed; Li won the first one, and Krush came back to win the second. The match then moved to blitz. Here their first game was drawn, but Irina took the second, and therefore the match.
WGM Tatev Abrahamyan drew her first game with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, but the Russian prevailed in the second, and Abrahamyan's tournament is over.
In round two, Zatonskih will face Chinese GM Ju Wenjun (2501), while Krush will face the oldest player in the tournament, Swedish GM Pia Cramling (2516). The draw is doing Anna Zatonskih no favors; should she overcome Ju she will have to face the highest rated player in the tournament, Humpy Koneru (2610, India), assuming Koneru can get past Natalia Zhukova (2451, Ukraine). Should Krush win she will get the winner of the match between GM Victoria Cmilyte (2524, Lithuania) and WGM Huang Qian (2465, China).

-Scott Parker

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