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Astana GP Round 1: Vaishali makes a solid start

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/09/2022

IM Vaishali R made a solid start at Astana GP. She drew her first round game against the former World Rapid and Blitz Women champion, GM Kateryna Lagno. Former World Women's Championship Challenger GM Aleksandra Goryachkina and Germany no.1 woman, IM Elisabeth Paehtz scored the only two wins of the first round against IM Polina Shuvalova and WGM Dinara Wagner respectively. Reigning World Blitz Women's champion, IM Bibisara Assaubayeva had an interesting opportunity against compatriot, GM Zhansaya Abdumalik. Vaishali will face IM Alina Kashlinskaya in Round 2 which starts today at 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Goryachkina and Paehtz score a win

IM Vaishali R faced GM Kateryna Lagno for the first time in a rated game. Previously they played only once in an online game which Vaishali won in 2020. A solid draw against the former World Rapid and Blitz Women's champion is certainly a good start for Vaishali.

IM Vaishali R has made a good start | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Kateryna - Vaishali: 0.5-0.5

GM Kateryna Lagno (2547) and IM Vaishali R (2449) had a relatively calm draw arising out of Sicilian Accelerated Dragon.

Interview with IM Vaishali R | Video: ChessBase India

GM Kateryna Lagno - IM Vaishali R: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Bibisara - Zhansaya: 0.5-0.5

Reigning World Blitz Women's champion, IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ, 2443) had an interesting opportunity against her fellow compatriot, GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (2503).

Position after 16...Bd6

16...0-0 is a relatively safer choice for Black. 16...Bd6 allows 17.Nxf7 an exciting option for White. 17...Kxf7 18.dxe6+ Black is almost forced to play Kxe6 19.f4 and the position certainly looks a lot promising for White and Black is in quite a bit of trouble. Anyway, White opted for 17.Bf4 Bb8 18.dxe6 Qxe6 and Black managed to evade all danger.

Interview with GM Zhansaya Abdumalik | Video: FIDE

IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) - GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Dinara - Paehtz: 0-1

WGM Dinara Wagner (GER, 2358) made a strange king move when she could have seized her opportunity using tactics against IM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER, 2477).

Position after 24...Reb8

25.Ba7 could have given White an edge. 26.Qa3 could be a reply to both 25...a4/Nc5. Instead, White went for the dubious 25.Kf1. Black got the opportunity she needed 25...Qh2 and turned things in her favor.

Interview with IM Elisabeth Paehtz | Video: FIDE

WGM Dinara Wagner - IM Elisabeth Paehtz (pictured): 0-1 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
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FIDE Women's Grand Prix opened in Astana, Kazakhstan | Video: FIDE

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Replay Live Commentary of Astana Women's GP  Round 1 with GM Ilya Smirin and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni | Video: FIDE

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Round 1 Results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
112579
GMGoryachkina Aleksandra1 - 0IMShuvalova Polina
251012
222547
GMLagno Kateryna½ - ½IMVaishali R
244911
332491
IMKashlinskaya Alina½ - ½GMKosteniuk Alexandra
252110
442443
IMAssaubayeva Bibisara½ - ½GMAbdumalik Zhansaya
25039
552525
GMTan Zhongyi½ - ½WGMZhu Jiner
24648
662358
WGMWagner Dinara0 - 1IMPaehtz Elisabeth
24777

Round 2 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
1122510
IMShuvalova PolinaIMPaehtz Elisabeth
24777
282464
WGMZhu JinerWGMWagner Dinara
23586
392503
GMAbdumalik ZhansayaGMTan Zhongyi
25255
4102521
GMKosteniuk AlexandraIMAssaubayeva Bibisara
24434
5112449
IMVaishali RIMKashlinskaya Alina
24913
612579
GMGoryachkina AleksandraGMLagno Kateryna
25472

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