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Astana GP Round 3: Vaishali draws with Assaubayeva

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/09/2022

IM Vaishali R had an interesting draw with IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) in the third round of FIDE Astana Grand Prix 2022. The former sacrificed her knight for the reigning World Blitz Women 2021 champion's pawn. Soon the game ended in a draw as the position did not yield a substantial advantage to either player. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina emerged as sole leader after she won a 97-move long battle against IM Alina Kashlinskaya (POL). Vaishali will face the former Women's World champion, GM Tan Zhongyi in round 4 which starts today at 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

50% decisive games

The third round had three decisive games. Apart from Goryachkina, GM Kateryna Lagno and GM Alexandra Kosteniuk were the other two victors against IM Polina Shuvalova and GM Tan Zhongyi.

IM Vaishali played well against IM Bibisara Assaubayeva | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Bibisara - Vaishali: 0.5-0.5

IM Vaishali R (2449) made an interesting knight sacrifice for a pawn in the endgame against IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ, 2443).

Position after 25...bxa3

Although computer recommends 25...Nxd2 to be fine for Black, a human can definitely appreciate 25...bxa3. 26.fxe5 a2 27.Ra1 Nxb2 28.Bxb2 Rxb2 29.Nc5 Rc2 and the game ended in a draw in another seven moves.

Interview with IM Vaishali R | Video: FIDE

IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ) - IM Vaishali R: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

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Replay Live Commentary of Astana Women's GP Round 3 with GM Ilya Smirin and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni | Video: FIDE

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Round 3 Results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
122547
GMLagno Kateryna1 - 0IMShuvalova Polina
251012
232491
IMKashlinskaya Alina0 - 1GMGoryachkina Aleksandra
25791
342443
IMAssaubayeva Bibisara½ - ½IMVaishali R
244911
452525
GMTan Zhongyi0 - 1GMKosteniuk Alexandra
252110
562358
WGMWagner Dinara½ - ½GMAbdumalik Zhansaya
25039
672477
IMPaehtz Elisabeth½ - ½WGMZhu Jiner
24648

Round 4 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
1122510
IMShuvalova PolinaWGMZhu Jiner
24648
292503
GMAbdumalik ZhansayaIMPaehtz Elisabeth
24777
3102521
GMKosteniuk AlexandraWGMWagner Dinara
23586
4112449
IMVaishali RGMTan Zhongyi
25255
512579
GMGoryachkina AleksandraIMAssaubayeva Bibisara
24434
622547
GMLagno KaterynaIMKashlinskaya Alina
24913

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