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Astana GP Round 6: Vaishali scores a win against Paehtz

by Shahid Ahmed - 24/09/2022

IM Vaishali R scored her first win of FIDE Astana GP against IM Elisabeth Paehtz in Round 6. The number one woman of Germany for almost two decades went wrong in the balanced rook endgame. She allowed the invasion of rook which proved to be costly. Speaking of firsts, Kazakhstan no.1 woman, GM Zhansaya Abdumalik also registered her first victory of the event. She defeated IM Polina Shuvalova. GM Kateryna Lagno and IM Alina Kashlinskaya (POL) are the other two victors of the round against GM Tan Zhongyi (CHN) and IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ). Today is a rest day. Round 7 starts tomorrow Sunday 25th September at 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Four decisive games again

Just like the previous round, the sixth round also had four decisive games. This is the third time it happened in this event. WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN) and GM Aleksandra Goryachkina maintain their shared lead 4.5/6. They drew their respective games against GM Alexandra Kosteniuk and WGM Dinara Wagner (GER) respectively.

IM Vaishali R ended her win draught | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Vaishali - Paehtz: 1-0

In a relatively balanced endgame, IM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER, 2477) allowed IM Vaishali R's (2449) rook to gain entry.

Position after 40.Rh2

Black needed to prevent the invasion of rook 40...Kg7. Instead, she opted for 40...Ke7 which allowed White to gain a pawn 41.Kd4 first to prevent Rc3+ followed by Rc2/f3. 41... Rc1 42.Rh7+ Kd6 43.Ra7 Rc6 44.Rg7 and it's over for Black.

Interview with IM Vaishali R | Video: FIDE

IM Vaishali R scored her first win of the event | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Shuvalova - Zhansaya: 0-1

GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ, 2503) scored her first win of the event. She seized her chance when her opponent IM Polina Shuvalova (2510) miscalculated in an advantageous position.

Position after 26.Ng5

White played 26.Ng5 with a threat on f7 which actually does no good. 26...h5 27.Bxf7+ Qxf7 28.Nxf7 hxg4 29.Nxd8 Rxd8 30.hxg4 and the resultant position is better for Black despite losing an exchange. The reason behind that is Black's pieces are much better placed and making some deadly threats on White's kingside. Although Zhansaya took some time to convert her advantage.

Interview with GM Zhansaya Abdumalik | Video: FIDE

GM Zhansaya Abdumalik is certainly delighted to score a win | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

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Round 6 Results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
1122510
IMShuvalova Polina0 - 1GMAbdumalik Zhansaya
25039
2102521
GMKosteniuk Alexandra½ - ½WGMZhu Jiner
24648
3112449
IMVaishali R1 - 0IMPaehtz Elisabeth
24777
412579
GMGoryachkina Aleksandra½ - ½WGMWagner Dinara
23586
522547
GMLagno Kateryna1 - 0GMTan Zhongyi
25255
632491
IMKashlinskaya Alina1 - 0IMAssaubayeva Bibisara
24434

Round 7 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
142443
IMAssaubayeva BibisaraIMShuvalova Polina
251012
252525
GMTan ZhongyiIMKashlinskaya Alina
24913
362358
WGMWagner DinaraGMLagno Kateryna
25472
472477
IMPaehtz ElisabethGMGoryachkina Aleksandra
25791
582464
WGMZhu JinerIMVaishali R
244911
692503
GMAbdumalik ZhansayaGMKosteniuk Alexandra
252110

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