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Astana GP Round 7: Vaishali draws with the leader Zhu Jiner

by Shahid Ahmed - 26/09/2022

IM Vaishali R drew with one of the tournament leaders, WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN) in the eighth round of FIDE Astana GP 2022. It was a quiet draw. She now moves to 3.5/7. GM Aleksandra Goryachkina also drew her game with IM Elisabeth Paehtz (GER). Jiner and Goryachkina are joined by GM Kateryna Lagno in the lead 5/7. Kateryna defeated WGM Dinara Wagner (GER). GM Alexandra Kosteniuk and GM Tan Zhongyi (CHN) are the other two victors of the round. Vaishali will face GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) in Round 8 today, which starts today at 2:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Kateryna Lagno joins the lead

GN Kateryna Lagno changed the leaderboard slightly. She won her game and joined WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN) and GM Aleksandra Goryachkina at the top, to make it a three-way lead 5/7.

IM Vaishali R drew with WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN) | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Jiner - Vaishali: 0.5-0.5

WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN, 2464) had a relatively quiet draw with IM Vaishali R (2449).

Zhansaya - Kosteniuk: 0-1

GM Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ, 2503) suffered her second loss after scoring her first win of the event. For her opponent, GM Alexandra Kosteniuk (2521), it was her third win of the event. All of them occurred with the black pieces.

Position after 17.Qe1

White has done everything wrong she could possibly do. 17.Qe1 did not help her case either gxf5 18.f3 fxg4 18,hxg4 Nxg4 and White lost the game in another six moves.

Interview with GM Alexandra Kosteniuk | Video: FIDE

GM Alexandra Kosteniuk surpassed GM Zhansaya Abdumalik 4/7 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

The players in action | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

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Round 7 Results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
142443
IMAssaubayeva Bibisara½ - ½IMShuvalova Polina
251012
252525
GMTan Zhongyi1 - 0IMKashlinskaya Alina
24913
362358
WGMWagner Dinara0 - 1GMLagno Kateryna
25472
472477
IMPaehtz Elisabeth½ - ½GMGoryachkina Aleksandra
25791
582464
WGMZhu Jiner½ - ½IMVaishali R
244911
692503
GMAbdumalik Zhansaya0 - 1GMKosteniuk Alexandra
252110

Round 8 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
1122510
IMShuvalova PolinaGMKosteniuk Alexandra
252110
2112449
IMVaishali RGMAbdumalik Zhansaya
25039
312579
GMGoryachkina AleksandraWGMZhu Jiner
24648
422547
GMLagno KaterynaIMPaehtz Elisabeth
24777
532491
IMKashlinskaya AlinaWGMWagner Dinara
23586
642443
IMAssaubayeva BibisaraGMTan Zhongyi
25255

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