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Women's Candidates 2022-23 Pool A QF: Anna Muzychuk forces tie-breaks

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/10/2022

Anna Muzychuk (UKR) won the must-win fourth game of FIDE Women's Candidates 2022-23 Pool A Quarterfnals. She will now play tie-breaks today against Koneru Humpy. Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) drew with Lei Tingjie (CHN) which means the latter advanced to the Semifinals where she will face the winner of the Anna-Humpy tie-breaks. The Quarterfinal tie-breaks consist of four Rapid games of 15 mins + 10 seconds increment. If needed, there will be Blitz games to decide the second Semifinalist. The tie-break games start at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Lei Tingjie advances to the Semifinals

Anna Muzychuk won her must-win game | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Anna - Humpy, Game 4

Position after 30.Bxe6

30...Qxe6 is how Black could have kept things together. 30...fxe6 was the beginning of the end for Black as her kingside became quite vulnerable.

Position after 35.Rexd4

White made a perfect exchange sacrifice to seize her advantage on the kingside. 35.Rexd4 Bxd4 36.Rxd4 Qa2 37.Rd7 Rxf6 38.exf6 Qa1+ 39.Kh2 Qe5+ 40.Kh3 Black could have tried to get back in the game via Rxf2. However, she missed her chance due to mutual time trouble. Anna went on to win the game and force tie-breaks.

Anna Muzychuk: "The game was very complicated, I was not sure what was going on" | Video: FIDE

Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - Koneru Humpy: 1-0 | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza
Lei Tingjie: "The match was tough" | Video: FIDE

Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) - Lei Tingjie (CHN): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

The all four participants of Pool A | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

The match schedule for Pool A | Photo: Official site
Replay FIDE Women's Candidates 2022-23 Pool A Quarterfinals Game 4 live commentary by IM and WGM Almira Skripchenko and GM Igor-Alexandre Nataf | Video: FIDE


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