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Harika enters semis of World Women's Chess Championship

February 23, 2017 13:05 IST

Harika Dronavalli

IMAGE: Harika Dronavalli celebrates after winning her quarter-final. Photograph courtesy: FIDE World Women's Chess Championship

Grandmaster Harika Dronavalli came out strongly yet again in the rapid tie-breaker as she outclassed Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia to enter the semi-finals of the FIDE World Women's Chess Championship for the third time in a row.

Harika was back to her best in the rapid games as she wont he first game displaying some fantastic technique and then drew the second game to set up a semi-final clash against Tan Zhongyi of China.

Harika's match was the only one which stretched to the tie-break stage after she squandered a full point lead against the Georgian.

Harika Dronavalli

IMAGE:
Harika Dronavalli in action against Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia. Photograph courtesy: FIDE World Women's Chess Championship

But the Indian's penchant for the faster version of the game yet again proved stronger than her fourth opponent in a row.

It may be recalled that Harika had won the first match against Bangladeshi Shamima Akter Liza via the tie-breaker before she defeated Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan in the same fashion. She then got past Sopiko Guramishvili of Georgia courtesy of another tie-breaker.

Harika next faces ninth seed Zhongyi and is just one step away from becoming the first Indian ever to make it to the finals of a knockout women's World Championship.

Results (Quarter-finals):

Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) lost to D Harika (IND) 1-1, 0.5-1.5

Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) beat Ni Shiqun (CHN) 1.5-0.5

Ju Wenjun (CHN) lost to Tan Zhongzyi (CHN) 0.5-1.5

Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) drew with Anna Muzycheuk (UKR) 0.5-1.5.

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