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Belt and Road Women Open Round 1-3: Four-way lead

by Shahid Ahmed - 11/07/2019

WGM Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova, GM Antoaneta Stefanova, IM Batkhuyag Munguntuul and WIM Zhu Jiner are in a four-way lead having 2.5/3 at the conclusion of round 3 in Belt and Road Women International Open held in Shaoxing, China. Among the Indians, IM Soumya held GM Harika to a draw in round 3, before that she drew with former Women's World Champion GM Stefanova to a draw in round 2. WIM Pratyusha Bodda defeated IM Sara Khadem in round 3 after the latter made a tactical blunder. Pratyusha also defeated GM Lei Tingjie in round 1. WIM Rucha Pujari made a brilliant start of the tournament by defeating former Women's World Champion GM Tan Zhongyi. Photos: Misty Pine/China Intelligence Sports Network

Soumya and Pratyusha make a good start

IM Soumya Swaminathan made a good start | Photo: Misty Pine/CISN

Soumya drew with former Women's World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova in round 2 and she held her compatriot GM Harika Dronavalli to a draw in round 3 after Soumya thwarted Harika's all attempts to stir up trouble for her.

Round 1

WIM Rucha Pujari played the game of her life and beat GM Tan Zhongyi | Photo: Misty Pine/CISN

In Two-Knight's Defence, Rucha decided to opt for a pawn sacrifice to gain initiative.


Tan Zhongyi - Rucha Pujari, Round 1

Black played 10...h5 announcing that Black is not going to shy away from attacking

White just played 13.c4 which is a mistake. Can you find out why it is so?

What should Black do here if Black wants to continue the attack?

How should Black continue the momentum of attack after 25.Kh1

It's make it or break it time for Black. White just played 29.Bd5. Find out the best continuation for Black

GM Lei Tingjie was shocked by WIM Pratyusha Bodda | Photo: Misty Pine/CISN

Pratyusha played a very simple and solid game against Tingjie in Nimzo-Indian Defence. She capitalized on the tiny but fatal mistake made by Tingjie in the endgame and the converted it into a win with ease.


Pratyusha - Tingjie, Round 1

Black just played 13...Rae8. What should White do here?

Black played a lot of inconsequential moves, the last one being 21...Nf6. How can White create her own opportunity here?

After 24...cxb6, find the best continuation for White

Round 2

Harika had an uneventful draw against Shiqun Ni in round 2 | Photo: Misty Pine/CISN

IM Soumya Swaminathan held former Women's World Champion GM Antoaneta Stefanova to a draw in round 2 | Photo: Misty Pine/CISN

Soumya opted for Scotch Game with white pieces and looked to create opportunities against the much experienced Stefanova, she did not budge and the game eventually ended up in a draw with both sides having a lone rook each.

Round 3

IM Sara Khadem made a tactical error and lost to WIM Pratyusha Bodda | Photo: Misty Pine/CISN

In Queen's Gambit Declined, Pratyusha kept pushing and Sara made sure no damage occur, until she made a tactical error.

Pratyusha - Sara, Round 3

Sara made the mistake of playing 30...Rfd8. Find out why it is a mistake

Sara made a blunder with 34...b6. Find out the winning continuation for White

The tournament is taking place at Shoaxing city in China from 8th July and it will get over on 17th July with 14th July being the rest day. Every day one round of game is played 2 p.m. local time (11:30 a.m. IST). Total Prize fund is $119000.

Round 3 results

19WIMZhu JinerCHN24542½ - ½2WGMTokhirjonova GulrukhbegimUZB242212
213IMMunguntuul BatkhuyagMGL24122½ - ½GMDzagnidze NanaGEO25112
31GMKosteniuk AlexandraRUS2517½ - ½GMUshenina AnnaUKR244810
45GMHarika DronavalliIND2492½ - ½WGMSoumya SwaminathanIND240215
57GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL24741 - 0WGMNi ShiqunCHN240714
617IMGuo QiCHN2375½ - ½WGMGirya OlgaRUS24578
73GMTan ZhongyiCHN251111 - 0Li XueyiCHN233018
824WGMFominykh MariaRUS224310 - 11GMLei TingjieCHN25054
921WIMPratyusha BoddaIND226511 - 01IMKhademalsharieh SarasadatIRI24816
1025WIMGu TianluCHN22051½ - ½1WFMMunkhzul TurmunkhMGL238616
1126Zhang LanlinCHN219511 - 01WIMPujari RuchaIND226820
1211GMBatsiashvili NinoGEO2433½1 - 0½Du YuxinCHN201531
1319WIMSong YuxinCHN2277½1 - 0½Xu YuzeCHN208328
1427Hu Yu A.CHN2095½½ - ½½Zhang XiaoCHN225922
1523WFMLi YunshanCHN2254½1 - 0½Zhou YafeiCHN172034
1632Zhang YuxuanCHN198700 - 10Yan TianqiCHN203429
1733Peng TianluCHN190100 - 10Bai XueCHN202930

Round 4 pairings

112WGMTokhirjonova GulrukhbegimUZB2422GMStefanova AntoanetaBUL24747
213IMMunguntuul BatkhuyagMGL2412WIMZhu JinerCHN24549
38WGMGirya OlgaRUS245722GMKosteniuk AlexandraRUS25171
42GMDzagnidze NanaGEO251122WGMSoumya SwaminathanIND240215
510GMUshenina AnnaUKR244822GMTan ZhongyiCHN25113
64GMLei TingjieCHN250522IMGuo QiCHN237517
721WIMPratyusha BoddaIND226522GMHarika DronavalliIND24925
811GMBatsiashvili NinoGEO24332Zhang LanlinCHN219526
914WGMNi ShiqunCHN2407WIMSong YuxinCHN227719
1016WFMMunkhzul TurmunkhMGL2386WFMLi YunshanCHN225423
1118Li XueyiCHN2330WIMGu TianluCHN220525
126IMKhademalsharieh SarasadatIRI248111WGMFominykh MariaRUS224324
1320WIMPujari RuchaIND226811Hu Yu A.CHN209527
1429Yan TianqiCHN203411Zhang XiaoCHN225922
1530Bai XueCHN20291½Xu YuzeCHN208328
1631Du YuxinCHN2015½½Zhou YafeiCHN172034
1732Zhang YuxuanCHN198700Peng TianluCHN190133


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