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FIDE WSCC GP2: Vaishali eliminated by Gunina

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/07/2020

Vaishali's fantastic run at FIDE chess. com Women's Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix leg 2 came to an end at Quarter-Finals as she went down 3-7 against Valentina Gunina of Russia. Gunina is a multi-time European Individual and Russian Women's champion. She is one of the strongest woman player to have never won a World title. So Vaishali had a surmountable task. She managed to score two victories and two draws. In the end, she had another opportunity during a bullet game but that probably wouldn't have changed the overall outcome of the match. Vaishali will be back on the third leg along with Humpy and Harika starting from 8th July. Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich and Amruta Mokal

Vaishali had a difficult challenge

WGM Vaishali R has performed incredibly so far in FIDE Women's Speed Chess Championship. Valentina Gunina provided a stiff challenge as she lost first four games, managed to draw only two games and win one, resulting in the most grueling defeat for her 3-7. She will be back in the next leg of the GP from 8th July along with compatriots reigning Women's World Rapid Champion Koneru Humpy and India no.2 woman Harika Dronavalli.

Vaishali suffered a brutal defeat against Gunina | Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich and Amruta Mokal

Vaishali got off the mark

After suffering four consecutive losses, Vaishali was on the brink of another defeat, but she fought back and salvaged a draw.

Gunina blundered a queen

Vaishali's first win came in Game 7 when her opponent momentarily had a blind spot and blundered her queen. This was the last 3+1 game between them.

Vaishali - Gunina, Quarter-Finals Game 7

Position after 24.Rb1

Gunina blundered her queen with 24...Qxa4. She could have played either 24...Qa3 or Qc3 and both would have been fine for black.

Gunina blundered in the first Bullet game

In the first game of 1+1, Gunina again got a winning position. She blundered and allowed Vaishali to equalize. Eventually Gunina blundered again to lose the game. Thus the score became 5.5-2.5 in Gunina's favor.

Gunina - Vaisali, Game 8

Position after 29.Rc7

Find out why 29.Rc7 is a huge mistake and what white could have done instead.

Position after 64...Kd6

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A brilliant attack

In the second 1+1 game, Vaishali launched a brilliant attack which allowed her to gain huge upper hand but she was unable to capitalize on it.

Vaishali - Gunina, Game 9

Position after 22...Re3

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Position after 32...Rf8+

Even after the attack got diminished and the position liquidated into a favorable endgame for Vaishali, she made some inaccurate decisions which cost her the game. Where should white move the king after 32...Rf8+ ?

A consolation draw

Since Gunina was already ahead by 6.5-2.5, a draw was sufficient for her to advance to the Semi-Finals

Quarter-Final results | Photo:

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Quarter-Final Results

Vaishali will be back in GP3 along with Humpy and Harika | Source:


GP Points and Prizes | Source:

GP Players

Women's Speed Chess Championship has nine seeded players, among them reigning Women's World Rapid Champion GM Koneru Humpy is there | Source:

Each leg is a 16-player knockout event and will last five days (including one rest day after the semi-finals). The dates will be June 24-28th, July 1-5th, July 8-12th and July 15-19th, with games starting at 14:30 CET (6 p.m. IST)

GP Standings

Each player will play three out of the four legs in the Grand Prix | Source:

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