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Women's Candidates 2022-23 Pool A QF: Humpy and Lei move closer to the Semifinals

by Shahid Ahmed - 29/10/2022

The third game at the FIDE Women's Candidates 2022-23 Pool A Quarterfinals had the same result as the previous round. Both games once again ended in draws. Koneru Humpy and Anna Muzychuk had a solid draw. Although the former avoided a disaster when she realized that her rook was about to be lost, she placed it correctly, according to her opponent. Mariya Muzychuk had some practical chances against Lei Tingjie, however she could not make the most out of it. Both Humpy and Lei need a draw to advance to the Semifinals. Game 4 starts at 3 p.m. local time, 6:30 p.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Muzychuks in a must-win situation

Koneru Humpy is just a draw away from advancing to the Semifinals | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Lei - Mariya, Game 3

Position after 43.Bb5

Mariya Muzychuk could have tried 43...Nb4 and attempted to stir up some trouble. It's not much, still slightly better than 43...Ke7 44.Bxc6 bxc6 which diminished Black's fighting chances.

Mariya Muzychuk: "I did not manage to convert" | Video: FIDE

Lei Tingjie (CHN) - Mariya Muzychuk (UKR): 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza
Anna Muzychuk: "Today I was so close to winning" | Video: FIDE
Humpy was just about to make a big blunder! | Video: ChessBase India

Koneru Humpy - Anna Muzychuk (UKR): 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 3 live commentary by IM and WGM Almira Skripchenko and GM Igor-Alexandre Nataf | Video: FIDE


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