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WWCh 2018 Round 2.2: Humpy gets humbled by Jolanta Zawadska

by Shahid Ahmed - 08/11/2018

Humpy made a shocking exit from FIDE Women's World Championship after suffering a loss against Jolanta Zawadzka of Poland in round 2.2. Humpy made a quick draw in round 2.1 with the black pieces. In the second game in the endgame she arrived at an inferior position, lost a pawn and eventually the battle. Harika made a quick draw against Bela Khotenashvili of Georgia in just 20 moves. Harika is the last Indian hope alive at the tournament. She will have to play tie-breaker matches against Bela in Rapid time control and Blitz too if required. In the report you will also find the key results of other players apart from the Indians. Photo: Official site

Humpy suffers a shocking defeat, Harika is India's last hope

FIDE Women's World Championship official logo | Photo: Official site

Humpy got no advantage from the white side of the Queen's Gambit Accepted against Jolanta Zawadska. In an equal endgame, she made an unforced error when she played 32.g4

Humpy played 32.g4 in this position. Find a better move for white

The game went on with 32.g4 Qd8 33.Ne6

There was an opportunity to go into damage control with 33.gxf5 Qh4+ 34.Ke2 b4 35.Kd2 Qf2+ 36.Qe2 Qxe2 37.Kxe2...

...and there is some hope for white

33.Ne6 was the final mistake by Humpy after which recovery was almost impossible

Harika played it safe and drew in just 20 moves | Photo: Official site

Bela Khotenashvili of Georgia opted for the Caro-Kann Defence and Harika decided to play the Two-Knights variation. Before the fireworks could begin, both players repeated and drew in 20 moves.

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It's a long way back home for Humpy | Photo: Official site

Kateryna Lahno (RUS) drew her round 2.2 game against Hoang Thanh Trang (HUN). They will play tie-breakers | Photo: Official site

Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) drew her second game with Shiqun Ni (CHN). No rest for the next round as they will have to appear for tie-break matches | Photo: Official site

Former World Junior and Russian women's champion, Alexandra Goryachkina exited the tournament after being handed two straight losses by her much experienced compatriot Alisa Galliamova | Photo: Official site

Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) bounced back with a win from round 2.1 loss, employing the Volga Gambit against Ekaterina Atalik (TUR). She heads for the Tie-breakers next | Photo: Official site

Ekaterina Atalik - Mariya Muzychuk

Ekaterina played 28. Nh5 and after a while lost the game. She missed something. Find out what did she miss here

White just blundered here with 30.Nxg6. Find out how did Mariya finished off the game

Valentina Gunina (RUS) defeated former Women's World Champion Anna Ushenina (UKR) to move to round 3 | Photo: Official site

18-year old WIM Mobina Alinasab (IRI) defeated Polish no.1 Monika Socko (POL) in two-straight games and knocked her out of the tournament | Photo: Official site

Bela Khotenashvili (GEO) will play tie-breaks against Harika | Photo: Official site

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Live analysis in Hindi by ChessBase India's Hindi Chief Editor Niklesh Jain
Round 2.2 games live stream | Video: Official site

Results of round 2.2

 Ju Wenjun(CHN)1½-½ Krush Irina(USA)
 Zawadzka Jolanta(POL)1½-½ Koneru Humpy(IND)
 Lagno Kateryna(RUS)1-1 Hoang Thanh Trang(HUN)
 Bodnaruk Anastasia(RUS)0-2 Muzychuk Anna(UKR)
 Kosteniuk Alexandra(RUS)1-1 Ni Shiqun(CHN)
 Galliamova Alisa(RUS)2-0 Goryachkina Aleksandra(RUS)
 Muzychuk Mariya(UKR)1-1 Atalik Ekaterina(TUR)
 Tokhirjonova Gulrukhbegim(UZB)1-1 Tan Zhongyi(CHN)
 Gunina Valentina(RUS)1½-½ Ushenina Anna(UKR)
 Socko Monika(POL)0-2 Alinasab Mobina(IRI)
 Dzagnidze Nana(GEO)½-1½ Lei Tingjie(CHN)
 Khotenashvili Bela(GEO)1-1 Harika Dronavalli(IND)
 Stefanova Antoaneta(BUL)1-1 Saduakassova Dinara(KAZ)
 Zhu Jineer(CHN)1-1 Pogonina Natalija(RUS)
 Abdumalik Zhansaya(KAZ)1-1 Zhao Xue(CHN)
 Zhai Mo(CHN)2-0 Batsiashvili Nino(GEO)

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