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Tata Steel India 2022 Women Blitz R1-9: Mariya scores a staggering 8/9 with a performance of 2719

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/12/2022

The 15th Women's World Champion in history, GM Mariya Muzychuk made a blazing start at Tata Steel Chess India 2022 Women Blitz. The 44th Olympiad Gold medalist scored an unbeaten 8/9 to gain sole lead and stay a full point ahead of the competition. IM Vaishali R is at sole second position with a score of 7/9. They are followed by former World Women's Blitz champion, GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) and 44th Olympiad Bronze medalist, GM Harika Dronavalli. All ten players will play another round of Blitz games against each other, starting from 11 a.m. IST tomorrow. Who do you think will the first-ever Tata Steel Chess India 2022 Women Blitz? Photo: Lennart Ootes

Vaishali in pursuit

IM Vaishali R chained four consecutive victories between round 6 and 9 to stay in the hunt for a first place finish. Her only loss was against GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) who earned her first win in Kolkata and then went on to have a three more game winning streak, before drawing with GM Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) and losing to IM Bhakti Kulkarni. GM Harika Dronalli is also at the same score 5/9.

GM Mariya Muzychuk is in the sole lead 8/9 | Photo: Lennart Ootes

Round 1: Anna Muzychuk - Humpy: 0-1

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2460) had an extremely exciting game against GM Koneru Humpy (2474) in Petroff's Defence.

Position after 11...Kh7

It was certainly not easy to find the precise continuation 12.Qe4+ Kg8 13.Nd5. The position is still unclear. Black's h8-rook being blocked by the king is the compensation for White's lost rook.

Anna vs Humpy - Crash, Bang, Boom in Petroff | Video: ChessBase India

GM Anna Muzychuk - GM Koneru Humpy had the shortest game of the day in just 16 moves | Photo: Amruta Mokal

Round 2: Dzagnidze - Vaishali: 0-1

After missing a hanging piece in the first round against GM Harika Dronavalli (2407), IM Vaishali R (2361) seized her opportunity to capture her opponent GM Nana Dzagnidze's (GEO, 2416) knight using an absolute pin tactic.

Knight becomes The Full English Breakfast - GM Nana vs IM Vaishali | Video: ChessBase India
Never Ever Give Up - Fight 'til the very last move | IM Bhakti vs WIM Savitha | Video: ChessBase India

Round 3: Savitha - Anna Muzychuk: 1-0

WIM Savitha Shri B (2311) scored a hat-trick and became the sole leader after round 3. She scored a huge win over GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2460).

WIM Savitha Shri B scored a huge upset over GM Anna Muzychuk | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
GM Mariya vs WIM Savitha - Mate in 1 Decides the Fate | Video: ChessBase India

Round 4: Humpy - Harika: 0-1

The rare battle between India no.1 and no.2, GM Humpy and GM Harika ended in favor of the latter as the former ran out of time as soon as she pressed the clock. Her last move gave his opponent a substantial advantage anyway.

Humpy v Harika - Clock Press at the last move does not count | Video: ChessBase India

Humpy-Harika battles are always must-see | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
Round 6: IM Bhakti vs GM Harika - The Dark Knight breaks through the Gridlock | Video: ChessBase India
Round 6: WIM Savitha vs IM Vaishali - Over-the-board Fingerslip drops the Rook | Video: ChessBase India

Round 7: Oliwia - Savitha: 0-1

WIM Savitha Shri B (2311) showed her tactical alertness against IM Oliwia Kiolbasa (POL, 2279).

Vaishali - Humpy: 1-0

IM Vaishali R (2361) defeated GM Koneru Humpy (2474) to move her score to 5/7.

Round 9: Ushenina - Vaishali: 0-1

Just like GM Anna Muzychuk, IM Vaishali R registered her fourth consecutive victory of the event against the Tata Steel Chess India 2022 Women Rapid winner, GM Anna Ushenina (UKR, 2395).

Vaishali plays 26 moves with 6 seconds on the clock | Video: ChessBase India
Vidit's positional technique, Nihal's tactics and a tough rook endgame | Video: ChessBase India

The Ambassador of Tata Steel Chess India Rapid and Blitz 2022, GM Vishy Anand flanked by the dynamic duo - IM Tania Sachdev and IM Sagar Shah | Photo: Aditya Sur Roy
"Every half point is important" - Vishy Anand | Blitz day 1 | WACA Recap | Video: ChessBase India
Tata Steel Chess India 2022 Women Blitz | Round 1-9 Live commentary by IM Sagar Shah and IM Tania Sachdev | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 1-9 games

Round 9 results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
IMKiolbasa Oliwia0 - 1GMKoneru Humpy
GMUshenina Anna0 - 1IMVaishali Rameshbabu
GMHarika Dronavalli1 - 0WIMSavitha Shri B
GMDzagnidze Nana0 - 1GMMuzychuk Mariya
IMKulkarni Bhakti1 - 0GMMuzychuk Anna


Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNo NameRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3  TB4 
GMMuzychuk Mariya24278031,0072
IMVaishali Rameshbabu23617026,5063
GMMuzychuk Anna24605124,0042
GMHarika Dronavalli24075019,0032
GMKoneru Humpy24744,5016,2533
GMUshenina Anna23954113,5022
WIMSavitha Shri B23114012,5042
IMKiolbasa Oliwia2279309,0021
IMKulkarni Bhakti22092,5010,2510
GMDzagnidze Nana2416208,5000



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