Our summary of day 2 of the Women's World Championship in Sochi, Russia, will have three parts. First, we'll summarize the results of the top 16 players; second, we'll review the U.S. results; finally, we'll list the matches that will move on to tiebreaks tomorrow.
At the top of the pile, the first six seeds advanced to the second round, and only one of the players, Anna Muzychuk, surrendered a draw. It was not a happy day for the 7th seed, however, as GM Zhao Xue (2527) lost to Marisa Zuriel (2219), and from a winning position at that. Winning, but complicated. Both sides made serious errors, but Zuriel played better overall and deserved the victory, which leveled the match.
The eighth seed went in the opposite direction. Mariya Muzychuk lost the first game of her match against Yuanling Yuan, but won with absurd ease today. Yuan played the Dutch and Muzychuk went for a sideline with an early h4. It's playable but not a refutation of the Dutch, but apparently Yuan lacked experience of this line and was lost as early as move 10 (maybe even sooner).
Seeds 9-12 all advanced, but unlucky #13 was bounced. GM Elina Danielian was unable to take revenge for yesterday's loss, and so Yaniet Marrero Lopez advances to round 2. Seeds 14 and 15 both advanced, and 16th seed Alisa Galliamova was able to do what Danielian couldn't: she won her rematch (against Carolina Lujan) and goes to tiebreaks.
The first thing that can be said about the U.S. recap of round 1 is that there promises to be a U.S. recap of round 2 as well, but it will be brief. Irina Krush won the match by drawing her black game with Sophie Milliet. She did so pretty comfortably, allowing a Bxh7+ sac that was only enough for a draw (at best). In the end Krush could have played for a win, but taking a perpetual was the simplest and most effective way to guarantee promotion to the second round. The other U.S. women lost their matches 2-0: Tatev Abrahamyan to Harika Dronavalli and Camilla Baginskaite to Valentina Gunina.
Finally, here are the matches that will go to tiebreaks tomorrow:
- Galliamova - Lujan
- T. Kosintseva - Gomes
- M. Muzychuk - Yuan
- Socko - Daulyte
- Paehtz - Arabidze
- Shen Yang - Kashlinskaya
- Zhao Xue - Zuriel (be sure to catch your "Zs" watching this match)
- Melia - Sukandar
- Huang Qian - Kovanova
- Goryachkina - Mkrtchian