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    The highlight of Yesterday's round was sudden death between Lakhno and Pogonina with Pogonia collapsing in winning endgame that was seemingly ''hard to lose''
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    Kateryna was about to collapse too!
    Despite winning and advancing she looked distressed as if she had lost.
    Did you see her walking toward the exit after the game?
    She could hardly move.
    This Armageddon thing is a killer, it produces a result alright but hey...

    Quarterfinal pairings:

    Ju Wenjun - Gulrukhbegim Tokhirjonova
    Mariya Muzychuk - Zhansaya Abdumalik
    Kateryna Lagno - Lei Tingjie
    Alexandra Kosteniuk - Anna Muzychuk

    What are the chances of the two sisters Mariya and Anna facing eachother in the semis or the final?
    I will go to the site and check it out!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ER View Post
    What are the chances of the two sisters Mariya and Anna facing eachother in the semis or the final?
    I will go to the site and check it out!
    If they play it will be in the final.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    If they play it will be in the final.
    Right, got it thanks!
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    Hopes of an all Muzychuk final have taken a dive after Mariya lost with white to Abdumalik:

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    White was asking for trouble when opening the c-file then putting her K there by long castling. Even if computers can defend such position, humans have problems, as shown when she couldn't find the right response indicated to the cross-pin 27...Rf5. And Kazakhstan's Zhansaya Abdumalik is always dangerous, being almost as young as Hou Yifan when she was awarded WGM, and will become a GM when she reaches 2500.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Yes, because she is the lowest rated player, so she has to play the highest. Must be quite an experience.
    Wouldn't the lowest player usually be playing the first player above the half-way point in ratings? If one to twenty then one playing ten down to eleven playing twenty or am I becoming too out of practise?
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    Quote Originally Posted by antichrist View Post
    Wouldn't the lowest player usually be playing the first player above the half-way point in ratings? If one to twenty then one playing ten down to eleven playing twenty or am I becoming too out of practise?
    It is a knockout rather than a Swiss so the Swiss system logic doesn't apply. The reason they use 1-64, 2-63 etc rather than 1-33, 2-34 etc is to try to reduce the chance of the top seeds being knocked out early in the event, which is a major problem with this format because the matches are too short to be meaningful.

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    Lagno is through and Ju about to be.

    Mariya Muzychuk won with black and goes to playoffs with Abdumalik. Anna Muzychuk vs Kosteniuk also to playoffs after two draws.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kevin Bonham View Post
    Lagno is through and Ju about to be.

    Mariya Muzychuk won with black and goes to playoffs with Abdulmalik. Anna Muzychuk vs Kosteniuk also to playoffs after two draws.
    Maria's effort is particularly impressive. She was pawn down for exchange...but not only managed to hold equality but found a way to play for win.
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    Kosteniuk through, the other one goes to the second stage of playoffs after four black wins.

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    No Sisters' final now
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    Fifty-move rule blunder by Abdumalik, resigning in drawn position:

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    She is being mated in 2 but can play 135...Rf1! and then claim the draw after white's next move.

    Even if you've totally lost count in this situation, you may as well claim the draw anyway, just in case!
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    And strikes back and takes it to blitz!

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    Mariya is through (finally!), so actually 4 of the best have made it through for once.

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