Tehran: Grandmaster Dronavalli Harika and Worldwide Grasp Padmini Rout remained on the right track for creating historical past by profitable the tiebreaks of the second spherical and superior to the last-16 stage of World Ladies's Chess Championship right here.
After drawing each tiebreak video games underneath regular time management with Dinara Saduakassova of Kazakhstan it was time for Harika to showcase her abilities within the sooner model of the sport and she or he didn’t disappoint her followers. The primary sport turned out to be good for the Indian as she gained and a draw within the return fast sport sealed her berth within the subsequent spherical.
It was a a lot more durable activity for Padmini as she was up towards Zhao Xue, a former world junior women' champion from China, ranked eighth at first of the championship. Padmini was underneath strain however turned the tables on Xue within the first sport itself and completed the second in model as Xue tried to win from an equal place.
Within the subsequent spherical, Harika will tackle Sopiko Guramishvili of Georgia, whereas Padmini will meet one other Chinese language in Tan Zhongyi.
Two matches obtained stretched to the ultimate Armageddon sport. Essentially the most fascinating conflict was between Zhongyi and former champion Anna Ushenina of China the place each gamers gained three video games apiece with black items earlier than Zhongyi gained the tiebreaker by advantage of drawing the ultimate sport as black.
The all Georgian duel between Nino Batsiashvili and Nino Khurtsidze resulted in favour of the latter in an Armageddon sport.
Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia, Shen Yang and Ni Shiqun of China, Olga Girya of Russia had earlier defeated their respective opposition 2-Zero to qualify for the third spherical within the 450000 USD prize cash championship.
Harika gave an endgame lesson to Saduakassova out of a Sicilian protection sport as white. Getting a small benefit due to a protected handed pawn within the centre, Harika manoeuvred her Bishop and rook effectively to internet a pawn and the sport.
Saduakassova tried exhausting to make amends within the return sport however the Indian was as much as the duty. Sensing her queen will maintain off two white rooks within the endgame, Harika had little hassle in holding the draw.
Padmini had her again to the wall in a Catalan opening as black however fought on with vigour, solely to see Xue blundering her queen within the first sport that just about secured her victory within the match.
Outcomes spherical 2:
D Harika (Ind) beat Dinara Saduakassova (Kaz) 1-1, 1.5-Zero.5
Zhao Xue (Chn) misplaced to Padmini Rout (Ind) 1-1, Zero-2