Anna Muzychuk reached the semi-finals | So Good News


GM Anna Muzychuk advanced to the semifinals of the FIDE 2022-2023 Women’s Candidates Tournament after winning a tiebreaker against GM Humpy Koneru on Sunday. After three draws, the Indian grandmaster blundered a full piece and quickly retired.

Muzychuk will now face GM Lei Tingjie in the semi-finals. The match begins on Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00 AM PT / 3:00 PM CEST.

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Anna Muzychuk, the eldest of the Ukrainian sisters, started Sunday’s tiebreak with a psychological advantage. He was one point down after three classic games, and in the fourth game Koneru moved one step away from a tie.

Despite the tension, the first two games (again Petroff and another semi-final) were a relatively quiet draw, with no major mistakes. The third game was very different: first a rollercoaster of Muzychuk winning, then Koneru could have had a huge advantage, then Muzychuk won again before allowing eternity.

It’s an intense battle with plenty of moments for readers who want to practice calculating the game or appreciate the beauty of tactical complexity in chess.

Humpy Koneru
Humpy Koneru is playing 22…Qa5. Photo: Michal Waluza/FIDE.

After this fantastic battle, the tiebreak came to an abrupt, premature end after Koneru made a full piece error in the opening game of the fourth game. A heartbreaking moment and the match deserved a better finish, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

Anna Muzychuk
Anna Muzychuk cannot believe what happened. Photo: Michal Waluza/FIDE.

Monday is a day off. The Ley-Muzychuk semi-final match will begin on Tuesday, with Muzychuk playing the white pieces, which was determined by a draw after a tiebreak.

Ley Muzychuk draw
Draw with Muzychuk and Ley. Photo: Michal Waluza/FIDE.

The 2022-23 Women’s Candidates Tournament is an elite event featuring eight top female players eligible to play in a knockout format and Women’s World Champion Zhu Wenjun for a share of the €250,000 prize pool. The the first quarter-final of the tournament started on October 25; the final will be in the first quarter of 2023. Time control 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 second increments for each move from the first move. No raffle offer is allowed before the 40th promotion.

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