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A Queen Sacrifice. Photos and Games of the Women's World Chess Championship 2015: Round 4, Game 1

 The tournament hall. WWCC 2015, Sochi, 26th March. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich
The tournament hall. WWCC 2015, Sochi, 26th March 2015.









Move
   

Muzychuk, Mariya (UKR) - Koneru, Humpy (IND) [C45]
Women's World Chess Championship KO/Sochi (22.1) 2015

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 exd4 4. Nxd4 Bc5 5. Be3 Qf6 6. c3 Nge7 7. g3 d5 8. Bg2 dxe4 9. O-O O-O 10. Nd2 Bb6 11. Re1 Nxd4 12. Nxe4 Qf5 13. Bxd4 Nc6 14. Bxb6 axb6 15. f4 Be6 16. b3 h6 17. h3 Ra3 18. Qd2 Qa5 19. b4 Qa4 20. g4 Rd8 21. Qf2 Rxa2 22. Rxa2 Bxa2 23. b5 Na7 24. g5 hxg5 25. Nxg5 f6 26. Qd2 Rf8 27. Bd5+ Bxd5 28. Qxd5+ Kh8 29. Qf7 1-0


Mariya Muzychuk
Mariya Muzychuk wins with a brilliant queen sacrifice.










Move
   

Pogonina, Natalija (RUS) - Zhao, Xue (CHN) [E05]
Women's World Chess Championship KO/Sochi (22.2) 2015

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. g3 d5 4. Nf3 Be7 5. Bg2 O-O 6. O-O dxc4 7. Qc2 a6 8. a4 Bd7 9. Qxc4 Bc6 10. Bg5 h6 11. Bxf6 Bxf6 12. Nc3 Bxf3 13. Bxf3 c6 14. e3 a5 15. Qb3 Qc7 16. Rac1 Ra6 17. Rfd1 Rd8 18. Bg2 Qb6 19. Qa2 Ra8 20. Ne4 Be7 21. Nd2 Nd7 22. h4 Bb4 23. Ne4 Nf6 24. Nxf6+ gxf6 25. Qc4 Bf8 26. Qe2 Rd7 27. Rc4 Rad8 28. Rdc1 Bg7 29. g4 e5 30. dxe5 Rd2 31. Qf3 fxe5 32. R1c2 Qb3 33. Qe4 Rxc2 34. Rxc2 Rd3 35. Qc4 Qxc4 36. Rxc4 Bf8 37. Rc3 Rd2 38. Rb3 Bb4 39. Be4 Rd1+ 40. Kg2 Ra1 41. Rd3 Rxa4 42. Kf3 Bf8 43. Rb3 Bb4 44. Rd3 Ra2 45. Rd7 b6 46. b3 Be1 47. Bxc6 Rxf2+ 48. Ke4 Rf6 49. Bd5 Bxh4 50. Kxe5 Kg7 51. Ke4 Bg3 52. Bc4 Kg6 53. Rd5 Bd6 54. Rf5 Rxf5 55. gxf5+ Kf6 56. Kd5 Bc5 57. e4 Kg5 58. Bd3 h5 59. e5 Kf4 60. e6 fxe6+ 61. fxe6 h4 62. Kc6 h3 63. Bc4 h2 64. Bd5 Ke3 65. Kd7 Kf2 66. e7 Bxe7 67. Kxe7 b5 68. Kd6 a4 0-1


Anna Muzychuk vs Pia Cramling, a draw
Anna Muzychuk vs Pia Cramling, a draw.










Move
   

Cramling, Pia (SWE) - Muzychuk, Anna (UKR) [D30]
Women's World Chess Championship KO/Sochi (22.3) 2015

1. d4 Nf6 2. Nf3 e6 3. c4 c5 4. e3 d5 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bb5+ Bd7 7. Bxd7+ Qxd7 8. O-O Nc6 9. Nc3 Be7 10. dxc5 Bxc5 11. b3 O-O 12. Bb2 Rfd8 13. Rc1 Qe7 14. Nb5 Ne4 15. Nfd4 Qg5 16. Qe2 Rac8 17. f3 Bxd4 18. Nxd4 Nd6 19. Nxc6 bxc6 20. Bd4 Nb5 21. Bc5 d4 22. exd4 Nxd4 23. Qe4 Ne6 24. Be3 Qa5 25. Rc2 h6 26. Rfc1 Rd5 27. b4 Qa3 28. h3 Rcd8 29. Rxc6 Qxa2 1/2-1/2


Pia Cramling thinks
Pia Cramling thinks about the Queen's Gambit.










Move
   

Arabidze, Meri (GEO) - Harika, Dronavalli (IND) [D35]
Women's World Chess Championship KO/Sochi (22.4) 2015

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 d5 4. Nc3 Nbd7 5. cxd5 exd5 6. Bg5 c6 7. e3 Be7 8. Bd3 Ne4 9. Bf4 Ndf6 10. Qc2 O-O 11. O-O Bf5 12. Ne5 Re8 13. f3 Nxc3 14. Bxf5 Nb5 15. g4 g6 1/2-1/2


Zhao Xue
Zhao Xue wins the endgame, 68 moves.

Meri Arabidze vs Dronavalli Harika
Meri Arabidze vs Dronavalli Harika, a quick draw. Photos by Anastasiya Karlovich.

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