The rating favorite of the women’s open took advantage of the slightly careless play of her opponent to get a 26-move win.
The game was fiercely fought tactically, but Anastasia Bodnaruk was able to out-calculate Anna Styazhkina and get the full point. She now stands at 3.5/4 and improves her stance in the tournament.
The game started as a Ruy Lopez with the black bishop fianchettoed on g7 (this idea failed for a second time today), and White made use of the strong central pawns that this setup typically offers.
Styazhkina had to make some difficult decisions from the beginning of the middlegame, and Bodnaruk proved to be stronger in the tactical complications. Black resigned on move 26, when a loss of material was unavoidable.