The Final of the 72nd Ukrainian Women Chess Championship is taking place from 24th September to 3rd October at the Students’ Palace of National University “Law Academy Yaroslav the Wise” in Kharkiv.
The second round was quite opposite to the previous one, in the term of players’ fighting attitude. If yesterday we saw a lot of action, today the players were making draws in quite playable positions. As a result we have only one decisive game out of five. Moreover, four games finished before 23rd move.
The only resulting game is a convincing win of Mariya Muzychuk against Kateryna Dolzhykova, this being a 2nd consecutive loss for the defending Ukrainian Woman Champion. After the game the winner confessed that she had guessed the opening correctly and easily obtained good play. On move 53 her opponent gave up.
After two rounds we have three leaders – Mariya Muzychuk, Anastasiya Rakhmangulova and Tatiana Kononenko (1,5 points). The only participant who scored no points is Kateryna Dolzhykova.
Today the organizers invited young local players for the simuls that were given by members of the Chess Club “Law Academy” Doluhanova Evgeniya and Valeriy Aveskulov. Even though the result was not that great for the new generation – they made only one draw in 38 games, this experience will definitely help them to achieve new goals!
Pairings of round 3, Sep.27, 15:00 (UTC + 02:00):
Lahno – Gaponenko, Andrenko – Gritsayeva, Kononenko – Zhukova, Muzychuk – Rakhmangulova, Ushenina – Dolzhykova.
Report by GM Valeriy Aveskulov and Anatoliy Yavorsky