D. Harika bounced back from the brink of elimination to tame Ukraine’s Mariya Muzychuk 4-3 for a place in the quarterfinals of the women’s World chess Championship at Hatay, Turkey, on Sunday.
After the players were tied 3-3 by winning a game each in the classical, rapid and blitz formats, it all boiled down to the sudden-death tiebreak game. As per the sudden-death rules, Muzychuk, by virtue of playing white, was allowed five minutes of thinking time â€” one more than Harika â€” to win the match. Harika needed only a draw to advance.
Eventually, when Muzychuk ran out of her thinking time after 56 moves, Harika was declared the winner.
Earlier, Harika won the first rapid game with white but Muzychuk snatched the next.
Quarterfinals line-up: Harika vs. Ruan Lufei (Chn); Zhao Xue (Chn) vs. Almira Skripchenko (Fra); Humpy vs. Ju Wenjun (Chn); Hou Yifan (Chn) vs. Kateryna Lahno (Ukr).
Keywords: women’s World chess Championship