Such a simple and logical result – a draw in a game of chess! But how different can it be – short and long, boring and full of battle, dull and spectacular… And how much can one draw mean to a player: for someone it equals loss, for another– victory, it is a small death for one, and one more chance for another…

Three colours: red

 

The second day of the semifinal of the World Women’s Chess Championship went very peacefully – both games ended in a draw. But these two draws were so different! For Indian Harika Dronavalli this half a point means a loss – after she was defeated in the first game of the match she needed only a win to continue. The chess player from India returns to her homeland with a bronze medal, that is awarded to both who got eliminated in the semis, and 20.000 dollars of the prize.

Harika Dronavalli did not manage to “pass” Stefanova

This draw presented Antoaneta Stefanova with two free days in a row and a place in the final of the world championship. Superstitious tandem Stefanova – Georgiev follows the traditions established during the golden 2004 Championship, and this means that the Bulgarian player would answer the numerous questions from journalists only after she plays her last game of this event. Her coach stood in for her at the press-conference and recalled that he helps Ety already for around 20 years!

Yes, you did it again! You are in the final, Antoaneta 

The first finalists did not hide her great mood and happiness because of double spare day 

Vladimir Georgiev at the press-conference 

Harika Dronavalli leaves the tournament 

The second game between Ju Wenjun and Anna Ushenina also ended in a draw. But, unlike the next table where the game was full of play, the Chinese and Ukrainian agreed to decide the winner at the tie-break already at move 18. Ju Wenjun who had White preferred not to go into the deep game in the equal position after her opponent solved the opening problems.

Ladies in red

“We played Moscow variation of Slav defense. I chose the line with 10. Ne5, but my opponent played precisely, managed to get rid of all the threats, that’s why I offered a draw after the opening”, –  told Ju Wenjun after the game, – “At first I tried to continue playing the emerged position, but then understood that it is balanced and the draw agreement followed”.

It is difficult to blame the Chinese in her decision to save power and impossible to say she does not want to fight – Ju Wenjun played all the tie-breaks at this championship and plays non-stop for two weeks already! Being a professional chess player and spending most of the year at the tournaments, she at the same time manages to study in Shanghai University and specializes in economics and finance. It means, she knows how to organize the time and workload.  In the match with Ushenina she decided to use her strong side – rapid.

It is interesting that despite the tiredness and tie-break to follow, the Chinese spent quite some time analysing her game with trainers Ye Jiangchuan and Yu Shaoteng right after the game was finished. Does it mean this opening choice can be repeated in rapid? 

Anna Ushenina deep in the fight 

But her image is not always that severe!