2 Champions advanced, all others head to playoff at Women's World Championship

2018 FIDE Women's World Chess Championship is held from November 3-23 in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia

3rd round results

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When you compete for the World Championship crown, you have to be able to capitalize on opportunities. In the example below, young Iranian phenom Alinasab Mobina was completely winning against Mariya Muzychuk. But she carelessly allowed Mariya to draw by perpetual checks. Today, she paid the heavy price and was eliminated.

​Alinasab, Mobina vs Muzychuk, Mariya

1 e4 c5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 e5 6. Ndb5 d6 7. Bg5 a6 8. Na3 b5 9. Bxf6 gxf6 10. Nd5 Bg7 11. Bd3 Ne7 12. Nxe7 Qxe7 13. O-O O-O 14. c4 f5 15. Qh5 Qf6 16. exf5 Bb7 17. Rae1 Rfd8 18. b3 Qh6 19. Qg4 Kh8 20. Be4 Bxe4 21. Qxe4 Qd2 22. Nc2 d5 23. cxd5 Qxd5 24. Qh4 f6 25. Qh5 Rac8 26. Rd1 Qb7 27. Rxd8+ Rxd8 28. Ne3 Bf8 29. Rd1 Rd4 30. Qe8 Rxd1+ 31. Nxd1 Kg7 32. Ne3 Bc5 33. h3 Bxe3 34. fxe3 Qe4 35. Qe7+ Kg8 36. Qe6+ Kg7 37. Kf2 Qc2+ 38. Kg3 Qc5 39. Kf3 a5 40. Qd7+ Kg8 41. h4 a4 42. h5 e4+ 43. Kf4 Kf8 44. h6 Qe5+ 45. Kg4 Qb2 46. Kh3 axb3 47. Qxh7 Qc1 48. Qg7+ Ke8

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This would have easily given her a won game: 49. Kh2 Qxe3 50. Qg6+ Kd7 51. h7 Qf4+ 52. Kh3 Qf1 53. Qg7+ Kc6 54. Qxf6+ Kb7 55. h8=Q +-

49 h7?? Qh1+ 50. Kg3 Qe1+ 51. Kg4 Qd1+ 52. Kg3 Qe1+ 53. Kf4 Qf1+ 54. Kxe4 Qc4+ 55. Kf3 Qf1+ 56. Kg3 Qe1+ 57. Kg4 Qd1+ 58. Kh3 Qh1+ 59. Kg3 Qe1+ 60. Kf3 Qf1+ 61. Ke4 ½-½

Tomorrow, 12 players will be involved in the playoff for the final 6 spots in round 4.

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