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Agrawal Wins Knockout: 2022 FIDE WSCC, Qualifier 1

 WGM Vantika Agrawal received the primary qualifier of the FIDE 2022 Ladies’s Velocity Chess Championship. She defeated WGM Annamaria Marjanovic in an exhilarating remaining bullet tiebreaker. IM Gulnar Mammadova received the Swiss match on the day before today. 

79 gamers competed within the occasion, which is open to all ladies with FIDE titles. The second WSCC qualifier begins on Thursday, Could 26, at 8 a.m. Pacific / 13:00 Central European and the knockout portion on Friday, Could 27, at 8 a.m. Pacific / 13:00 Central European.


Mammadova completed in clear first with 11.5 factors, solely dropping one 105-move marathon of a sport out of 14 rounds to Marjanovic. In spherical 9, Mammadova discovered a surprising tactical blow to defeat second-place finisher WIM Divya Deshmukh


Agrawal prevailed convincingly within the knockout, regardless of valiant efforts on the a part of her opponents. Within the quarterfinals, Mammadova received the penultimate sport to tie up the rating at 6.5, resulting in an thrilling double match-point final sport with every part on the road. Agrawal efficiently navigated a tough rook vs. knight ending within the time scramble to advance. 

Agrawal received her semifinal match vs. IM Alina Bivol with a compelling 8-2 rating. 

Within the remaining, Agrawal gained a four-point lead within the bullet portion and shortly reached seven factors, only one draw away from clinching first. Dealing with three straight must-win video games in an effort to attain a tiebreaker, Marjanovic beat the percentages and got here by way of to tie up the rating. The final of her three-game profitable streak appeared to be drawn with a rook pawn with the wrong-color bishop, however she found the one profitable probability, making a zugzwang that allowed her h-pawn to turn into a g-pawn. 

Shedding such a cushty lead would’ve tilted most gamers, but Agrawal stepped into a brand new gear within the playoff video games, replying in form with three straight wins to finish the match. My favourite was her attacking victory at the start of her streak.

In her winner’s interview, Agrawal shared the mindset that helped her overcome her opponent’s wonderful profitable streak: “I assumed that, from the beginning, I received some video games and bought that lead. So, once more I can get the identical lead. With that mindset, I simply performed with none consideration [to the score].”

One enjoyable factor of this occasion is the commentators themselves are additionally eligible to compete within the qualifiers. The truth is, commentator Kazarian confirmed that she is going to be moving into the participant’s seat to compete in Qualifier 2 on Thursday.

All Video games – Qualifier 1 Knockout

 Ladies’s Velocity Chess Championship 2022 Bracket

The FIDE 2022 Ladies’s Velocity Chess Championship is a web based occasion the place titled ladies gamers will play a sequence of blitz and bullet matches for a share of the $70,000 prize fund. The qualifiers for the occasion occur Could 24-27, with the primary occasion beginning on June 13 and ending on July 21.

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