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The Women’s World Championship 2017 in Tehran, Iran is now in the final stages with Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine taking on Tan Zhongyi of China.

Anna Muzychuk of Ukraine. Look at that determination! Photo credit David Llada.

Game 1 was a tough draw and in game 2 Tan defeated Anna to take a commanding lead 1.5-0.5.  We present the game annotated by  GM Jacob Aagaard.  Special thanks goes to Sagar Shah of Chessbase India for giving us permission to use the analysis from his webpage.

 

 

Tan Zhongyi of China. Photo credit David Llada.

In game 3 Anna played with determination to demolish Tan’s French Defense while their game 4 was a quiet draw.  Game 3 is shown below.

 

According to regulations after a new drawing of colors, two tie-break games with the time control 25min + 10sec will be played. Anna Muzychuk will play the first game with White.  These rapid games will start today 3rd March 2017 from 12.30 Kenyan time (10.30 CET).

Harika Dronavalli of India with her biggest fan in Tehran – her grandma Ms Sudeshna Devi! Harika lost in the semi-finals to Tan Zhongyi. Photo credit David Llada.

If the scores are still level, then, after a new drawing of colors, a match of two games with the time control 10min + 10sec will be played.

Charming ladies. FIDE Press Officer Anastasiya Karlovych & Anastasia Sorokina. Photo credit Niusha Afshar.

In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec followed by Armageddon (White 5 min, Black 4 min where in case of draw Black is winner).

Anna Muzychuk is the Ladies Rapid and Blitz World Champion and is the clear favorite to win the title.  She is the elder sister to former World Champion Mariya Muzychuk who lost her title to Hou Yifan in their 2015 encounter.  2015 Womens World Championship Lviv, Ukraine.

The Western media keeps giving us a biased view of Iran but there is an amazing side to this beautiful and historic country.  Check some of the photos we have from Iran.

Tehran. Photo credit Martha Fierro FIDE Vice President.
Tehran. Photo credit Martha Fierro FIDE Vice President.
Spice shop in Tehran. Photo credit Daniela Dakaj.
Church of the Saintly Sisters, is a cathedral located in the New Julfa district of Isfahan, Iran. It is commonly referred to as the Vank. The cathedral was established in 1606, dedicated to the hundreds of thousands of Armenian deportees that were resettled by Shah Abbas I during the Ottoman War of 1603-1618. Photo credit Daniela Dakaj.
Outside view of the Church of the Saintly Sisters. Photo credit Daniela Dakaj.
The Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque also known as the Pink Mosque, is a traditional mosque in Shiraz, Iran built in 1888. Photo credit Andrea Alfaro.
Khaju Bridge is a bridge in the province of Isfahan, Iran, which has been described as the finest in the province. It was built by the Persian Safavid king, Shah Abbas II around 1650. Photo credit Daniela Dakaj.
Allāhverdi Khan Bridge popularly known as Si-o-seh pol. The bridge of thirty-three spans is one of the eleven bridges of Isfahan, Iran and the longest bridge on Zayandeh River with the total length of 297.76 metres (976.9 ft). Photo credit Daniela Dakaj.

 

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