Ju Wenjun, playing Black, drew against Aleksandra Goryachkina in their 3rd match today evening in Shanghai, China.
Goryachkina won a pawn after the break d5 on move 28. It appeared that we would have a decisive match after two consecutive draws. However, the Russian played inaccurately in moderate time-trouble, before the first time control transformed the game into an easy save for the World Champion. Just like in Game 1, the Challenger continued to push for another 40 moves, until the players agreed on a draw at the end of move 85.
Aleksandra Goryachkina v Ju Wenjun
Ju Wenjun at the Press Conference felt that she is not playing at her best, especially with the black pieces. She, however, said that she is content with three draws. Goryachkina on her part added that she feels good about dominating her opponent in two out of the first three games, but is also frustrated having not capitalised on her chances.
Game Oneended in a draw after a marathon 97 move game while the Game Two was a short draw.
Goryachkina will have black pieces in the next 3 out of 4 games.
Game 4 is tomorrow, 9th January 2020.
First symbolic move
Shan Xiali, President of the Shanghai Chess Academy, and Wang Lianyun, President of the Shanghai Xiangqi Association, made the first symbolic move at this game.