Proper from the time the match began, it was Anna who was calling the photographs. She quickly raced to a 3-1 lead after the primary 4 video games. Anna swelled the result in 4-1 to place additional stress on Valentina. The sixth recreation noticed Valentina pull one again as Anna’s lead now stood at 4-2. Valentina as soon as once more upped the ante within the seventh recreation to reign supreme and the scoreline learn 4-3.
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The bullet video games that adopted Anna hit again onerous. She received the primary two video games to boost her result in 6-Three which roughly sealed Valentina’s destiny.
Neither of the finalists had been among the many 9 seeded gamers within the competitors. They each needed to earn their spots within the Grand Prix by the qualification stage. Anna certified in one of many “blitz” occasions (5 minutes per recreation + 1 second per transfer), whereas Valentina solely achieved to qualify within the final minute, in one of many “bullet” tournaments (1 minute per recreation + 1 second per transfer).
Nonetheless, they each proved to be worthy finalists. On her path to the ultimate, Valentina knocked out Tatev Abrahamyan (USA) by 8.5-3.5, then outplayed the present World Champion Ju Wenjun (CHINA) by 7.5-3.5, and at last received towards her countrywoman Alexandra Kosteniuk by 9-3.
Anna had a by some means simpler match, not less than on paper. She defeated Zhansaya Abdumalik by 9-2, then she went on to beat Munkhzul Turmunkh 6-3.5 and at last she knocked out R Vaishali in a really shut semifinal, by 5.5-4.5.