Another sharp position arose in the game of Elisabeth Paehtz
(2479) and the 12th World Women's Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk
(2495). On the move 22.Bg5 white sacrificed a piece for two pawns and in return got a sharp attack on the kingside. Kosteniuk found the most precise way to defend the position, and the game ended up with a perpetual check.
The Indian derby between Koneru Humpy
(2560) and Harika Dronavalli
(2503) soon headed for a drawish rook endgame. Although Koneru had a significant advantage in most of the game, the lack of time was a serious impediment and ruined her chances of victory.
The game between Kateryna Lagno
(2545) and Marie Sebag
(2450) was rather peaceful. Players agreed to a draw on move 34th.
The second-round games will be played on September 12, at 3 pm local time (GMT +3).
Spectators can follow the games with English and Russian commentaries: https://www.youtube.com/fidechannel
Official website: https://wgp2019.fide.com
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