Harika Loses To Mariya Muzychuk In Semis

Harika Loses To Mariya Muzychuk In Semis
By Arvind Aaron

Dronavalli Harika lost to Mariya Muzychuk of Ukraine after performing at her career best in the FIDE World Women’s Chess Championship at Sochi, Russia on March 31, 2015.

In the two game classical control, the players drew both games. In the tie-break games, Harika lost the first game and came back with the black pieces to level the scores at 1-1.

In the subsequent second play-off, Muzychuk drew the first and won the second with the black pieces. Harika lost a pawn on move 26 and never recovered in this decisive sixth game. Muzychuk won 3.5-2.5.

Mariya Muczychuk faces Natalia Pogonina of Russia in the finals starting April 2.