Women’s World Chess Championship: Fourth game of the final match finished in a draw
The fourth classical game of the Women’s World Chess Championship took place in the Espinas Palace Hotel in Tehran on March 2 and finished in a draw after 2, 5 hours of play. The score in the match remained level and it means that the fate of the match will be determined on tie-break with quicker time controls. The tie-break starts at 1 p.m. local time on the 3rd of March.
The game has started as Slav Defence but later on it was transferred into the position which is characteristic to Catalan.
Most probably both players decided not to take too much risk in the last classical game and after 24 moves of play it finished in a draw.
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.
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. In case of a level score, another match of two games will be played, with a blitz time control of 5min + 3sec.
If still there is no winner, one sudden-death game will be played. The player who wins the drawing of lots may choose the color. The player with the white pieces shall receive 5 minutes, the opponent with the black pieces shall receive 4 minutes whereupon, after the 60th move, both players shall receive an increment of 3 seconds for each move from move 61. In case of a draw the player with the black pieces is declared the winner.
So far Anna Muzychuk hasn’t played any tie-breaks in this championship (she won all previous matches in classic), while her opponent Tan Zhongyi played 3 tie-breaks, including 2 sudden-death games against Anna Ushenina and Harika Dronavalli.