30 Nov 2012, Kuala Lumpur – In Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, Anna Ushenina has won the third game as white, giving her a solid lead at 2-1. She only needs to get a draw in the fourth game to seal the crown as the Womens World Chess Champion 2012.
The Week In Chess reported that Game 3 could not have gone better for Anna Ushenina who completely caught out Antoaneta Stefanova in a sideline of the Chebanenko Slav. Not only did Stefanova clearly not know the line but she also walked straight into the sharpest variation by rather naively playing 15...e5 rather than 15...Kh8 which was more restrained. It was all very grusome after 17.Nxd5 and this win means a draw with black in game 4 will give Ushenina the title.(show chess board)(hide chess board)
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