Sarasadat Khademalsharieh. (Twitter Photo)
CHENNAI: Iran’s Sarasadat Khademalsharieh edged past Olga Girya to make the semifinals of the second Grand Prix leg of the women’s speed chess organized by FIDE on Thursday evening. Both Sara and Olga played a terrific match. Both arrived into the contest thoroughly prepared and didn’t offer an inch to each other.
There was little to separate the two players as the match was tied 4 points each when it made the bullet section. In the 1+1 round, Sara pressed on the accelerator button and won the first two games and decided the match. Sara takes on Anna Ushenina in the semifinals. Anna had defeated the current world no. 1 Hou Yifan.
Kateryna Lagno made the last-four stage with a comfortable 10.5-1.5 win over Zhansaya Abdumalik. Kateryna will play Valentina Gunina in the semis. Valentina had beaten R Vaishali.
On the victory against Olga, Sara said, “It was a tough game and I am glad to have managed to win.” Interestingly, Sara revealed how she didn’t practice much ahead of the high-pressure clash. “I usually don’t prepare much before a game. I had worked a bit on my openings with my coach. Just before any game, I try to relax and not any pressure on myself,” Sara added.