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IMG 4015Following the games with the classical time control, the third day of the FIDE Women's World Championship (Sochi, Krasnaya Polyana) was reserved for the tie-breaks with rapid and blitz games.

As many as 11 pairs were to settle the score in this format.

A reminder about the tie-break regulations:
It starts with two rapid games of 25 minutes + 10 seconds per move. If the score remains equal, the players proceed to another two games with a slightly faster time control – 10 minutes + 10 seconds per move. If these games do not determine the winner as well, then there are two blitz games: 5 minutes + 3 seconds per move. Finally, if the score is still even, there is an Armageddon game: White has 5 minutes, Black has 4 minutes, 3 seconds per move are added after the move 61, and a draw counts as a win for Black.

Marisa Zuriel has put up a heroic resistance against the overwhelming elo-favourite Zhao Xue, but after 1-1 in classical, she lost 2-0 in rapid games.

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