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IMG 3661The solar eclipse day brought us a rare event in women's chess – 11 games out of 16 ended in draws. Cautious play? Not at all, it's just the players are more evenly matched at this stage of the tournament.

Grandmaster Ilya Smirin, the Russian-language commentator of the official broadcast, talks about the first games of the 2nd Round.

– I think the quality of the games today was much higher than in the first round. First of all, the remaining players are stronger on average. Second, the participants are getting warmed up and are less nervous, as some of them have already achieved their minimal task. All these helped to produce some very good games.

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