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The second round review by GM Ilya Smirin
Ilya SmirinIn the second round of the Women’s World Championship the pairings were more evenly matched and the quality of play visibly improved. Among the first games only 5 out of 16 were decisive - in this sense it looked more like a men's super-tournament!

There was interesting development in the first clash of two friends and strong Russian grandmasters - Valentina Gunina and Olga Girya. In this innocently looking position Valentina Gunina played the provocative.

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