Mariya Muzychuk: I needed to take risks, to sacrifice
Mariya Muzychuk's victory over Humpy Koneru was sensational in many senses. The Ukrainian player came to the press center to tell journalists about it.
Anastasia Karlovich: What was your mood before this game? Did you expect to win?
Mariya Muzychuk: Actually I was planning to win as White and to hold as Black.
– Have you expected this variation?
– I thought I prepared this opening well. I reviewed all my games in this variation (Koneru haven't played it before). 11.Rе1 is a new move in my practice, I never used it before. However, I was not aware of 12...Qf5, so I had to take my time.