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Mariya Muzychuk: Such positions suit my style best
IMG 5620Mariya Muzychuk comes to the press center following her win in the second game of the final match and reviews the critical moments of the game.

Anastasia Karlovich: First you surprised your opponent, then she surprised you. Can you tell more about this opening duel?

Mariya Muzychuk: Yes, indeed, I decided to play the Ruy Lopez, which I employ very rarely. I think I was prepared well, and Natalia probably sensed it and went for the Breyer, which she never played before.

– Were you prepared for that as well?

– It is difficult to prepare for everything in the Ruy Lopez. I could not recall what is the most accurate way of dealing with 9...Nb8.

Natalia Pogonina: It was hard to find sensible moves
IMG 5625Natalia Pogonina's interview after her loss in the second game.

Anastasia Karlovich: Natalia, what happened in today's game, what went wrong in the opening? Were there any surprises?

Natalia Pogonina: First my opponent surprised me by choosing the Ruy Lopez. I decided to respond with the variation that I never played – the Breyer. We got a complicated position with chances for both sides. It seems later I did something wrong.

Mariya Muzychuk wins the second game of the World Championship final in Sochi
IMG 6222The second game of the Women's World Chess Championship final match was played in SCC Galactica (Sochi, Krasnaya Polyana) on April 3.

Mariya Muzychuk had White and started the game with 1.е4. Her third move (3.Bb5) came as a surprise for Natalia Pogonina, because earlier Muzychuk played mostly 3.d4.

Having spent around 10 minutes on her third move, Pogonina also decided to surprise the opponent and went for the Breyer defense, which she only played a few times. Soon both players were out of book.

Margaret Murphy: Russian Chess Federation should be highly commended for all the conditions and hospitality
Margaret Murphy 1Margaret Murphy is President of the US Virgin Islands Chess Federation and member of the Appeals Committee for the FIDE Women's World Championship in Sochi.

Murphy shared her impressions about the championship, the venue, the visit of Russian Prime Minister, and involvement of women in FIDE.

Goran Urosevic: Margaret, you are here in Sochi as a member of the Appeals Committee of the Women’s World Chess Championship. What are your impressions of the organization, championship and the venue?

Margaret Murphy: I think all is perfect. They did an excellent job. I think the Russian Chess Federation should be highly commended for all the conditions and hospitality. Sochi is an absolutely beautiful place. I particularly like the idea of having women as arbiters and in the Appeals Committee. I am sure the players are happy with the conditions as well.

The Women's World Championship final match started in Sochi
 MG 5024The final match of the Women's World Chess Championship started in SCC Galactica (Sochi, Krasnaya Polyana) on April 2.

Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine) and Natalia Pogonina (Russia) are competing for the chess crown in a 4-game match with classical time control (90 minutes for 40 moves, then 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with 30 seconds added after each move).

If the match ends in a tie, the winner will be determined on tie-break on April 6.

Natalia Pogonina became the first Russian in the World Championship final since 2008, when Alexandra Kosteniuk won the title. Anna Ushenina from Ukraine won the 2012 World Championship in Khanty-Mansiysk.

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