Galliamova makes it to semis

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

International Master Alisa Galliamova of Russia made it to the semifinals of the World Chess Championship with a victory over Georgian IM Nino Khurtsidze.

Ekaterinburg:

International Master Alisa Galliamova of Russia made it to the semifinals of the World Chess Championship with another sparkling victory over Georgian IM Nino Khurtsidze in the second game of the quarterfinals that concluded in Ekaterinburg. Having won the first game of the two-game mini match on Ekaterinburg, Galliamova needed just a draw to proceed to the next round but Khurtsidze simply went berserk against the Russian in trying to score a comeback victory. Also getting a ticket to the Semifinals was another Russian Svetlana Matveeva who defeated giant killer Marie Sebag of France in a keenly contested game with black pieces. Matveeva had earlier drawn the first game against Sebag and the victory in the return game gave her the needful 1.5-0.5 triumph. However, the quest of oldest competitor and former World Women's champion Maia Chiburdanidze suffered a setback as she failed to defend against a rejuvenated Viktorija Cmilyte of Lithuania. Chiburdanidze, who had also won the first game like Galliamova, was comprehensively beaten by Cmilyte who played white and will now have to fight it out in the tiebreak games of shorter duration. Also fighting for a berth in the semis in the tie-breaker will be twice women's World Cup champion Xu Yuhua of China who failed to break the ice against Ekaterina Kovalevskaya of Russia and settled for the second straight draw. (PTI)

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