3 July 2020

Valentina Gunina Becomes Finalist of Women's Speed Chess Championship

Kateryna Lagno will play the 3rd place match.

The semifinal matches of the second leg of the Grand Prix of the FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship were played on July 3. 

In the Russian derby Gunina vs. Lagno, the luck was on Valentina's side; she won the match 6.5-4.5. Her opponent in the final, as the time before, will be Anna Ushenina (Ukraine), who defeated Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran) 8-7.  

Kateryna Lagno and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh will play the match for the third place.

July 4 is a rest day. The event will resume on July 5.

The Grand Prix consists of four legs with a total of 21 participants. Each of the 21 players participates in three of the four legs. 

Each leg is a 16-player knockout and will last five days (including one rest day after the semi-finals). The dates are June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, and July 15-19.

All matches in each Grand Prix leg are divided into three segments:

30-minute segment of matches with the time control 5 minutes + 1 second per move
30-minute segment of matches with the time control 3 minutes + 1 second per move
10-minute segment of matches with the time control 1 minute + 1 second per move.

In each leg, every player scores cumulative Grand Prix points according to her position in the final standings. The two players, who score the highest points in all three legs, qualify for the Super Final.

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