Blitz Challenge with top female players

by ChessBase
10/28/2020 – Today, Wednesday October 28, at 4:30 p.m. Ukrain time (3:30 in Europe) three young ladies will take on members of the Playchess community in a special Blitz Challenge. They are GMs Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, who are joined by former World Junior Girls Champion IM Elisabeth Pähtz. The games will be commented by host IM Sagar Shah, who will also be analyzing them with the three masters afterwards. You too can play against them too, or simply watch and learn.

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The three young ladies will be playing from the Muzychuk flat in Lviv, Ukraine, where Elisabeth is visiting. They will be playing against Premium members of the ChessBase Account. The time control will be 3 min + 2 sec increment. The games will be commentated by IM Sagar Shah, and he will be analyzing them with the masters after each game is over! This is a perfect way to match your wits against a great talent and at the same time learn from the commentary and post-game analysis.

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You can challenge the ladies or to simply watch the games in:

The event is being staged by ChessBase India, which has 479,000 subscribers on YouTube, with up to 35 million views of individual videos.

Elisabeth Pähtz is a former European Women's Rapid Chess Champion, and currently among the top 20 in the world! At the age of nine years she won her first German championship, in the under-11 age group. In 1999 she became Germany's women's chess champion and is currently Germany's top female player. She did her last Blitz Challenge last Thursday: you can watch the recording on YouTube here.

Anna Olehivna Muzychuk is a Ukrainian grandmaster, the fourth woman (after Judit Polgar, Humpy Koneru and Hou Yifan), to cross the 2600 Elo rating mark. Anna won the Women's World Rapid Chess Championship in 2016, and the Women's World Blitz Chess Championship in 2014 and 2016.

Mariya Olehivna Muzychuk is Anna's younger sister and likewise a full grandmaster. Mariya was Women's World Champion from April 2015 to March 2016. She is also a twice women's champion of Ukraine (2012, 2013), World Team and European Team champion with Ukraine in 2013 and bronze medal winner of the 2012 and 2014 Chess Olympiad with Ukraine.

There is a Ukrainian postage stamp with the two Muzychuk sisters.

Recently Elli (right) wrote a fine article on her friend Anna. The two had met up at the ChessBase office, where they were recording video interviews.

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