FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Astana 2022 kicked off today in Kazakhstan. The first round finished with two decisive games with Aleksandra Goryachkina and Elisabeth Paehtz taking the early lead in the event.
GM Zhansaya Abdumalik met in the first round with her compatriot IM Bibisara Assaubayeva. The game finished in a draw even as Assaubayeva had compensation for material disadvantage. In the post-game interview, Zhansaya explained that she had a tough position and said that she was lucky. See the complete interview below