The Two Knights Defense appeared in the game between Mariya Muzychuk and Katerina Lagno, and the Russian player went for an exchange sacrifice ruining the pawn structure of White on the King's side. Mariya could have kept an extra material but didn't like her position after possible 16. Re1. After the material balance was restored, it turned out Katerina's pieces were placed more active. With convincing play, she increased her advantage and transferred the game into a winning ending. Mariya could have put up more resistance by keeping the rooks on the board, but failed to choose a better option in time trouble.
Anna Muzychuk, who is failing to find her best play so far, came ready to fight against Alexandra Goryachkina. With the white pieces, Anna came across a nice opportunity to fight for the initiative after 14.Ng5. According to Muzychuk, she missed 14…Bg4, a move that ruined all hopes to get an edge for White. Later on, Aleksandra got an extra pawn, but Anna had enough compensation thanks to her active pieces. The game ended up in a draw after 37 moves.