WGM Vaishali Rameshbabu (India) became the first quarterfinalist of the FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship 2022 after defeating the reigning World Women's Blitz Champion Bibisara Assaubayeva (Kazakhstan) in a very close Round of 16 match.
Vaishali started right out of the gate, grabbed the lead and won the first 5+1 segment by a score of 5-3. She stretched her lead to three points in the next 3+1 portion of the match, but Bibisara stormed back in bullet, scoring three straight victories and narrowing the gap to just one point with the last game to play.
It all came down to the final game in which Assaubayeva blundered Vaishali's rook penetration to the seventh rank and capitulated soon afterwards.
The next Round of 16 match will be played on Tuesday, June 14, at 6:30 a.m. PT/15:30 CET. The last-year finalist GM Harika Dronavalli will take on WGM Deysi Cori.
More info and a full schedule of the FIDE Chess.com Women's Speed Chess Championship can be found here.