A big crowd watch as Aleksandra Goryachkina, right, drew again with Bulgaria’s Nurgyul Salimova in the FIDE Women's World Cup Final ©FIDE/Maria Emelianova

The destiny of the International Chess Federation (FIDE) Women's World Cup is still in the balance after another drawn match in the final, but Magnus Carlsen is through to his first World Cup final in the open category.

Aleksandra Goryachkina of Russia playing as a neutral, could only draw again with Bulgaria’s Nurgyul Salimova in the second game of the women's final.

In the third place play-off, Ukraine’s Anna Muzychuk drew her second match against former women’s world champion Tan Zhongyi of China.

That was enough to ensure that Muzychuk took bronze but also a place in next year’s FIDE Women's World Championship Candidates Tournament.

Muzychuk, who has been living in Spain because of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, had been presented with a national flag by the Ukrainian ambassador to Azerbaijan.

Meanwhile, world number one Carlsen of Norway has finally reached the FIDE World Cup Open Final.

A draw ended the World Cup dreams of Azerbaijan’s Nijat Abasov in their second encounter but was enough to take Carlsen through after a victory in the first match.

"I am grateful for all the support, I am not used to such a crowd at a chess tournament, it is a peak of my career," Abasov said.

"Of course I am not planning to stop, I want to grow further." 

The second semi-final match between Indian teenager Rameshbabu Praggnanandhaa and Fabiano Caruana of the United States will go to a tie break after a tense draw which lasted over four and a half hours.

All tie breaks will be played tomorrow (August 21).