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Aleksandra Goryachkina extends her lead

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Aleksandra Goryachkina extends her lead

Aleksandra Goyachkina extends her lead in the eight round.

The second half of the FIDE Women’s Candidates Tournament started in Kazan on Sunday. It means the players will now face the same opponents but with reversed colours.

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Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated her teammate Alexandra Kosteniuk to increase her tournament lead to 2 points. Goryachkina, who is the youngest participant in the Candidates, has now won 5 games.

Kateryna Lagno drew against Valentina Gunina and remained in the second place. Tan Zhongyi, who lost three games in a row, struck back in the game against Nana Dzagnidze. Anna and Mariya Muzychuk drew their second game in the tournament.

The formidable Muzychuk sisters from Ukraine. Mariya (left) and Anna Muzychuk.
The formidable Muzychuk sisters from Ukraine. Mariya (left) and Anna Muzychuk.

After eight rounds, Goryachkina has 6.5 points. Kateryna Lagno is in second place with 4.5 points, and Nana Dzagnidze is third with 4 points. Tan Zhongyi, Valentina Gunina and the Muzychuk sisters have 3. 5 points, while Alexandra Kosteniuk has 3 points.

Aleksandra Goryachkina v Alexandra Kosteniuk

Aleksandra Goryachkina got a comfortable position against Aleksandra Kosteniuk in the Vienna Variation of the Queens Gambit. It seems the former Women’s World Champion lost track of the game after Goryachkina went for the main line 26.e5. “Even though my position was unpleasant, I think I had some chances, but I just could not do anything”, said Alexandra Kosteniuk after the game. Aleksandra increased her initiative gradually and grabbed one more decisive victory in this Candidates.

Battle ofthe Russian compatriots -Aleksandra Goryachkina versus Alexandra Kosteniuk. Photo credit https://fwct2019.com.
Battle of the Russian compatriots -Aleksandra Goryachkina versus Alexandra Kosteniuk. Photo credit https://fwct2019.com.
Aleksandra Goryachkina v Alexandra Kosteniuk

Valentina Guniva v Kateryna Lagno

Valentina Gunina chose a rare line in Ruy Lopez. Nevertheless, both players seemed satisfied with their position in the middlegame. Katerina Lagno went for numerous exchanges, and the situation remained balanced also in the endgame. Both players agreed to a draw just before the time control. “Yesterday’s game against Nana was tough and long, so I decided to play safe today”, explained Kateryna.

Battle of compatriots -Valentina Gunina versus Kateryna Lagno who are both from Russia. Photo credit https://fwct2019.com.
Battle of compatriots -Valentina Gunina versus Kateryna Lagno who are both from Russia. Photo credit https://fwct2019.com.
Valentina Gunina v Kateryna Lagno

Nana Dzagnidze v Tan Zhongyi

It was not only Kateryna Lagno who felt tired after her encounter in round seven.  Nana Dzagnidze claimed the same in today’s post-game interview.  Against Tan Zhongyi, she went for a position with Rook and Bishop vs Queen, trying to prove she had enough compensation. However a few moves later Nana blundered in a simple tactic, which led to a completely lost position. “I missed the 30.Rg6 and 31.Qc4 idea.  This line had come to my attention earlier but then I just forgot about it! I could have played 28…a5 instead of 28…Rb1 and the game would have continued after that.”

Tan Zhongyi of China versus Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia. Photo credit https://fwct2019.com.
Tan Zhongyi of China versus Nana Dzagnidze of Georgia. Photo credit https://fwct2019.com.
Nana Dzagnidze v Tan Zhongyi

The ninth round will take place on Monday, June 10th at 15:00 local time. The pairings will be as follows.

Alexandra KosteniukKateryna Lagno.
Valentina GuninaAleksandra Goryachkina.
Mariya MuzychukTan Zhongyi.
Nana DzagnidzeAnna Muzychuk.

Photo from downtown Kazan, Russia. Photo credit https://fwct2019.com.
Photo from downtown Kazan, Russia. Photo credit https://fwct2019.com.

Links

Goryakina extends her lead in round 8.

Rest day at the Women’s Candidate Tournament.

Goryakina extends her lead in round 6.

Goryakina grabs the lead in the Women’s Candidate Tournament.

Promotional video for the 2019 Women’s Candidates Tournament done by Kim Bhari.

Opening ceremony video.

Article on the Opening Ceremony.

2019 Women’s Candidates Chess Tournament official website.

FIDE website.

Russian Chess Federation.

Draw of Women’s Candidate Tournament.