Goryachkina dominates the Kazan Women's Candidates Print
Sunday, 09 June 2019 16:55
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Goryachkina dominates the Kazan Women's Candidates

On Sunday the second half of the FIDE Women's Candidates Tournament started in Kazan, which means the players will face the same opponents with reversed colours. Aleksandra Goryachkina defeated her teammate Alexandra Kosteniuk to increase her tournament lead to 2 points. The youngest participant in the Candidates scored an impressive +5 and shows a 2786 performance. Kateryna Lagno made a draw 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 Maria Muzychuk drew their second clash in the tournament.

After eight rounds Goryachkina has 6,5 points, Kateryna Lagno is on the second place with 4,5 points, Nana Dzagnidze is on the third with 4 points. Tan Zhongyi, Valentina Gunina and the Muzychuk sisters have 3, 5 points, and Alexandra Kosteniuk has 3 points.

In the Vienna Variation of the Queens Gambit, Aleksandra Goryachkina got a comfortable position against Aleksandra Kosteniuk. It seems the former Women's World Champion lost track of the game after Goryachkina went for a principal line 26.e5. "Even though my position was unpleasant, I think I had some chances, but I just couldn't do anything", said Alexandra Kosteniuk after the game. The leader of the tournament increased her initiative move after move and grabbed yet one more victory in this Candidates.

Valentina Gunina chose a rare line in Ruy Lopez and even though she was had prepared it, she got confused and was not sure how to follow after 7.a4. Nevertheless, both players seemed satisfied with their position and play in the middlegame. Katerina Lagno went for numerous exchanges and the situation remained balanced also in the endgame, and just before the first time control the draw was agreed. "Yesterday's game against Nana was really tough and long, so I decided to play safe today", explained Kateryna regarding her approach for the game against Valentina.

It seems not only Katerina Lagno felt tired after her encounter in the 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 of compensation, but a few moves later blundered a simple tactic, which led to a completely lost position. "I missed the 30.Rg6 and 31.Qc4 idea; I saw this line on the previous move, and then I absolutely forgot about it. I could have played 28...a5 instead of 28...Rb1 and the game would have continued after that".

Round 8 results:

Alexandra Goryachkina — Alexandra Kosteniuk | 1 — 0
Tan Zhongyi — Nana Dzagnidze | 1 — 0
Anna Muzychuk — Mariya Muzychuk | ½ — ½
Kateryna Lagno —  Valentina Gunina | ½ — ½

m 20190609 R08 439 Eva Repkpva WOM Eteri Kublashvili
The Russian commentator GM Sergey Shipov was joined by the member of the Appeals Committee and WGM  Eva Repkova. She is also a Chairperson of the FIDE Women's Commission (WOM).


m 20190609 R08 454 Jeroen Van Den Berg Eteri Kublashvili
The Director of Tata Steel Chess Tournament, Jeroen Van Den Berg, is in Kazan as the FIDE Technical Advisor and the Chairman of the Appeals Committee. Jeroen gave an interview to the official broadcast, where he spoke about the organization of the tournament, the street music in Kazan, women's tournaments and other topics.


The ninth round would be played on Monday, June 10th at 15:00 local time, with the following pairings:

Alexandra Kosteniuk — Kateryna Lagno  
Valentina Gunina — Aleksandra Goryachkina
Mariya Muzychuk — Tan Zhongyi  
Nana Dzagnidze — Anna Muzychuk

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(Photos: Eteri Kublashvili & Anastasya Karlovich)
 
 
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