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Kateryna Lagno wins FIDE Astana GP, Vaishali impresses

by Shahid Ahmed - 30/09/2022

GM Kateryna Lagno drew her final round game against GM Alexandra Kosteniuk to win FIDE Astana GP. The former World Rapid and three-time World Blitz Women's champion scored 8/11. IM Vaishali R had great chances to beat GM Aleksandra Goryachkina. Unfortunately, she could not seize her opportunity. The former World Women's Championship Challenger, Goryachkina scored 7.5/11 to finish second. WGM Zhu Jiner scored (CHN) made 6.5/11 to finish third. Vaishali had an impressive debut. She scored 5/11, suffered only two losses and gained 1.6 Elo rating points. Her performance speaks volumes that she is ready for the big leagues. Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Goryachkina survives a massive scare against Vaishali

The more opportunity Vaishali gets to play against stronger opponents, the better she will get. It was clear in her final round game against GM Aleksandra Goryachkina. The India no.3 woman finished ahead of former Women's World champion, GM Tan Zhongyi, Germany no.1 woman for almost two decades, IM Elisabeth Paehtz and reigning World Blitz Women's champion, IM Bibisara Assaubayeva (KAZ). She is destined to be a GM, if she continues to keep getting better and stronger in each tournament she plays in.

IM Vaishali R scored a credible 5/11 to finish sixth | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

FIDE Astana GP winner - GM Kateryna Lagno 8/11 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
Kateryna Lagno: "I am very happy with my result" | Video: FIDE

Top 3 (L to R) - 3rd WGM Zhu Jiner (CHN), 1st GM Kateryna Lagno and 2nd GM Aleksandra Goryachkina | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Dinara - Shuvalova: 1-0

WGM Dinara Wagner (GER, 2358) launched an attack on IM Polina Shuvalova's (2510) kingside.

Position after 24.f4

It was certainly not an easy position for Black and she did not respond correctly. 24...Kf8 hastened the black king's demise after 25.fxe5 Qxe5 26.Qg5 gxf5 27.Bd4 f4 28.Bxe5 N7xe5 29.Rxf4 Nxf4 30.Qxf4 and soon White won the game.

Dinara Wagner: "I am very happy to make my first IM norm" | Video: FIDE

WGM Dinara Wagner (GER) - IM Polina Shuvalova: 1-0 | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

WGM Dinara Wagner with her maiden IM-norm certificate | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

Vaishali - Goryachkina: 0.5-0.5

IM Vaishali R (2449) got a good position in the middlegame against GM Aleksandra Goryachkina (2579). She needed to find a tactical way to liquidate into a favorable major piece endgame.

Position after 20...f6

20...f6 was not a good idea. Can you find out what White needed to do to gain the upper hand? The game continued 21.Nf3 Ng6 22.Bxd6 cxd6 23.Qb3 Nf4 24.Re4 Nxh3+ 25.Kg2 Ng5 26.Nxg5+ fxg5 27.Qxd5+ and White eventually got a decisive advantage in the rook endgame.

Position after 52...Rf8

White is completely winning this endgame. The first thing White needs to take care of is, bring the king quickly towards the center. Since g6 is not possible, 53.Kf4 is the most plausible move as Black can neither defend the b4-pawn, nor capture the d4-pawn easily. 53.Rxb4 g6 54.fxg6+ Kxg6 55.Rb6+ Kg7 56.d5 Rf1 57.b4? and the game entered into a draw Kf7 saved the day for Black.

Vaishali: "I hope to work harder, get stronger and be in the series next year" | Video: FIDE

IM Vaishali R certainly pushed GM Aleksandra Goryachkina to her limit | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman

The entire FIDE Astana GP participants at the closing ceremony | Photo: FIDE/Anna Shtourman
Interview with FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich | Video: FIDE
Interview with GM Zhansaya Abdumalik | Video: FIDE
Interview with IM Bibisara Assaubayeva | Video: FIDE
Tan Zhongyi: "I really enjoy complicated active and dynamic games" | Video: FIDE

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Replay Live Commentary of Astana Women's GP Round 11 with GM Pavel Tregubov and WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni | Video: FIDE

Replay all Round 11 games

Round 11 Results

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
WGMWagner Dinara1 - 0IMShuvalova Polina
IMPaehtz Elisabeth½ - ½GMTan Zhongyi
WGMZhu Jiner½ - ½IMAssaubayeva Bibisara
GMAbdumalik Zhansaya1 - 0IMKashlinskaya Alina
GMKosteniuk Alexandra½ - ½GMLagno Kateryna
IMVaishali R½ - ½GMGoryachkina Aleksandra


Final standings

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 Rp
GMLagno KaterynaFID25478541,5052659
GMGoryachkina AleksandraFID25797,5539,2542614
WGMZhu JinerCHN24646,5631,5042556
GMKosteniuk AlexandraFID25216633,2542522
GMAbdumalik ZhansayaKAZ25035,5628,2522488
IMVaishali RIND24495627,5012457
WGMWagner DinaraGER23585525,7532465
GMTan ZhongyiCHN25255524,7532450
IMPaehtz ElisabethGER24774,5624,0022425
IMAssaubayeva BibisaraKAZ24434,5526,7512428
IMKashlinskaya AlinaPOL24914,5522,7532424
IMShuvalova PolinaFID25104620,2532385



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