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Women's Candidates 2024 R12: Vaishali scores a hat-trick of wins after losing four in-a-row

by Shahid Ahmed - 19/04/2024

GM Vaishali scored a hat-trick of wins after suffering four losses in-a-row at FIDE Women's Candidates 2024. Vaishali defeated GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) in Round 12. The former World Rapid and Blitz Women's champion sacrificed an exchange. After getting a slight compensation, she could not find a way to maintain it. Eventually, Vaishali managed to turn things around and win the game. Tournament sole leader GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) survived a big scare against IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL). She escaped with a draw to stay at the top 8/12. GM Tingjie Lei (CHN) missed a great opportunity against GM Kateryna Lagno. She is still trailing by a half point at 7.5/12. Today is the last rest day. Round 13 starts tomorrow Saturday at 2:30 p.m. local time, 12 a.m. IST. Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Zhongyi escapes against Nurgyul

GM Vaishali R became the second woman after GM Tingjie Lei (CHN) to score a hat-trick of wins at this event.

GM Vaishali won her third game in-a-row to score a hat-trick of wins after a losing four games consecutively | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Anna - Vaishali

Position after 23...f6

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR, 2520) decided to push the e5-pawn 24.e6 Rfe8 25.Re1 Re7 26.c4 dxc4 27.d5 Bd3 28.d6? was not the best idea. Instead, 28.Qb4 would have been a better continuation for White. 28...cxd6 29.Bxd6 Ree8 30.e7 Qg4 31.Qf2 Bf5 32.Rf1 Bg6 33.Re1 Rac8 and things started turning in favor of Black.

Vaishali Rameshbabu: "Whenever I get up from the board, the first board I check is Pragg's game." | Video: FIDE

Nurgyul - Zhongyi

Position after 42...Kh8

IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL, 2432) had a substantial advantage for the better part of the game. She needed to go 43.g6 Nd6 44.Be6 grab the e5-pawn and soon win the game. Instead, she went 43.f6 gxf6 44.gxf6 Rc7 White slightly lost the upper hand. It was still not over until she decided to trade her bishop with Black's knight at f7. Then all White's advantage faded and the game ended in a draw.

Interview with Zhongyi Tan | Video: FIDE

IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) missed a great opportunity to beat the tournament sole leader - GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Kateryna - Tingjie

Position after 26.fxg3

26...Qb6 is what GM Tingjie Lei (CHN, 2550) needed to play 27.Rb1 Nf5 28.Bxf5 exf5 29.Rxd8+ Rxd8 is one of the ways to maintain the upper hand. Instead, Black made a big positional error 26...Nf3? 27.Bxf3 gxf3+ 28.Kxf3 and the game meandered into a draw.

Tingjie Lei: "If I can win, then I just win. If I don't win, it's also fine for me" | Video: FIDE

GM Tingjie Lei (CHN) missed a good opportunity against GM Kateryna Lagno | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

GM Aleksandra Goryachkina - GM Koneru Humpy: 0.5-0.5 | Photo: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Feature Film Producer and CEO/Founder of Dreambridge Films - Todd J Labarowski made the ceremonial first move of Round 12 Women on GM Kateryna Lagno and GM Tingjie Lei's (CHN) board | Photo: Maria Emelianova/

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The time control for each game is 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move starting from move 1.


The total prize fund is €250000. The top three prizes are €24000, €18000 and €12000. All prize money shall be divided equally among the players with the equal score after 14 rounds regardless tie-break results. In addition, each player gets €1750 euros for every half point scored.

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FIDE Women's Candidates 2024 Round 12 Live Commentary by Amruta Mokal, IM Sagar Shah, GM Harshit Raja and GM R B Ramesh | Video: ChessBase India

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Round 12 results

Round 12 results | Photo: FIDE


Standings after Round 12

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN2521845,5050
GMLei, TingjieCHN25507,543,5040
GMLagno, KaterynaFID2542635,7510
GMKoneru, HumpyIND2546635,0020
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID2553633,7520
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24755,527,7540
IMSalimova, NurgyulBUL24324,529,0010
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR25204,526,7500


Round 13 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
IMVaishali, RameshbabuGMLei, Tingjie
IMSalimova, NurgyulGMLagno, Kateryna
GMTan, ZhongyiGMGoryachkina, Aleksandra
GMKoneru, HumpyGMMuzychuk, Anna



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