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Women's Candidates 2024 R13: Vaishali topples Tingjie, wins four in-a-row

by Shahid Ahmed - 21/04/2024

GM Vaishali won her fourth consecutive game in Round 13 of FIDE Women's Candidates 2024. GM Tingjie Lei (CHN) made two blunders in a relatively balanced queen endgame. Vaishali had no trouble capitalizing on her opportunity. After losing four games in-a-row, winning the next four is definitely commendable when the field is so strong. Her win ensured GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) gain a full point lead and the Women's World Championship crown remains in China for the foreseeable future. Zhongyi needs a draw in the final round against GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) to become a clear champion. Round 14 starts today at 2:30 p.m. local time, 12 a.m. IST. Photos: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Women's World Championship is staying in China

No matter what happens in the final round, the tournament will be won by a Chinese player. It means the next Women's World Championship match will be between two players from China.

GM Vaishali won her fourth game in-a-row to move to 6.5/13

Vaishali - Tingjie

Position after 61...Kf7?

GM Tingjie Lei (CHN, 2550) made the first mistake 61...Kf7? Instead, 61...h6 preventing g5 would have kept things in balance. 62.g5 Qc1?? 63.Qf4+ and it's over. The resultant pawn ending is winning for White.

Vaishali: "Thanks to all the fans who are supporting us!" | Video: FIDE

After losing four games in-a-row, Vaishali has won her next four games consecutively

GM Koneru Humpy - GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR): 0.5-0.5

IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL) survived after a blunder in the endgame against GM Kateryna Lagno

GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) - GM Aleksandra Goryachkina: 0.5-0.5

Time control

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 13 Live Commentary by Amruta Mokal, IM Sagar Shah, GM Harshit Raja | Video: ChessBase India

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Round 13 results

Round 13 results | Photo: FIDE


Standings after Round 13

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN25218,553,2550
GMLei, TingjieCHN25507,547,7540
GMKoneru, HumpyIND25466,541,2520
GMLagno, KaterynaFID25426,541,2510
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID25536,541,0020
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24756,538,0050
IMSalimova, NurgyulBUL2432534,0010
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR2520532,0000


Round 14 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMMuzychuk, AnnaGMTan, Zhongyi
GMLagno, KaterynaIMVaishali, Rameshbabu
GMLei, TingjieGMKoneru, Humpy
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraIMSalimova, Nurgyul



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