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Women's Candidates 2024 R9: Zhongyi Tan crushes Vaishali in 21 moves

by Shahid Ahmed - 15/04/2024

GM Vaishali R suffered her fourth consecutive loss at FIDE Women's Candidates 2024. She self-destructed her game in just 21 moves against GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN). This is also the shortest decisive game at Candidates 2024 combining both Open and Women. Zhongyi has regained her sole lead 6/9. IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL), GM Koneru Humpy and GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) drew against GM Tingjie Lei (CHN), GM Kateryna Lagno and GM Aleksandra Goryachkina respectively. Goryachkina and Tingjie are trailing the leader by a half point at 5.5/9 each, followed by Kateryna at 5/9. Round 10 starts today at 2:30 p.m. local time, 12 a.m. IST. Photos: FIDE/Michal Walusza

Zhongyi regains her sole lead

GM Zhongyi Tan (CHN) is back in the sole lead 6/9

Vaishali - Zhongyi

Position after 16.c4?

16.c4 is the first mistake by White. It leaves d4-pawn hanging. 16...f6 to ensure the knight drops back. 17.Bxd6 Qxd6 18.c5? Qc7 19.Nh3 Nxd4 20.Qe3?? Nxc2 21.Qxe7+ Rf7 and Black won.

Interview with Zhongyi Tan (CHN) | Video: FIDE

GM Vaishali will have to forget this game

GM Tingjie Lei (CHN) - IM Nurgyul Salimova (BUL): 0.5-0.5

GM Koneru Humpy - GM Kateryna Lagno: 0.5-0.5

GM Anna Muzychuk (UKR) - GM Aleksandra Goryachkina: 0.5-0.5

Photo Gallery

WCM Laksshana Deepak (CAN), made the ceremonial first move of FIDE Women's Candidates 2024 Round 9

Guess who was donning a tiger brooch on their attire?

GM Tingjie Lei (CHN) with her fans

Spectators in attendance

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.

Replay Round 9 live stream

FIDE Women's Candidates 2024 Round 9 Live Commentary by Amruta Mokal and GM Harshit Raja | Video: ChessBase India

Replay Round 9 games

Round 9 results

Round 9 results | Photo: FIDE


Standings after Round 9

Rk.SNo NameFEDRtgPts. TB1  TB2  TB3 
GMTan, ZhongyiCHN2521623,2540
GMLei, TingjieCHN25505,523,5030
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraFID25535,523,2520
GMLagno, KaterynaFID2542521,5010
IMSalimova, NurgyulBUL2432418,5010
GMKoneru, HumpyIND2546416,2510
GMMuzychuk, AnnaUKR25203,515,2500
IMVaishali, RameshbabuIND24752,510,5010


Round 10 pairings

Bo.No.Rtg NameResultName RtgNo.
GMTan, ZhongyiGMKoneru, Humpy
GMLagno, KaterynaGMMuzychuk, Anna
GMGoryachkina, AleksandraGMLei, Tingjie
IMSalimova, NurgyulIMVaishali, Rameshbabu



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